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Malta Holiday Guide

This small archipelago offers year-round warm temperatures, impressive Baroque architecture and stunning water-locked cityscapes to rival the likes of Venice.

Malta’s capital city, Valletta, may be the smallest in Europe, but it still manages to cram in a lot of entertainment! Enjoy museums, lovingly cared for gardens and picture perfect views in the capital before venturing out to uncover the rest of Malta.

Valletta is terrific for exploring by foot. The city is surrounded by water and high walls which were originally intended as a defence against the Ottomans after they attempted to seize control of Malta in 1565. Today, Valletta is the cultural centre of Malta and has some of the most interesting historical attractions, such as the Lascaris War Rooms, the Malta at War Museum and St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Walk along the city walls during sunset for the most striking views of Valletta, the Grand Harbour and the Mediterranean Sea. For a peaceful stroll, visit the Lower Barakka Gardens, where you can make the most of relaxing water features and spots providing shade to shelter from the sun.

Perhaps four wheels are more your thing? Try something a little different with a visit to The Malta Classic Car Collection just 30 minutes outside of Valleta by car and close toSt. Paul's Bay. The museum holds a privately owned collection of 100 classic cars dating back to 1928. You can also immerse yourself in more nostalgia with the attraction's retro memorabilia from the 1940s to the 1960s, including jukeboxes, gramophones and models dressed in retro clothing.

Watching marine life can be fascinating and soothing, so after your nostalgia fix at the classic car museum, you can call in at the Malta National Aquarium, which is just seven minutes away on foot. The aquarium has 41 tanks, arranged to reflect different areas of Malta and periods of time. The Roman section is a particular highlight since it showcases an ancient ghost shipwreck, home to damselfish, clownfish and cleaner shrimp.

The station nearby to the aquarium allows you to complete your day of animal discovery by taking a short 20-minute bus journey to Birdpark Malta. Participate in a daily handling session and get up close with one of the park’s macaws, owls or reptiles for an unforgettable experience!

Malta has a distinct style which will intrigue you from your very first visit. Take time to explore the islands and you’ll surely want to return.

If you like Malta then you're sure to love our other Mediterranean package deals. Why not check out our Alghero beach holidays or maybe one of our cheap beach holidays to the Amalfi Coast might just be perfect for you. Whatever you're looking for in a beach holiday you're sure to find the right deal deal for you at Expedia.


Guide to Exploring Malta


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Grand Hotel Excelsior

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Great Siege Road, Floriana
4.4
of 5, from 1,372 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Set beside the 16th-century bastions of the waterfront city of Valletta, this luxury modern hotel is amid landscaped gardens, 200 metres from the city center.

£109
Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's
4.3
of 5, from 680 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in St. Julian's, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of St George's Beach and Paceville. Portomaso Marina and Palazzo Spinola are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Mavina Hotel and Apartments

Mavina Hotel and Apartments

Triq il- Fliegu, Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay
3.2
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Qawra, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bugibba Beach and Malta National Aquarium. Golden Sands Beach and Mediterraneo Marine Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Spinola Hotel

Spinola Hotel

Triq il-Qaliet, St. Julian's
4.0
of 5, from 66 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of St. Julian's, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Spinola Garden and Paceville. Bay Street Shopping Complex and St George's Beach are also within 10 minutes.

£126
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

Dragonara Road, St. Julian's
4.5
of 5, from 417 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a private peninsula in St Julian's, this luxury hotel is next to the sea with two private beach lidos; Valletta is eight kilometres from the resort.

£127
Hilton Malta

Hilton Malta

Portomaso, St. Julian's
4.6
of 5, from 594 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly St. Julian's hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Spinola and Portomaso Marina. Paceville and Dragonara Casino are also within 10 minutes.

£76
The Waterfront Hotel

The Waterfront Hotel

The Strand, Sliema
3.9
of 5, from 234 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sliema, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Duck Village and Bisazza Street. Sliema Promenade and University of Malta are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£131
Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's
4.2
of 5, from 493 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort overlooks the beach at St. George's Bay, a 15-minute walk from the popular nightclubs, restaurants, and beaches of St. Julian's. Guests can drive 20 minutes to Valletta for shops and restaurants, or hop on the hotel's free shuttle to explore the area.

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