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Malta Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Malta
Sitting like a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea, is the island nation Republic of Malta which comprises of islands Malta, Gozo and Comino, Malta being the largest. The rich culture, 7000-year old history, incredible food and climate and low cost hotels has made Malta an ideal destination for holidaymakers. Malta, Gozo and Comino will leave you spoilt for choice with accommodations of all budgets whether you are looking for a romantic getaway with your partner, family holiday or on a solo venture. You can easily find cheap hotels and apartments in Malta both on the beachside as well as in the central town areas like Mdina, Mosta, Birkirkara.
The Maltese archipelago comprises of island of Malta, Gozo, Comino, and uninhabited islands Comminotto and Filfla with a gorgeous lagoon. The island nation became independent from British colonialism in 1964 and since then fostered its development based on tourism based economy. Due to availability of cheap flights and hotels in Malta, it’s incredibly popular for tourist. A long history of colonialism by the Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, Swabians, Aragonese, French, and British, has left its influence on contemporary food and life. The island is mostly made up of Limestone which has also shaped the islands topography and economy. You will be mesmerized to see the stalactites and stalagmites formations at the caves when you are island hopping.
Where to find accommodation in Malta
Malta is well connected with major cities of the world with International airlines. The availability of cheap flights and hotels in Malta has made it a popular beach holiday and party destination. You can find all kinds of accommodation in Malta from upscale resorts to cheap hotels and hostels to apartments. St Julian’s, Valletta, Sliema, St. Paul’s Bay, Mellieha, etc. are thriving with endless options whether you are travelling solo, with friends or family. These cities are well connected with each other through trains, buses and roads. The whitewashed houses on the beach, beautifully tucked between the limestone rocks is a sight and an experience to remember. If you want to stay close to the city, you can also choose to stay in place with the traditional vintage feel.
Things to See and Do in Malta
There is no lack of places to visit in Malta. There are endless beaches that encompass the island, where you can relax all day. Malta’s rich history is reflected in the various archeological sites and historic museums like National Museum of Archeology, megalithic monuments, fine arts and buildings that preserve the heritage. Those on a family holiday particularly enjoy these attractions apart from theme parks, sports activities, art and craft, dance, cooking and language lessons in Malta and Gozo. If you want to take the tour of the island you can go for sea excursion, while those who love the landscape can surround themselves the rich variety of wild flowers and plants, free standing structures, cave hideouts, ancient farmhouses of Malta and much more. The famous Popeye village and Malta national Aquarium, are must visit places.
From Baroque to Opera, Choir to Jazz, Marta Arts Festival is a haven for music lovers as it invites top international artists to celebrate classical music. International DJ nights, live music entertainment nights and theme nights at the hotels in Malta has made it the hub of clubbing. The main nightlife clubbing action is in Paceville, on the coast near St. Julian’s, where the clubs and bars are in abundance and party is on till morning. In these places you can find clubs with entry tickets as well as nightclubs and discos with free entry. If you are looking for more action you can also go to one of the night theatres or casinos.
Food options in Malta
The island’s colonial history is clearly reflected in the food and cuisine of Malta. The traditional Maltese cuisine is strongly influenced by Sicilian, Spanish, French, Mediterranean and British cuisine. The restaurant scene at the hotels in Malta will take you on a culinary journey of the nations around Mediterranean rim. If you enjoy street side food, there are plenty of eateries that offer traditional, fresh, seasonal and local food like Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), Bigilla, and delicious snacks like hobz biz zejt and Pastizzi. At Marsaxlokk fish market, you can see how fresh fish is caught and also enjoy fish soup and other fish delicacies. For those with a sweet tooth, Kannoli, Sicilian style deserts, Helwa tat tork are a must try.
If shopping is on your to-do list on your Malta holiday, you can’t miss the Republic street and Merchant street in Valletta and Bisazza street in St Julian’s. Paceville, Bugibba, St. Paul’s bay also have many shopping hubs. Although arts and crafts have gone under changes in recent years, you can still get souvenirs for friends. The indigenous crafts like knitwear, basket-ware, lace, embroidery, ceramics are to die for. There are some markets located close to the accommodations in Malta and perfect for an all-day hangout close to your stay. There are malls and marts that sell branded and designer stuff as well located in Valletta and St. Julian’s.
Interesting facts about Malta
Malta has a few things that will take you by surprise. It is home to the Calypso Cave that Homer talks about in the Odyssey. The city Mdina allows only residents cars on its road. You will find the literally uninhabited islands Comminotto and Filfla. On your next Malta holiday, you must visit the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Malta is one of the few countries in the world where people drive on the left-hand side of the road, inherited from the British rule of Malta. Malta is the only country in the EU that still allows (limited) springtime hunting on specific species of birds. Malta celebrates 14 public holidays each year, you might want to remember that for your next Malta holiday. It hosts 75 local feasts between June to September. Malta has been used as a film-location shoot for many huge Hollywood productions, from ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Troy’ to ‘Captain Philips’ and TV’s Game of Thrones. There are no forests, rivers or mountains across all the 7 islands.
Fast Facts about Malta:
Major Language: Maltese, English
Flight time from Dublin to Malta International Airport: 3.5 hours
Transfer time from airport to St. Julian’s: 20 minutes
Ferry ride time from Malta to Gozo: 30 minutes (ferry leaves from Cirkewwa every 45 minutes)