Malta Holidays Guide with local knowledge
Actually booking Malta holidays isn’t a very complicated process. Just select your favourite tour operator offering package holidays, explore a few of their offers for Malta and book, right?
You could choose that route, but it can be a bit like playing Russian roulette. So how do you prevent having a holiday from hell in Malta?
Tour operators are in business for a reason. They’re much more likely to select hotels and airlines that will help them earn well. Plus, how would a tour operator know what to recommend for you and your personal requirements? Travel isn’t a “one size fits all” affair, after all.
How to decide on your Malta holiday itinerary
My aim is to help you become an informed traveller so that you can decide on booking your holiday to Malta with confidence and know what to expect. No nasty surprises and more peace of mind. In this holiday guide I’m going to try and help you decide on:
- Whether you should visit Malta
- What the best time of year is to go
- Where best to stay in Malta for you and your travel companion(s)
- How to get there, what airlines fly to Malta and how to get the cheapest flights
- What types of accommodation are available and my recommendations for Malta’s best hotels
- A review of the more popular package holidays options currently on offer, in case you still prefer booking through a tour operator.
- Whether you should hire a car in Malta, and what the options and costs are.
Let’s get you started with these basics!
Should I go to Malta? Is it a good holiday destination?
Yes, for most people it is. Why? Malta is a family-friendly holiday destination but also caters for young couples, mature couples looking for peace and quiet and offers nightlife options for groups to enjoy themselves and party hard.
Most of all, Malta holidays are an excellent option for travellers whose main goal is to explore a country and its culture and history. There’s a LOT to see and discover with short travel distances, meaning travel won’t take up much of your time.
Read more: Top 10 Reasons to Visit Malta
What’s the best time of year for Malta holidays?
One of the big benefits of Malta is that it’s a good destination for most of the year. With its Mediterranean climate, the weather is sunny, warm and very easy to get used to.
Although July/August is the most popular period to visit Malta, the best time to go is probably between April and June if you’re looking to do exploring, early season sunbathing and swimming. September and October are also good months (it’s often still pretty warm), although the weather can be a little volatile.
Read more: What’s the best time of year to go to Malta?
What’s the best place to stay in Malta?
Everyone has their own requirements, so it’s a tough question to answer. In a nutshell: In a nutshell:
- If you’re looking for the tourist hotspots and hotel holidays, Buġibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay are popular choices, as well as Sliema and St. Julian’s
- If you’re looking to combine hanging out on the beach with getting a taste of the more quiet side of Malta, you’re better off in Mellieha and its surroundings
- If culture is your number one priority, Valletta will be most convenient
Have a look at more of my advice on where to stay for different types of travellers and laying out the options for best locations here: Where to stay in Malta.
What types of accommodation are available, and what are the best hotels?
Although there are several good quality hotels in Malta, you can also find self-catering apartments, villas and so-called farmhouses (renovated traditionally built houses with pool) across the Maltese islands. Prices vary, value varies as well.
Read more: Types of Accommodation in Malta
Read more: Top 10 Best Hotels in Malta
How do I get to Malta and flights
The most popular way to get to Malta is by air, with several airlines flying to and from major and smaller airports across Europe and a few dozen airlines reaching most European destinations.
It’s relatively easy to get cheap flights to Malta, with airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair competing with local airline Air Malta on several daily flights from different countries. If Malta is a stop as part of a trip through Europe, you can take the ferry from different points in Italy. The country is also a popular stop as part of cruise trips.
Read more: Getting cheap flights to Malta
Should I hire a car in Malta?
My general guideline is: If you’re a confident, experienced driver and you’re looking to do some exploring, then yes, definitely consider hiring a car. If driving makes you nervous and you’re absolutely hopeless when it comes to navigation and using maps, you’re probably better off using public transport and other methods of getting around.
Why? Driving in Malta can be challenging if you don’t know what to expect.
Read more: Hiring a car in Malta