So you’re thinking of travelling to Malta and you’re looking for a Malta holidays and travel guide to help you plan your trip? You’ve come to the right place!
My name is Edward and I’ll be your virtual Malta travel guide to the Maltese islands. All information and most photos that you’ll come across on MaltaUncovered.com was written by myself, from personal experience as a life-long tourist in Malta.
My mission is to go beyond what you’d get from a standard Malta travel guide and show you what you can expect, with insider info only the locals know about. Off the beaten path tips, a balanced view of what’s worth doing and where the best place to stay is, etc. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask me a question. I’ll skip past the basics about Malta (although they’re definitely worth a read), and focus on the most important travel info you came here for. Behind all major topics you’ll find on this page you can click through to more detailed articles on each.
I can think of at least 10 reasons to visit Malta. The main ones are:
Deciding during what time of the year to travel to Malta can be tricky. July and August are the busiest months in terms of tourism and they’re also the hottest months of the year. If your main priority is hanging out on the beach, enjoying the sunny weather, and not much else, you’re good. If you want to explore Malta and enjoy some beach time as well, you’re probably better off going in June or September.
Although the weather can be a little unpredictable, especially in September when the weather system is often affected by the long spell of heat and humidity in July/August. If beach holidays just aren’t your thing, April/May is probably the best time to go. That way you get to enjoy the lovely spring weather and at the same time avoid the business of peak season. During the winter months, Malta is also a great winter escape.
The weather can be unpredictable in terms of cloudy/rainy weather but the sun is always around and gloomy weather rarely lasts. You’ll be able to enjoy points of interest in relative peace and good quality hotels with favourable rates during that time of the year means there are plenty of opportunities to relax as well.
The two most popular ways to get to Malta are:
Where to stay in Malta really depends on what type of traveller you are and what you plan on doing during your visit. Whatever your plans are, travelling to different parts of the island doesn’t take long at all, especially if you decide to hire a car. Public transport can be a little trickier, however, so it’s still worth choosing your location carefully.
I offer some advice on doing that here: Where to stay in Malta.
Malta offers a good selection of hotels that suit different budgets and requirements, but not all are as good as advertised.
You can hire a car from major touristic places like Sliema and Buġibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay, but also from the airport with internationally recognised car hire companies being represented. Driving in Malta can be tricky. It’s one of the few countries in the world where people drive on the left-hand side. Although if you were to ask the Maltese where they drive, they’ll tell you “In the shade”. Which is funny but sometimes rather accurate.
Drivers tend to be temperamental and not particularly interested in abiding by the law of the road. That means you need to be focused and aware of your surroundings more so than anywhere else. Especially at junctions and roundabouts where “give away” is sometimes interpreted in a creative way (or simply ignored altogether), it’s important to be cautious. Should you hire a car in Malta? If you’re a confident, experienced driver, yes. If not, you might be better of using other modes of transport.
The only mode of public transport are buses, which will take you to even the remotest parts of the islands but will take significantly longer to get you from A to B than when you drive yourself. Nevertheless, despite a rocky reform in recent years, public transport is reasonably reliable, comfortable and reasonably priced.
Several operators of taxis and minibuses (for transport of larger groups) are available in Malta and are reliable. More here: Getting around in Malta and Gozo.
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Many more things to do here: 101+ Things to do in Malta and Gozo.
A number of great annual events are organised around the Maltese islands and are well worth planning to attend during your holiday:
A couple of quick tips on where to eat:
Looking for more recommendations? Check out my full my favourite restaurants in Malta.
Malta has several beaches around its ~250 km long coastline, some of which are sandy, others rocky. The water quality of the bathing water at most beaches is excellent and the island has multiple Blue Flag certified beaches, which indicate the presences of safety measures (including lifeguards), amenities and environmental protection, amongst other criteria. Without a doubt, the most popular beaches are Mellieha Bay (also referred to as Ghadira), Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha. I put together my personal Top 10 beaches in Malta, together with a few beaches “off the beaten path”.
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