Looking for something a little different this year. We normally holiday in Spain or Majorca, but a throwaway remark about Malta made me wonder if we would like it. We are in our 60s, reasonably fit and healthy. We would be going June/July. We like to sunbathe, but don't do beaches. As it would be our first visit we would probably want to do some sight-seeing. In an evening we are happy to stroll round shops and find a cafe/bistro type of place where we could sit, have a drink and people watch.
Help would be appreciated.
The ferry crossing is from Cirkewwa in Malta to Mgarr in Gozo and takes about 20 minutes. Gozo is a very small island, only a few miles wide but there is so much to see and explore on there.
Malta, whilst I love Malta, places like Bugibba and Qawra are where the main tourist areas are..and they can be quite lively at night (and also very tacky and run down). Melliha Bay is also popular but I would recommend all of these places for the younger person. I think for more mature people, or perhaps people like me who prefer things quieter..Sliema is very nice and from there it is easy to go all around the island.
Malta has a very good bus service and it is very cheap to get around. You could quite easily visit Mostar, Mdina and Valetta etc where there are many things to do/see/visit.
Malta does not have many beaches in the traditional sense as most are rocky so if you wanted to sunbathe, it is more likely to be actually at your hotel.
these are sort of more in the higher bracket..
I am not really sure what type of accomodation you are looking for.
Just let me know if you need any more info and I will see what I can come up with
PS: love Maltesers - they're my favourite chocolates (sorry!)
I think you would need to avoid staying in Bugibba/Qawra. Ok to visit for a stroll around (and all the buses seem to go through there) and do some people watching...and there are nice places to go and eat etc...but there are loads of time share touts and it looks very run down in some places.
There is plenty of life in the bars at night there though.
it is only my opinion of course, having been to Malta/Gozo a few times...but Bugibba is probably not the best place to stay. It is ok to visit and have a look around..but that is about it as far as my taste goes.
Malta is very historical and there are many many places to visit...I love the place, this is why we keep returning..but these days, I prefer to stay in Gozo.
it is possible to go DIY....there are many cheap flights to Luqa Airport and plenty of places available for rent. We tend to go DIY all the time to Malta/Gozo now. The first couple of times we went, as we were new to the island we went via T/O and felt a little ripped off tbh..
We did it DIY paying £90 (inc taxes and bags) with Easyjet from Liverpool and £50 a night at The Palace Hotel in Sliema, we went room only but were spoilt for choice with breakfast options - total for the week was £265 each in March.
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