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Destination guide

Experience the Island of Malta holiday lettings

With fascinating historic sites chronicling the succession of rulers and a stunning landscape of honey-coloured stone against deep Mediterranean blues, the Island of Malta is an island oasis of sun, culture and history, all in one place. From exploring prehistoric sites to lying by the beach, you’ll have an array of options for how to spend your time in Island of Malta holiday lettings.

History

Heritage sites near Island of Malta holiday cottages

With prehistoric sites, historic homes and museums, the Island of Malta is a fun place for history buffs and cultural enthusiasts to explore. Holiday homes are available near Mnajdra, a megalithic limestone temple complex with artefacts dating back 5,000 years, and the National Museum of Archaeology, a museum with ancient artefacts, weapons and sculptures in a baroque structure. You may also enjoy the Casa Rocca Piccola, a palace from the 1580s with lavish rooms and period furnishings, and the Tarxien Temples, a ruin site with the remains of four temples with lavishly-decorated stone blocks, massive statues and reliefs.

Things to do

Activities near Island of Malta holiday homes

The Island of Malta has numerous attractions and points of interest to explore. Holiday homes can be found near landmarks like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, an elaborately-adorned baroque cathedral with works from the European masters, and Blue Grotto, a vast cavern system in the sea that can be explored by boat or kayak. You may also enjoy Hagar Qim, a prehistoric hilltop temple that dates back to 3200 BC with ruined apses and towers. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an excavated prehistoric burial site with tombs dating back to 4000 BCE with intricate paintings and carvings, is fascinating to explore.

Beaches

Best beaches in Island of Malta holiday homes

The Island of Malta boasts a stunning coastline with soft, sandy beaches and clear, blue waters that are perfect for swimming or water sports. Holiday homes are available near popular beach areas like Gnejna Bay, a bay with a secluded beach bordered by clay slopes, rocky outcrops and a historic watchtower, and Golden Bay, a picturesque island inlet with a soft-sand beach and shallow water that’s perfect for kids. You can also visit St. George’s Bay, a sandy cove beach with nearby amenities and ideal swimming conditions, and Ghar Lapsi, a small bay with a beach and colourful wildlife to view by snorkelling.

How to get around

Transport to Island of Malta holiday cottages

The small size of the Island of Malta makes getting around easy and convenient. A public bus system services the top landmarks and holiday lettings, allowing you to visit all the attractions you wish. If you prefer the flexibility of having your own transport, car hire and bike hire are good options to travel through the area. Ferry services also link Malta to Gozo, and boats and water taxis run between the islands daily. Scooters, motorbikes and bicycles are the most popular mode of transport for getting around the Island of Malta.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Island of Malta

Maltese cuisine comes from the strong influences of the islanders and the many civilisations that once occupied its shores. This combination of tastes gives Malta an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking and local fare, with many restaurants offering their own versions of these specialities. Visit a restaurant near your holiday rental and order up some lampuki pie, a fish pie, rabbit stew, kapunata or bragioli to experience the unique food culture of Island of Malta.

Essential info

Essential info for your Malta holiday rentals escape

  • Stock up on euros at local ATMs across the archipelago
  • Bargaining is acceptable at stalls and markets
  • Tipping isn't expected, but always appreciated if you receive exceptional service
  • Summer in Malta can be scorching, so don't forget to pack a hat and plenty of sunscreen
  • High season spans June to August, while May and September bring shoulder season prices
  • Whether you're planning a last-minute romantic getaway or an annual family holiday, villa rentals in Malta promise a unique stay in the Mediterranean
Events

Experience events with villa rentals Malta

Malta hosts an eclectic calendar of events, so plan your trip accordingly and you could catch one of the many festivals that light up the island throughout the year. February ushers in Carnival, a week-long celebration that sees the streets of Valletta and Nadur filled with colourful floats and fancy-dress costumes. Visit in July to attend the Malta International Arts Festival, an island-wide celebration of music, theatre, dance and literature. In August, Valletta's Malta Jazz Festival attracts a throng of world-class performers. Whether you're visiting for a big-name festival or an offbeat event, be sure to book your villa rental in Malta well in advance.

How many holiday rentals are available around Malta?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,186 holiday lettings around Malta. From 260 villas to 283 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Malta?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Malta. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santa Maria Estate: 193 holiday homes
  • Xagħra: 899 holiday homes
  • Gozo: 1,090 holiday homes
  • Kerċem: 795 holiday homes
  • Marsaskala: 1,151 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Malta! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Malta?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Malta with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Xagħra: 899 holiday lettings
  • Kerċem: 795 holiday lettings
  • Marsaskala: 1,151 holiday lettings
  • Sliema: 1,530 holiday lettings
  • Valletta: 1,489 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Malta?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Malta. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Malta National Aquarium: 2,177 holiday rentals
  • Sliema Promenade: 2,141 holiday rentals
  • Bugibba Square: 2,177 holiday rentals
  • Mdina Old City Gate: 2,179 holiday rentals
  • Spinola Garden: 2,164 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Malta listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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