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From Couples to Families: Where to Stay in Malta

The stunning Mediterranean island of Malta is enjoying a moment in the sun, with many Irish holidaymakers finally venturing to its sun-kissed rocky shores and winding city streets. See our guide to different holiday types in Malta below and check out our Malta holiday page for offers.

Make Malta Your Own

One of the best things about Malta is that a holiday here suits so many types of holidaymakers. From city breaks to romantic trips and family holidays, you can really enjoy Malta your way.

And with a packed calendar of activities throughout the year, planning's easy! See the Malta Events Calendar here.

See our guide right here. 

city break in valetta

For a City Break – Stay in Valletta

The compact city of Valletta is the capital of Malta. It’s an ideal city break for a few nights away. A historic warren of streets that doesn’t feel too touristy, Valletta is a great year-round city break destination. It’s full of history and striking Baroque architecture.  It offers a wide variety of accommodation options from luxury to budget and a wide variety of things to see and do with plenty of heritage and museums to visit. You can also get great deals in the off-season.

St. Paul's Bay holiday

For a Family Holiday – Head to Buggiba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay

These 3 resort towns, right next to each other along a northern-facing coast of the island are ideal for families taking a trip to Malta.

These family-friendly resorts are packed with activity and feature strong transport links to holiday hotspots around the island like Valletta and the ancient city of Mdina. It’s easy to catch a boat to Comino and Gozo from here too.

There’s also several great beaches nearby – the manmade sandy beach at Bugibba, the beach at Qawra and smaller beaches in St. Paul’s Bay.

beach holiday in mellieha

For a Beach Holiday – Stay in Mellieha

This is one of the most popular resorts on the Northern end of the main island of Malta, divided between the tourist-ready resorts and the more traditional village of Mellieha where the local life can still be seen.

Most of the beaches in Malta are of the striking, rocky-outcrop variety but the ones near Mellieha, particularly Mellieha Bay, are big and sandy. Also see Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, two spectacular beaches nearby.

holiday in sliema

For a Romantic Break – Try Sliema

What was once a small fishing village has grown into one of the island’s most bustling areas home to many locals and welcoming to visitors. Sliema is a great choice for a couple’s getaway to Malta. It has plenty of local character and a walk along the 10km promenade is simply stunning.

St. Julian's

For a Trip with Friends – head to St. Julian’s/Paceville

These two modern towns are next to each other, and together form the heart of the island’s nightlife, making this is a great destination for a group holiday to Malta. In particular, Paceville offers a wide variety of dining options, bars and clubs.

Stay in Gozo

For Something Different – Stay in Gozo

Gozo is the second-largest of the three islands that make up the nation of Malta. Gozo offers a getaway that’s much quieter and more local in flavour than a holiday on the main island.

The island offers a range of untouched beaches, sleepy villages and the main town of Victoria. You can choose from a wide range of accommodation from 5-star luxury to affordable hotels.

Planning a trip to magical Malta? See our deals on holidays to Malta on our site.

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Number of Nights

7 to 14

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€50 to €3,000

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