When you’re booking your accommodation in Malta, you might be wondering which are the best locations? Read on to discover the top 5 localities to stay in during your holidays time in Malta!

When you’re booking your accommodation in Malta, it can be tempting to opt for the popular tourist destinations such as Sliema, Bugibba and St Julian’s. However, there are a wealth of other great locations for you to base yourself during your stay. But which are the best? Read on to discover the top 5 localities to stay in during your holidays time in Malta!

Marsaskala 

A fishing village in the south of the island, just a short drive from the Airport, Marsaskala offers an authentic look at how the locals live. Picturesque and quiet, it offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the island. Marsaskala is surrounded by rolling countryside perfect for trekking on one side, and miles of unspoilt coastline perfect for swimming and sunbathing on the other. It really is the perfect place to while away the days relaxing and exploring. The town itself has a great selection of bars and cafés, as well as some of the finest traditional Maltese restaurants on the island. Around 30 minutes form Valletta, and 20 minutes from the airport, Marsaskala is well connected and easy to reach by bus, taxi, or rental car.

Birgu 

One of the historic Three Cities, Birgu offers a combination of traditional Maltese living, with a big dose of glamour. Its cobbled streets and boutique hotels are perfectly complimented by its waterfront full of delicious fish restaurants. These combined with its super yacht marina make it reminiscent of a smaller Cannes or Monaco. With spectacular views over the Grand Harbour and to the capital Valletta, there are plenty of museums and attractions to explore, as well as lots of spots that are just perfect for a dip into the crystal-clear water.

Gozo 

Ok, so this one isn’t strictly a locality, but the island has so many wonderful places to choose from that it would be difficult to narrow it down to just one. Gozo is the smaller sister island of Malta and it is located a short 20-minute ferry ride away from the northern tip of the island. The island offers visitors and locals an oasis of calm and tranquility. Characterised by rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, secluded bays and beautiful historic sites, it is the perfect location for a holiday. Stay in Xlendi, a quiet fishing village and then scale the impressive Citadella that looms over the capital of Victoria. Go diving in Dwejra, and soak up the sun at Ramla Bay. What more could you want?

Mdina

The Silent City of Mdina is a majestic walled fortress with winding streets, beautiful architecture, and views to die for. This beautiful location was also used a lot in the first season of Game of Thrones. When you visit, you might already recognise some of the locations from the series. Lose yourself for days in its shady labyrinth, visit the Roman Villa and have tea and cake from the top of the bastions. Mdina provides a peaceful and typically Mediterranean retreat for those looking for a relaxing and picture perfect holiday.

Valletta

The capital city of Valletta is unique in that it is completely walled and you can walk anywhere you wish to go. Within 15 minutes you can get pretty much anywhere in the city meaning there is no need to think about transportation. Full of incredible restaurants, quaint bars and bistros, high end shopping opportunities and historical wonders, you could be lost for days in Valletta’s charm. Check out the Caravaggio paintings in St. John’s Co-Cathedral, go to Manoel Theatre, or just survey the views and watch the ships go by from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Valletta is the sort of place that is very easy to fall in love with.

These are just some of the fantastic localities to stay in when you come to Malta. Hopefully they have inspired you to go off the beaten track, explore the less touristic areas and see the real Malta while you’re at it.