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The best villages in Malta and Gozo for your Christmas staycation!

12th January, 2024
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The best villages in Malta and Gozo for your Christmas staycation!

Prepare for an unforgettable experience as we unveil Malta’s Hidden Gems

When it comes to planning your Mediterranean escape any time of year, the islands of Malta and Gozo stand out as gems waiting to be discovered. This archipelago, nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, boasts a rich history, stunning landscapes and a vibrant culture. Choosing the right area to stay in Malta and Gozo is crucial for ensuring a memorable experience and in this blog post, we’ll explore the best parts of the two islands that promise to make your stay truly exceptional and memorable. Here are our tops towns and villages:

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Valletta, Malta: The Nation’s Historical Haven

If you’re a history enthusiast or simply appreciate charming cobblestone streets, Valletta is your ideal choice. Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a living

museum of jaw-dropping Baroque architecture. With its narrow streets, grand palaces and imposing forts, Valletta is a captivating blend of the old and the new. The city is alive with a vibrant cultural scene, offering theatres, museums, restaurants, excellent shopping and galleries. Staying in Valletta allows you to immerse yourself in Malta’s rich history while enjoying the convenience of being centrally located for day trips to other parts of the island. Valletta is a must on anyone’s itinerary when visiting Malta

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St. Julian’s, Malta: Malta’s Entertainment Hub

For those seeking a lively atmosphere and a taste of the best of Malta’s nightlife, St. Julian’s is the place to be. This bustling coastal town is known for its vibrant energy, waterfront restaurants and bustling nightlife. The iconic Spinola Bay is lined with a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploration. St. Julian’s is also a hub for shopping and here you will find Malta’s tallest buildings namely Mercury Towers and Portomaso Tower. The area has a stunning yacht basin which can be found at the Portomaso Complex and then there are many 5-star hotels, casinos and iconic St George’s Beach. If you want to dance the night away, make sure to head to the Paceville area. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a lively social scene, St. Julian’s offers the best of both worlds.

Mellieħa, Malta: Tranquility by the Sea

If your idea of a perfect holiday involves sun-kissed beaches and a peaceful ambience, Mellieħa is the idyllic choice. Located in the northern part of the island, Mellieħa boasts some of Malta’s most beautiful sandy beaches, including Ghadira Bay. This area is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, offering a more relaxed pace of life. Mellieħa is also a gateway to some of Malta’s natural wonders, such as Popeye Village and the Red Tower, providing a perfect blend of serenity and exploration. Mellieha also acts as the gateway to lively Qawra and Bugibba, where you will find many clubs open for dancing the night away, a lively restaurant and pub culture and some rather famous beach clubs such as Café del Mar. Mellieha also has risen in the ranks as one of the best destinations in Malta for food connoisseur

Mdina, Malta: The Silent City

For a unique experience, consider staying in Mdina, often referred to as the “Silent City.” This medieval walled city is perched on a hill, offering breathtaking views of the island. With its narrow, winding streets and historic architecture, Mdina feels like taking a step back in time. The city is especially enchanting in the evening when the crowds disperse and the soft glow of street lamps illuminates its ancient cobblestone streets. Staying in Mdina provides a serene retreat while still being within reach of Malta’s key attractions. Mdina is a private world for some of Malta’s oldest and noblest families and this captivating town’s total permanent residents do not number more than 243!

Marsascala, Malta: Charm and tranquillity rolled into one

Nestled along the south eastern coast of Malta, Marsascala beckons as a hidden gem for those seeking a tranquil and picturesque retreat in an authentic Maltese town. Known for its delightful harbour, Marsascala offers a perfect blend of local charm and modern amenities. The area boasts a relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal escape from bustling city life, especially on the weekends. With its scenic waterfront promenade, diverse dining options and proximity to historical sites like the St. Thomas Tower, Marsascala never disappoints. The stunning sea views and the warmth of the local community make Marsascala a delightful destination for a serene and unforgettable stay in Malta. Do not forget to pop over to Marsaxlokk which is very close by!

St Paul’s Bay, Malta: Accessible and Vibrant

St. Paul’s Bay in the northern area of Malta is nestled along a scenic coastline and this picturesque bay offers stunning views and a relaxed atmosphere. With its beautiful promenade, diverse dining options and a vibrant local community, St. Paul’s Bay is home to the biggest number of expats in the country and also counts as one of the largest populated areas in Malta. Being strategically located, St Paul’s Bay makes it easy to explore nearby attractions like the historic town of Mdina and the vibrant hub of Paceville and St. Julian’s. Whether you crave a peaceful seaside retreat or desire proximity to both cultural and recreational activities, St. Paul’s Bay is the ideal choice.

Victoria, Gozo: A Small and Authentic Capital

Nestled on the picturesque sister island of Gozo, Victoria stands as an enticing choice for a memorable stay. This charming town, also known as Rabat in Maltese, encapsulates the essence of Gozitan culture and traditions. With its famous medieval citadel dominating the skyline, Victoria offers a unique blend of historical charm and modern comforts within a short stroll of one another. Walk through bustling markets, savour local cuisine in family-run eateries and explore the narrow, winding streets and Maltese architecture of “the alleys”. Victoria’s central location ensures easy access to the rest of Gozo’s breathtaking coastal spots and countless other hidden gems. Choosing Victoria as your base when in Gozo, is a very good idea.

Xlendi, Gozo: A food lover’s paradise

Xlendi not only a paradise for snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and sunbathing but it offers an idyllic retreat for anyone seeking a perfect blend of small town intimacy and natural beauty. With its breathtaking bay which is surrounded by rugged cliffs and underscored by crystal-clear waters, Xlendi provides a breathtaking backdrop any time of the year. The village may exude a laid-back ambiance, but it is complemented by a

gastronomic paradise of famous and award-winning restaurants which can be found lining the waterfront, all serving delectable dishes with a stunning view to boot. If boat trips are your passion, make sure to book one of the charters that can take you to Comino and the Blue Lagoon from here, or maybe explore the rugged and majestic coastline all the way to Dwerja, Fungus Rock and the Blue Hole and Inland Sea. On the way you will be given the chance to explore some of the cathedral-like, cavernous caves that is guaranteed to take your breath away.

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