Resorts in Malta
An affordable accommodation option for the Malta tourist
Resorts in Malta are plentiful, especially when considering the fact that the island is so tiny.
In the early 1970s, the Malta tourist industry grew immensely. This rapid growth invariably led to the development of resort towns, not to mention the creation of a plethora of hotels to accommodate the ever growing demand for lodging.
Most of the seaside resorts in Malta and Gozo are your typical Mediterranean resort with plenty of hotels and other types of accommodation, restaurants, bars, pubs and of course, the sea.
Although most of them lack historical attractions, these tourist areas draw lots of visitors because they are very well connected to the rest of the island plus one can find lots of affordable hotels, guesthouses, self-catering apartments, etc.
Most of these resort towns also offer great entertainment venues, although it must be pointed out here that the mecca of nightlife in Malta, is Paceville. Paceville is a suburb of Saint Julians.
So if you want to stay in a place that is not too far from the main historical
attractions in Malta and Gozo
and be as close to the sea as possible, then staying in one of the resort towns may be your best choice. Of course on the Maltese islands, nothing is too far off since Malta’s total area is just 316 sq km.
In summer, these resorts are jam-packed with tourists and in some areas (though not all) evenings can be very noisy, since these parts of the Maltese islands are also popular with the locals for dining out, grabbing a drink at a bar or having a leisurely stroll alongside their lovely promenades.
If on the other hand, you’d like to isolate yourself from the crowds, why not rent a villa with pool in Gozo? It’s not as expensive as it sounds and Gozo is much quieter than Malta and has its own unique character. And what’s more, since Gozo is literally pint sized, no matter where you stay you’re never far off from any of the island’s main attractions.
Back to resorts in Malta ... The top resort towns in Malta are Bugibba, Qawra, St Pauls Bay, Mellieha, Xemxija, Sliema and Saint Julians. The main resorts in Gozo are Xlendi and Marsalforn.
Main Resorts in Malta
One of the most popular resort towns in Malta,
merges into St Paul’s Bay.
This town has plenty going on for it to keep everyone happy, be it families, couples or groups.
The main town square is choc-a-block with bars, pubs and clubs. In summer, Bugibba’s lovely promenade is heavily frequented by tourists and locals alike.
Also home to a number of souvenier shops, Bugibba is also equipped with plenty of restaurants and a flat rocky coastline which is ideal for sunbathing and swimming, especially if you don’t fancy sandy beaches much.
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is in the North-East of Malta and right next to Bugibba.
This tiny resort town is much quieter than Bugibba.
The promenade which stretches out into Bugibba, is a popular spot for restaurants, pubs and bars.
There are also some small clothes shops as well as souvenier shops.
Qawra is ideal if you want somewhere quieter and more laid back than the other busy resort towns.
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ST PAUL'S BAY
Located right next to Bugibba,
St Pauls Bay
was originally a tiny fishing village.
This resort town is also used as a summer residence by the locals.
St Paul’s Bay is less congested than Bugibba and has far less restaurants and bars then its neighbour.
However, it is perhaps more picturesque.
St Paul’s Bay is named after the saint who was believed to have been shipwrecked here in AD 60.
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Mellieha village is perhaps the least "resort" looking from all resorts in Malta.
The village still retains its traditional charm even though it's very popular with visitors in the summer months.
Mellieha is home to the most popular beach in Malta, i.e. Ghadira Bay.
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On the North of St Paul's Bay, you will find
This small quiet village boasts a couple of private lidos along the waterfront, some good-valued self-catering apartments and a few restaurants.
Xemxija is the smallest from all the tourist resorts in Malta, but is practically the gateway to Malta's finest sandy beaches.
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Popular with both tourists and locals alike,
is located on the east coast of the island of Malta.
Sliema has an upmarket feel, excellent restaurants and bars and some of the best high fashion shops and brands on the island. This is what makes Sliema extremely different from other resorts in Malta.
Its rocky beaches are very popular for sunbathing and swimming.
One thing's for sure, in Sliema you will literally be spoilt for choice with the countless excellent restaurants offering both local and international cuisine. Sliema is also blessed with some excellent nightlife, ranging from quiet taverns and wine bars to restaurants, pubs and clubs.
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is one of the latest and most recent tourist development.
It's practically a stone's throw away from the island's nightlife centre, Paceville.
Offering an excellent choice of all types of holiday accommodation, Saint Julians also boasts some fine dining spots.
Like Sliema, St Julians is also very well connected to the rest of the island.
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Marsascala was originally a fishing village.
Nowadays, it's a very popular summer resort with Maltese people.
In fact, many locals have a summer residence in Marsascala.
Not as popular with tourists as the other resorts in Malta, this village is well equipped with restaurants, bars and pubs as well as accommodation options.
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Resorts in Gozo
Originally a small fishing village, demand for holiday accommodation has turned
into a popular resort town in Gozo.
Development has not spoilt the beauty of the bay though.
A favourite spot for tourists, Gozitans and Maltese alike, Xlendi has some good swimming, snorkelling and diving spots.
Its rocky coastline also offers great sunbathing opportunities.
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is the main Gozo holiday resort.
Still, it's still relatively low-key when compared to the main resorts in Malta, namely Sliema and Bugibba.
Offering an abundance of hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments, in Marsalforn you will also find a good choice of restaurants and bars.
In summer, Marsalforn is the main nightlife spot on Gozo island.
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If choosing and staying in any of the various resorts in Malta, is not really your thing, you can always opt to stay in the capital of Malta, Valletta or in other picturesque towns and villages across the island.
The Maltese islands' size works in the visitor's favour, since wherever you choose to stay you are never far away from the main attractions and sites.
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