Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Whistle-Stop Tour of Malta and Gozo

Mellieha   -  Mdina Streets  -  Azure Window

If you are thinking of taking a holiday in Malta, then you will probably be confused by the number of resorts in which you can spend your well-earned break.  Well, in an effort to try and help you decide, we have set out below the main resorts and given you a very brief overview of what you can expect to find.
Valletta :  This is the capital of Malta where you will be able to meander around quaint streets.  During the day, this is a bustling city.  However, during the night you will find it quietens down and you can enjoy a peaceful time in one of the any cafes, bars and restaurants. 

Mdina : Discover a medieval atmosphere in Mdina as you get dizzy walking around winding streets whilst discovering many architectural splendours. 
Attard : If you enjoy gardens, then Attard has landscaped botanical gardens. You can slso see the official summer residence of the President of Malta - St Anton Palace.
Sliema : Sliema is close the capital and is an affluent and fashionable resort with a lovely promenade along which you will find a huge array of bars and restaurants.  Head to Bisazza Street and Tower Road - a shopper's paradise.
St Julians Bay : This was once a small fishing village and is today known for its wonderful location and selection of bars and restaurants overlooking the sea.  Nearby Paceville is ideal for those seeking  more lively nightlife scene.
St George's Bay : A picturesque resort with a lovely sandy beach.   An ideal choice as you can walk to St Julians Bay to benefit from the nightlife
Qawra : A seaside location with an upmarket feel about it.  It is quieter than its neighbour, Bugibba, with a small selection of shops running along the seafront where you can also find a number of bars and restaurants.  Don't miss the Malta National Aquarium and walk through a glass tunnel to view the marine life on display.  There's also the Water Park offering a range of water slides to keep the whole family amused.
Bugibba : If you enjoy a livelier nightlife, then Bugibba is ideal as it has plenty of bars, restaurants and even a casino.   Wander along the promenade to the neighouring resort of Quawre or just spend some time at the Wignacourt Tower [the oldest surviving sea defence on the island].   The beach is rocky, but great for bathing and has a good range of watersports.
St Paul's Bay : Located just north of Bugibba, this resort is quieter and is well known for its range of watersports including glass bottom boat trips.   It is a good place for families, although in the evening don't be surprised if there's lots of music and dancing to be found [and heard].
Mellieha : A charming old village located on a hill overlooking one of Malta's best and longest beaches.   There is a steep main street that leads down to the beach where you will find a selection of shops and restaurants.  Try to find the Marian Grotto where the spring water is supposed to have medicinal powers.
Gozo is a smaller island that Malta and is reached by ferry in just 25 minutes.  Steeped in history, the island is full of quaint villages.
San Lawrenz : You will find stunning scenery here of both the countryside and sea and where you will find the famous Azure Window rock formation.
Sannat : Located inland, this resort has wonderful scenic views.  Located just south of Victoria, you will be able to walk in the neighbouring plateau of Ta'Cenc and also see some fine lace-making.
Xlendi : This is in the south-western part of Gozo and is a great choice if you enjoy walking and taking in the scenery
If you would like more details on holidays in Malta and Gozo, then why not get in contact with us, either by our website or by calling us on 0800 5 677688 or 01582 421117.

Author : Gail Hewitt - Corona Holidays

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