Malta and Gozo: Introduction
Malta and Gozo are two of the three islands in the Maltese archipelago (the other being Comino) and are both a wonderful choice for a holiday. The isles have a typically Mediterranean climate, experiencing an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day in the summer months. The weather is generally dry and sunny all year round, although a little cooler in the winter.
One of the great things about booking flights to Malta is that it doesn't take too long to fly to the island's Luqa airport, with Monarch Flights offering a route from East Midlands airport that takes around three hours and 30 minutes.
As Gozo is just 5 km from Malta, it is easy to island hop and explore both of these charming destinations on your break.
Where to stay
Of course, booking cheap flights to Malta isn't the only thing you need to do when you're organising a holiday - you also have to decide where you'd like to stay. Most of the island's top beach resorts are situated in the north, while the south and central regions of Malta are best suited to holidaymakers seeking a tranquil, rural setting. Here are just a few of the beach resorts you can stay at:
St Julian's - This is one of Malta's main seaside destinations, with beautiful beaches, a vibrant nightlife and a pretty town centre. Balluta Bay, Spinola Bay and St George's Bay are the main stretches of sand in St Julian's, while the majority of the clubs and bars are located in Paceville. In Spinola Bay you can still see traditional fishing vessels, but one of the area's top landmarks is the 17th century Spinola Palace. St Julian's is around 15 minutes from Luqa airport.
Sliema - Sliema is close to St Julian's and the two resorts have started to merge. The town is home to numerous shops, restaurants and cafes, while there are several beaches nearby including the interesting Fond Ghadir, which is a rocky area peppered with dips that are perfect for sunbathers. The transfer to Sliema takes around 20 minutes.
Mellieha Bay - Mellieha Bay is one of the largest beaches on the island and is a lovely place to be based. The bay itself is sheltered, with an old castle at one end of the sand and the old village of Mellieha at the other. This is also a great place to come for water sports, with windsurfing among the activities you can try. The journey from the airport will take around 40 minutes.
St Paul's Bay - St Paul's Bay is close to two of Malta's other resorts - Bugibba and Qawra - and together these constitute the island's largest resort. There are plenty of stunning beaches here, as well as a few historical sites that give you an excuse to abandon the seaside for a day to explore some of Malta's heritage. St Paul's Bay is around a half-hour drive from the airport.
What's on offer in Gozo?
Booking a flight to Gozo is a great option if you enjoy being active and adventurous on your holidays, as the isle is perfect for all kinds of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, cycling, scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking and windsurfing.
Gozo is also a fantastic choice if you're keen to have a quieter experience in rural surroundings and want to seek out some of the amazing historical attractions on the isle. Among the places you can stay in are Victoria, a village in the centre of Gozo with its own citadel, the picturesque coastal village of San Lawrenz from where you can discover the stunning Dwejra coastline and Ghasri, one of Gozo's most traditional villages.
Malta and Gozo flights, holidays and hotels
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