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    • adonis10
    • By adonis10 11th Mar 17, 5:40 PM
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    Where to holiday in Malta?
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    Where to holiday in Malta? 11th Mar 17 at 5:40 PM
    Thinking of trying a holiday to Malta but have no idea where to look first. Anyone been? Recommendations?
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 11th Mar 17, 5:45 PM
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    What do you want from a holiday?
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • adonis10
    • By adonis10 11th Mar 17, 5:54 PM
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    What do you want from a holiday?
    Originally posted by elsien
    The OH and I love holidays where we can have a nice balance between relaxing and doing very little, but also seeing sights and interesting places, love good restaurants and exploring quieter areas off the beaten track. Done lots of Greek Islands, plenty of places in Italy and now stuck for where to go next
    • richardw
    • By richardw 11th Mar 17, 6:19 PM
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    Have a browse http://www.visitmalta.com/en/where-to-stay
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 12th Mar 17, 7:28 AM
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    Chevron are Malta specialists...

    https://www.chevron.co.uk/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand %3A%20Chevron&utm_term=chevron%20holiday%20malta&u tm_content=Chevron%20-%20holidays%20malta

    ...all sorts to suit all budgets.

    How do you intend travelling around? Buses are cheap, and there's plenty of them plying the main routes. BUT they get very busy, so I advise choosing your accommodation carefully close to a bus terminus. If you are hiring a car then good luck, not a very relaxing experience, and parking can be a challenge.

    Malta is tiny, but there are over 400,000 vehicles clogging the place up, that = more vehicles than people old enough to drive the things. The major routes mainly go through small towns, the roads weren't built for the amount of traffic, and roadworks and diversions are everywhere.

    Eating out isn't particularly cheap either, nor is food in the supermarkets for self catering. Blame the EU for that.

    Valetta is a beautiful city, with plenty to see and do, and is very walkable, though are are some steep hills dropping down to the waterfront.

    Sliema is very popular with a lovely seafront that goes all the way to also popular St Julians.

    Bugibba is popular too especially with older British and British expats. Plenty of cheap watering holes.

    Mellieha, in the north is also popular, and very handy for getting to the ferry to Gozo.

    There's also a couple of other nice spots south of Valetta.

    Gozo is a lovely little island, ferries run regularly, take about 25 minutes, and a return ticket costs €4.65.

    The above is based on a 3 week AI stay in Mellieha in February last year, and 4 weeks B&B in Bugibba in November last year.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 12-03-2017 at 9:09 AM.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 12th Mar 17, 7:45 AM
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    Also, with visitor numbers to places like Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt suffering badly, Malta is reaping the benefits. But, imho I think the infrastructure is creaking, and struggling to cope especially during main tourist months.
    • Grumpelstiltskin
    • By Grumpelstiltskin 12th Mar 17, 9:01 AM
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    I have to agree with Pete. You look at a map and think Malta a small island, problem is as Pete says it is crowded.

    If you go please don't even think about hiring a car unless you are happy with driving in a crowded city with the added hazard of drivers who just don't take any notice of the rules of the road and having nowhere to park.

    Having said that it is one of my favourite places to visit.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 12th Mar 17, 9:24 AM
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    The Azure Window is no more...

    http://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20170308/local/the-azure-window-lost-and-gone-forever.641810

    ...so never underestimate the weather in Malta.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 12th Mar 17, 9:32 AM
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    I was in Mellieha in January and had a few days in Bugibba during February with Mrs Sleazy. Bugibba seemed more 'touristy' to me, but wherever you go the buses seem to run everywhere anyway - 21 Euros for a weekly ticket. Lucky with the weather both places too...
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    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 12th Mar 17, 10:04 AM
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    I like St Julians/Spinola Bay but it may be a little too lively for some people. Bugibba is more of a typical Mediterranean tourist resort and may be better for the elderly or those with young families. Valletta is lovely during the day but pretty dead in the evenings. I wasn't too keen on Sliema.

    As above, don't even think about driving as the roads a busy and parking is limited. The bus network is comprehensive and the weekly ticket is good value for exploring the island.

    Malta isn't a really a budget destination these days. Food and drink are excellent quality - thanks to a lot of Italian immigrants - but costs won't be as cheap as elsewhere on the Med.
    Last edited by Doshwaster; 12-03-2017 at 10:07 AM.
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 12th Mar 17, 10:08 AM
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    What time of year do you want to go?
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 12th Mar 17, 10:35 AM
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    I was in Mellieha in January and had a few days in Bugibba during February with Mrs Sleazy. Bugibba seemed more 'touristy' to me, but wherever you go the buses seem to run everywhere anyway - 21 Euros for a weekly ticket. Lucky with the weather both places too...
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    It is very touristy....it's seamlessly joined to Qawra and St Paul's, which is where 'posh' people say they've been.

    The closer you stay to Bigibba bus station, which is actually in Qawra, the more chance you have on getting a seat.

    Standing up for an hour to Valletta the way some of the bus drivers drive isn't much fun.

    What is interesting to watch on a [very] full bus is watching passengers accidentally pressing the Stop Bell with their bum, bag, shoulder, or whatever else.....the reaction of the bus driver can be hilarious if he keeps having to get further behind schedule because he has to stop the vehicle for no-one to get off.
    • pattycake
    • By pattycake 12th Mar 17, 12:25 PM
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    My DH works in Malta. Driving and parking are a nightmare. He was there last week and said the winds and storms made it very unpleasant. I have to say he is not a fan of the place but they do say familiarity breeds contempt. I have enjoyed my trips there but then I wasn't working!
    • Timpu
    • By Timpu 12th Mar 17, 9:18 PM
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    We had a fab holiday a couple of years ago, staying in Gharb on Gozo. We hired a car from the airport for the week (pre-booked to save money) and had no problems driving around, perhaps because Gozo is quiet compared to the larger island. Getting around on foot was also easy.
    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 12th Mar 17, 9:31 PM
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    I went to Malta last year for the first time. I stayed in Sliema , loved the place. I actually thought the food and drink were reasonably priced. I will most certainly go back to Malta.
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    • maman
    • By maman 12th Mar 17, 9:53 PM
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    I went to Malta last year for the first time. I stayed in Sliema , loved the place. I actually thought the food and drink were reasonably priced. I will most certainly go back to Malta.
    Originally posted by I Love comps
    I went in autumn 2016 so before the Brexit vote and so no more expensive than here.

    We went for a sightseeing break and thoroughly enjoyed it and being October the weather was good but not so crowded as some posters have said. We bought a week's bus pass and it was fine.

    We stayed in Barruta Bay which is just off Sliema. Personally I wouldn't fancy the large hotels in the larger resorts but if you like lively then Malta offers this too.
    • YorkshireBoy
    • By YorkshireBoy 12th Mar 17, 10:48 PM
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    I went in autumn 2016 so before the Brexit vote and so no more expensive than here.
    Originally posted by maman
    I thought I saw you there in Autumn 2015. Must have been someone else.
    • TheShape
    • By TheShape 12th Mar 17, 11:47 PM
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    Was in Malta just over a fortnight ago. Stayed in Sliema at the St Julian's Bay end so could walk there each evening to the restaurants. Thought the restaurants in St Julian's were good, reasonably priced and portions quite large and enjoyed the beer.

    21 euros for a 7 day bus pass to take you around the island but the buses were already very busy in February so don't count on them being on time or even stopping if full.

    I never spend a great deal on accommodation as the hotel is usually just for sleeping but I managed to get 4 nights for a little over £80 which I was very happy with.

    I thought it was a great place for a holiday. Easy to see lot of things, ancient temples, natural landmarks, old cities etc or to relax. It's clear I was lucky to go when I did regarding the weather as it was very pleasant when I was there.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 13th Mar 17, 7:58 AM
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    Lots of Italians in Malta, some good Italian restaurants.....their conversation sometimes gets lost in translation though...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAFQFvSPhQ8

    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 13th Mar 17, 8:31 AM
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    I went in autumn 2016 so before the Brexit vote and so no more expensive than here.
    Originally posted by maman
    I went last year the week after the referendum result so I felt the pain of the crashing pound. I never change money in advance but I wish I had this time.
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