Ultimately travelling abroad means trying something new and exciting whilst daring to be immersed into the unknown.
For a real holiday experience join us in Malta summer 2011 and venture into the sights and sounds that make Malta a place that will leave you talking about it for years to come
Malta is a developed southern European country and consists of an archipelago situated centrally in the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north-east of North Africa, with Gibraltar 1,826 km to the west and Egypt 1,510 km to the east. Malta is approximately 17 miles long, and 9 miles wide, taking just over an hour to drive between its two furthest points. Its only 25 mins from Malta Airport to St. Julians so you can rest assured that you will be able to kick start your holiday and be checked into your chosen accommodation within an hour after arrival, no hassle and certainly no fuss.
Driving - Just like in the UK, traffic in Malta drives on the left.
Electricity – 230 Volts, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin square plugs are used (which is always useful when you have a hairdryer, travel iron and your phone charger all fighting for a place on the travel adapter )
Flying Time – 3 hours flying time
Time Difference - GMT+1 hour.
Getting around- Buses are the primary method of public transport for the islands, which offer a relatively cheap and frequent services to many parts of Malta and Gozo. The vast majority of buses on Malta depart from a large circular terminus in Valletta so its easy to get around the island with no confusion, it’s also inexpensive to travel by taxi if you’re feet are too tired all the shopping and dancing.
Language – The spoken languages are mainly Maltese and English so you won’t have a hard time ordering your double vodka’s.
Climate – The summer months of June -August typically see an average of 35 degrees of heat daily and 11 hours of beautiful sunshine
In and Around Malta
St Julian’s consists of Spinola Bay, Paceville and St George’s Bay, and is Malta’s most popular tourist area. This entire 3km stretch contains the highest concentration of bars, clubs and pubs to be found anywhere on the island.
Paceville is Malta’s nightlife capital and the buzzing centre of St Julian’s. Paceville is a playground for the Maltese and tourists who are partial to a bit of late night partying. With an abundance of restaurants and bars and night clubs there is plentiful entertainment options meaning you will have a variety of things to do during your stay. During the day, Paceville is quiet but is busy and very much alive and kicking after dark, when the streets are packed with plenty of people hitting the bars and clubs. Paceville has plenty of places to eat ranging from stalls selling slices of pizza, to budget and high class restaurants alongside the olbigatory fast food outlets like Burger King, McDonald’s and the Hard Rock Cafe. For fine dining with a view, head to the restaurants along the seafront at Spinola. You will find a variety of restaurants offering a plethora of cuisines so you have plenty of dining options. Its only 25 mins from Malta Airport to St. Julians so you can rest assured that as soon as you land you will start your holiday immediately.
St. Georges Bay
St Georges bay is the most northerly area of St Julians, Very close to Paceville , the ‘nightlife capital of Malta’ which is located on the hill opposite the Bay Street Shopping Complex. St Georges Bay consists of a picturesque narrow bay, with a small sandy beach at the head. This is a great area for water sport activities. St. Georges Bay has a more cosmopolitan feel to it and you will find a variety of colourful boats are usually anchored in the bay. The resort is small with a few hotels, bars and restaurants with many more to be found close by in Paceville. St. Georges Bay has 2 Cinema’s one of which is an Imax screen and also Ten-Pin Bowling.
Spinola Bay enjoys a seafront location featuring some of Malta’s finest restaurants with fabulous views.
Valletta, Malta’s capital and a World Heritage site, is full to the brim with culture and that combined with being a leading shopping destination its a fantastic place to visit during your stay in Malta. Among other leading attractions are the majestic St John’s Co- Cathedral, and various museums and galleries to visit during the day. It also provides a stunning snapshot of Malta’s Grand Harbour, described as the most beautiful harbour in the Mediterranean. Completely awash with shops and quaint cafés and several pedestrianised areas it is one of Malta’s main tourist haunts. The city slows down the pace in the evening transforming into a magical location with various entertainment options ranging from cultural events to cinema, restaurants and wine bars, Valletta can be enjoyed by anyone who visits.
Sliema is the heart of shopping in Malta. It is a mixture of residential and commercial properties. With a promenade that runs for several kilometres, it is central to most places and easy to get to with public transport. Sliema attracts the sophisticates of Maltese society and is somewhat more of an upmarket family oriented retreat with a stretch of coastal promenade popular with the locals throughout the year. Sliema has a number of upmarket shopping outlets selling branded and fashionable items. There is a small strip of golden sand where Sliema meets St Julian’s. Sliema restaurants offer international style cuisine from across the globe including Italian to Indian & Chinese.
Attard is well known for being the home of the President’s Palace. It is a residential area, which makes it a relatively peaceful place. It is situated between Mdina and Valletta and transport is easy. San Anton Gardens surround the President’s Palace and are open to visitors. During the summer months you will often find performances being held there.
Ferry crossings every 45 mins operating daily.
Gozo is only a 30-minute ferry ride from Cirkewwa in the North of Malta and is home to only around 30,000 Gozitans retaining a rural atmosphere. Gozo’s landscape is greener with flat-topped hills and winding valleys with beautiful countrysides. The pace of life here is slower and the concentration of tourists exploring the island is smaller than in Malta. Gozo gives you an idea of how Malta was before the onset of mass tourism. Another popular sight to see is The Azure Window, a 50 meter high hole in the cliffs near Dwejra.
A stones throw away from Gozo is the little uninhabited island of Comino. The island offers 360 degree views of Malta and Gozo but its main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. The waters in the Blue Lagoon are a shimmering aquamarine colour and a must see while you are there, making Comino the ideal choice for most kinds of water sports, especially diving and snorkelling.