dealchecker's guide to Malta

Forged by the Greeks and the Romans, the Moors and the Normans, the Knights of St. John and the Sicilian kings alike, Malta is a multicultural place with layer upon layer of history. There are oodles of interesting and enchanting Malta hotels to choose from all over the country.

The capital of Valletta is tagged by UNESCO and crowned by the Baroque majesty of Saint John's Co-Cathedral. Meanwhile, old Moorish Mdina stands like limpet on the inland hills, awash with arabesque filigrees and winding medieval streets. And then there's the coastline, from the sandy beaches of Mellieha to the carved arches and cliffs of Gozo.

Popular Hotel Stays in Malta

Holidayers in search of sun, sand and sea often make a beeline straight for warm and welcoming Bugibba. This town of bobbing sailboats and seaside eateries is the gateway to St Pauls Bay and the shimmering sands and rugged coves of Qawra - prime snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming territory.

You can search dealchecker for cheap hotels in Malta over on the island of Gozo, too. This is the place to strap on the walking boots and scale the great stone arches of Dwejra Bay, settle under the chiselled cliffs of Xlendi Beach, or wonder wide-eyed at the colossal megaliths of the 5,600-year-old Ggantija Temples.

Tiny Comino, the smallest inhabited isle of the Malta archipelago, promises some of the most rustic and romantic stays. Enjoy pure isolation between its sparkling Blue Lagoon and scrub-dressed coastal hills!

City Breaks in Malta

City breaks to the UNESCO-attested capital of Malta at Valletta are high on the menu for travellers hitting this sun-splashed Mediterranean speck. Small and compact, the town pokes out into the sea from the north-eastern edge of the main island. It comes ringed by formidable 16th-century walls and the great bulwarks of the Fort St. Elmo, not to mention the hedonistic clubs and pubs of Paceville and the great Cathedral Museum - home to some unnerving chiaroscuros by Caravaggio.

The former Aghlabid capital of Mdina is another must-see, raised in stone and with a labyrinth of tight alleyways weaving through its 1000-year-old heart.

Victoria, Malta's second-largest city, can be found atop the ridges of Gozo Island. This ancient settlement is topped by the mighty Cittadella, hiding Roman remains and Medieval bastions aplenty. Close by stands the Byzantine come Baroque Basilica of St. George, looming over the cafes and eateries where gbejniet cheese meets Maltese mezze and stews on the menus.

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