Best Area to Stay in Malta: 8 Fabulous Places to Consider

Visiting Malta was a unique experience for me. It is such a culturally and historically fascinating Mediterranean island (and a photogenic country) that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another time. But while I was planning my itinerary, I had one challenge – choosing the best area to stay in Malta.

This island is small, but there’s a lot to see, and getting around is not always simple and convenient (if you choose to use public transport instead of a car).

Although I’m not a local, after exploring Malta for a bit, I could understand the characteristics of different areas and how easily reachable they were. So here’s my Malta accommodation guide that will hopefully help you plan your trip.

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Malta accommodation guide: Where to stay in Malta island and other imporant travel tips!


MAP OF THE BEST AREAS TO STAY IN MALTA

Click here to access the My Maps interactive map of the best towns to stay in Malta.



THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN MALTA

The local public transportation system is fine but not ideal, so if you want to travel around Malta (without a car), choose an area that’s conveniently connected to different parts of the island.

– Malta uses plugs of type G and operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Many hotels also have plugs C, E, and F, but consider packing a power adapter and a voltage converter.

– Read all the small letters to see if the price includes all the local taxes/extra charges.

– As you can imagine, accommodation prices rise in July and August (mainly in August).

Blue Grotto Malta
Blue Grotto


8 OF THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALTA

VALLETTA – THE HEART OF THE ACTION

OVERVIEW

The capital city, Valletta, seems like the obvious choice when looking for the best city to stay in Malta.

The fact that it was founded by knights (how cool is that?) means that there’s so much to do and see here, and no traveler can skip out on visiting this fascinating city.

PROS OF STAYING IN VALLETTA

You’ll never be bored here. The city is packed with interesting sights, museums, restaurants, cafes, and shops.

It’s directly connected by public transport to most tourist spots in Malta, including the Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk fishing village, Mdina, Ħaġar Qim Temples, and Dingli Cliffs. 

CONS OF STAYING IN VALLETTA

If you’re visiting in summer, it can get quite crowded.

– There are no beaches in Valletta.

A street in Valletta Malta
Valletta

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN VALLETTA

Tano’s Boutique Guesthouse (mid-range): Housed in an 18th-century building, this B&B offers rooms and suites (with a balcony) for up to 4 people, a shared terrace overlooking the Three Cities, and a highly-rated breakfast. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Paulos Valletta (mid-range): Located near the must-visit Palace Armoury, this boutique hotel offers spacious rooms (for up to 4 people) with a kitchen and an optional breakfast. Some rooms also have a balcony and sea views. Read more and check its latest prices.

Palazzo Jean Parisot Boutique Suites (Luxury): Situated a stone’s throw away from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, this hotel offers fully-equipped spacious, modern suites for 2-4 people. Breakfast is also available, as well as access to a rooftop terrace and an outdoor tub. Browse availability and prices here.

Maltese balconies in Valletta
Valletta


SLIEMA – A GREAT BASE TO EXPLORE THE ISLAND

OVERVIEW

I loved staying in the city of Sliema, which is located only 10 km (about 6 miles) from the airport. It was once a small fishing village, but it has become a major residential and commercial hub.

PROS OF STAYING IN SLIEMA

– It’s not crowded with tourists as much as Valletta is (but it is a busy city).

It’s directly connected by public transport to visit-worthy places in Malta like Riviera Beach, Mdina, Valletta (only a 5-minute ferry), Cirkewwa (from where you can take the ferry to Gozo island), and archeological sites such as Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and Tarxien Temples.

You’ll find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars in Sliema.

You can relax at one of its rocky beaches and Roman Baths.

CONS OF STAYING IN SLIEMA

Though it’s home to a few points of interest like Saint Julian’s Tower and Fort Tigné, it’s not a landmark-packed city.

– It’s not directly connected by public transport to other popular spots like the Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk fishing village, Ħaġar Qim Temples, and Dingli Cliffs.

A rocky beach in Sliema
Sliema

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN SLIEMA

Slimiza Suites (mid-range): I stayed in this boutique hotel and had a wonderful experience. My room was clean and comfy, the breakfast was good, and the staff was welcoming and helpful. It’s also conveniently located near the promenade, ferry area, and all the bus stops. Read more reviews and check its latest prices.

Cozy Rooms Hotel (mid-range): Located near Sliema’s promenade and ferry area, this small hotel offers spacious rooms for up to 3 people, an on-site bar and shared lounge, and a highly-rated breakfast. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Roman Baths of Sliema Malta
Sliema’s Roman Baths


ST. JULIAN’S – THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN MALTA FOR NIGHTLIFE

OVERVIEW

Located right next to Sliema, St. Julian’s is a small town known for its hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.

PROS OF STAYING IN ST. JULIAN’S

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Malta that offers a vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene, St. Julian’s is for you.

The town is very close to Sliema, so you can reach other parts of the island relatively easily.

CONS OF STAYING IN ST. JULIAN’S

Although you’ll find a few bays in this area (including St George’s Bay and the small Balluta Bay Beach), it’s not your ideal beach destination.

It’s a typical tourist resort town, so it’s not the place to stay if you’re looking for authentic, local experiences.

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN ST. JULIAN’S

123 Main Street (mid-range): Overlooking Spinola Bay, this family-run boutique hotel offers deluxe rooms and suites (with a balcony) for up to 3 people, an on-site bar, and a continental breakfast. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Ddream Hotel (mid-range): Centrally located near all the restaurants and bars, this hotel offers rooms for up to 4 people, an on-site bar, a 24/7 reception desk, and a highly-rated optional breakfast. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Hotel Juliani (luxury): Overlooking Spinola Bay, this 4-star boutique hotel offers double rooms and suites and features an on-site restaurant, a rooftop terrace/pool, and a gym. A continental breakfast is available, as well as free private parking. Read more and browse prices here.

Town and harbor of St Julians, Malta
St Julian’s. Photo 89635743 © Zoltan Gabor | Dreamstime.com


MARSAXLOKK – A CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE

OVERVIEW

Known for its colorful boats, Marsaxlokk has to be one of the cutest fishing villages I’ve ever visited. It’s also located less than 7 km (less than 4.5 miles) from the airport in the eastern part of Malta.

PROS OF STAYING IN MARSAXLOKK

If you’re looking for utter quiet, this is the place for you.

The village is small, but it’s home to many fantastic restaurants, and it even hosts a famous market on Sundays.

There are a few nearby natural swimming pools like Il-Kalanka Bay and Peter’s Pool.

CONS OF STAYING IN MARSAXLOKK

The village is not so well connected by public transport to other parts of the island, except Valletta.

If you’re looking for a bustling, lively place to stay, this is not it.

colorful boats in Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN MARSAXLOKK

South Wind Guesthouse (mid-range): This guesthouse offers deluxe double rooms (some with sea views and a balcony), a highly-rated breakfast, and a great location near the seafront. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Port View Guesthouse (mid-range): This family-run guesthouse offers rooms (some with sea views) for up to 4 people, a highly-rated breakfast, and a convenient location near the promenade. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

A boat in Marsaxlokk Malta
Marsaxlokk


MARSASKALA – ONE OF THE BEST TOWNS TO STAY IN MALTA FOR UTTER QUIET

OVERVIEW

Located next to Marsaxlokk, another quiet seaside town you might like is Marsaskala.

PROS OF STAYING IN MARSASKALA

– It’s a laid-back less-touristy town, perfect for those in search of relaxation away from the crowds.

You’ll find many cafes and restaurants to choose from.

There is a small beach in this town called St. Thomas Bay.

CONS OF STAYING IN MARSASKALA

It is not so well connected by public transport to other parts of the island, except Valletta and Marsaxlokk.

If you’re looking for a vibrant place to stay, this is not it.

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN MARSASKALA

Interlace Apartment (budget/mid-range): This is a spacious 3-bedroom apartment suitable for up to 6 people. It has two bathrooms, a terrace, and a fully-equipped kitchen, and it’s located near all the restaurants and bus stops. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

TJ Boutique (mid-range): Located near the seafront within a short walk from all the restaurants and bus stops, this simple boutique hotel offers single or deluxe double rooms, a shared lounge, and a continental breakfast. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Town and harbor of Marsaskala, Malta
Marsaskala. Photo 161561152 © Evgeniy Parilov | Dreamstime.com


MDINA AND RABAT – A PIECE OF HISTORY

OVERVIEW

No Malta itinerary is complete without the historic city of Mdina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital, dating back thousands of years ago.

It’s a highly-visited city, and it’s treated almost like a sacred place – no cars are allowed, it’s home to less than 300 inhabitants, and it really is ‘The Silent City.’

You can count the number of accommodations in Mdina on the fingers of one hand, so if you want to stay close to this beautiful piece of history, book your accommodation in the nearby Rabat, which used to be a suburb of Mdina.

A street in Mdina
Mdina

PROS OF STAYING IN RABAT

You’ll be close to all the sights of Mdina.

Rabat itself is a bit more lively and has quite a few cafes and restaurants.

Rabat and Mdina are well-connected by public transport to places like Valletta, the Blue Grotto, Mosta, Dingli Cliffs, and the airport.

CONS OF STAYING IN RABAT

Rabat and Mdina are not coastal, so getting to any main beach requires taking a bus or a taxi.

It’s not the usual area most people choose to stay in, so highly-rated accommodation options are limited.

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN MDINA AND RABAT

Maleth Inn (mid-range): This guesthouse is located only a minute walk away from Mdina and offers fully-equipped rooms and suites (including a small kitchen) for up to 4 people. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Casa Azzopardi Guesthouse (mid-range): Also located near the entrance to Mdina, this guesthouse (that has a rating of more than 9.5) offers spacious double rooms and suites with a balcony and free public parking nearby. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Mdina Malta
Mdina


MELLIEHA – WHERE TO STAY IN MALTA FOR A BEACH VACATION

OVERVIEW

One of the most northern towns in Malta, Mellieha is a great beach destination with a laid-back authentic atmosphere (can be a great choice if you’re on a European girls’ trip).

PROS OF STAYING IN MELLIEHA

Closeness to Malta’s biggest sandy beach – Mellieħa Bay, also called Għadira Bay.

– Closeness to Malta’s other islands – Gozo and Comino.

– It is well-connected by public transport to both Sliema and Valletta.

CONS OF STAYING IN MELLIEHA

– It is not as conveniently connected to other parts of the island.

– Unless you find accommodation near the coast, it’s important to know that the town sits atop a hill.

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN MELLIEHA

Mellieha Bay Waters (mid-range): Located right next to Għadira Bay, this fully-equipped, spacious 2-bedroom apartment is suitable for 4 people and offers free private parking and a terrace with beach views. Read more about it and book it here.

Sunny Modern Apartments (budget/mid-range): Situated in the same building, you can book a 3-bedroom apartment (suitable for 5 people) or a penthouse apartment (suitable for 6 people), both spacious and fully equipped. There are a few nearby restaurants and a bus that will take you down to Għadira Bay. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Mellieha from above, Malta
Mellieha. Photo 41487665 © Mildax | Dreamstime.com


ST. PAUL’S BAY, BUGIBBA, AND QAWRA – POPULAR RESORT TOWNS

OVERVIEW

Located in northwestern Malta, these three adjacent small localities are popular resort towns.

PROS OF STAYING IN ST. PAUL’S BAY, BUGIBBA, AND QAWRA

– You’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars in the area.

– The area is well-connected by public transport to Sliema, Valletta, Mdina, and popular sandy beaches like Golden Bay, Riviera Beach, and Għadira Bay.

– Closeness to Malta’s other islands – Gozo and Comino.

CONS OF STAYING IN ST. PAUL’S BAY, BUGIBBA, AND QAWRA

These are typical tourist resort towns, so they’re not the place to stay if you’re looking for authentic, local experiences.

– There are a few rocky beaches here, but it’s not your ideal beach destination.

HIGHLY-RATED PLACES TO STAY IN PAUL’S BAY, BUGIBBA, AND QAWRA

Villa Zammitella (budget/mid-range): Located further away from the hustle and bustle of Bugibba and Qawra, this B&B has rooms for up to 4 people, a roof terrace overlooking the bay, free public parking nearby, a shared lounge, and even a playground for kids. Read reviews and check its latest prices.

Park Lane Boutique Aparthotel (mid-range): Located near Buġibba Beach, this aparthotel offers open-plan studios for 2 people, a rooftop pool and terrace, and a small gym. Breakfast is also available, as well as free public parking nearby. Read more and browse availability here.

* I haven’t stayed at every hotel I mention in this post, but each one is well-researched, has high ratings of 8+ on Booking.com, and is a place I would book for myself. That said, you should always read the reviews and all the details about the facilities and services to see if they match your needs.



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About Or Amir

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