Where to stay
Location is an important factor to consider when planning your accommodation in Malta. This will depend on what one is looking for in his holiday. Those who are looking to unwind and get away from a busy city life should consider staying away from the busiest cities in Malta like Sliema, St Julians or Bugibba. Valletta, Xemxija, Mellieha or close by may be wiser choices to relax and enjoy quieter surroundings. The best beaches on the island are situated to the north of Malta which is less hectic than the centre. St.Pauls Bay area is an ideal location close to the main sandy beaches yet relatively quiet area. The hustle and bustle of Bugibba is only a 15 to 20 minute walk away.
The south of Malta is also home to a few unspoiled beaches particularly near Blue Grotto, Delimara and Zurrieq. One swimming spot worth mentioning in the south of Malta is St Peter's Pool.
Who wants to stay in the centre of the action then Sliema, St Julians and Paceville can be the best choice. These areas offer a wide choice of restaurants, hotels and shopping centres and one will also find a vibrant nightlife especially in Paceville. Some nice rocky beaches can also be found in the surroundings and suitable for walking along large lovely promenades. Most hotels and apartments are indeed situated in these areas of Malta which is also the most developed on the island. From Sliema it is possible to get easy access to anywhere.
Consider also staying in one of many traditional quaint and tranquil villages which are less touristic. Some popular and interesting choices are Naxxar, Żurrieq, Ħad-dingli , Ħal Balzan and Ħal Għargħur amongst others. There are no hotels in such areas but rustic bed and breakfast lodgings are found everywhere.
On a nutshell, anywhere on the island is never too far from any point of interest especially if a car is hired. Hotels in the centre tend to be more expensive. In the south of Malta there are also several holiday apartments for rent especially in Birzebbuga, Marsaxlokk and Marsascala but hotels are found only to the centre and the north of the main island.
Gozo size is only about 67 square kilometres and therefore the island is quite compact. All villages of Gozo are peaceful and a perfect place for relaxation. Location is not a very important factor on the island and one can find a wide choice of accommodation sites in most villages and also in the capital city Victoria. Appartments and farmhouses are more popular in Gozo but there are some nice hotels as well. Most lodging can be found in the rural villages of Gharb and Xaghra and in the seaside resorts of Xlendi and Marsalforn.
Most farmhouses in Gozo are likely to have a pool and are situated in the countryside therefore enjoying stellar views which make Gozo a heaven on earth. Most of them are built in a traditional rustic character and offer a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.