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Malta - An island basking in golden glory

Situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta has an array of amazing historic and natural wonders. A villa holiday destination blessed with year-round sunshine, the narrow cobblestone streets of Malta’s towns are crowded with Norman cathedrals and baroque palaces. Lush green countryside fills the centre of the island, with a variety of fascinating megaliths, medieval dungeons and ancient caves dotted throughout.

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Mellieha a village was developed under British colonization after the British encouraged people to settle in the area by giving leases to the population. The town has retained its historic centre with narrow streets and stepped alleys, and an underground chapel with frescoes said to have been painted by St Luke. The beach is the largest in Malta and offers good swimming with gently shelving sand. The north east breezes make it popular for windsurfing. Many of our villas are located in the estate of Santa Maria which enjoys great views over the bay. A good choice of shops, restaurants and entertainment can also be found in this popular resort.

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The idyllic hamlet of Bidnija, the second smallest village in Malta, is located between two sweeping valleys in the heart of Malta. It is still largely a farmer's village since it is entirely surrounded by fields which mainly belong to the inhabitants themselves, although in recent years many have moved here in order to enjoy the quiet life amidst the countryside. It makes a perfect base for exploring the more rural side of the island. A pretty chapel is located in the village centre, dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth, also not far is the famous Mosta Dome, the third largest unsupported dome in Europe.

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Zurrieq is the largest village in the south of the island, and one of the original medieval parishes. The village is located near some spectacular coastline - the picturesque, tiny harbour of Wied iz-Zurrieq at the end of a rugged valley. From the harbour, you can take a short boat trip to the Blue Grotto, a series of natural, sea-level caves, and a local beauty spot.

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Your Malta Villa holiday

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Outdoor pursuits in Malta

The hot, sunny climate in Malta is ideal for outdoor adventures – whether you want to get active or unwind. For a relaxing villa holiday, Malta’s wonderful cliff and countryside holiday walking routes enable you to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of its stunning scenery on foot. Sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing and fishing are also popular leisure activities. Whether you explore Malta by hiking, horse-back riding or mountain bike, its wonderful features and stunning views can be seen from every vantage point.

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Local cuisine in Malta

Traditional cooking in Malta is rich with Moorish and Sicilian influences. Typical dishes include tomato and wine sauces with pasta and fish - and rich pastries and desserts of ricotta, almonds and figs. Cool romantic courtyards offer the perfect setting to dine al fresco on your villa holiday. Choose from romantic palazzos to Malta’s bustling harbour restaurants – or a local village bar for hearty, traditional food. Fine wines from native grapes and excellent local beers are produced here, while giant vegetables and fresh fish can be found in the colourful village markets.

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Hints of history in Malta

Baroque cities, medieval towns and prehistoric temples are all memorable backdrops to explore in Malta. Here, you’ll be able to retrace the footsteps of St Paul and the Knights of St John. Dozens of fiestas are held in celebration of local saints, with flag-bedecked streets, parades and dazzling fireworks during the summer holiday season. Napoleon and British royalty have all set foot in Malta, leaving their historic imprint to this day. You’ll discover red pillar boxes, tea rooms, pubs and familiar old cars driven on the left - all giving a villa holiday on this island a distinctly colonial feel.

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Upbeat nights in Malta

From sultry summer jazz festivals to lively village carnivals and fiestas, you’ll find Malta offers a surprisingly rich and varied choice of entertainment. The island’s year-round calendar of local events range from classical to modern, and cater to every cultural taste – ensuring that you can experience a true taste of Malta on your villa holiday. Open air concerts, contemporary theatre and the latest cinematic art house and blockbuster releases are also available to enjoy here.

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Not to be missed...

  • Go shopping in the capital, Valetta and explore the upper Barrakka gardens overlooking the Grand harbour.
  • Pop along to Popeye Village - the film set for the 80’s film which is perched on the craggy cliffs just west of Mellieha.
  • Step back in time to the streets of medieval Mdina. The old capital of Malta is one of Europe’s finest walled cities and was once home to St Paul when he was shipwrecked on the island.
  • Visit the tiny island of Comino and the crystal clear waters of the blue lagoon.
  • Visit the second largest Playmobil factory in the world, where the fun park playground offers non-stop entertainment.
  • Visit the Mediterraneo Marine Park, where you can watch an incredible sea lion show.

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