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.
Malta has a golden hue, from more than just its sandy shores. The Mediterranean sun casts off the historic architecture and charming towns, bathing them in a warm glow that the friendly locals seem to absorb. It’s hard to describe, but wonderful to experience from our villas 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.
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.
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.
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.
Malta Holidays - Points of Interest
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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Scores 7.4 out of 10based on 15 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
Very friendly people. Prices are lower than in the UK. Small island so it does not take time to get about. Good bus service.
Road are the worst I have come across - and I have driven all over the world!
Confirmed stay: 21 May 2019 Published on: 22 May 2019 7 out of 10
Holmes Chapel Couple
Malta - villa location/size and outside space
Weather - too early in the year. villa not aired for visitors/ musty books Hot water powered by solar - no sun - so the odd couple of days of cold showers. kitchen was fine for water as off a different system
Confirmed stay: 09 April 2019 Published on: 18 April 2019 9 out of 10
All you want to do in one small Island.
All the building work.
Confirmed stay: 19 February 2019 Published on: 24 February 2019 7 out of 10
Antiquities, architecture, old towns. Friendly people. Some very nice restaurants.
Roads, traffic, seaside tourist locations were often tacky. Not a place for good beaches.
Confirmed stay: 30 October 2018 Published on: 31 October 2018 10 out of 10
Bedale north Yorkshire Couple
The pool, friendly man mark at shop just two minutes away.easy access to all areas.
Just the rough roads really
Confirmed stay: 23 October 2018 Published on: 25 October 2018 9 out of 10
Sea is lovely and warm! Plenty to see and do. Lots of places to eat and drink.
It’s like driving in London! Arghhhh!
Confirmed stay: 18 September 2018 Published on: 19 September 2018 7 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Mdina is lovely and well worth a visit
The wait at the car hire desk. Avis is painfully slow.
The litter and the Maltese driving skills
Confirmed stay: 28 August 2018 Published on: 31 August 2018 6 out of 10
Pool was fantastic. Clean. well maintained and large - the main draw to the villa if I am honest. the decor of the villa is probably quite traditional and so I cannot comment on that. Wifi was more than adequate for kids and parents surfing! Towels for bathroom and pool were provided! ace
The Cooker I think was bottled gas (due to location on hillside) so took forever to cook anything - which meant we gave up! there was a socket in the living room, which had a black burn mark so we did not trust that. the air-conditioning in one of the rooms dripped, and below it was another electrical socket, so we could not use that.. the sink plug / lever thingy did not work on one of the sinks, which meant the plug did not rise, so we could not use that.. oh and a few lizards in the villa itself.. bit of a shock! lots of biting flies at night..only to be expected!
Confirmed stay: 31 July 2018 Published on: 02 August 2018 10 out of 10
finningham suffolk Friends
Location, pool, johnney there dog.
Beds, bedlinen and dated décor.
Confirmed stay: 19 July 2018 Published on: 21 July 2018 1 out of 10
Cheltenham Family (the eldest child is at school)
Too many to say
Confirmed stay: 10 July 2018 Published on: 12 July 2018
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