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Malta is a popular year-round destination with its wonderful climate and picturesque villages, there is plenty to do during your stay in Malta. Malta as a destination offers you plenty of interesting things to do and see and better still the locals are English speaking with some well spoken in other European languages. The Maltese Islands are just a short flight away from any European destination, a 3 hour flight at the most from the UK. To book an airline has become fairly easy with a good selection of carriers that operate cheap flights to Malta and there are plenty of hotels to choose from to suit your pocket.

The majority of airline carriers have made it much simpler for the traveller to book their flight with the option of online facilities offering a wide range of services to suit your requirements and budget. You will note the competitive prices when you book your Malta flight with airlines featuring a low cost for the flight. You are then given the option to add services such as baggage, priority boarding, baby car booster seats, sports, musical equipment and others. So keep an eye out for these extras when you have a tight budget. Another important factor is to remember, is make sure you print off your boarding passes, these may come at a charge should you not have them handy when checking in.

There is no off peak season for flights when you book Malta with it being an all-year- round destination. However flight costs will vary depending on the time of year due to holiday periods etc. Great accommodation packages are offered when you book Malta flights from most online portals. These packages will incorporate cheaper accommodation prices and the best deal on Malta flights.

Hotels in Malta

There is a vast selection of Malta hotels available ranging from 2 star to 5 star luxury hotels. Hotels are located all over the island with the majority being in the north and east coastal areas, to suit every budget offering a good range of facilities. Most hotels which have a website offer an online facility allowing you to book your holiday real-time.

In the north coastal area, St.Paul’s Bay, is a popular destination for holidaymakers, which is now a developed area built around the original picturesque fishing village. The resorts of Bugibba and Qawra offer a good number of hotel accommodation, tourist facilities and amenities.

The coastline is primarily rocky but there are still plenty of opportunities for swimming and sunbathing, with a choice of beach clubs and lidos in the resort. There are hotels in the northern resorts of Mellieha and Golden Bay, both boasting their popular sandy beaches, each with their stunning surrounding views.

The main resorts of Sliema and St Julians are on the east coast of the Islands, both areas extremely popular and are linked by a seafront promenade. Many hotels are located on the coastal areas or on seafront promenades; others can be found tucked away in quiet streets but still in walking distance to the promenade and amenities. Sliema is more upmarket with its busy waterfront cafes, bars and many shops and small malls, whilst St Julians is considered to be the best place for entertainment in Malta, offering a bustling nightlife with an abundance of eateries, restaurants, bars, chic cafe’s, clubs, cinemas, bowling alley and more. The main resort in the south of Malta is Marsascala, with its tranquillity and colourful bay, popular with the locals.

The capital of Malta, Valletta, is an ancient fortified city, a historical gem, full of culture, wonderful artefacts and beautiful buildings, dating back to the 15th century. Valletta is oozing with architectural delights, never ending streets with quirky looking buildings, some from the 15th century or from during the British governance and others more recent. Palazzo’s, piazzas, monuments are just a few marvels to mention. St John’s Co Cathedral, with Caravaggio’s masterpiece of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, the Grand Master’s Palace and War Museum. One also has plenty opportunities to enjoy a celebrated selection of local and international performances in its magnificent baroque Manoel Theatre or at St James Cavalier with its stylish architecture. Valletta is also one of the main shopping hubs in Malta, offering an abundance of indoor and outdoor cafeterias and good eateries. Valletta is a great place to stay in, with hotels located in various areas of this remarkable city, some overlooking superb harbour views, and others have views of botanic gardens or grand historic monuments.

History buffs will be enthralled with the Island’s several millennia of history waiting to be explored. From fascinating archaeological sites, some of which are older than the Pyramids, various imposing buildings dating back to the 15th century from the days of the Knights of St John, to the amazing St John Co Cathedral in Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Not to forget to mention the several churches throughout the Island – there is literally one for every day of the year! Museum lovers will enjoy getting lost during their visits to Malta’s several treasures. Each museum houses impressive artefacts from various eras be it art, archaeology, natural history or war time. Enjoy afternoons of lazy sunbathing, water sports or take a boat trip around the striking coastline of hidden lagoons, rugged cliff tops and beaches. You can easily book for any boat trip or enquire about any other activities from the hotel front desk.

It is worth noting that throughout the year a good number of Malta hotels like to feature special promotions on their websites, which are great to take advantage of and book your flight and accommodation there and then.

You will find the Maltese Islands to be a treasure that offers great value for money with welcoming service.

Malta News

Three new EU projects approved

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:09:00 +0200
Three projects amounting to just under €5 million, aimed at enhancing Malta’s security and facilitating the integration of third-country nationals, have been approved. Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds Ian Borg said a project pertaining to the Customs Department will lead to investment in x-ray scanning equipment. This would enhance the department’s capabilities in the continuous battle against cross-border crime and other serious activities, including those of a terrorist nature, smuggling of drugs and cigarettes, money laundering, counterfeiting of goods, endangered protected species, and works of art. The other two projects, to be implemented by the health and education ministries, cover language learning and parental support for integration as well as the building of an Asylum Seekers Isolation Unit for Highly Infectious Diseases. >
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Maltese investors and interest payments

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:38:00 +0200
It is often bewildering how often investors refuse to accept good advice, and a particularly persistent stumbling block is investor’s reluctance to invest in anything that does not pay interest. I cannot pretend to have researched the subject, but from what I gather, profit on investment is only part of the investment rationale. Other important factors influence the Maltese investor. Maltese investors seem to get a dopamine surge following each interest payment. Yes, investors smile when they realise that they will receive interest. I mean, I am being truthful when I say that investors really turn sour when told that there is no interest, and really smile when they are informed of interest payments. In the past there was also the cheque. What always closed the deal was a cheque with interest sent by post. Tell an investor that he would periodically receive a cheque at home and credit rating and yield become secondary. It is a pity that cheques are becoming a thing of the past. I can even imagine old ladies still waiting behind the door hoping to get their interest fix. Two figure percentage price gains pale when compared to a two percent interest once a while. Another point I... >
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Daphne Caruana Galizia arrives in court to testify in magisterial inquiry

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:20:08 +0200
Daphne Caruana Galizia Updated 10.10am Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia has arrived in court to appear before Magistrate Aaron Bugeja who is looking into claims that the Prime Minister’s wife held shares in the Panama company Egrant. Ms Caruana Galizia initially argued that appearing before the magistrate would potentially put her source at risk. Police sources said failure to cooperate with a magisterial inquiry could lead to an arrest warrant being issued. Contacted yesterday, Ms Caruana Galizia said two policewomen from the fraud squad had visited her house and handed over a summons for her to appear in court this morning. “I will go but will make it clear that I cannot say anything they do not already know,” she told this newspaper. The blogger has said she had an informant and documents to back up her Egrant claims. There have been calls from multiple quarters for her to substantiate her allegations. Reacting to appeals for the evidence to be made public, Ms Caruana Galizia said this was “beyond pathetic”. People, she said, were asking for proof “almost as though they wanted to defend the corrupt”. “It is not I who should be proving the guilt of these people but it is them who should be proving... >
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Today's front pages

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:26:00 +0200
The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says former police chief Michael Cassar walked away from his role a day after the government’s anti-money laundering agency recommended further investigations into the Prime Minister’s top aide Keith Schembri. In another story, the newspaper says Swieqi mayor Noel Muscat has lambasted the Planning Authority for failing to act on the building of a road on ODZ land despite the council flagging the abuse. The Malta Independent says Martin Micallef is expected to be appointed Broadcasting Authority chairman. L-Orizzont says the government and the social partners have agreed on the minimum wage increase. In-Nazzjon says Opposition leader Simon Busuttil will be presenting proof of the Labour government’s corruption this morning. >
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FIAU had asked the police to probe Keith Schembri

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:21:02 +0200
Former police chief Michael Cassar walked away from his role a day after the government’s anti-money laundering agency (FIAU) recommended further investigations into the Prime Minister’s top aide Keith Schembri. The report was handed over to the police shortly before the April 2016 Cabinet reshuffle when Konrad Mizzi lost his health and energy portfolios but remained in Cabinet. This happened in the wake of the Panama Papers leak, which revealed that Dr Mizzi and Mr Schembri, the Prime Minister’s closest aide, had secret companies in Panama. The FIAU can carry out its own investigations, but it then relies on the police to take the investigations further and institute criminal proceedings if it is deemed necessary. Contacted yesterday, Mr Cassar said he could not be blamed if the police failed to probe the FIAU’s findings further, pointing out that the day after the FIAU report was received, he no longer formed part of the police force. “I spent a week away, then I was on sick leave, and later, I was no longer part of the police force,” Mr Cassar said. He was succeeded by Laurence Cutajar. Attempts to contact Mr Cutajar yesterday proved futile. The police have since declared... >
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