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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

Dimitrov comes through rollercoaster at Australian Open

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:20:00 +0100
Grigor Dimitrov survived an almighty scare against American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald to reach the third round of the Australian Open. The third seed, a semi-finalist in Melbourne 12 months ago, came into this season on a high after winning the ATP Finals in November but was well below his best against a player ranked 186. McDonald won the opening set and then, remarkably, the fourth set to love, but Dimitrov refused to give in and roared when he eventually sealed a 4-6 6-2 6-4 0-6 8-6 victory. “It’s a tough day,” said that Bulgarian. “I just had to play with what I had today. I’m the most happy with that; winning on days when you’re not supposed to. He was playing unbelievable. I had to fight, and experience in the end really helped me.” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced a terrific comeback to defeat Denis Shapovalov and set up a blockbuster third-round encounter with Nick Kyrgios. Tsonga lost to 18-year-old Shapovalov at the US Open last summer but, from 2-5 in the deciding set, turned the tables to win 3-6 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-5. “I think it was an advantage to play him for the second time because I knew he was able to do crazy things like he did today,” said Tsonga of the hugely... >
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EU expected to give states more leeway to cut sales tax rates

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:10:00 +0100
European Union states will get more leeway to set lower sales tax rates or even scrap them on some goods, under a draft law seen by Reuters that would reform the EU's centralised rate-setting mechanism for value-added tax (VAT). The proposal by the European Commission would allow EU states to charge no VAT on a wide variety of items, lifting an existing ban on new VAT-free products that several states have long opposed. Reduced or zero rates could be applied to all items, except those explicitly excluded. Those excluded range from oil and gas fuel to weapons and from financial services to alcohol and tobacco. But EU states would need to maintain a "weighted average VAT rate" of at least 12% and to apply only "a limited number" of reduced rates. The 28 EU countries currently must choose between two VAT rates: at least 5 or 15% for goods on sale. Countries that had lower rates before those rules were adopted in the 1990s were allowed to maintain them. As part of a broader overhaul of sales tax rules, the Commission is now proposing that states may use an additional rate "between five and zero percent" - effectively allowing to scrap VAT on some goods. Before the 2016 Brexit... >
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Friendly ear helped more than medical professionals - abuse victim

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:50:00 +0100
A woman who was sexually abused for years has said a "friendly listening ear" can help more on the road to recovery than an army of professionals and doctors. Sophie Andrews, 48, said she is living proof that phone calls can save lives after ringing Samaritans as a suffering child, with their warm words helping her through seemingly never-ending days. Her comments come as a new Minister for Loneliness was appointed to tackle the misery endured by around nine million Britons. Ms Andrews, from Upminster, east London, told the Press Association: "I really understand the value of people giving up their time to listen. "There is a role for professionals, but when people call up and speak to someone who's there only because they really want to be there, that's really powerful. "The danger of almost over-training people is that they almost stop listening and go into diagnosis mode." She went on to volunteer for Samaritans for some 25 years, became national chairwoman, and is now chief executive of the fast-growing Silver Line helpline. She was made an OBE in the New Year Honours for services to older people. Abused by her adopted father from the age of 12, Ms Andrews frequently ran... >
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France scraps new airport project amid long-standing protests

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:44:00 +0100
The French government has decided against building an airport in western France, scrapping a project which has provoked years of occasionally violent protests. France's prime minister Edouard Philippe said protesters occupying the proposed site at Notre-Dames-des-Landes, outside Nantes, must now leave. He said that the decision to abandon construction of the new facility was down to the volatile situation in the area and divisions among the local population. Mr Philippe said anarchists opposed to the new airport must leave, and vowed to "put an end to this lawless zone". He ordered protesters living in a makeshift settlement to clear the roads they have been blocking, or face police action. >
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EU anti-corruption body Greco to visit Malta a year early

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:39:04 +0100
The Council of Europe’s building in Strasbourg. The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body will be visiting Malta a year ahead of schedule, the Times of Malta has learnt. A spokesman for the Group of States against Corruption, ‘Greco’ for short, said the routine five-year evaluation visit would be held later this year “due to a planning issue”. This, he added, was because a mission to another country had to be moved to 2019, when the visit to Malta should have taken place. The last evaluation visit to the island was made in 2014. Greco’s visit would focus on corruption prevention in respect of the central government, including the top executive and the law enforcement authorities, the spokesman said. Asked whether Greco was concerned with the mounting reports of corruption in Malta, he said that, as was the case in every evaluation mission, Greco would take into account all relevant contextual factors. In its last evaluation of Malta, Greco noted that handling interpersonal relationships and addressing real or potential conflicts of interest were clearly critical challenges. It called for the introduction of proper laws governing rules on gifts to MPs, misuse of public resources, misuse of confidential information,... >
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