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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

Ibrahimovic strikes twice wins League Cup for United

Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:41:00 +0100
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice including a late headed winner as they edged Southampton 3-2 in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley today. With extra time looming the Swede nodded Ander Herrera's cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score his 26th goal of the season in all competitions and secure Jose Mourinho's first trophy since the Portuguese coach took charge. United had taken a 2-0 lead with Ibrahimovic's free kick and Jesse Lingard's shot but Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini's double either side of halftime breathed life into the showpiece match leaving the stage set for the Swede to snatch the winner. >
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A microcosm of curiosities

Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:21:22 +0100
Box mounted with a miniature of two putti bearing iconographic symbols of victory and peace after war made of gold, enamel and mounted with a porcelain plaque from the Casa Bernard Collection. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti (FPM) has over the years proven that it is particularly adept at putting on a visually pleasing and informative exhibition, be it on a large or small scale. The ongoing exhibition at Palazzo Falson is the sixth such small temporary yearly exhibition dedicated to selected trinkets that served a purpose and which were also often artistically embellished. It follows the success of exhibitions that focussed on whistles, smoking pipes, scent bottles, Edward Lear’s watercolours and antique watches. FPM has now turned its attention to another functional portable and... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium. >
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'Had I waited at the traffic lights, I would have been blown up'

Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:07:08 +0100
The scene of the car bomb attack last Monday. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina Approaching the traffic lights in Msida, the green glow suddenly changed to amber, signalling drivers to ease to a halt on an ordinary morning last Monday. “I’m already late, I’m going to keep going,” James* thought to himself, driving through the still-yellow lights. Seconds later, a car which would have been right beside his burst into flames in the second bombing this year in as many months. “I hate waiting at traffic lights. It’s a good thing I didn’t this time; otherwise I would have been blown up along with that man,” James, an eyewitness to Monday’s car bombing told The Sunday Times of Malta. His Avis van was just a few metres behind the Renault Mégane of 40-year-old Romeo Bone on Monday morning as he approached the traffic lights near the General Workers’ Union monument. READ: Car bomb victim may have been followed Mr Bone lost both his legs after the explosive device beneath his car detonated at 10.30am while he was waiting for the light to turn back to green. The explosion was so powerful it stripped away a patch of tarmac beneath Mr Bone’s car. James said he had just turned the corner a few metres after the lights, turning back towards Junior College, when he heard... >
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The slush pile

Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:02:21 +0100
“Hi, jien nixtiq nibbulika ktib, ri nrid nml??!” Do you feel the need to add a [sic] or 10 to the above? Go on, knock yourself out. That, sadly, is fairly typical of what passes for a covering note (ah, how it sullies the term itself, for those nostalgics among us who remember properly-composed letters) accompanying a manuscript submitted for publication. Like an illiterate person turning up for a teacher job interview, the above is not exactly the best of visiting cards to propose one’s writing skills for publication. But there you have it, that’s the insane unjustified confidence levels... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium. >
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Boy, 4, badly hurt in Mellieħa traffic accident

Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:37:00 +0100
A four-year-old boy was grievously injured this afternoon after he was hit by a car in Mellieħa.  The accident happened at around 1.45pm on Triq is-Salib, police said, when the child was hit by a Renault Traffic van being driven by a 37-year-old Rabat man.  Paramedics took the child to hospital for treatment. Police say they are investigating further.  >
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