Best Place to stay in Malta
Which is the best place to stay in Malta? So many opinions and so many answers. It all comes down to what kind of visitor are you? What exactly are you looking for on your trip? are you renting a car or using public transport? Thinking a bit about these question will give you a clearer idea of which area you should be looking at for accommodation.
Small but larger than you think:
Malta is an island of approximately 450 thousand inhabitants, the island’s area is that of 316 square km. However, being so small doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with what the country has to offer. In fact, people visiting Malta should not underestimate the country, thinking that a weekend would be enough for such a small area.
It is a fact that Malta is just a 27km long island, however we still recommend that if you plan to come for a short visit, consider making it at least a 3 day stay in Malta.
How to choose where to stay in Malta?
When choosing your accommodation, it would be wise to keep in mind that you should find a place with a good strategic position. This is because, the bus system in Malta, combined with the traffic on the island could be time quite consuming. In the summer, buses are quite oftenly full and waiting time tends to be long since the population on the Island shoots up to a million inhabitants.
Renting a car in Malta is a pretty practical way of travelling around, keep in mind though, that since it was a British Colony, Maltese drive on the left hand side of the road. Another option could be that of renting a scooter, this would be ensuring you a hassle-free holiday, since you would be avoiding all the traffic and the waste of time to find a parking space wherever you go. Consider also to rent a boat in Malta for excursions around the islands. Malta has very beautiful scenarios that you can see only by boat. In case you are not familiar with boats, read here “The definitive guide to yacht charter” and discover which type of boat is more suitable for you.
On the contrary of most countries, Malta’s Capital city, Valletta, doesn’t host many tourists. This is due to the size of the city and it being mostly protected by UNESCO, which preserves it from being demolished and rebuilt like most other cities in Malta. Therefore, most of the touristic establishments such as hotels are situated outside of the country’s capital. The 3 most touristic cities are St. Julians, Sliema and Gzira. The last 2 are actually a 7 minute Ferry ride from Valletta (Departure from Sliema Ferries), these ferries run every 30 minutes.