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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Bugibba

When to go

The island of Malta enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year with hot dry summers and mild winters. This makes Bugibba an ideal holiday destination all year round. The warmest season is May to September when temperatures rarely drop below 25°C. The very hottest months are July and August which can reach around 31°C. Even in January it can still be around 16°C, with Malta holiday deals offering an escape from the UK winter chills.

If you're looking for a family beach holiday May and September are probably the best times to go as the heat is less intense than in the peak summer months. Also, by late August the sea is a little warmer which may appeal more to holiday swimmers.

Health and safety

Tap water is safe to drink throughout Malta and the Maltese islands. Tap water is either desalinated sea water or drawn from underground aquifers and may be slightly chlorinated, so it probably won't taste like tap water at home. You may prefer to drink bottled mineral water instead which is widely available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Maltese nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you're visiting Bugibba specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Malta but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/entry-requirements.

Getting around

Bugibba resort is just a 30-minute drive away from Malta International Airport, so it won't take long for you to get to your hotel. Most tour operators include transfers as part of a Bugibba package holiday, so getting to your resort is easy.

The entire island of Malta is a maximum of around 27 kilometres long and 14 kilometres wide, so very few journeys will take more than 30 minutes. This makes it really easy to travel around either by car or by the excellent bus service. From Bugibba you can visit the capital, Valletta, in about 20 minutes.

Many other resort areas close to Bugibba, such as St. Paul's Bay and Qawra can also be reached on foot as they're no more than a 15-minute walk away.

Advice for travellers with children

Malta and the Maltese Islands are ideal for families with smaller children. Bugibba and the neighbouring coastal resorts have lots of choice for beaches to play on. There are also lido facilities and a waterpark where little ones can swim and splash about, and many hotels have swimming pools.

If you're looking for an All Inclusive holiday in Malta, many hotels can help take the stress out of travelling with kids by providing fantastic All Inclusive deals throughout the year.

There are lots of interesting sights to explore in the region such as the Malta National Aquarium as well as medieval castles and Roman ruins. Some of the historical sites also hold colourful re-enactments which make an exciting day out, and hotels will also offer their own children's activities.

Electricity

Connector type: UK 3-pin plug, no adapter needed

Voltage Info: 240V

Emergency information

There are several emergency services covering Malta which can be called upon in the event of a serious incident.

General Emergency: 112

Ambulance: 196

Fire Brigade: 112

Police: +356 2122 4001-7, +356 2122 1111

British Consulate

If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate in Malta.

British High Commission Malta

Address: Whitehall Mansions, Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Ta' Xbiex, XBX 1026, Malta

Phone: +356 2323 0000

Email: malta.consulate@fco.gov.uk

Hospital

The emergency and general hospital on Malta island is Mater Dei Hospital which is a modern public hospital with state-of-the art facilities.

Mater Dei Hospital

Address: Tal-Qroqq, Msida, MSD 2090, Malta Phone: + 356 2545 0000 Email: mdh@gov.mt