Malta is your island in the sun, all without breaking the bank
It’s sunny in Malta all year round, and with the island only a three hour direct plane ride from the UK, it’s enticing to say the least.
Malta is also super affordable, with the low season, corresponding to our winter months back home, making for even better deals to enjoy. Prices take a tumble as thermometers still consistently hover in the 20s and 30s.
Explore the cosmopolitan resort of St Julian’s, or lose yourself in the avenues of classic towns like Sliema, with its mix of Mediterranean and Baroque buildings. The rocky coastal fringes of sunny Qawra make for inexpensive ways to soak up the sun between jaunts to the Cheeky Monkey pub for refreshing pints. While beaches with evocative names like Paradise Bay and Mellieha Bay keep things cheap, sunny and cheerful along some of Europe’s most glorious coasts.
Cheap days out in Malta
Naturally, beach days are the most inexpensive way to enjoy some Maltese sunshine, and Mellieha Bay is one of the longest stretches of shoreline on the island. Hiking through beautiful woodland or along riverbanks is another superb way to spend some time, or bike hire is pretty reasonable so you can cover more ground.
Wandering the narrow ancient streets of Sliema, Valletta or Qawra works equally for history hunting as bargain hunting. Remember, Malta has some historic ties to the UK, and you might be surprised to see just how much they share our love of charity shops.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
Malta’s only one place in the vibrant Mediterranean where a break abroad keeps your budget intact. Sunny Spain is perhaps the most famous for cheap holiday breaks, as well as any one of the Balearic Islands. But don’t be shy in exploring your options, as Greek islands like Crete can surprise you with just how affordable they are, especially in low season.
Of course, there’s something enticing about the individualistic character of Malta, as you can see in our travel guide. To help you make a decision, we’ve listed the island’s best value hotels below.
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You've got superb views of both the Sliema cityscape and the deep blue sea here, best savoured from the rooftop pool or a lounger beside it. Light and airy, the hotel makes the most of its central location as much as its multiple floors. Expect to enjoy buffet meals on the sixth floor, for instance, while even some of the cheapest rooms have balconies from which views of the water can be enjoyed.
A palace in name and feel but definitely not in price tag, this complex houses a pool, a nightclub and lounge bar, pool tables, pizzerias and slot machines. It's big on entertainment too, and even in winter you can expect ballroom dancing, evening singers and sports matches of all kinds. Affordable bike hire facilities also makes it a breeze getting around Qawra itself.
Tucked away in privacy yet still just over the road from a pristine beach, the Paradise Bay name is lived up to by this hotel's rich dark furniture and slick aesthetics. With a fitness centre, tennis court, games room and sauna, staying active isn't an issue here. From the terrace, you can marvel at views of Gozo across the sea, and take a trip to that very island by cheap yet speedy ferry if the whim takes you.