Mellieha Bay makes the most of Malta for the least expense
At just three hours’ direct flight from the UK, knowing Mellieha Bay and wider Malta is so close makes holidaying here a constant temptation.
If you’ve been foregoing the pleasure of a Maltese holiday because you’re worried about your bank balance, have another look. Mellieha Bay is not only one of the best value places for a cheap holiday, but it also has some of the finest ways to spend your time abroad without overspending.
From churches tucked amid cave networks and tropical birds at Ghadira Nature Reserve, to window shopping, market-day haggling and long days sprawled on the sand, Mellieha Bay gives you the holiday you deserve within the budget you want.
Cheap things to do around Mellieha Bay
Mellieha Bay doesn’t lack for ways to spend your time on the cheap, with the beach offering the de facto way to enjoy free days of sunbathing and paddling. A stroll amid the historic scenery of the town comes highly recommended too, with handsome tan-stoned churches and a Second World War air raid shelter to experience and photograph.
In terms of window-shopping, Malta is renowned for its intricate lace craftsmanship, and Mellieha Bay is no exception, with plenty of places to window shop. Because the capital city of Valletta is where all the brand names go, you’ll find shopping in Mellieha Bay more authentic and, more importantly, much cheaper.
How to get a great Mellieha Bay holiday deal
Mellieha Bay, as well as wider Malta, sees its most roaring holiday trade in the summer months, when temperatures soar and holidaymakers cluster around the island’s sights.
As such, the best deals are usually found in low season, around autumn and winter, although if you shop smart there’s really no wrong answer here. Book up to eight weeks before departure and you’re looking at a last minute deal, with low prices to match.
Malta has lots of locals to enjoy for a cheap break. They’re all budget friendly too, even in the cosmopolitan St Julian’s or more upmarket Qawra, whose historic coastal buildings teem with restaurants and lounge bars nowadays.
For a real taste of Maltese city break fun, head to vibrant Sliema and experience good food and fine music. Or instead opt for quiet Bugibba to recline on the beach in seaside serenity.
Of course, Mellieha Bay remains a solid choice for a cheap escape that ticks all the boxes, so once you’ve caught up with our travel guide, check out some cheap hotels below for further inspiration.
Affordable yet refined, the Maritim Antonine Hotel has you a 10-minute stroll from the beach. Modern design keeps everything bright and airy, and the sunshine cascades down onto the contemporary pool and its surrounding decks. Alongside buffet meals, you can enjoy the flavours of the pizzeria, while summer months welcome Thai a la carte dining to the mix. Check out the spa and sauna too.
Right on the beach and 20 minutes' walk from the town centre, Seabank Hotel boasts a white and blue nautical theme that makes it the ideal companion for the waves. Evening entertainment here really knows how to draw the crowds, from stand-up to live music performances. And the hotel boasts six restaurants altogether, from traditional to upmarket to fast food, so everybody is getting their tummies tantalised. Two pools and activities like zumba or guided walks make for a holiday as quiet or active as you like.