EasyJet will be flying from London Gatwick to Malta from the 30th March 2008. This is very exciting news because Malta is a firm favourite destination with British travellers and you can find some great hotel deals especially out of high season.

If you travel during the summer months then you should be aware that any sun bathing will need to be done from the hotel pool or rocky beach terraces. The Island does not have many sandy beaches, but those that it does have can be found on the North of the Island such as Mellieha bay which is a pretty little village which winds down a steep hill to the sea. From Mellieha bay you can walk or take a bus to Sweethaven Village which was constructed in 1979 for the musical film Popeye which starred Robin Williams.

If you want to have fun when the sun goes down then you need to head for the resorts of St Julians and Paceville. Paceville cannot be considered an attractive are but has good restaurants and the clubs keep going until the sun rises again!

Valletta is the capital of Malta and full of history and interesting sights that is has been called an open air museum. From the bus station you can take a horse drawn carriage around the city or easily walk as it’s fairly compact.

Mdina, the ancient walled city is worth a visit. The narrow picturesque streets are car free and you feel as if you have been transported back in time. The city is easily reached from Valetta by public bus.

Sliema is a lovely resort with a pleasant promenade, shopping areas and it is from here that most of the boat trips leave. The Hotel Plevna provides a nice base in a quiet part of Sliema. Like most tourist hotels on the Island you will find the rooms and facilities clean but basic

Buggiba is another popular resort with flat rock bathing. Plenty of bars and shops line the seafront. A popular hotel here is the Topaz which is in the city centre and a mere 10 minute walk to the promenade.

Being a small Island you can easily get around by public bus and the service is pretty good and cheap

If you have travelled to Malta before then remember that Malta introduced the € on the 1st January 2008 so the Maltese Lira is no longer used.

Most visitors to Malta return year after year and while it’s not a pretty Island it certainly does have a charm all of its own which will tempt you back time and time again

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