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a VirtualTourist member from Venice asked on Sep 22, 2016

Malta

Best place to stay

I am visiting Malta on next November for 4 nights, which do you think is the best area to stay?
I would use public transport and so I need to be well based fro that. Also I would love a bit of night life.
Wondering about a day trip to Gozo too.
If have any highlights about what I should not miss, it will be a great help.
Thank you!



6 Answers


answered on 9/22/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Valletta is a center place to stay for visitors using public transport. For nightlife, walk down from city wall going down to the waterfront, there are bars/club with outdoor seating facing to the water. Going back into the center will be very steep, you can take a taxi or walking is a good exercise ;)

Going to Gozo in November can be stormy, we have very bad weather. Maybe you will be lucky to have nice weather. To remind you public transport in Gozo is less frequent than in Malta, or you will have to take the Hop-on-off bus to explore the island....it departs right outside Mgarr harbor




answered on 9/22/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I agree that Valletta is the best place to stay in terms of using public transport because almost all bus routes radiate to and from Valletta bus station. I can recommend the Osbourne hotel:

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Having said that, once you get your head around where bus routes intersect you don't actually have to return to Valletta every time. You might, for example, think of Sliema (possibly better for nightlife?) or Rabat/Mdina (though that's inland). Mellieha is, in my experience, rather too far north for easy exploration by bus.

I think I've already given you the official bus website and the route map? I'll give it again anyway, just in case:

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/

Route map: publictransport.com.mt/en/ro...

Gozo hop-on bus information: city-sightseeing.com/tour-de...

There are also daytours to Gozo which operate from Valletta...bus to the ferry terminal at Cirkeww, then ferry, then bus around the island.

As for what you should not miss, that really depends on your interests. I'd suggest:

St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta and at least one of the 'Three Cities' ( I liked Vittoriosa):

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The fantastic prehistoric temples at Tarxien: [original VT link]

The absolutely unique and hugely important prehistoric Hypogeum in Paola *if* you can pre-book a ticket for your dates. Official site: https://booking.heritagemalta.org/

Medieval Mdina: [original VT link]

The ancient Roman catacombs in Rabat, which adjoins Mdina:

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The fishing 'village' of Marsaxlokk: [original VT link]

Mellieha, with its long sandy beach (very unusual in Malta) and its wartime tunnels:

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answered on 9/22/16 by
a VT member from London

Yikes, this is a tough one/ The best place to stay really depends on what you want to see and do.

On my first trip I stayed just a half a kilometre from the Gozo (Mgarr) ferry terminal at Cirkewwa on the northern tip of Malta/. While it was very handy for the ferry and I enjoyed the relative peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of busier parts, I found it a little frustrating trying to explore the main island of Malta as there is only one road in or out of there.

On subsequent trips I've preferred St Julian's and especially Spinola Bay. It's a little more refined than the party capital and nightlife of Paceville just up the hill with a choice of easy public transport options to other parts of the island.

Malta is geographical quite small but also deceptively large. It can often take a lot longer to get around than you might expect.




answered on 9/22/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

Sliema is a good place to book your accomodation. It is some 15 minutes from Valletta by bus. There is a large choice of hotels there.




answered on 9/22/16 by
a VT member from Brisbane

I liked staying in Sliema and would definitely do so again. So many restaurants and bars to choose from and not to mention the buses going in all directions. I stayed at the Marina hotel right at the harbour. It was just a matter of crossing the road to the ferry going to Valetta. There is a shuttle that meets the ferry in Valetta to take you up the hill and only costs a euro or two. All the cruises and day trips in general leave from the harbour in Sliema as well.




answered on 9/25/16 by
a VT member

I just returned from here and we stayed at Le Meriden in St. Julian's I absolutely loved it, great location for public transit and restaurants etc and super friendly and helpful staff. I have already booked another trip back for the spring, but this time I wanted to stay right in the heart of Valletta. The St. Julian's stay was amazing but I just wanted to mix it up a bit and stay some where different next time. I have booked into a small hotel for May. The nice thing that some others have mentioned is there is major public transit right outside the city walls in Valletta, so that is a major bonus.





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