We always fly out of stansted when possible, which means RyanAir at the minute. But you’ll find plenty of flights out of Gatwick with BA and out of Heathrow with Air Malta
Buses for 3+ of you isn’t going to be fun or even that cheap (they have our old london bendy busses, on tight narrow bumpy roads). Instead your better off renting a car.
We got stung last time using the airlines hire company. Instead I would advise using Mayjo who my relatives and friends normally use.
They drive on the left but have little regard for much else. If you can get a decent sat nav it will save you a lot of time. If there are looky looky men in the beach car parks just pay them 1 euro max.
Gozo Channel Line run regulary 24 hours between Malta and Gozo. It’s 16 euros return
However they are situated close to the dense town area and not far from the party district of Paceville.
Karly and I stayed here but in the George Hotel a boutique more friendly to our budget. We stayed in a apartment room with a kitchen. They have a free spa (pay for treatments) but the pool is for adults only.
Gozo has 1 amazing hotel The Kimpenski in San Lawrenz and a very good hotel called the Grand Hotel in Mgarr. My Mum and Sister stayed there (The Grand Hotel) this Christmas they said it was very nice.
Karly says don’t go all inclusive. It would be a shame if you ended up eating in one place for the duration of your trip. The best and cheapest thing you can do in Malta is eat.
All the big beaches have cafes that serve pizzas, fish, burgers spagetti that kind of thing and it won’t break the bank. I’ve never had a bad meal anywhere, Karly and I just picked different places each night at random.
Maltese for some reason have very decent Chinese if you want a break from Mediterranean cuisine.
The local fish is called Lampuki it is a well rounded white fish commonly found in the Hawaii but also Malta. Karly says eat it, it is better than Sea Bass.
- The locals also eat Rabbit, stewed or roasted with Red Wine. It is their local delicacy.
- They also eat lots of squid in soups and spaghetti.
- They also drink Kinnie soft drink (nobody but me and kids like it)
- They drink Cisk Beer and Gelluza sweet sparkling wine.
Places of interest
Apart from the already mentioned destinations you’d really want to get out and explore.
The new capital with one very big cathedral. The Grand Harbour is one of the many sites in the area. It is named after the Knights of the Templar who were banished there and saved Malta from the Turks. You can scrub up on that history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Siege_of_Malta
The original capital where a large fort/castle with a whole village inside. The history refers heavily to St Paul who shipwrecked in Malta according to the bible. Loads of fun for kids and adults to explore
If the weather is good enough you can go for a swim, but the views from the top are beautiful and at the bottom you can take a boat into the caves. Karly wants to add the ice cream here was delicious and she saw a Henry look a like roaming the car park.
The Megalithic Temples
Believed to be the oldest free standing structures in the world – they are dotted around both Malta and Gozo and vary in age.
Azure Window and Fungus Rock Gozo
A really big hole in a rock and fungus on another rock. But more interestly home to some classic movie scenes from Clash of the Titans.
There are 365 churches in Malta and Gozo. They are all shapes and sizes but the most grand that are worth a visit include;
- Valletta’s Cathedral
- Mosta Dome (which has a WWII unexploded bomb in the middle)
- Gozo Ghajnsielem’s church is one of the biggest and best
Having said that you will pass many churches on your travels and its worth popping in to some to look at their Sculptures, decoration and general bling.
Easter is a big deal in Malta so you might see scenes similar to those pictured above. Processions through the streets of patron saints take place regulary.
This will include marching brass bands and probably fireworks day and night,
Its quite a serious affair but is meant to be a family period, everyone is Roman Catholic there.
Most beaches are rocky but my my favourite sandy ones are:
- Golden Bay Malta
- Ramla Bay Gozo (not Malta)
- Blue Lagoon
Speak English, usually fluently. They are generally all very friendly and welcoming.
Finally you can follow the movie trail – Lots of films have been filmed in Malta & Gozo
- Clash of the Titans
- Game of Thrones
- Popeye (you can go to popeye island, but dont)
- World War Z
- Open Water 2
- The Da Vinci Code