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MALTA CITIES

5 Particular Maltese Cities

Cities in Malta are different from each other in a lot of ways. Some date back to the 4000BC , others only developed recently. Some are full of cultural history and some are attracting visitors for clubs and bars. Do you want to know specifics about the city you are going? Or are you unsure where you want to go in Malta? Find out everything below.

Grand Harbor Valletta View

5 Particular Maltese Cities


Valletta

Unique Aspects:

  • One of the oldest cities of Europe
  • Stunning fortification dating back to the 16th century, the golden age
  • Europe’s Capital of Culture 2018
  • Entire city has been on UNESCO heritage list since 1980
  • During winter days the temperature is around 15°C

Valletta is definitely one of the most unique cities, and most definitely the least populated capital, of Europe. When you arrive in Valletta, either through the massive bridge crossing the old defense lines or with the ferry from Sliema, the prominent fortified city will most definitely overwhelm you. We strongly recommend you to visit this historic city, yet staying in Valletta is something you need to overthink. If you do want to wake up in this with culture flooded historic city there are enough options for a great stay, but there are no beaches to go to, barely any nightlife and a lot of church bells ringing throughout the day. Take this into account.

To do in Valletta:

  • Visit the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens
  • Visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral
  • Enjoy one of the many restaurants at the Valletta Waterfront
  • Let Fort St Elmo, the National War Museum, educate you about the history of Malta
Valletta view from Sliema Ferries Valletta narrow street

St Julian's - Paceville

Unique Aspects:

  • Loads of pubs and restaurants
  • Always something to do at night
  • The nightlife centre of Malta

Paceville is a part of St Julian’s and the hotspot for nightlife. There is always something happening in the evening, it does not matter what time of the year or which day of the week. Paceville is the place to go to if you are going for a night out. Think of eating, drinking, bowling, going to a movie, and dancing. During the day there is not much happening. It is a great place to go to for dinner but before 6PM I would recommend going somewhere else, like St Julian’s Spinola bay. St Julian’s is easy to find since the only skyscraper in Malta is build there. St Julian’s officially named San Giljan but internationally known as St. Julian’s

To do in St Julian's:

  • Have dinner at one of the many restaurants
  • Go for a pub-crawl in the many different styled pubs
  • Dance at a club of your taste until the morning
  • Get Pizza or other snacks at night
  • Learn English at ESE or Berlitz
Valletta view from Sliema Ferries Valletta narrow street

Sliema

Unique Aspects:

  • Magnificent (rocky) bays and coastline
  • A lot of little local shops and bars
  • Home of many language schools

Walking along the Sliema coastline is an unique experience. There is a lot to see including Sliema Ferries, ancient buildings, small shops, small shops, typical bays and the view on Valletta and Manoel Island. Sliema Ferries is the place to be if you want to go for a boat tour or a boat party. Or take the boat to Valletta for only € 1,50. Sliema is built to accommodate housing for the biggest part, mainly in the form of flats. Yet there are a lot of little shops, bars, pubs and restaurants for the Maltese people to go to, including a big shopping centre named “The Point”. Because of this there is a lot of things to do when you are staying in Sliema. Also Sliema is a great place to stay because of its convenient location. Valletta is only a few minutes away with the ferry and Paceville is walking distance.

To do in Sliema:

  • Take the ferry to Valletta
  • Go for a pub crawl along the Sliema coastline and end up in Paceville
  • Go shopping in the little local shops or at the shopping centre “The Point”
  • Visit the Parish Church of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Go for a boat tour or a boat party.
  • Learn English at AM Language School
Valletta view from Sliema Ferries Valletta narrow street

Bugibba

Unique Aspects:

  • Expats from everywhere make a very diverse community
  • Always a lot to do
  • Lower prices

Bugibba holds less history than other Maltese areas but is a great place to go to. It is significantly cheaper than St Julian’s but there is enough to do. Stroll around the restaurants bars and clubs, watch sports at Bugibba square or at the aquarium or visit the classy beach club Café Del Mar. Bugibba is a popular destination for expats which together with the many English students going to Bugibba resulted in an international community. Also it is near the centre of St. Jullians while having the sandy beaches of the north within reach. Bugibba holds less history than other Maltese areas but is a great place to go to. It is significantly cheaper than St Julian’s but there is enough to do. Stroll around the restaurants bars and clubs, watch sports at Bugibba square or at the aquarium or visit the classy beach club Café Del Mar. Bugibba is a popular destination for expats which together with the many English students going to Bugibba resulted in an international community. Also it is near the centre of St. Jullians while having the sandy beaches of the north within reach.

To do in Buggiba:

  • Stroll around the coastline and visit its shops
  • Go to Bugibba square in the evening to enjoy drinks, food or simply the atmosphere
  • Go to Café Del Mar for a classy sunbath, dinner or party
  • Watch sports at on the screen near the national aquarium
  • Study English at BELS Malta
Valletta view from Sliema Ferries Valletta narrow street

Mellieha

Unique Aspects:

  • Famous for the most attractive bays of Malta
  • A lot of hotels and restaurants
  • The only camping site in Malta

Mellieha is quiet in winter but a popular destination for the Maltese from the south and tourists from all around the world in Summer. In summer busses packed with people drive north bringing everyone craving for a day at a proper sandy beach to the north. The bay of Mellieha is the biggest in the country and provides people dining at the restaurants around it with a beautiful view. Popeye’s Village is also in Mellieha, after the bay was turned into a movie set for a Popeye Film the owners decided to keep it as an attraction.

To do in Mellieha:

  • Visit the Grotto of our Lady, a cave turned into a church
  • Spend your days enjoying the view, water and sun at the biggest beach of Malta
  • Go to one of the many restaurants in the main street
  • Learn English at ICTQ Malta
Valletta view from Sliema Ferries Valletta narrow street