As one of Europe's most overlooked countries, Malta is the perfect place to forget about your hectic life and travel back in time. Whether you're planning on enjoying a cultural city trip or want to relax on stunning beaches with spectacularly blue water, Malta could be the perfect holiday destination for you.
At Solmar Villas, we specialise in providing secure and luxurious holiday homes at a great value. From small villas for couples to large holiday homes like a Malta farmhouse for the whole family, there's something for everyone.
Steeped in history and boasting stunning beaches and impressive architecture, the island is fast becoming one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.
The island's capital Valletta was chosen as the 2018 European Capital of Culture, and you can see why. Grand churches, museums and palaces dominate the historic walled city.
Towards the coast, you'll find a mixture of rocky coves and pleasant sandy beaches, whilst further East, the island is becoming increasingly famous for its nightlife.
It's time to step out of the box and discover every delight this tiny - but awe-inspiring country offers.
Valetta: The city that always delivers
While it became the 2018 European Capital of Culture, Valetta still manages to offer people the perfect combination of city life without the excessive hustle and bustle other European countries have.
There's something about the butterscotch colour buildings (that almost look gold) and the cobbled streets that make you feel as if you're stepping into another era - free from the stresses of modern life.
From quaint cafes to luxurious restaurants and stunning views, Valetta won't just make an impression; it ignites your imagination.
History and Culture in Valetta
Another great experience is a trip to the National Museum of Archaeology, which features an impressive display of ancient finds, including a Phoenician sarcophagus and weapons from the bronze age.
St. John's Co-Cathedral was built in the 1500s, and nobody can deny its majestic appearance. The interior is so detailed, with exquisite imagery everywhere. Simply put, there's no way to describe it, so go and see it - prepare to lose your breath momentarily.
Cruise around Valetta harbour
Valetta harbour is simply beautiful and one of the best sites to see, with plenty of baroque buildings to marvel at and restaurants that allow you to enjoy the harbour view. Let's not forget the many cruise operators that provide harbour tours.
Experience city life at its finest
Valetta is a bustling city with year-round sunshine and a cultured - yet small-town - vibe.
Food and drink in Valetta
In Valetta, you'll find plenty to interest you with many cafes, bars and restaurants. For a truly rustic experience in Valetta, Guzé Bistro never fails to impress with its traditional decor and five-star cuisine.
Of course, there are also pizzerias for families and cheaper restaurants available. Just don't forget to sample some Maltese cuisines while you're there.
Gozo villa holidays
You can only get to the island by boat, and we recommend taking a tour with a professional company. The kids will love seeing Malta's magical blue lagoon, and it's the perfect way to get away from the busy city of Valetta and explore the rugged landscape.
Discover natural beauty at its finest
The island of Gozo is ideal if you're looking for a peaceful break, as the island is smaller than Valetta and enjoys a more relaxed way of life. Located just 45 minutes from Valetta, Gozo offers a more traditional holiday experience, with many saying it retains its small-town charm.
With such proximity to Valetta and the other islands, Gozo is one of the best places to stay, and accommodation will usually be less expensive here. Plus, you get to enjoy the lavish beaches that will take your breath away every time you look at them.
See the Azure Window
The Azure Window was one of the jewels of Malta, but unfortunately, severe winds destroyed most of it in 2017. However, the remains are still standing, so you can look at one of the filming locations for Game Of Thrones.
Tour the churches
Gozo is also home to plenty of beautiful churches that are open to the public. You don't have to be religious to enjoy these majestic buildings - the architecture alone will take your breath away.
Relax on the beaches
Gozo also has plenty of wonderful beaches that are perfect if you're looking for a relaxing villa holiday. Whether you want to snorkel in the crystal clear waters or walk on the sand, Gozo is full of beautiful beaches.
Points of interest not to be missed on a Malta villa holiday
While most villas in Malta are situated in the Valetta and Gozo areas, you can enjoy easy access to the many other locations. Car hire is the most popular way to get around, but there's also public transport and ferry boats.
Here are just some of the sites you can sample.
Mellieha: A truly traditional experience
Mellieha is one of the smaller Maltese islands, boasting a population of just over 10,000. Sun worshipers love it here because they can take advantage of 300 days of sunshine each year and relax on the sprawling sandy beaches stretching for miles.
Nature is abundant in Mellieha, with destination experts recommending the island to bird watchers. There's so much to do, and the number of delicious restaurants ensures that guests have plenty of Maltese cuisines to sample.
Saint Julian's: Exciting nightlife
There's no doubt Saint Julian's is the go-to place for younger people. The small town has plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep you busy, and you'll find lively Irish-themed pubs, clubs to dance the night away and restaurants serving delicious food.
Relax on Golden Bay
Golden Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Malta, on the beautiful island of Mellieha. With golden red sand immediately catching your attention, Golden Bay delivers a unique experience for visitors.
The beach also has a security system, enduring all swimmers have protection throughout the year. While Golden Bay is spectacular, it gets busy during spring and summer.
Mdina is known as the old capital city of Malta, and it has an impressive history. As an ancient capital, the tiny city sits on top of a hill, with fortifications surrounding it at every corner. But don't worry, because, in modern times, Mdina now has quaint cafes and eateries for visitors.
Swim and dive at Comino
Comino is - without a doubt - the most fantastic place to enjoy cave and reef diving. The wonderfully blue waters come to life with the help of the surrounding caves, and you'll notice some beautiful sea life.
Step back in time to enjoy the stunning scenery
There's a reason Hollywood loves this island; it's full of historic buildings and medieval towns at every corner. Both Troy and Gladiator were filmed in Malta, with the beautiful historic forts and dramatic scenery providing the perfect backdrop for these movies.
When you first see Malta, you'll think you're in a completely different time, and the island feels like a dream.
But it's all real and one of the more affordable destinations in Europe. There are simply no fitting words to describe the country thoroughly, so why not see it for yourself?
Enjoy a memorable holiday with cost-effective Malta villas
There are plenty of beautiful villas in Malta, and Solmar Villas specialise in providing a range of accommodation options for couples and families. While apartments can be an excellent alternative to hotels, an apartment doesn't offer the privacy of a villa.
Most of our best villas are located on the small island of Gozo, as it's cheaper than Valetta but still offers the perfect location for a holiday home.
With reliable and convenient links to the rest of Malta, Gozo is the ideal place to enjoy the country.
Luxury villas in Malta with private pools
If you're looking for some luxury, these villas won't let you down. You'll notice immediately that the Gozo villa holidays offer the perfect combination of rustic appeal with contemporary decor, which pretty much sums up the entire country.
Better still, most of our luxury villas come with a private pool so the entire family can enjoy al fresco living.
The prices for these villas might be a bit more, but most come with satellite TV and impressive amenities (some even have hot tubs).
If you and your family are planning a holiday, you'll know that a hotel will be expensive. Larger villas can be the ideal solution, as they sleep a lot of people, and you pay one set price for the entire stay.
Most of our family-friendly Malta villas also have a BBQ area and air conditioning as standard.
Book your dream villa holiday today
With so many villas in Malta available, you won't have any problems finding the perfect one for you. If you'd like some help choosing one, please feel free to contact us.
Facts about Malta
Currency: Euro €
Language: Maltese and English
Flight Time: 3hrs
Time Difference: +1hr
Capital City: Valletta
Nearest Airport: Malta International Airport (MLA)