Traditionally, the “tourist” part of Malta has been Saint Julians and Sliema, which is the area in which there is the most concentration of 5-star hotels. Given the small distances between the villages in the country (non-locals would not know that by crossing the street they have entered another village), the neighbouring villages are also very popular with tourists. This has extended the traditional “tourist” part of Malta to the whole of the North Northern Harbour Area, comprised of Pembroke, Swieqi, Saint Julians, San Ġwann, Sliema, Gżira, Ta’ Xbiex, Msida and Pieta’.
Valletta, the capital city of Malta has also always been very popular with tourists and has a lot to offer, especially for lovers of culture and history. It is truly a unique city in the world.
Recently, as Malta has steered away from the traditional mass tourism, most of the villages in Malta and Gozo have seen a rise in guesthouses and smaller scale hotels which offer a much more personal feeling.
Some visitors also opt to spend some time in Gozo, which has retained more of its traditional character than the main island. A day trip around Gozo can get you to most of the traditional main sites, but it is well worth spending a couple of nights to have time to get off the beaten track.