Where to find villas in Malta for your next island getaway

For a pint-sized archipelago, Malta’s sightseeing opportunities are vast and extraordinary. One morning you'll be admiring ancient temples and taking in the Mediterranean scenery from majestic cliffs, and the next you might be heading underground to explore a prehistoric necropolis, or putting on a wetsuit for some spectacular diving. And what better way to unwind after an action-packed day than to retire to a luxury villa in Malta? Having your own private pool allows for a lazy soak under the stars, while beautiful views of the Maltese coast certainly call for a tipple on the terrace.

Coastal villas in Malta are ideal for waterside fun

You can't go wrong with a villa that'll keep you close to Malta’s beautiful beaches and bays, whether you're an adrenaline junkie with a penchant for water sports or a beach bum just looking to get that golden tan. Plenty of holiday lettings in Malta overlook the archipelago’s sparkling aquamarine waters, even if they’re not sitting right on the coast.

Get sun-kissed in Marsaskala

Swimming and diving are the order of the day in the resort town of Marsaskala, also called M'Scala. If you'd rather stay dry, you can go for scenic strolls along the harbour, which you'll find at the head of narrow Marsaskala Bay.

Stay in Mellieha if you like to be beside the seaside

Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay both rank among the most popular beaches in Malta, so if you're seeking a hefty dose of sun and sea, Mellieha is a fantastic place to look for holiday rentals. While staying here, you might want to go on a dive trip to Cirkewwa, which features a couple of small shipwrecks.

On- and offshore thrills are in abundance in St Julians

Touristy St Julians offers scenic dining in Balluta Bay, vibrant nightlife in Paceville and posh shopping in Portomaso Bay. Towering hotels and apartment blocks back this seaside destination’s bustling beaches, which swarm with locals and tourists alike in the summer months.

Book a holiday home near Malta’s top historical sites

Malta’s long and colourful history means there’s a rich variety of heritage attractions to be explored. Culture vultures might prefer to be a hop, skip and a jump away from the most noteworthy monuments and museums – in that case, check out the holiday lettings in the centre of Malta Island.

There’s no shortage of history and heritage in Valletta

Malta’s capital, Valletta, is a UNESCO World Heritage City and a treasure trove of baroque architecture. Must-sees include the 16th-century St John's Co-Cathedral, whose simple facade belies its elaborate, awe-inspiring interiors. Caravaggio’s celebrated painting, 'The Beheading of St John the Baptist', is displayed in the cathedral.

Revisit Malta’s medieval past in Mdina

The fortified medieval city of Mdina, also the country’s former capital, sits at the heart of Malta Island. Wander through this vehicle-free quarter and you'll find historic palaces, churches and chapels at nearly every turn. A bonus for lovers of pop culture: Mdina was a filming location for the popular TV programme 'Game of Thrones'.

Villa rentals in Gozo are a slice of paradise

Gozo villas are nothing short of idyllic, as the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago offers a quieter, more pastoral atmosphere. That’s not to say there aren't adrenaline-pumping adventures to be had here – Gozo boasts some of the best dive sites in the Mediterranean, and it’s also a boat ride away from the islet of Comino, where you can snorkel in the Blue Lagoon.

Xaghra has buzzing beaches and prehistoric sites

The village of Xaghra is home to some of Gozo’s ancient wonders, including the Xaghra Stone Circle and the famed Neolithic Ggantija temples. You can also take a tour of the underground Xerri's Grotto, or strip down to your swimwear and hit Ramla Bay, one of Gozo’s best-known beaches.

Treat yourself to a bucolic break in Gharb

On the western coast of Gozo Island, the village of Gharb features vast swathes of charming countryside. Pay a visit to the village square, which features in many a Gozo picture postcard, and take a trip to the nearby Inland Sea, a saltwater lagoon that connects with the Mediterranean Sea.