Car hires in Malta: practical information
Where to rent a car in Malta
Are you thinking of spending a few weeks in beautiful Malta? The easiest and fastest way to reach this lovely Mediterranean island is in fact by flight. But once you arrive, a car hire Malta airport is the way to go for the rest of your trip. Check out the car hire deals in Malta at the airport first, that's where you'll find the most car rental companies in one place (Hertz, Avis, Dollar Thrifty, Sixt, etc.).
If you'd prefer a car hire Malta city, don't worry. There are plenty of other ways to get to and from the airport including buses (X1, X2, X3 and X4) and taxis (expect € 15 for the trip from the airport to Valletta). With a rent car in Malta, you can reach the city of Valletta in 15 minutes, passing Luqa and Marsa on the way.
Driving in Malta: parking and other tips
It's easy for UK drivers to adjust to Maltese driving. They also drive on the left-hand side of the road, just like at home. Something you do have to watch out for is your speed. Across the island, speeds are limited to 65 km/h. Cheap car rentals in Malta are the best way to explore the island, especially if you want to reach some of the more remote parts of it. During high season it can be difficult to park near the city centres so leave your rent car at your hotel and take the city transportation for sightseeing during the day.
If you're spending your summer holidays in Malta for the beaches try to find parking that is covered during the day. Even if you have to pay for it, it's a lot better than getting into car that has been sitting out in the sun all day. It'll be a sauna when you get in, with a temperature of up to 50°C inside. Ay caramba!
Road trips in Malta: what to do, what to see
The state capital of Malta, Valletta is the central harbour, built on a natural bay with one of the most beautiful marinas in the Mediterranean. The houses are painted in dazzling colours, the architecture still retains its 16th century charm and the people are welcoming. This is the best place to start any holiday in Malta. St. John's Co Cathedral is one of the most remarkable buildings on the island, from the inside. Don't skip the adjoining museum, which houses two major works from Caravaggio.
As the old capital of Malta, there is a ton of medieval history to discover in this enchanting city. Traditional craftsmen still work in their shops which you can visit in the old town, giving Mdina a timeless quality. Visit the Cathedral of St. Paul and don't miss the Benedictine Monastery. Mdina is a quick 30 minute drive from Valletta, making it a perfect day trip from the capital.
There are few temples in Malta that shouldn't be left off the sightseeing check-list: Temple of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Tarxien and Skorba. The Maltese archipelago is full of them, some protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sights. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are seemingly in the middle of nowhere, perched on cliffs overlooking the Filfla nature reserve. They date back as far as 3,000 BC!