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Published on: 13 May 2015
Less than 100 km off the coast of Italy, surrounded by the warm waters of the Mediterranean lay the islands of Malta and Gozo - pearls of the Maltese Archipelago and of the Mediterranean. Famous for their rich cultural heritage and great diving sites, our villas in Malta and Gozo are perfectly situated to enjoy these captivating holiday destinations. James Villa Holidays has properties in the choicest resorts, so you are sure to find a private villa to suit your needs and tastes. Ideal for family holidays as well as romantic breaks for couples, Malta and Gozo provide a vast variety of things to see and do. Whether it’s sun and beach that you’re after, exploring the islands’ historical legacy or outdoor pursuits, villas in Malta and Gozo will make a perfect base for relaxing and fun holidays.
Gozo villas are a perfect base to soak up rich culture and history amongst a beautiful rural landscape. Experience a slower pace of life; discover amazing architecture, including the Ggantija temples in Xaghra, among the oldest temples in the world; and find a typical Gozitan cafe in one of the many village squares.Villas in Gozo
Malta villas provide something for everyone with so many sights within easy reach such as the Popeye village, the Marine Park, the capital city Valletta, the fortified town of Mdina, and historic palaces and cathedrals. Traditional Maltese festivals and beautiful sandy beaches help craft wonderful villa holidays in Malta.Villas in Malta
We have chosen a selection of 5 villas from our full list of properties in Malta & Gozo. Find the perfect villa below:
Santa Lucija, Gozo
Malta and Gozo are ideal destinations to enjoy a James Villa holiday with their up-market resorts, beautifully rugged coastline and friendly locals. Take advantage of the mild Mediterranean climate by sunbathing by your private pool, discovering some of Malta and Gozo’s best beaches and getting out and about to experience the rich cultural heritage.
Flights to Malta take between three and four hours from the UK, which means that it won’t be long before you reach your very own private self-catering villa. Here you will have the freedom to explore magnificent sites on these islands, and experience a truly unforgettable holiday.
For those looking for a holiday with a laid-back atmosphere, Malta and Gozo are an ideal choice with their delightfully relaxed pace of life. Malta is the livelier of the two with its vibrant nightlife and stylish bars, whereas Gozo is a tranquil, unspoilt paradise. You’ll get to experience the best of the culture, as our private villas are located in traditional villages along the coast, in charming towns and within easy reach of some of the best attractions.
Malta and Gozo have striking, rugged and rocky coastlines; however, there are several lovely beaches to enjoy on each Island, such as Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay in Malta and Ramla l-Hamra in Gozo. Both islands are renowned for their sparkling clear waters and rocky coves, which make them ideal scuba diving hotspots and people come from all over the world to experience diving in the crystalline seas.
Despite its relatively small size, Malta offers plenty of things to see and do during your villa holiday. There are chic harbour towns such as Paola and Isla where you can indulge in some fine dining, as well as parties and festivals such as the Malta Firework and Jazz festivals where you can soak up the atmosphere. Visit the capital city of Valetta, which was built for the Order of the Knights of St John, where you can admire the splendid architecture of St John’s Co Cathedral and Casa Rocca Piccola - a 16th century palace.
Gozo is a lot greener and slightly more rural than neighbouring Malta. If you enjoy sightseeing then the capital is a must-visit with its magnificent domed cathedral, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology and the Natural science museum. Gozo also has a stunning coastline to explore, with pretty bays and uncrowded beaches with crystal-clear waters to enjoy.
Both islands offer incredible, mouth-watering cuisine to discover and enjoy. Maltese food has strong Mediterranean roots as well as influences from North Africa and Sicily. Tantalise your taste buds with local delicacies such as zalzett - a coriander-flavoured Maltese sausage - and pastizzi - savoury, ricotta-filled pastries.
Malta and Gozo are blessed with warm summers with plenty of sunshine, making this season the ideal time to rent a villa. Their weather tends to be very consistent with temperatures often reaching 30 degrees in the high summer - typical of a hot, sunny Mediterranean climate. The weather really warms up from about April, with rain rarely occurring through the summer months.
Don’t be deceived by their small size - Malta and Gozo both enjoy a unique cultural and historic legacy which you can discover. No trip to Malta would be complete without visiting any of a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Megalithic Temples - seven of which are scattered throughout the islands of Malta and Gozo and predate even the Pyramids of Egypt.
Malta’s capital city, Valetta, is likewise a World Heritage Site and home to some 320 monuments. With a long military history, it has been ruled by the Romans, Greeks and Arabs giving it a unique cosmopolitan charm.
Gozo - often nicknamed the ‘Isle of Calypso’ due to its links with Homer’s Odyssey - is simply stunning and will make for an unforgettable holiday. Explore the ‘Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu Basilica in Victoria - a beautiful, well-maintained church with panoramic views to enjoy. Also, don’t miss out on a visit to the Ggantija temples whilst on your James Villa holiday, where you can see structures dating back to between 3600 and 3200 BC and marvel at the amazing architecture.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Take time out to relax in your infinity pool whilst overlooking the sapphire waters that extend beautifully to the horizon.View Villas
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Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas