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Malta has long been a favourite destination for travellers looking to combine excellent weather with a strong cultural aspect to the holiday. It's peaceful and incredibly beautiful, a great place for families, as well as offering livelier diversions with a bustling nightlife. There are various resorts to visit in Malta, but Marsascala is a fantastic location for groups looking for something a little smaller and picturesque.
The resort is located on the coast of Malta. A compact resort, Marsascala has a lovely sandy beach close by at Saint Thomas Bay. The beach here is fairly sizeable and has sandy banks along with shallow water pools which are great for families and general bathing. It also offers the draw of many fine buildings, as well as the usual attractions of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Marsascala town is traditional and beautiful to look at, built around a striking sea inlet with year-round boat moorings and a great range of restaurants and bars with excellent views.
The resort is well maintained and the locals are very proud of it. This is not a place for 'lager louts' or bawdy stag do's, it's more peaceful and relaxing whilst offering the best of local cuisine, drink and a superb atmosphere. As a result, the resort has become one of the most popular in Malta.
Perhaps one of the most charming features of this part of Malta is that it's not particularly over-developed. If you want high-tech tourist facilities, it's best to look elsewhere. However if you want charm, beautiful surroundings, friendly locals, authentic local food, drink and experiences, this could be the place for you.
There is a range of accommodation in Marsascala, many of which are ideally set up for family groups. There are a number of small hotels and guesthouses which are great for experiencing Maltese culture and meeting local people.
For those seeking a more luxurious stay, there are some superb high-end villas on the shoreline, mixed within the old houses. There are also some good quality self-catering apartments which are ideal for groups and those who prefer self-catering and the extra space that apartments offer. For children there are many attractions including a large playground in the centre of town and the beach itself is very child friendly.
As much of the town life is centred around the promenade, you'll find most of the cafes, bars and restaurants here. It can be quite lively, especially in Summer when most of the tourists descend.
To the south is the town's larger hotel - Corinthia Jerma Palace. The headland is home to St Thomas' Tower - a 17th century fort which is well worth a walk, particularly for the beautiful views. Other attractions are easily accessible and there are organised tours, for example to the Hypogeum and the Blue Grotto.
If water is your thing, then enjoy a sailing trip or while away the hours watching the fishermen go about their business in the bay as you enjoy a relaxing drink. The waters are crystal clear and the weather is warm and balmy. The bay is very cheerful and colourful and a definite draw for visitors.
There isn't a sandy beach, but coastal bathing is popular from the rocky shores and other resorts are accessible if sand is the draw, with St Thomas Bay being only a kilometre away by the new adjoining road.
Culture and historical sites are very strong draws to Malta. This is an ancient society with ancient sites to explore aplenty. When staying in Marsascala, why not visit Gozo and Malta islands to see the oldest man-made structures in the world.
Some of them date to over 3000 years BC, pre-dating even the pyramids in Egypt and the Great Wall of China! A particularly fine draw is the Mnajdra temple in the south east; a beautiful stone temple with amazing sculptures, built over five thousand years ago.
The culture mix is another strong reason to visit Malta: a combination of British and Italian. Malta does initially seem fairly Italian, located as it is just five miles away from Sicily and with its people being Mediterranean in appearance. The language also sounds Italian on first hearing and the food has very strong Italian influences: pizza, pasta, Mediterranean vegetables and meat dishes.
However there are also distinctive British touches: driving on the left hand side of the road; and old style British landmarks such as telephone boxes and post boxes. The written word here is often in English, with signs and signals being almost invariably so. And it's even possible to get a decent British cup of tea - all in all, making this superb destination attractive to British and English speaking visitors.