Already excited to head to Malta?
Check out our guide below, which highlights our top tips for holiday prep, what to do, what to eat/drink and how to get around…
What to pack
- The average temperature on the island is 20 degrees in May, so it should be perfect weather! However, it can get colder in the evenings so don’t forget to bring a jacket or jumper.
- The official Maltese currency is the Euro, which can be purchased easily at the bank, post office or airport. It’s a good idea to bring some cash with you as although card is widely accepted, smaller retailers may only take cash.
- English is the second official language of Malta, so no need to worry about buying a phrase book! We also share the same plugs no need for an adaptor.
What to eat and drink
- If you like beer, you’ll have to try “Malta’s Finest”, Cisk (pronounced “chisk”).
- Make sure you try a pastizzi. These are small parcels of flaky pastry stuffed with a range of different fillings.
- From fresh seafood to cosy Italian restaurants and American diners, Bugibba offers an excellent choice of restaurants with a wide range of food if traditional Maltese rabbit stew isn’t your thing.
What to do
- Outside of the festival, there is plenty to explore… the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island is well worth the trip. You can take a short boat ride over to discover it’s incredibly beautiful beach!
- The capital city Valletta is the perfect place to spend the day wandering around the cobbled streets.
- Popeyes village (where the 1980 film was shot) is also well worth a visit, you can get a bus from Bugibba to Mellieħa which takes about 20 minutes.
- Malta was a prominent filming location for Game of Thrones, with a number of different sets around the island.
- For the best nightlife (when the festival isn’t on!) head to Paceville for a variety of bars and clubs, or Valletta for a more laidback vibe.
Where to stay
- There are a number of other towns across the island, however, the festival shuttle service will only depart from Bugibba/St Paul’s. We, therefore, recommend staying in the Bugibba or Qawra area to be as close to this part of the island as possible.
- Our travel partner Choice Holidays have a range of hotels and apartments in this area catering to various budgets
- Buses and taxis are the popular way to get around various places in Malta, and boats between the major islands, however buses can sometimes infrequent so be sure check the schedules.
- Black taxis are normally much cheaper than white taxis, If there are more than 4 or 5 of you, you could hire a minibus instead of a taxi. They charge about euro 6 each person for a return trip.
- You may want to purchase our shuttle-bus tickets to get around during the festival to avoid long taxi queues and prices. The shuttle bus departs from Café Del Mar and head directly to the pickup/ drop off points at the festival site, before returning to Café del Mar. Tickets on sale closer to the festival.
- For airport transfers simply visit our travel provider Choice Holidays and enter the date you wish to book an airport transfer and your flight number. Please note that airport transfers are only available to those who have booked accommodation through Choice Holiday’s booking platform.