Accommodation
A slice of the Med: 5 Air BnB rentals giving an authentic taste of Malta & Gozo
Live like a local.

Rebecca Anastasi

Since its launch just over 10 years’ ago, AirBnB, the trailblazing accommodation website has seen its value balloon to a staggering 25 billion, as more home owners open their doors to tourists. Today, what started out as a small San Francisco start-up offering up air mattresses on living room floors for cheap, has spread across the globe. And while it does have its downsides, AirBnB can help match guests to charming homes for short, authentic stays, chosen judiciously. Here are some interesting options in Malta. 

1. Senglea’s sea views

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Alberto / AirBnB

Across the harbour from the capital Valletta, the historic town of Senglea is steeped in tradition and culture, evoking a sense of community which has not been subjected to the vagaries of too much development. Old colonial buildings play street jostle with medieval fortifications, as locals stretch their legs on the seaside promenade. This small apartment, overlooking the harbour hugged by the three cities, features traditional tiling and a Maltese balcony, from which you can breath in that sea air. 

2. Take a dip in Xlendi

Manoel / AirBnB

Manoel / AirBnB

Xlendi Bay in Gozo brings back childhood memories of mornings on the hot sand, a splash in its waters and lunch – followed by ice cream - on the front. Popular amongst locals and visitors alike, this beachfront town may feel like your stereotypical Mediterranean tourist hub, but its standout offering of restaurants, bars and activities will fill your days and nights. And, here, this traditional Air BnB apartment, located within a larger villa, boasts a captivating terrace, with pools and views where you can sit back and lounge with a glass of wine after your day by the beach.

3. Kick back with the family in Mellieha

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Mario / AirBnB

The northern town of Mellieha has often been a honeypot full of golden-hued fun, beach days and long alcohol-soaked evenings with a view. Families have thronged the sandy seafronts and the pool-side terraces of larger villas nestled on the hills of Santa Marija Estate. And Villa Jasmine seems to epitomise luxury Mediterranean living with its large deck area and living space for 12 guests, which means you can take your entire family (brothers and sisters included!) for a trip to the island to remember.

4. Experience a Gozitan farmhouse

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Michael / AirBnB

For decades, a trip to Gozo for the Maltese meant a few days sitting by the waters of a traditional farmhouse, which opened its doors to guests from the larger island. You could say this trend was the original AirBnB. But, with a gamut of choices opening up today, visitors to the islands can also breath in the Gozitan air, in true Maltese style. This farmhouse in the sleepy village of Gharb has a garden and pool area – perfect for soaking in the rays. And, with its rural features, you’ll really get a taste of time gone by.  

5. An authentic getaway in Manikata

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Andreas / AirBnB

If a quaint outpost is what you’re looking for, the farming village of Manikata may be just the ticket. The home of artists and filmmakers, Manikata has long attracted a crowd looking for authenticity. And this 350-year old house of character conjures a sense of the customs common to this end of the island, albeit in the guise of a luxury home. But, if you’re expecting the ubiquitous chrome finishings, and stripped own aesthetic, this could not be further from the truth. The intimate space is filled with art, warm tones and individually picked items.

23rd March 2019


Rebecca Anastasi
Written by
Rebecca Anastasi
Rebecca has dedicated her career to writing and filmmaking, and is committed to telling stories from this little rock in the Mediterranean.

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