Renting in Valletta is more expensive than anywhere else on Malta. The Unesco world heritage site is 900 by 600 metres, making it the EU’s smallest capital, with a population of 6,500.
Freelance travellers wanting to live in Malta will have to pay a high premium to rent out a Valletta townhouse. Demand frequently outstretches supply, especially during the summer, when regular tourists compete for the same properties.
Airbnb rentals in Valletta are therefore around 10-15% more expensive than nearby resorts such as Sliema and St Julians.
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Sliema is a modern resort packed full of bars, chain stores and everyday amenities. It is also a major transport hub with regular ferries and buses going to the capital and other destinations on the island.
While Sliema is not beautiful with over-development blighting its Victorian character, the town remains a convenient place to live. The holiday resort is only a ten-minute ferry ride from the Maltese capital, and many of its new apartments offer bay views of the Valletta skyline.
If you are looking for short or long-term accommodation in Malta, then here are some the best independent websites around.
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For Rent in Malta is a smart choice for travellers in Malta. Securing accommodation on local and privately run forums is usually much cheaper than booking via Airbnb.
Short Lets Malta is a popular choice for travellers wanting to find short and long term accommodation in Valletta.
Join this Facebook group if you want to get a bespoke accommodation deal from a local. If you want to share a flat in Malta then this group is ideal for travellers and expats looking for somewhere affordable on the island.
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