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Malta Or Portugal – Which Is Better?

  • Apr 16, 2022

Need to decide between the two?

Fancy a trip to southern Europe? We don’t blame you! With warm weather, soul food and beaches aplenty, southern Europe is the perfect holiday region to shake off those winter blues. Portugal and Malta are two incredible destinations. Even though they are similar, there are a couple of things that make them different. Here are a few pointers that should help you decide between the two.


Given that Portugal is much larger than Malta, there are obviously more access points. The biggest airport is Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport, which is the point of arrival for many long-haul as well as short haul flights. Moreover, you can take the train or bus from various cities in Spain. Additionally, there are a tonne of cruise trips that stop in Portugal. 

Portugal’s size means it is suitable for all types of travellers. If you love city getaways, spend a few nights in Lisbon and Porto. If you’re a beach bum, head to the Green or Silver Coast and spend your days swimming and sunbathing. If you are a history buff, visit Porto’s Ribeira, the Roman ruins of Evora or the palaces of Sintra. 

In addition to its picturesque beaches, Portugal is known for its nightlife and stellar resorts. Albufeira is home to internationally renowned marinas, golf courses, restaurants and bars. Bairro Alto in Lisbon is another popular nightlife spot; not to mention the northern city of Porto, known for its wine gardens and underground jazz clubs. 


Malta International Airport is undoubtedly the island’s main entry point. There are many airlines linking the islands to anywhere in Europe, North Africa and beyond. You can also visit Malta via Sicily; the crossing time from Pozzallo-Valletta takes only 90 minutes. In addition, there are many cruises that visit Malta en route to Italy or Greece.

Malta’s small size makes it the perfect place for a short break. It is the tenth smallest country in the world, meaning you can see and experience many things without having to waste time commuting. 

The capital city of Valletta is perfect for a city getaway. It’s truly one-of-a-kind. In fact, the city is a UNESCO world heritage site, with historical artifacts, museums, restaurants, palaces and eateries aplenty. Best of all, it is just a stone’s throw from the island’s most famous beaches and historical attractions.

Like any other Mediterranean city, Malta has a vibrant nightlife scene. Without a shadow of a doubt, Paceville in St Julians is party central. If you’re more into wine and dinner, Valletta and the Three Cities offer an authentic sneak peek into the lives of the Maltese. 

Portugal or Malta?

Undoubtedly, both Portugal and Malta are breathtaking European countries with a lot to offer. If you decide to visit Malta, staying in Malta’s capital Valletta is a must.

And if you’re making Valletta home for a few days, why not treat yourself to a plush suite at Casa Ellul? Valletta’s top boutique hotel is perfect for an island getaway. With nine exclusive suites and unparalleled customer service, staying at Casa Ellul makes it the perfect getaway indeed!