Car Hire in Malta

Hiring a car whilst visiting the Maltese islands is the easiest and fastest way to discover all the beautiful hidden spots and simply move along in own pace. Choosing the right car hire in terms of service, quality and price becomes essential ensuring a smooth and carefree holiday. However, as in any other destination, the car hire industry in Malta is not without ‘bad apples’ and there are several aspects one should pay attention to whilst taking a decision about car hire. Having gathered feedback from our previous guests during the years, here are the most common issues encountered.

#1 Long waiting time at the airport after arrival.

Car hire desks tend to get very busy with incoming flights and picking up your rental car can become a lengthy process.

#2 Cars very old or in a poor condition

Some car hires in Malta are using rather old and outdated cars.

#3 Booked car not available

It happens occasionally that the car hire claims your booked car is not available and offers you a different car of inferior class or quality (without discount).

#4 Unfair fuel policy

Some car hires in Malta charge for the full tank fuel and ask to return the car empty. What they guests do not know is that it would take weeks driving around on the islands to actually consume the full tank. So the cars are never returned with empty tank and not consumed fuel will not be refunded.

#5 Suspiciously cheap deals

Everyone likes the cheapest deals, what the visitors often find out only on arrival is that in order to get the cheapest rate, they would need to leave an extremely high personal guarantee (excess blocked on credit card – often as high as €1500) or pay an extra high charge per day to waive the liability, making the car hire double the price than initially anticipated.

#6 Charges for already existing damages

Blaming the already existing damages on new clients – the old ‘good’ car hire scam.

After extensive research and testing of different car hires, we have found an excellent local car hire partner for our guests staying in our accommodations and are also delighted to recommend the company to anybody else. It is CB Car Hire which addresses all previously highlighted common issues:

  • The guests are met at the airport immediately on their arrival and signing the contract and receiving the car takes as little as 10 minutes. No queues, no waiting times;
  • All cars are from recent years and in very good condition;
  • You get, what you have booked, unless previously agreed otherwise;
  • Fair fuel policy – you receive the car with full tank and return it full, or with the same fuel level as received;
  • The personal excess is €950 and it can be reduced to €250, when paying €9 extra per day. As simple as that, no other hidden conditions;
  • All previous damages are marked on the contract and new clients are not made liable for that.

Testimonials from previous guests:

For a few days we rented a car. Everything was perfect, including the car-seats for the children. (Hubert from Switzerland)

The rental car we booked with Birgit was great- everything was wonderfully organised! (Katrin from Germany)

The hosts were great and very helpful – including arranging our pickup from the airport and helping us out by recommending a great car rental service. (Robert from Romania)

When contacting CB Car Hire, we recommend to use the keyword ‘MaltaVillageHolidays’ for a good deal.

Have fun and drive safe!

Lemon Tree Bed and Breakfast – a sneak preview

After 9 months of hard work, the almost derelict village home in Zabbar has been transformed into a welcoming Mediterranean Bed & Breakfast surrounding a sun-kissed court yard.

Today we want to share with you a sneak preview as we start setting up the rooms.

Air Malta bans use of Samsung Note 7

Following an earlier ban on the in flight use or charging of the Samsung Note 7, Air Malta and other airlines are now banning the model from their aircraft all together.

The current list of airlines includes Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Air Berlin, Lufthansa, all airlines in Japan and all US airlines. It is expected more airlines will quickly follow.

Airlines have taken the decision to introduce this additional safety measure due to the fire risks posed by the device’s lithium-ion battery.

Sources are warning passengers to ensure they check the airline rules related to this particular smartphone prior to travel as in some instances fines may be imposed.

Malta tops Lonely Planet “Secret Destinations”

Ahrax Chapel (1)

Lonely Planet magazine has recently announced its top 25 secret destinations – and it’s Malta is at the very top of this list!

Yes – boasting crystal clear waters and oozing with history, Malta has been revealed as the top ‘secret’ destination to visit by the adventure experts at Lonely Planet.

Discover the authentic side of Malta. Stay at one of our Holiday Homes in Malta. We offer options in Naxxar, Zurrieq, Marsaxlokk, Marsaskala, Birkirkara, Mgarr and Sliema.

The island of Gozo also earned special praise in the US print edition, with writer Writer Abigail Blasi describing it as home to some of Europe’s best scuba diving sites, being “an island of steep cliffs and quiet inlets over the water”.

Stay in one of our Holiday Villas in Gozo this Winter.

Blasi highlighted how on the island there is an emergence of new architecture, restaurant launches and hotel openings over recent years.

 

Gozo Ferry launches promotion for Winter 2016

Local news sources reported that the Gozo ferry service connecting the two islands will be launching a special promotion throughout Winter 2016.

According to the newspaper ILLUM, the fare for passengers travelling during the weekend and public holidays will be reduced to Eur1.15 and Eur8.15 for a passenger crossing with their vehicle.

Gozo offer s an idyllic and tranquil environment that is ideal for a private day tour of Gozo or even better, a short stay in a Gozo holiday villa.

Discover our holiday accommodation in Gozo for Winter 2016.

Notte Bianca Valletta 2016

Notte Bianca is the annual event that lights up the cityscape of Valletta with a spectacular nocturnal celebration of people, culture and arts. The streets and cultural venues in the Maltese capital play host to a motley assortment of entertainment.

State palaces and museums open their doors to delight patrons with visual art exhibitions and theatre performances, while the open-air streets and piazzas showcase some of the finest local and international musicians and dancers.

Cafes and restaurants remain open until late with further food stalls and tables occupying the streets.

All of Valletta, from City Gate to Fort St. Elmo, comes alive on Notte Bianca, guaranteeing a memorable night that truly holds something for everyone.

Read more about Notte Bianca 2016

Read about Notte Bianca 2016 Events

Public Transport Notte Bianca 2016

International Fireworks Festival – April 2016

Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The feu de joie using gun salutes, the musketterija firing of muskets, the solfarelli d’aria, St. Catherine’s wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks originated from explosives that were lit off from mortars (maskli) as an expression of rejoicing. Special occasions when such festivities were held were: the election of a Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John, the election of a Pope who was the overall protector and ruler of the Order, the birth of a prince from a friendly European state or else to mark an important victory over the Ottoman military might. Fireworks developed into a craft when the Maltese started to celebrate the events connected to their British rulers in the 19th and 20th centuries. This centuries-old tradition is still very much alive in the crowded calendar of village festas that take place all over Malta and Gozo, especially in the summer months.

The Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority will be organising the 15th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival.

Pyrothecnic displays will take place on:
Saturday 16th April, Saturday 23rd April and Saturday 30th April 2016

Carnival 2016 – That time of the year again!

Minnions. Minnions. Minnions.

Carnival in Malta is a colourful extravaganza of huge artistic papier-maché floats parade through the streets of Valletta, accompanied by boisterous brass bands and a cacophony of dancers and revellers in outrageous costumes. By night the party continues in the clubs and bars of Paceville.

In Nadur, Gozo, carnival takes on a zany and yet macabre mood, with grotesque masks and satirical floats parading through the streets of the town at night.

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Malta’s own Baroque Festival

Built by the Knights of St John after the Great Siege of 1565 and consequently adorned by its eight langues, Valletta not only had to serve as a powerful fort, but was also to become a strongpoint of culture, economy and politics in the world. Embellished at the height of the baroque period, Valletta rose to become a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.

The Valletta International Baroque Festival has been conceived purposely as a celebration of this baroque identity of Valletta. For two weeks, between the 16th and the 30th of January 2016, Valletta will resound with music from the period when it was built.

For more details, visit http://www.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt.

Malta: Top 10 Photos for 2015

2015 has been an eventful year for the Maltese Islands with international events such as the Valletta Summit and The Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting (CHOGM). We have celebrated the opening of the new Parliament designed by the world renowened architect, Renzo Piano. Auberge de Castille housing the Prime Minister’s office had a new square done up, and Fort St. Angelo was ready from restoration, just in time to host the dignitaries attending the CHOGM.

Above are the TOP 10 Photos taken in 2015 as shortlisted by Maltavillageholidays.com