Monday, 15 February 2016

The perks of hiring a car on holiday in Malta

Make no bones about it, Maltese people really love their cars. The island is one of the most private car-dense countries in Europe and it’s definitely not a question of vanity or laziness – a private car is simply the best way to get from one place to the other, whether you’re here for business or pleasure. 

Hiring a car in Malta makes it so much easier to get around and maximise your holiday time – here are just a few of the reasons why.

Getting around in a private car in Malta is much easier than it is using any other form of transport. Public transport in Malta remains sub-standard; most bus routes have their own limitations and it’s not unusual to be stuck waiting on a stop for ages without a bus in sight – definitely not the most entertaining activity, especially during the blazing hot summer months!

Furthermore, the majority of buses stop running after 10pm – night buses are infrequent and only service the small section of the island where most of the nightlife is concentrated. If you’re out for a late supper somewhere in the southern region, it will be troublesome to get home without a car. Taxis are also an impractical choice – while they’re a suitable option after a night out, they are not widely available all around the island and their cost on a day-to-day basis is prohibitively expensive; whenever you book one, you’re bound to the route that the driver chooses to take instead of figuring out your own. On the other hand, the prices for holiday car rentals in Malta are reasonable and can be tailored to suit your needs, who you will be travelling with and the length of your holiday.

When you take a car around the Maltese islands, you’ll be able to go off the beaten path and you’ll discover hidden gems that most maps and guides don’t point out. You can pass through streets so narrow it almost beggars belief that they can let a car through them (you have to drive very carefully here, of course), stumbling upon villages and town centres that look as if they came from another time, or countryside routes that showcase Malta’s limited but still beautiful greenery. On the other hand, there’s no better feeling than the wind in your hair as you speed through the coastal roads, enjoying the seaside views and the sharp salty scent of the sea. Hop into that car and get going!