Living in Malta: City vs. Countryside - Where Should You Call Home?
Malta offers a range of lifestyle options for expats. Whether you want to be in the heart of the action in a bustling city or enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, there's a place for you.
In this post, we'll explore the pros and cons of living in Malta's urban and rural areas, and help you decide where to call home.
Urban Areas 🌇
If you're a city slicker, you'll love living in St. Julian's and Valletta. Both cities are packed with entertainment options, cultural experiences, and a variety of amenities. But keep in mind, there are some downsides too.
- Nightlife scene: St. Julian's is a party animal's paradise, with plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants.
- Cultural experiences: Valletta is steeped in history: museums, galleries, and theaters.
- Easy access to everything you need: Living in the city gives you easy access to everything from supermarkets to medical facilities.
- Higher cost of living: Living in the city can be expensive, especially with rent prices.
- More traffic and crowds: Cities like St. Julian's and Valletta can get crowded, especially during peak season.
- Noise pollution: From traffic to nightlife, the noise can be unbearable at times.
Rural Areas 🌾
If you prefer peace and quiet, you'll love living in places like Gozo or Mellieha. These places offer breathtaking scenery and a slower pace of life. But they're not without their own drawbacks.
- Peace and quiet: Rural areas mean less noise pollution.
- Lower cost of living: Property prices in rural areas of Malta are far more affordable.
- More space: More nature, more hiking more gardening, and access to all the farmer's goodies.
- Fewer amenities: Living in rural areas means fewer options for shopping, dining, and everything else (it's worth looking into online groceries).
- Longer commutes: If you work in the city, you need to travel longer distances (getting a car may not be the best idea in Malta).
- Limited things to do: if you like busyness, you may get bored really quickly.
When deciding where to live in Malta, consider your commute, lifestyle preferences, and budget.
Also, tourists can be overwhelming at times. The good thing is Malta has a place for you. Consider the pros and cons of each option, and choose the place that best suits your lifestyle and budget, oh, and don't forget there are always 300 days of sun a year you'll get to enjoy anywhere! 😉