Battle of the Islands: Malta v Mallorca

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The same Mediterranean waves that lap over sands in Malta do the same in Mallorca, over 1300 miles away. Still, water’s not all these two islands share and so choosing between them for a holiday can get pretty tricky.

Food, beaches and car hire deals – judging each island on these three categories will hopefully make the decision a little easier:

Malta’s Best Food
Malta is famous for its rabbit dishes and in true South Mediterranean style, each meal is accompanied with a tasty sauce (usually cooked in red wine). There are hundreds of humble food outlets amidst the crooked streets of St Julian’s and Valleta, serving homemade Fenkata (rabbit fried with wine and garlic), but for a real ‘fine dining’ experience, Pegasus Brasserie has the best seat on the island.

Just 15 minutes from the airport, you could be savouring the finest dish in Malta the same night you land. Tuck into their locally sourced rabbit marinated in an Italian cacciatore sauce and you’ll never forget the taste.

The waiters are helpful enough and invisible enough to make sure you have the perfect meal.


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Mallorca’s Best Food
The majority of dishes in Mallorca have one ingredient in common – olive oil. With over four million olive trees on the island it comes as no surprise but the end results are far from spoilt. Moli d’en Bou is a Michelin star restaurant located in the East and serves the best tasting pork for miles around.

Head Chef Tomeu Caldentey likes to put a twist on traditional Mallorcan dishes – his pork served with crayfish, watermelon and mint, is unusual but absolutely out of this world. The restaurant is part of the Protur Sa Coma Playa hotel and is an hour away from the busy Palma Mallorca Airport.

Malta’s Snorkling BeachMalta Mallorca 1
Għajn Tuffieħa
Best bit: Snorkling in the marine
Best route from airport: Northwest along Triq Ħal Qormi
Distance: 20km
Travel time: 30mins

Mallorca’s Hidden BeachMalta Mallorca 2
Cala de Bóquer
Best bit: Cliff diving into the torquoise water
Best route: Northwest through Tramuntana mountain range
Distance from the airport: 93.8km
Travel time: 1hr 40mins

To get the most out of a holiday on either of these holiday islands, there is one thing you need to book in advance – car hire…

The Malta Deal

Get up to 10% off car hire in Malta with Holiday Autos – the offer is running up until February 28th. You can get a two-door Mini from £12 per day – and it comes with air conditioning (which is a must in Malta’s high temperatures).

The Mallorca Deal

Alternatively, you can get up to 40% off Holiday Autos car hire in Mallorca – for selected cars booked before 22 March 2013. Pick up your two-door Mini from Palma Airport from £6 a day and you could be cruising to Cala de Bóquer straightaway…or heading East to taste the best pork dish of your life.


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