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Among the more underrated parts of the Mediterranean, Malta is a country of beautiful countryside, unique culture and interesting cities. Rent a car in Luqa and you will soon discover there is so much more to it than just an airport. Once a quiet village, it has blossomed into a bustling town with historic buildings, delicious food and welcoming locals.

It's your choice: Where to go in Luqa

When arriving at the Malta International Airport, Luqa is the first port of call for anyone new to the country. The airport serves Luqa and Malta and is a hub and focus destination for a number of airlines. From the moment you arrive in the town, you can start to discover the history of this prominent piece of Malta. Rent a car and take the drive into Luqa and see the picturesque square dedicated to Andrew the Apostle. Take a stroll through the town and admire the baroque architecture which is so prevalent across Malta. Pay a visit to the capital of Valletta, only a short a drive from Luqa. Described as “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen” upon its completion, it is a beautiful, historic city which was crowned European Capital of Culture for 2018.

Things to do in Luqa

Head to Luqa's town square to find some classic architecture that managed to avoid destruction during the war. The focal point is the building of St Vincent de Paul which was built in 1862 and now serves as a care home for old residents. Atop the belfry of the Parish Church is a clock made by one of Malta’s favourite sons, Michelangelo Sapiano. The inventor was renowned for his clockmaking, and his masterpiece is said to be a grandfather clock kept at his home at No.11 Pawlu Magri Street which you can still visit today. When you rent a car in Luqa, Malta becomes your oyster and you can take a day trip to the rest of the island. Visit the Monte Carlo of Malta by stopping off at St Paul’s and sitting by its fashionable marina, catch the ferry to natural island oasis of Gozo and see the amazing beaches of Mellieha Bay.

Important info about Luqa

Luqa is a town that has been shaped by aviation. Once a quiet village in South East Malta, the creation of an airstrip by the British Royal Air Force in the 1920s meant that it played a prominent role during World War II. The town was almost completely destroyed during the conflict but has recovered in the years since. Synonymous with Malta’s airport, Luqa welcomes holidaymakers from all over the world. Compared to the larger towns and cities of Valletta, Sliema and St Julian’s, there is a much more relaxed atmosphere here with a number of inviting cafes, restaurants and bars. Thanks to its Mediterranean location, Luqa, and Malta in general, enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round with hot summers and mild winters.

Weather in Luqa
Country Malta
Language Maltese and English
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Central European Time
Country Code +356

Good to know

Malta is both a rewarding and challenging place to drive. The road surfaces vary in certain parts of the islands but the freedom of being able to explore this fascinating landscape makes it worthwhile. When you rent a car in Luqa, there are various driving regulations you need to be aware of. You drive on the left in Malta and will require a full driving licence and be over the age of 21 to rent a car in the country. Drivers need to have a motor insurance certificate, a warning triangle inside the car in case it breaks down as well as a GB sticker (or equivalent country) on the back of the vehicle. The speed limit is 50 km/h in built-up areas while this is increased to 80 km/h on open roads, there are no motorways in Malta. Drivers are advised not to use their horn while driving through towns and cities between 11pm and 6am. You should also be aware that local drivers don’t usually indicate when changing lanes.

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What to taste in Luqa

Maltese cuisine brings together a number of inspirations to create dishes that are truly unique to these islands. There are hints of Mediterranean places, winks towards Italian and Spanish fare and there is even a British influence in certain dishes. One thing is for certain is that you have to try stuffat tal-fenek. Considered to be Malta’s national dish, this hearty rabbit stew is cooked for hours to create juicy and flavourful meat that falls off the bone. It is blended with a rich tomato, red wine and garlic sauce. Mop up any of the remains with a slice of Ħobż tal-Malti, traditional Maltese sour dough bread. For a snack on-the-go you can enjoy a Ħobż biż-żejt, a type of bruschetta with tomatoes, cheese, tuna, onion and plenty of olive oil. Indulge your sweet tooth with an Italian-inspired cannoli, a classic prickly pear or qagħaq tal-għasel, a molasses-stuffed mini pastry.

What to bring your friends from Luqa

While Malta relies on imports for much of its produce, there are a number of shops in Luqa that sell traditional Maltese gifts that can provide excellent mementos of your trip. Visit one of the town’s craft fairs and pick up a ganutell. Creating these delicate wire flowers is a skill that is passed down from generation to generation in Maltese families. Seeing these decorative pieces come together is an intriguing sight during your stay in Luqa. On your travels around Malta, you will see a lot of shops selling special lace known as bizzilla. These mini works of art are carefully made and threaded around a bobbin and sometimes incorporated with a Maltese cross. Want to take a taste of Malta home with you? Grab a bag of Twistees, Malta’s favourite crisps available in a variety of flavours.