Malta’s Mediterranean climate lends itself to a sun-seeking lifestyle, with swimming being possible for 6-7 months of the year. Many apartments available for rental on a short or long-term basis, however, don’t have swimming pools and many people rely on swimming in the sea.

The sea around Malta and Gozo is some of the clearest in Europe, but some residents and holiday makers prefer the convenience of a swimming pool. To find accommodation with a swimming can be a challenge, and sometimes such properties are costly, but knowing where to look can be a help.

Obviously, most hotels are equipped with pools, but for those seeking more privacy or self-catering facilities, that isn’t really an option.

For people with plenty of money to spend, whole villas are available to rent in areas such as Madliena, Marsascala, Qawra and Mellieha. As a long-term let, these villas can command monthly rental prices of €1,500 upwards, and for holiday makers requiring villas on a short-term basis, villas can cost at least €1,000 per week. A selection of these villas can be seen online, and properties include June Villa and Rosevale in Mellieha, Villa Phantasia in Ibrag and Sunset Farmhouse, Marsascala.

An alternative to renting a whole villa is to rent a villa apartment or an apartment in a block with a shared pool. These accommodation options can be really cost-effective and are usually available on a short or long-term basis. Accommodation with a shared swimming pool is generally found along the coast in resorts such as Bugibba, Qawra, St. Julians, Marsascala and Mellieha, particularly in an area known as Santa Marija Estate. Rentals can be up to €1,000 per month for a 2/3 bedroom apartment on a long-term arrangement, or around €500 per week short-term. In Santa Marija Estate, Mellieha, there is a number of such properties available such as Merill Apartments, La Mediterranea Apartment, Dewberry, Santa Maria villa apartments and Tas-Sellum. In Bugibba, there are also a few such as St. Paul’s Court and Shamrock Apartments, whilst further south in Madliena is the Apartment 2 Yellow.

Most of these properties can be found and booked online. Others, especially for long-term rental, can be found advertised through the main estate agents such as Frank Salt, Dahlia, Sara Grech and ReMax.