The Maltese are known to be a friendly people; if you decide to retire there or are moving with your kids - the welcome will be the same. Both islands are as beautiful as one another, very safe with a very low crime rate and with a rich cultural background.
Malta is definitely the most active island, with a lot of entertainment and cultural variety. Of course, if you prefer Malta itself but are looking for a calm lifestyle, you can find some lovely villages that are more laid-back as well.
Apart from the capital Valletta, which is obviously the busiest and most dynamic location, Sliema is probably the most popular area for expats who like to be at the heart of the action. You will find everything there, whether you are shopping for clothes or groceries, or looking for a club or a restaurant. St. Julian's is a coastal town just north of Valetta with a strong tourism industry and tends to be very popular with expats.
Marsaskala and Marsaxlokk (known for its fish market and amazing seafood restaurants) are a little way down the coast and offer some great views of the sea. Mellieha in the north is also a safe bet with its gorgeous beaches.
The pace of life in Gozo is a little slower than in Malta, as it’s a smaller and more rural island. Gozo is well known for its picturesque villages, and is ideal for diving enthusiasts. It is also popular among retired people, who can enjoy the beauty and the quiet of the place, or just for those who would rather keep to themselves. Traditionally calm, it does however offer an interesting nightlife with restaurants, pubs and clubs, with all the entertainment you might need.
Marsalforn, Xlendi and its capital Victoria are probably the most popular places.
Both islands offer a wide range of properties for sale, whether you are looking for a modern apartment or a house with a lot of character.
The island of Comino is also gorgeous and measures just 3.5 square kilometers. Excellent for diving or just wandering, this island has a hotel, with two private beaches and a couple of architectural landmarks, but with only four permanent residents it doesn't offer any property options.
The Gozo Channel ferries’ timetable is fairly regular, even during the winter season. Going from Malta to Gozo will only take you 25 minutes. If you happen to miss one, do not worry: a ferry leaves every hour (and sometimes twice an hour) from 1.30am to 11.45pm. A ticket will cost you less than €5, and may even drop to around €2 for permanent residents.
The Comino Ferry Services will also allow you to go from Malta to Comino, every hour or so until 6pm.