I am starting to research places to stay in Southern Europe for a long-term stay and a friend suggested I consider Malta. Can you recommend a good base to stay long term? It's sort of a working trip (I need a place to work for at least a month) but will try to find time to travel with family when they come to visit. I would like to stay somewhere that is convenient for living without a car, so a large town/small city would work. ideally a location that is accessible to a beach but also has somewhat of a nightlife (when I am not working :-)) I also have to consider affordability (I would like to budget $100/day excluding transportation costs). I am looking at travel in early fall (Sept-Oct).
And if you don't think Malta is suitable, please let me know. I am also looking at other places.
Thanks in advance for your help.