Malta lies in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, halfway between Europe’s mainland and North Africa. The archipelago consists of 6 islands with a total area of only 216 sq km. Malta and Gozo are the two largest islands. Comino is small and sparsely populated, while Cominotto, Filfla, and St.Paul’s Islands have no inhabitants.
The Malta may be small, but still has lots to offer visitors! It’s sea, rocky coastlines, high cliffs and scattered sandy beaches add to the island’s beauty. There are no rivers or mountains, but the Island’s hills offer a wonderful landscape to contrast with the towns and villages.
Malta is a place for diversity. You could spend a day walking around the narrow winding streets of the medieval city Mdina, and then enjoy the nightlife that Sliema, St.Julians and Bugibba offer. Alternatively you could visit one of the prehistoric temples like the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and Hagar Qim, both of which are included in the Unesco World Heritage list, and then enjoy some hours of sunshine on the golden beaches around the island.
Things to do in Malta
In Malta you’ll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You’ll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blue sea.
The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum and what makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands’ mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul or see where the Knights of St. John defended Christendom.
Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you. And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best.
In just 48 hours and a kilometre or two, you can try a new sport, laze on an island cruise and tour the most important historic sites, and still have time to join in the nightlife. That’s the real advantage of a stay here.
The Islands offer plenty of specialist holidays for those seeking to learn a new skill, discover history or get fit. If you’re interested in sports, we cater as much for the seasoned enthusiast as the casual first-timer. Malta has wellness and spa facilities at the luxury hotels and club resorts. Sea and land lend themselves to activities from rock-climbing to gentle rambling.
For a tempo and scene change from Malta itself, hop to the sister islands of Gozo and Comino. Here, you’ll holiday within a holiday and at the most relaxed of Mediterranean paces.
The climate in Malta is generally warm and moderate. It is an ideal location for breaks from the often long and harsh European winters. There are no biting winds, fog, snow, or frost. Rain falls for only short periods and averages about 578 mm in a whole year.
The temperature averages 14.1° C in winter (Nov-April) and 32° C in summer (May-Oct). The sun shines for an average of 6.46 hrs each day in winter and 10.11 hrs in summer. The hottest period is from mid July to mid September.
Malta is just a few hours’ flying time from most mainland European cities and has excellent intercontinental connections. Choose from scheduled services or charter flights, many of which offer a convenient departure point from European regional cities.
The national airline, Air Malta, operates flights to and from all the major airports in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Getting around Malta is relatively easy and cheap. Crossing the main island, Malta, by car from North to South is the longest possible journey one can take – and this only takes around 1 hour by car! Driving in Malta is on the left hand side of the road, like the United Kingdom.
The public transport service on Malta and Gozo is a good way to get around and covers nearly all the islands. Car hire rates in Malta are good value.
A regular ferry service carries passengers and cars between Malta and Gozo. Journey time is around 30 minutes.
The official languages are Maltese and English.
On 1st January 2008 Malta adopted the euro as its currency. On 1st February 2008 the euro became the only legal tender currency in Malta and Gozo.
The electrical supply is 230 volts +/- 10%. The frequency of the supply is 50 hertz. The three-pin rectangular plug system is used, as in Britain.
Banks are normally open until early afternoon from Monday to Friday, and until midday on Saturday. Some banks/branches work longer hours. Summer and winter opening hours may differ.
The Country dialling code is +356