Facts about Malta
Malta is an archipelago of seven islands in the Mediterranean Sea located about 80 kilometers south of Sicily. Only the three largest islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited. Malta’s strategic location means that it has been occupied by many civilizations throughout history. Malta became independent from Great Britain in 1964.
What to see in Malta?
Valletta is a port city that has preserved much of its original 16th-century architectural heritage. The capital has a rich history. It is a modern city with good shopping opportunities and with many museums and cultural sights. Of particular note is the cathedral, built by one of the former grandmasters of the Crusaders. In the cathedral you can see Caravaggio paintings, tapestries and various religious relics. In the cathedral are also the tombs of the most famous knights of the Order of St. John. Hypogeum Ħal-Saflien is an underground structure from 3300-3000 BC. It is the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world.
Sliema is Malta’s most modern and densely populated area, and where most tourists stay. It is a vibrant city and all amenities are in the city. Sliema and the nearby St Julian’s form an almost contiguous city spread over two peninsulas. The beachfront is well developed with cafes, bars and restaurants and some pebble beaches with safe and clean areas.
The ancient capital of Mdina, also known as the quiet city. Mdina’s history goes back more than 4000 years. It was here in 60 AD that the apostle St. Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the islands. Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures. It is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient fortified city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture.
Nearby is the town of Rabat with the fortress with attractions such as architecture, history and stunning views from the fort. Rabat is home to St. Paul’s famous catacombs dating from Roman times.
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The language of Malta?
What language is spoken in Malta?
The official languages are Maltese and English, and Italian is also commonly understood and spoken. Virtually all Maltese citizens speak English fluently.
How many inhabitants does Malta have?
The total population of Malta is approximately 465,000
What is the capital of Malta?
The capital and largest city of Malta is Valletta
When did Malta join the EU?
Malta is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 May 2004
Is Malta part of Schengen?
Malta has been participating in the Schengen cooperation since 21 December 2007
Is Malta in NATO?
Malta is not a member of the NATO alliance
What time is it in Malta?
Malta has a time zone of UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.
Can you drink tap water in Malta?
Most people choose to buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.
When is the best time to travel to Malta?
When is the best time to holiday in Malta?
You can holiday in Malta almost all year round, it’s a matter of personal taste when you thought it was best. Summer is usually very hot. If you are going on an active holiday, the most popular months are May and October.
Is it safe to travel in Malta?
It is safe to travel in Malta as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.
Family holiday with children in Malta
If you need to take children on holiday to Malta, here is a link to experiences for children and families.
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