The Maltese archipelago, consisting of Malta, Gozo and Comino, is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Visitors can choose to explore the depths of Malta’s history and culture or immerse themselves in the many aspects of its beautiful natural landscape. Malta’s history reaches back over 7,000 years when the Islands went through a golden Neolithic period, the remains of which are still very well preserved. Later on, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Arabs all left their traces on the Islands.
Malta has a thriving cultural scene, holding a wide array of events over the year, from traditional food, wine and religious festivals to the Malta Arts Festival and the Malta Jazz Festival.
Valletta, the capital of Malta, is a UNESCO World Heritage City filled with grand examples of architecture and history. The surrounding area is dotted with archaeological sites, Roman ruins and catacombs, the medieval walled city of Mdina, and the oldest freestanding temples in the world.
Malta’s two sister islands Gozo and Comino are only a short ferry ride away, but provide a uniquely different escape. Surrounded by the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, these islands are filled with secluded lagoons and caves, traditional villages and picturesque walks. Both Malta and Gozo offer a range of fantastic outdoor activities like diving, cycling, hiking, rock climbing and sailing that cater to beginners and pros alike.
The scenery on the Maltese islands is one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean and it has provided the backdrop for countless international block busters such as Gladiator, Agora and Munich.
Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters. The sea is relatively warm by May and stays pleasant for swimming until October/November.
Valetta is the capital of Malta and the heart of the city is Republic Street, Triq ir-Repubblika, from where the city’s many sights, shops and side streets may be explored. The numerous cafés and the harbour area are perfect for people watching during the day whilst the wine bars and restaurants are ideal for a more sophisticated evening of leisure.
The Maltese Islands are an ideal destination for families. The Maltese have traditional family values at heart and children are always made welcome and given special attention. Safety is the number one priority in Malta, making it a great option for families and particularly for those with small children.
There are several beaches on Malta and Gozo that are suitable for both kids and parents to relax and play. On Malta, Mellieha Bay is one of the best sandy beaches with shallow waters. On Gozo, both Ramla Bay and Marsalforn are ideal, with the latter being the island’s largest resort with good restaurants and cafés nearby.
Malta is served by several airlines including Air Malta, EasyJet, Ryanair and BMI Baby.
English is quite widely spoken on the Islands.
The Euro is the currency used on Malta.