about Malta

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 and are densely populated with just over 400,000 inhabitants. Comino is small and sparsely populated, while Cominotto, Filfla, and St.Paul's Islands have no inhabitants.

The Maltese Islands may be small, but still have lots to offer visitors! The country's strategic position between Europe and Africa made it a valuable possession for the great powers that dominated Europe in ancient times, and so it has a rich and varied history. It was occupied by the Phoenicians, the Aragonese, the Romans, the Arabs, the Knights, the French and the British. All these left their mark on the islands, ranging from Catacombs, Roman Villas and Baths, Fortifications and Towers, Cathedrals and Churches.

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.

Those visitors who prefer not to rent a car can use the network of public buses which is cheap and efficient. The main terminus is in Valletta, and in addition there are direct buses to the most popular towns, beaches and cities from Sliema, Bugibba, Mosta, Rabat, Cirkewwa and Marsaxlokk.

The national language is Maltese, however the majority of the population can speak good English. Italian, French and German are also spoken in most hotels.

Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, so it is always a good time of year to visit Malta