Malta or rather, the Maltese islands are a group of small European islands in middle of the mediterranean sea. Malta is located 93km south of Sicily (Italy) and has a population of approximately 440,000 people. The Maltese Archipelago, consist of 3 main islands. Malta, Gozo and Comino, collectively covering 316 km2.
The capital of Malta is Valletta and it is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area.
Malta has it’s own national language, which is Maltese. English is also an official language. Apart from Maltese and English, many speak fluent Italian as well. Since French, German and Spanish are also taught at school from a young age, it’s not uncommon to find someone who speaks those too.
Despite it’s small size, it is one of the oldest historical places in the world, going back 7,000 years. It is home to the second oldest free-standing temple in the world, Ggantija – “Giants’ Tower” which dates back to 3,600bc. Throughout the years, Malta has been invaded and colonized by various empires, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and the British. It gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1964, became a republic in 1974 and a full member state of the European Union in 2004.
Malta is a popular tourist destination with its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Valletta, and seven megalithic temples, which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.
Currency : € (Euro)
Driving : Left
Languages Spoken : Maltese and English. Italian is also spoken by many.
Electricity : 230v (50Hz)
Electric Plug Type : 3 Pin Rectangular (British Type – BS 1363)
Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) – Summer (GMT +2)
Tipping : Tipping is customary and is usually between 5% – 10%