MALTA

Capital City: Valletta
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Maltese and English are the official languages with Italian also being widely spoken

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Welcome to the land of sand, sun and sea!
With roughly 300 sunny days yearly and some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean surrounding the island of Malta, it comes as no surprise that many travelers head over to this small nation to experience pure bliss. Malta has a history dating back 7,000 years, which just adds to its wonder and intrigue. It has everything you could want from an exotic destination: megalithic temples, baroque churches and hilltop citadels depicting the human legacy here.As far as natural beauty goes, there’s no shortage of wondrous sights: limestone cliffs, sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and stunning natural landscapes all come together to make Malta one truly unique destination.The main islands Malta, Gozo and Comino blend together to make up a heaven for history buffs, water sport fans, scenery junkies and foodies alike. Step inside and be amazed bu the sights and surroundings such as prehistoric temples (some of the oldest in the world), Roman catacombs, the fairest temperatures in the world and some of the most superb beaches ever seen.

Must see places in Malta

Valetta

Valletta

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the capital city of Malta was actually a fortress built of sandstone by the Knights of St John back in 1566. Gaze upon the ornate churches, palaces and museums to get a sneak peek into the history of the country. The outdoor cafés that serve local delicacies are set to satisfy foodies tired from a day of exploring.

Grand Harbor

It’s one of the deepest natural harbors in the world, and the sheer size of this ancient harbor is enough to take your breath away. With restaurants, bars and the Barrakka Gardens in the backdrop, once you’re done soaking up the atmosphere you can head over to the venues for some lunch and a lively atmosphere.

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto

The most famous cave in Malta, the Blue Grotto is famed for its deep waters with stunning color displays. It’s an awe inspiring sight to visit and is said to be best viewed in the early mornings when the sun’s rays glimmer through the opening of the cave.

Victoria

While there might be a lot to see and do in Victoria, what you really need to check out is the massive 7,000 year old fortress that looms over the Gozo city, the Citadel. Then there’s also the Santa Maria Cathedral which is a sight that cannot be passed by.

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Discovered by accident in 1902, this ancient underground complex of halls, chambers, passages and carvings date back 3600 BC. You can explore this wonderland of pottery, ornaments, carvings and entombed corpses near Paola, but just remember to book well in advance for this special tour.

Blue Lagoon Malta

The Blue Lagoon on Comino Island

Situated between Malta and Gozo, Comino Island is a haven for divers, snorkelers and windsurfers. It’s only 3.5 km in circumference, making it the smallest island in Malta, and apart from the one hotel here, it’s virtually uninhabited. The Blue Lagoon is the star attraction of this island, renowned for being one of the most spectacular inlets with its aquamarine waters and white sands.

St Agatha’s Catacombs

Legend has it that during the persecution of Christians, St Agatha fled from Sicily and took refuge in Malta. The catacombs are a natural cave system under Malta’s oldest parish church that was later turned into a crypt. Down here you’ll be able to view various galleries and grave sites.

Mdina Citadel

The medieval citadel of Mdina with its imposing walls, cobbled streets and stunning architecture instantly takes you back to a time that history forgot. From dungeons to the 13th century Palazzo Falson with its art and antique collection, the breathtaking surrounds is sure to keep you in awe.

Things to do in Malta

Malta

Bathe in the Blue Lagoon

In Comino you’ll find the legendary lagoon that was used in the filming of the star movie Troy. The shimmering turquoise waters make for a popular day trip destination where tourists come to bathe in the waters of the small rocky and sandy beaches.

Beach it out at Golden Bay

Malta is known for its pristine beaches, but Golden Bay really is a Golden beach destination that should not be looked over. Known for its long stretch of glimmering sands, this beach is a mecca for beach fans by day and when the sun starts to set, it becomes a hotspot for horseback rides for a sunset trek.

Explore the temples

Malta has some of the oldest surviving temples in the world, and they’re listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island of Gozo boasts the Ggantja temples, renowned for its massive stones used to build the towering temple. All around Malta you’ll find these ancient temples scattered, just waiting to be explored by avid tourists.

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Best time to visit

Tourists visit Malta from May to September

Because Malta is known for its amazing climate, any time is really a great time to go. Summer time (peaking in July and August) is the best time for sunbathing swimming, diving, boat trips and local festivals. Spring and autumn are great for exploring because the temperature is a little more comfortable. Winter times (from January) see a lot of reduced travel costs, but there’s a greater chance for rainy weather.

Did you know?

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Malta has a greater density of historic sights than any other country in the world
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Malta has been overrun by every major Mediterranean power including Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Aragonese, and The Knights of the Order of St, John of Jerusalem, the French and the British.
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Malta is renowned for being one of the sunniest island paradise locations in the world.

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Bongu is the Maltese word for Hello

Travel Tips

Local dishes to try
  • Timpana is a pasta dish with Bolognese-style sauce that is baked inside of a pastry
  • Bragoli are beef olives
  • Fenek is rabbit cooked in a wine reduction
  • Pastizzi are ricotta or pea filled savory pastries
  • Lamuki Pie is a pie made with Lampuka, a popular fish in Malta
  • Qara bali mimli are zucchinis or courgettes stuffed with minced beef, cheese and parsley
Good to know!
  • Stick to drinking bottled water as the local tap water is desalted ocean water
  • Topless bathing is TOTALLY taboo and you could be expelled from the country for this
Shopping
The shops in Malta open at 6am in the mornings but close at 4pm, so make sure you get your shopping done before closing time
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