About Malta


Welcome to Malta, the archipelago that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean, 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The archipelago contains three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, with a total population of over 400,000 occupying an area of 316 square km.

Malta is the largest island, the centre of culture, commerce and administration. Gozo is the second largest island, known for being more rural and characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, is the smallest of the three islands, having just one hotel and is largely uninhabited.

Malta has some 7000 years of history: Stone-age men built prehistoric temples, being older than Stonehenge or even the great pyramids of Egypt. The Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragon, Knights of St John, French and British have all left their traces on the island whether on the language, culture, architecture or religion.

Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in the early 19th century. The island supported the UK through both World Wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. On 13 December 1974, Malta became a republic. Malta became a member of the European Union in 2004 and adopted the Euro as its currency four years later.

The official languages are Maltese and English. Almost all Maltese speak English. Maltese is a Semitic language written in the Roman script, also comprising of a vast number of words of Italian, French and English origin. Italian is also widely spoken.

Malta time is identical to Central Europe Time which is one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in summer; thus, normally still one hour ahead of UK which is an hour ahead of G.M.T. during summertime. Summertime commences on the third Sunday in March and lasts till the third Sunday in September.

The climate is a Mediterranean one. Winters in Malta are short, mild and windy, and even though with infrequent rain, the air is quite humid. Summers are long, hot, dry and very sunny.

The Maltese islands are positively mythical. The narrow streets of the towns and villages all lead to the main squares, which are mostly dominated by each town's large baroque church. The Maltese countryside is embraced with medieval towers, chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world - the prehistoric temples.

Malta is packed with beautiful sightseeing and we can also offer customised packages for guided tours around the Maltese islands. With beautiful, warm and sunny weather, attractive beaches, ample nightlife attractions and 7,000 years of enthralling history, there is a great deal to see and do.


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