Malta Quick Guide

Malta is an island in the Mediterranean near the Mediterranean coast between Sicily and Tunisia. It is a country famous for its archeological sites associated with a long succession of previous rulers, namely the Romans, Moors, British and French. It also has several prehistoric temples, fortresses and the legendary Hypogeum, an underground complex of chambers and halls dating from around 4000 B.C. some experts say this is the world's oldest known building.

This Italian island is a popular tourist destination for its picturesque landscape and sandy beaches. There are two faces to the island nation: the beautiful white Malta and the red, heat-waves striped Gozo. Malta's tourism industry, on the other hand, is focused more on Gozo, which is Malta's main attraction and is Malta's second most populous island. There are over 40 archaeological sites in Gozo that offer visitors a peek into Maltese history. The Basilica of St Boniface, Catacombs of Malta and numerous mottled churches are just a few examples.

One of the most important things that any Malta Travel Guide should tell you about is that Malta is not well connected with other countries by road. For tourists who are planning a trip across the island, there are only two major means of transport: boat or air. Boat trips are good but can be costly as the ports of call tend to be far away from the capital city of Malta. Air travel is easier and more convenient. You can simply check-in and get on with your onward journey either at the airport or any of the numerous ports of call around Malta.

A good Malta Travel Guide will offer you some idea of where you can eat while you are in the country. Many restaurants in Malta offer free tasting of their local dishes. If you are planning to venture beyond the city limits, you might want to check out Valletta. Located in the southwest part of Malta, Valletta offers some of the most exquisite cuisine in the Mediterranean area. You can try the traditional food such as fish, pasta and pizza.

The capital of the Gozo island nation, Valletta, has several attractions that attract travelers from all over the world. There are several museums here, especially in the area surrounding Comino. The largest and oldest museum in Gozo, the Gokova Museum, houses a collection of ancient artifacts ranging from weapons to pottery. If you are interested in culture, then you must not miss the annual Comino Fair, an important cultural event that showcases the distinct culture of Malta, Gozo, Italy, and the rest of the Ionian islands. The last day of Comino Fair is marked by a spectacular fireworks display.

While in Malta, you should not forget to see its capital city of Malta, also known as Valletta. The Malta City Center is the perfect place to go sightseeing around the island. The architectural designs and modern buildings in this city are quite appealing, and it is easy to get around. For souvenirs, the market in front of the Grand Harbour sells some of the nicest souvenirs for just about any budget imaginable, and at just about any time.

If you are going to Malta with your family, you will have plenty of options for activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy. In addition to Gozo, there are several other tourist destinations in Malta. Some of these popular spots include St. John's Church in St. James, Malta. Malta Port of Entry, Donan Castle, Blue Grotto, and other interesting places to visit. Most people who go on holiday to Malta prefer to spend their time in Gozo because it offers them a more relaxed atmosphere and less crowded beaches.

It is easy to find hotels in Malta because there is a wide selection of different types of establishments. Hotels in Malta range from economical budget options right up to luxurious five star luxury resorts. You can usually find good deals on hotel rates during the low season, between December and April, or you can stay for the high season which runs between May and September. During the famous blue lagoon, you should make sure to book accommodations near the comino area.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Malta are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The period from September to November is great for visiting Malta. Sea temperatures are ideal for swimming throughout this period

Do I need a Visa?

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Malta.

See which forms you may need for entry into Malta.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Malta is the Euro (EUR). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Malta you can grab amazing Euro deals via (GBP to EUR).

What about the wildlife?

Long finned pilot whales and false killer whale dolphins (dolphins that share similar characteristics with killer whales) are also common, so too are sea turtles. Other native wildlife includes four subspecies of the Maltese Wall Lizard, the Sicilian Shrew and the Maltese Freshwater Crab.

What is the traditional food?

Maltese food? Malta's undisputed national dish is stuffat tal-fenek—rabbit stew

What Languages are spoken?

Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English. Maltese is the national language. You can learn some basic Maltese before you travel to Malta and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Malta is the Euro (Tipping is customary in Malta and a gratuity of between 5% and 10%, whenever good service has been provided is reasonable. However if a service charge has already been included in the bill, a tip is not necessary.).

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