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Best Places to Visit

The first stop for most tourists on holidays to Malta is the capital city, Valletta. Valletta is steeped in history; after the Knights of St John were forced to leave Jerusalem they eventually settled in Malta. As a result, the city has a veritable collection of stunning architecture, in fact, it is often said that Valletta is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.

Sliema and St Julian's are often the next stop for tourists. Both of these coastal towns have plenty of nightlife and restaurants. However, the previously quiet fishing village of St Julian's is considered more scenic. It's also right next door to Paceville, a town renowned for its numerous night clubs, bars and restaurants.

Valletta hasn't always been the capital of Malta; Mdina once claimed the title. A very small, scenic city, it is rumoured to have been built nearly four thousand years ago. Many of the buildings were ruined in a devastating earthquake in the 17th century; however, the walls of the city and many historic buildings still stand. Mdina is incredibly peaceful, helped in a big way by the fact that vehicles are prohibited here. Thanks to this it has earned the nickname 'the quiet city'.

Rabat, not far from Mdina is a small town with plenty of charm. Here visitors can see the Cathedral of St. Paul, highlighting the Maltese devotion to the saints. There are many churches and cathedrals across the main island, especially in Valletta and Victoria.

For history boffins, the Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta are a little harder to find, but are a great place to visit. Carved out of solid rock, these caves used to house the Allied Air and Naval Forces headquarters during WWII. Inside, visitors can take an audio, self-guided tour through all the different operations rooms.

For those who'd like to escape from the hustle and bustle, a trip to Mdina is in order. Known as 'the silent city', Mdina forbids any traffic from entering its walls, save those vehicles belonging to a limited number of residents. Boasting a fascinating fusion of Baroque and Norman architecture, the city centre is marked by the imposing and dramatic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul. An ancient, fortified city, it also acts as home to some sites of historical interest, including the medieval Palazzo Falson and the mysterious Mdina Dungeons.

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Need to know

Language

The national language of Malta is Maltese. Descending from Arabic, over the years it has come to resemble Italian and Sicilian. In 1964, Malta gained independence from British rule, and as a result, English is an official language, with the government working in a mix of English and Maltese. This also means that around 90 per cent of the population can speak English. However, it is worthwhile investing in a Maltese phrasebook or language guide, as the Maltese tend to look favourably on those who make even the most basic of attempts at greetings and courtesies. /p>

Currency

The Maltese lira was replaced by the euro in 2008, and this is the only legal tender accepted on the island. There are one or two foreign banks on the island (such as HSBC), but visitors can also use foreign credit and debit cards at any of the local banks. However, a word of caution, some of these don't accept American Express cards. Money can also be withdrawn at tourist offices and some hotels. Changing currency into euros can be done at either the bank or at the currency converter machines that are found at all the major tourist areas. There is a charge for this service though, and the exchange rate is often more favourable at the banks. Travellers' cheques are very welcome, especially at hotels as most make a profit on transactions.

Visas

Visiting Malta is extremely easy where visas are concerned as it is not necessary to obtain one. Malta is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, in which 26 separate European Nations agreed to open their border to other member nations. As a result, Malta is open to citizens of all Schengen states. Citizens of EU countries which have not signed the agreement, including the UK, are also granted access to the country without a visa and for an unlimited period of time. However, it can still be worth carrying a passport, credit card and driving license in the event of needing to hire certain things, such as car-hire. Non-EU citizens generally need a visa in order to enter as a tourist for up to 90 days.

Climate

Malta has a Mediterranean climate characterised by warm summers and mild winters, and while rain may occasionally occur during winter, summers are predominately dry. The average yearly temperature here comes in at around 23°C, with yearly highs hitting 27°C during August.

Malta also experiences one of the most optimal arrangements of daylight hours in Europe. Winter days aren’t as short as in the northern part of the continent, with daylight hours during the months of December, January and February averaging 10.3.

Main Airports

Malta only has one airport on the island, Malta International Airport, situated between Luqa and Gudja. Sometimes referred to as Luqa Airport, it's a few miles south-west of the capital, Valletta. Tourists can fly to Malta from most European airports and can enjoy duty-free shopping and restaurants available at Malta International Airport.

Flight Options

Malta International Airport is the main travel hub, receiving flights from numerous European destinations throughout the week. Many airlines fly direct from London, Manchester and Newcastle. To fly from London to Malta non-stop takes around 3 hours.

Travel Advice

The peak travel season in Malta is between July and August, so booking outside of this time could guarantee a cheaper flight. Travelling away from the airport is relatively easy. It's perhaps easiest to take a taxi three short miles into the capital of Valletta (there are many available, although they can be a little pricey).

Other Transport Options

It is possible to get to Malta via boat. There are ferry services from Catania, Sicily, which run eight times a week and all year round, taking around 4 hours 15 minutes. For those who don't mind travelling, this is a relaxing way to soak up some Mediterranean sun.

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Feiten

  1. Malta is een populaire achtergrond voor blockbusterfilms zoals Gladiator, World War Z en Captain Philips.
  2. Ondanks de kleine oppervlakte heeft Malta maar liefst 10 plaatsen aangemerkt als UNESCO Werelderfgoed.
  3. Tussen juni en september worden er in Malta ongeveer 75 dorpsfeesten georganiseerd, elk feest ter ere van de specifieke beschermheilige van dat dorp.
  4. De megalitische tempels op Malta zijn waarschijnlijk ouder dan zowel Stonehenge als de Egyptische piramiden.
  5. Gedurende het Beleg van Malta in 1565, werd Malta tegen de Ottomanen verdedigd door de ridders van de Orde van Sint-Jan.
  6. De Maltezers rijden links.

Feiten

  1. Malta is een populaire achtergrond voor blockbusterfilms zoals Gladiator, World War Z en Captain Philips.
  2. Ondanks de kleine oppervlakte heeft Malta maar liefst 10 plaatsen aangemerkt als UNESCO Werelderfgoed.
  3. Tussen juni en september worden er in Malta ongeveer 75 dorpsfeesten georganiseerd, elk feest ter ere van de specifieke beschermheilige van dat dorp.
  4. De megalitische tempels op Malta zijn waarschijnlijk ouder dan zowel Stonehenge als de Egyptische piramiden.
  5. Gedurende het Beleg van Malta in 1565, werd Malta tegen de Ottomanen verdedigd door de ridders van de Orde van Sint-Jan.
  6. De Maltezers rijden links.

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