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Malta - About the historically strategic, Southern European, Mediterranean island(s) country known locally as Repubblika ta' Malta. The name Malta can be traced back to the Phoenician word Maleth meaning "a haven".

Malta HolidayMalta became part of the British Empire in 1814.

Malta gained her independence from Britain in September 1964.

The Republic of Malta - since 1974 - is an independent European state. After independence from Great Britain Malta remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations (previously the British Commonwealth), becoming a democratic republic in December of the same year and joining the European Union on Mayday 2004.

Malta consists of three inhabited islands: Malta Island, Gozo (Għawdex), Comino (Kemmuna), and a further four uninhabited islands: · Cominotto (Kemmunett), Delimara Island (Sikka ta' Delimara), Filfla, St Paul's Island (Il-Gżejjer ta' San Pawl), Manoel Island (Il-Gżira Manwel), Fungus Rock (Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral).

What is Malta's official language?

Having its own official language Malti or Maltese, a Semitic language, written in a mainly Latin alphabet with Arabic and Romance influences. English is widely spoken across the islands, with many young Maltese fluent.

What is the population of Malta?

The island's total population including tourists is a lot less than 500,000 souls at any one time and although the de facto capital of Malta is Valletta the largest city is Birkirkara or B'Kara in the centre of the main island. The total land area of all the islands of Malta is just over 300 sq km or 120 sq miles with very little fresh water sources.

The Maltese currency is the Euro since 2008What is the currency in Malta?

The Maltese currency is the Euro since 2008, previously the Maltese Lira, and it is in the Central European Time Zone - two hours ahead of GMT. Flying time from UK to Malta is around three and a half hours.

Maltese Websites

The Internet top level domain names are .mt or .eu, along with other EU member states

Phoning Malta

The international dialling code is +356

What is Malta's location?

Malta's exact location in the Mediterranean is deemed to be 35°53'N 14°30'E, just over 90km or 58 miles to the south of Sicily and just under 290km or 180 miles north of the African coast, giving the islands a warm, maritime climate. The Maltese islands have been shown to have first been settled in around 5200 BC by Stone Age farmers who had arrived from Sicily.

How long is the flight to Malta from the UK?

The average flight time to Malta from the UK is only around 3.5 hours.

What time is it in Malta?

Malta is GMT +2 hours

Who governs Malta?

Malta has a history of occupation (rulers) by other states, the latest being Britain but going back into history other cultures have been here including Arabs, Byzantines, Phoenicians, Romans, Sicilians and Spanish. Probably best known for its occupation by Knights of St. John during the Crusades and shipwreck of the Christian Saint, St Paul.

The information contained within this website is based upon personal experience and research material that will help us all to enjoy our Holiday on Malta, we hope it will help you too,. but please remember 'things do change'.

Visas: UK Passport holders do not require visas for stays of less than three months.

Gozo's capital is Victoria.

We will be further researching:

City Sightseeing Tour North - Hop on hop off

City Sightseeing Tour South - Includes a 45 minute guided walk in Valletta, Blue Grotto etc (excludes entrance fees)

Sea Fishing Trip

Valletta Harbour Trip

Temples - (Mgara) Skorba + Tal Minta

Rabat Catacombs & St Joseph's Day (Saturday 19th March)

Cart Ruts Clapham Junction

Gozo trip

Valletta - National Archaeology Museum

Valletta - Natural History Museum

Hagar Quin Temples + Mnaydra

Hypogeum of Hausaitieni

Coaches, Minivans & Chauffeur-Driven

CT Cabs


Open Top Double Decker Bus

Public Transport

Seaplane Service



Tourist Train

Vintage Bus Sightseeing

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