Overview of Malta

 

Malta lies around 60 miles (97km) south of Sicily and 160 miles (257km) north of Libya – a strategic position in the Mediterranean that has made the islands a crossroads of history. With more than 7,000 years of history to explore, this island nation styles itself as the ‘open-air museum of the Mediterranean’, and it is commonplace to stumble over remarkable megalithic and other ancient cultural sites.

Your Travel Managers for Malta can arrange an itinerary that will enable you to take in prehistoric ruins older than Stonehenge and more time-caressed than the Pyramids of Egypt. These massive Neolithic temples are considered to be the oldest freestanding stone buildings known to man.

Maltese history doesn’t stop here, however. You can also discover the ostentatious churches and fortifications which are the legacy of the medieval order of the Knights of St John, who once used the island as their stronghold for defending Christendom.

Of course, there is much more than history on display in Malta – a compact, delightful holiday destination covering just 95 square miles (246 sq. km). It also offers secluded bays and sandy beaches that are lapped by clear blue Mediterranean waters.

Malta is alluring and fascinating, but it is far from stuck in a time warp. Along with its smaller sister island of Gozo, life here is lived to the full. The annual calendar is punctuated with summertime 'festas', and firework spectaculars mark every occasion. This all comes to a head in the major carnival that is celebrated every year in early spring.

In the capital of Valletta there are awesome Baroque buildings and fortifications that guard the wonderful restaurants and cafes.

Exploring the island is none too strenuous. It takes no more than an hour to drive between any two points on the main island. So you can be diving into the 'blue hole' at Dwejra's secluded, pebbled bathing pool and then sampling the gastronomic delights of Marsalforn’s restaurants and bars in next to no time.

Climate

Malta offers visitors warm summers and mild winters.

The average summer temperature in Valletta during the warmest months of July-September is 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit), which only falls to around 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter months of December-February.

Language

English and Maltese are the official languages, but Italian is widely spoken.

Passport Visa

Malta is a member of the European Union. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Non-EEA visitors must hold return/onward tickets and sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required, if arriving within six days of leaving or transiting through an infected area.

Safety

Malta is considered very safe for tourists, though local driving conditions can be poor so best exercise caution on the roads.

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For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Malta, please contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today.

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