Where is it: Malta is located in southern Europe and is one of the islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy).
Why do people go here: Although it can take a bit of dosh and effort to get there, Malta is a good European value. The capital, Valletta, is a well preserved 16th-century walled city. The country boasts some of the oldest human structures from the Copper Age. Malta has maintained its old-world charm with narrow cobblestone streets, ancient cathedrals, and palaces. Because of its location, it has not yet been overrun with tourists. Malta also has some of the best diving in Europe.
What are the main entry points: As a resort destination, most people fly into the capital, Valletta, from mainland Europe. You can also take a ferry from Sicily, Italy, during the summer.
Currency used: Maltese lira
Country Code for Phones: 356
Area codes for Major Cities: Valletta 626
Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
Ethnic Breakdown: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Languages: Maltese (official), English (official)
Major Cities: Valletta
Attractions: Beaches, Heat, Seclusion
Accommodation: Malta Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Malta-National Tourism Organization Harper Lane Floriana, Malta //www.tourism.org.mt/ www.visitmalta.com
Tips for Visiting
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Blue Grotto, Sa Maison Garden, Filfla
Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 9 months of age coming from infected areas. If indicated on epidemiological grounds, infants under 9 months of age are subject to isolation or surveillance if coming from an infected area. If possible, long-term health care should be sought in a larger European country.
When to go: Malta is the best to visit during the late winter and spring as the weather is sunny, but not scorching, and prices are reasonable.
Common Phrases: Yes = Iva, No = Le, Please = Jekk joghgbok, Thank you = Grazzi
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 21 September (1964)
Getting Around: Hoof it until you get too tired; then grab a bus
Good to know: Malta houses the oldest free-standing structure in entire Europe- Megalithic Temples.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Malta is the Malta International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Malta travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.