Guide - Important Facts about Malta
Malta guide presents some of the most important information a
traveler must know about Malta.
Malta lies in the center of the pristine waters of the
Mediterranean. This archipelago is small, but is rich in historical
and cultural heritage, dating back 7000 years ago. The Maltese
islands is an archipelago, the three main islands of which is
mainland Malta, Gozo and Comino. Its capital city is Valletta which
is found in mainland Malta.
Places to See
The most touristed areas in Malta include Valletta, its capital
city, Mdina, its ancient capital city and the neighboring village of
Rabat. You can also cross the island to Gozo, a 20-minute ferry ride
away. Gozo is less crowded and greener than Malta, and is home to a
few attractions including the Ggantija temples. Lying between Malta
and Gozo is the island of Comino which is world famous for the Blue
Visa is not needed for most visitors who stay up to 3 months. Note
though that effective January of 2008, Malta has become a member of
the Schengen treaty.
How to Get There
Malta can be reached by boat with its regular sea links with Italy.
The Maltese islands is well connected to North Africa and Europe
with flights departing and arriving in the Malta Iternational
Airport found in Luqa, about 8 kilometers south of Valletta.
Malta Guide - Going around Malta
You can get to different areas in Malta through various means of
transport. You can take boat trips to take you from one island to
another, or to simply tour you around the island. For intra-island
travels, you can take the buses run by the Public Transportation
Association. Renting a car, a motorcycle or a bike is also a good
idea if you want to go around Malta. You can also hire a taxi to
take you to your next destination. Although convenient, they are
The euro is now the official currency of Malta. You can exchange
your money in banks to get the best rates. All major credit cards
are accepted in Malta. Tipping is widespread in the islands so make
sure to top off your restaurant bill or taxi fare with a little
more. Most consumer items have 18% VAT (Value Added Tax). Hotels and
car rental companies usually offer discounted rates during the off
peak seasons from October to May.
The climate and weather in Malta is typical Mediterranean with hot
dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures in the summer can go up
to more than 30 degrees centigrade, while winter temperatures rarely
go below 15 degrees.
Most Maltese can speak good English, although Malti remains to be
its national language. It is fairly easy to ask help and directions
as locals in Malta are friendly and willing to help.
Malta guide contains much of what you need to know about Malta
before your flight. A Malta guide should be available in the airport
containing maps and other important travel information.
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