Malta is part of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s warm climate, recreational facilities, nightlife and fascinating history (including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites) makes it a must see for many.
Valleta: The capital city. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural hub, with feast days, a carnival and a reputation for fantastic jazz music. Weather Malta has subtropical–Mediterranean weather and has been said to have the best climate in the whole world! It rarely rains from April to August and it never snows there. July and August are typically the hottest months.
Malta has a number of national holidays throughout the year, commemorating their independence from British colonial rule. Malta is a Catholic country, and the other 9 feast days are religious. There are also cultural festivals such as Notte Bianca, a spectacular all night festival.
By Air: Malta International Airport is the only airport on the island. It is 3.1 miles southwest of the Maltese capital Valletta. The airport is also home to Skyparks Business Centre and Malta’s Met Office.
By Train: There is currently no train service on Malta, although you can visit several historical railway sites.
By Car: Driving is on the left hand side of the road, with a maximum speed limit of 50 mph on the open road and 30 mph in built-up areas. National and International driving licenses are acceptable, and be careful to avoid rush hour (which can start at 8am).
By Bus: Malta Public Transport is the company set up in 2014 to operate the bus services in Malta and Gozo. Bus services on the Maltese islands generally operate daily between 5:30 and 23:00hrs. Children under 4 can travel for free, and the tickets themselves are relatively cheap – a tallinja card will cut the cost further, and you can purchase 7 / 12 day tickets.
Malta has two official languages, Maltese and English, and around 66% of the population also speak Italian. Most maps are available in English. Policy is to make road signs bilingual, although some road signs only written in Maltese have appeared (and caused controversy).
Smoking is illegal in enclosed public spaces in Malta, apart from designated smoking rooms. Most bars, clubs and restaurants provide outside seating for smokers.
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