Malta: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Malta is an European country, located in the Mediterranean sea, consisting of a number of islands, grouped in an archipelago. Its nearest neighbor is Italy, placed 80 km North. Malta is a part of the European Union and, since 2008, part of the Eurozone. The capital of the country is the city of Valletta. Malta can be reached either by plane, with direct flights from many cities of Europe, or, by ferry, from the Italian port of Pozzallo, Sicily.
Malta has been continuously inhabited for about 7000 years. The first settlers left important archaeological sites, such as the five temples that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The many rulers of the islands, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Knights and British among them, left a spectacular cultural and historical heritage throughout the whole archipelago that was very well preserved and can be seen and enjoyed today. Malta is, also, a popular destination for watersports, sunbathing or swimming due to its many bays and beaches and a good spot for nightlife and entertainment.
Cities & Islands
Although Malta is an archipelago of many islands, only the largest 3 are inhabited: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The smallest of them is Comino, located between the other 2 main islands. It is inhabited by only 4 permanent residents. Today, Comino is a bird sanctuary and a natural reserve and it is a popular summer destination for one day trips, due to its blue waters.
Gozo is the second largest island of the country. It is a popular destination for rural tourism and for the scenic views it provides, as well as for some of the ancient temples. Most of the residents live in the capital, Victoria, but there are, also, a number of inhabited villages. There is a ferry that connects the main island to Gozo, as well as public transportation and local taxis on the island. The are many accommodation offers in Gozo.
The largest island of Malta bears the name of the country. Here, the main cities, culture attractions and entertainment offers are located. The capital is Valletta, located in the Grand Harbor, along with the fortified cities of Cottonera. Other main tourist attractions include the holiday resort of Sliema, with the neighboring St. Julian's, famous for the nightlife district of Paceville, or, the former capital of Mdina, a fortified city, and the nearby town of Rabat.
Accommodation & Getting Around
There are numerous, good accommodation offers in Malta, ranging from cheap hostels and BnBs to major international chain hotels in the major cities. The best places to stay are in Sliema and Valletta, but there are, also, properties located in villages, rented for cheap prices.
Malta has a good public transport, with 80 bus lines that link the main cities and villages, a ferry line between Sliema, Valletta and Cottonera and a ferry line that links the main island to Gozo. Also, there are local taxis and many good offers for cheap car rental.