Malta is set in blue seas in the central Mediterranean. The capital city of Malta, Valletta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Maltese coastline is beautiful with bays and harbours suitable for swimming.
Malta is a year round travel destination. Winters are windy and wet, Summers are dry and can be very hot. During April and until October the weather is perfect for beach holidays. Visit during holidays and festivals to learn about the island's culture. Malta is a catholic country where all of the Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas are celebrated.
Mnarja is a traditional festival that is celebrated at the end of June. It is the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and is a principal festival.
Most villages hold festivals at some point in the year to honour their patron saints.
Malta is the largest and busiest of the three inhabited islands. Comino is the smallest island with a stunning nature reserve. Gozo is a quiet island.
Valletta, the Maltese capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Food costs and travel are mostly cheaper than most other places in Europe. An inexpensive restaurant meal will cost about 10 EUR. The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English, so communication should not present a problem.
Malta International Airport is 5 kilometres or approximately three miles from the capital, Valletta. The public transport system is good. There are night buses. The X buses run from the airport, X4, X5 and X7 and travel to Valletta.
A bus ticket is valid for two hours and costs 1.50 EUR in winter, 2 EUR in summer and 3 EUR for a night journey. Tickets are available from the bus driver.
Malter's official white taxis charge between about EUR 10-EUR 30 for a journey from the airport into central Valletta. The price varies according to the destination.
Hostel accommodation is available and prices are about 15 EUR for a shared room at off peak times. Prices of rated hotels vary and can be expensive. A 3-star hotel will cost about EUR 70 for a double room.
A good way to see the island is to hire a car. Pre-paid bus cards are available and valid for 7 days of travel. They cost 21 EUR for an adult fare. Tickets for children cost less.
Official white taxis cost around EUR 15 for short journeys.