Malta, where Europe meets the Middle East and Africa
Blessed with a stunning coastline and blue waters, Malta also has great history and culture to explore. From the medieval town of Valletta, originally built by the Order of Saint John, to the fabulous Blue Grotto, and great food that is a mix of Italian and north African, Malta has lots to enjoy.
Best Malta season
Malta has a great, southern Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers, but the winters can be wet and windy. Peak season beach weather is from April to October, but around Easter it's very busy, as Malta is a Catholic country and celebrates the Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas in style.
There is also the 'Mnarja Festival', at the end of June, which is a traditional festival. Many of the villages also hold festivals honouring their patron saints throughout the year, which makes for a lively calendar of local events.
Things to know before you travel.
There are two other islands near Malta, but Malta is the largest and busiest. Gozo is quieter and the smallest of the three, Comino is mostly a nature reserve, beautiful and worth a visit. The capital city of Malta is Valleta, and thanks to many ancient buildings, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transport and food costs are cheaper on Malta than in most other European countries, and a low key restaurant meal costs about 10EUR.
Local travel and useful info
Malta airport is 5km, (about 3 miles) from Valletta centre. There are good public transport connections, including even night buses, from the airport. The airport services start with the letter X. Buses X4, X5 and X7 serve Valletta.
The official Maltese, white taxis charge between about EUR 10-EUR 30 from the airport, depending on the destination and time of day, and average, short journeys are around 15 EUROS. Hostel prices are from around 15 EUR (off-peak) in shared rooms, and a 3 star hotel room will cost about EUR 70 for a double room. The bus tickets are charged depending on the time travelled, and an Arriva bus ticket is valid for 2 hours, and is about 1.50 EUR in winter, 2 EUR in summer and 3 EUR at night, with all tickets purchasable from the driver. A 7-day prepaid card for an adult costs around 21 EUR. However, a great way to see the island is to hire a car, and with Maltese and English the official languages, the language barrier isn't a problem if you get lost.