The island of Malta has been a very popular destination for UK holidaymakers for decades. It is easy to reach and the reliable weather all act as a magnet for beach tourism.
Generally, Malta is considered an excellent destination throughout the year. Beaches and bathing are best enjoyed in Spring or early Autumn - when weather is good and the crowds are missing. As a catholic country, Malta celebrates the usual Christian festival. One particularly interesting local festivity is the the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
Malta is derived of three islands, the island of Malta being the largest of these. Gozo is smaller and less well known and is certainly worth a visit. The smallest island is called Comino and is a nature reserve.
The capital of Malta, Valletta, is a UNESCO World heritage site.
In general, food and most things are cheaper in Malta than in the UK. Visitors can expect to pay around 10 euros for a basic restaurant meal.
English is spoken in Malta.
After landing at the airport, which is located 5 km from Valletta, visitors have plenty of options to get into town or to their final destination. Many travellers will have booked a car in advance. If not, rental cars are also widely available at the airport.
Buses run to Valletta: catch any bus that begins with the letter X. A single fare is cheap at only around 1.50 euros. however, summer fares are slightly higher and night rides can cost around 3 euros.
Catching a taxi is another posssibility - the journey from airport to the centre of Valletta will cost between around 10 and 30 euros.
Accommodation in Malta
Ranging from hostels for about 15 euros a night to 70 euros for a room in a three star hotel, the choice of accommodation is wide.