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Planning a trip to Malta?

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Malta sits in the Mediterranean 60 miles south of Italy. With a hint of the cultures that have come before, from the French and British to Knights of St. John, there is much to discover as you enjoy the favourable climate and a carefree atmosphere.

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • National Language: Maltese and English
  • Time difference: Malta is typically 1 hour ahead of UK time
  • Flight time: Average flight time to Malta is 3 hours

Did you know?

Small in size

Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world with a land-mass of just 316 km, making it smaller than the Isle of Wight (380 km)

Malta is not one island, it's comprised of seven tiny islets.

The two largest islands, Malta and Gozo, are inhabited, the third biggest, Comino, features a single holiday resort. The remaining four are totally uninhabited.

You won't find a single forest area in Malta. There are also no mountains or rivers across all seven islands.


It’s where movies are made!

Due to its unspoilt nature, quiet coastline, ancient architecture and relative obscurity, Malta has been used as a film-location for some familiar Hollywood blockbusters.

Film scenes from Malta can be seen in Gladiator, Troy, World War Z and Captain Philips as well as the much acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones.

Older than Stonehenge and the great pyramids of Egypt, Malta's Megalithic temples are the oldest free-standing stone structures in the world.


Famous Knights

The Knights of St John of Jerusalem (also referred to as the Knights of Malta) were given control over Malta in 1530 by Charles V of Spain.

Mostly remembered for successfully defending the island against the Ottomans during The Great Siege of 1565, they were finally defeated by Napoleon in 1798.

Traditional Maltese boats

Sun, sea and culture

Malta gets more than 300 sunny days a year and is surrounded by clear blue waters, some of the cleanest in the Mediterranean, much enjoyed by visiting swimmers, snorkelers and divers.

Malta has a greater density of historic sights than any other country. Starting with its unique prehistoric temples, some of the oldest stone buildings in the world, it also has Roman catacombs, medieval towns, and the extraordinary architectural and artistic legacy of the Knights of St John (the Knights of Malta).

From fantastic beaches and colourful carnivals, to beautiful Fort St. Angelo and the Argotti Botanical Gardens, Malta embodies 6,000 years of civilisation and is renowned for its friendly hospitality.

There are a host of restaurants and bars dotted along the marina, while Spinola bay in St. Julians is the picture perfect setting to enjoy the local Pastizzi.

 

As a responsible travel insurer we always recommend you check for the latest Foreign Office advice before visiting any country, the latest FCO advice for Malta can be found here.