Island Nation Just South of Sicily Has Much to Offer Visitors
Finding it on a Map: Where is Malta?
Located just southwest of the island of Sicily, Malta consists of two major and several smaller islands, including the island Comino. The two main islands are Malta and Gozo. Malta’s capital, Valletta, is located on the island of Malta.
A (Very) Short History of Malta
Malta has been influenced by the cultures of several countries and civilizations since ancient times. The most recent occupation was the British until 1964. Malta is now an independent nation and a member of the EU. Evidence of ancient Greek and Roman influences is present in the islands’ ruins.
Population, Language, and Other Information
Below are just a few basic Malta statistics:
- Malta’s population is about 413,000.
- The capital, Valletta, is home to just 6,300 inhabitants.
- Malta’s official languages are Maltese and English. Maltese is not spoken anywhere else in the world, and is influenced by both Italian and Arabic. Maltese has a unique sound that visitors will easily be able to distinguish upon arrival in the country.
- The Maltese currency is the Euro.
Tips and Useful Facts for Travelers to Malta
Things important for all visitors to Malta to keep in mind:
- Remember to drive on the left side of the road!
- When riding the bus, travelers should be ready to hold on to their belongings. Motion sickness-prone beware!
- Many people on Malta speak or understand Italian.
For more information about Malta, see the country’s official tourism website, VisitMalta.
Fun Touristy Things to Do in Malta
Gozo’s Azur Window, shopping in Valletta, Blue Grotto, boat ride around the harbors, hanging out on the beach, exploring the three cities, going on a crazy bus ride pretty much anywhere on the islands for under a Euro…these are just a few possibilities for visitors to Malta.
A wonderful destination on the island of Malta is the hilltop city of Mdina. This quiet, walled-in city, aptly nicknamed the Silent City, is undisturbed by traffic and is perfect for a leisurely stroll and some sightseeing. Mdina is the old capital of Malta, and is now home to fewer than three hundred residents. Just outside the walls is the town of Rabat.
Malta is a great place to visit particularly when the weather is warm. The country’s unique and layered history, location, and overall environment make it a destination unlike many others in Europe.