Malta Info Guide has gathered some of the best facts about Malta. Our island, even though small, boasts some amazing facts. As many people say, good things come in small packages.
Malta has its own language, Maltese but many people speak English too, as it is the second official language which is also taught in schools. English is a way of easy communicating with many foreigners. Italian is spoken by a large number of people here in Malta and understood.
The Maltese language is a mix of Enlgish, Italian and French. Below are the top terms the Maltese use.
Malta electricity voltage is 230V/- 10%. The frequency of the supply is 50 Hertz. It is important to know this for safety purposes. The British three-pin rectangular plug system is used. Adapters are very easy to find.
So is Malta really safe to travel to?
Yes, it is much more than you’d expect it to be. The question of whether Malta is a safe holiday destination is becoming increasingly common. And that’s no surprise.
Crime rates in Malta are relatively low compared to the other European countries.
The Malta Currency is the Euro. Malta changed its currency in 2008. Most shops accept major credit cards.
In Malta you find 3 UNESCO sites and another 7 on a tentative list. The current UNESCO sites are Malta's Megalithic Temples, Valletta and the Hypogeum.
The Maltese flag is very simple to distinguish. The flag is made up of two colours, white and red. King George VI awarded the George Cross which is positioned on the top left of the flag after World War 2 for Malta's bravery.
Our time, is very similar to many other European countries. Malta has daylight saving time, were we change the clock forward on the last Sunday of March and back on the last Sunday of October.
Autumn of Malta: GMT +01:00 Central European
The weather in Malta is beautiful practically all through the months. We get very hot summers and mainly mild winters. The only concern is the sun, as protection is important for foreigners. Torrential rain and wind thunderstorms are not frequent.
Tap water is safe for drinking in most areas though bottled water is preferred by most locals, an issue of taste rather than health. The tap water may have a taste and therefore is not always pleasant to use as drinking water.
Pick-pocketing and handbag-snatching are more common in tourist hotspots, particularly St. Julian’s and Sliema. Having said that, compared to other popular tourist destinations in Europe, I wouldn’t say you’re at a big risk. Just be vigilant and look after your belongings.
Malta has an interesting length of ancient prehistory and military history. Settlers have lived in Malta since around 5200 BC.
It was ruled by the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, the French and by the British Empire.
In 1964 Malta became an Independent State and a Republic in 1974. Since 2004 Malta became a member of state of the European Union.
Malta's history has been influenced by many
cultures through time but finally the Maltese people succeeded to acquire their
Independence from the British on the 21st September 1964. At the same time
joined the Commonwealth.
Some years after became a Republic on 13th December 1973, the president of Malta was appointed for the first time.
Became a European member (EU) on 1st May of 2004.
Adopted the main Euro currency with the other Euro zone countries since 2008.
Became part of the Schengen area after signing the Schengen agreement in 2007.
You can swim safely pretty much anywhere, but the golden rule is Swim where the locals swim. There are several areas where you can swim. See the complete list of the best beaches in Malta.
Since Malta is small, you will find plenty if places to eat and shop.
Shops are mostly located in Valletta, Gzira, Sliema and Paceville including Paola and Hamrun which also cater for famous international brands. You can find all sorts of food from food chains to high standard restaurants with a mix of international cuisine.
There is a 20-minute ferry around he clock between the island of Malta and Gozo. Thousands of people use it on a daily basis for work, school, transporting goods and holidays.
If you live in Malta, then your health care is free of charge, both in hospitals and health care centers. Only private hospitals are against a fee. If you are on holiday in Malta and need to go to hospital then there is a fee according to what you need.
Here we have the government main hospital known as Mater Dei at Msida and small private hospitals. In almost each locality there are small government clinics where if you need assistance you will find local doctors who offer their services at certain times of the day.
In each village you can find pharmacies where some of them offer the services of a clinic with doctors offering their services at different times of the day.
Driving in Malta is very different compared to driving anywhere else in the world. Since our island is very small, you get from one location to the other quite quickly. But wait... Malta suffers from a lot of traffic. There are around 300,000 licensed vehicles with a population of around 500,000. Malta imports right hand-side cars and drive on the left side of the road.
Whenever you have a problem and you ask a Maltese person for help, they are always willingly there to help you out. Don't be shy, just ask!
Malta has many churches in many localities. It is a catholic country and when visiting various churches dress code has to be appropriate with no shorts or sleeveless tops. There is a percentage belonging to other churches or denominations.