Malta Island a Mediterranean
Hot Spot

Malta has become one of the hottest destinations 

Date Last Updated: 12th October 2019

Malta Island has so many opportunities and so much to offer.

Malta retains spectacular backgrounds, with a surprising amount of cultural heritage still visible today. It is being well preserved till today in order to be enjoyed by all locals and visitors.

It is the largest of all the Maltese archipelago located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Africa. The other islands are Gozo and Comino much smaller in size with their own charm and characteristics.

An imposing view of the fortifications and buildings of Valletta

It is the largest of all the Maltese's archipelago located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Africa. The other islands are Gozo and Comino much smaller in size with their own charm and characteristics.

What is there for you as a visitor
What is there for you as a visitor

Malta island offers an array of opportunities of things to do for a holiday vacation. It attracts many tourists each year for its sun, heritage, culture and business opportunities.

Plenty of things to discover from natural diverse beauty to cultural inheritance still well preserved and which can be visited. There are also many historical places you can visit apart from sandy beaches, villages, entertainment and festivals.

Malta Island – Its Past and Present
Its Past and Present

Through centuries the islands passed through so many changes due to its centralized location. Through its different conquerors the cultural heritage which evolved through time created a unique identity to the Maltese islands. Today the people have established a name for themselves all over the world.

Today Malta Island is the central administration hub apart from the commercial side of business connectivity with Europe and the rest of the world. Many foreigners from various countries are coming to settle and many foreign companies are opening their businesses on this island to invest and offer job opportunities both for local and overseas people. 

Tours and Cruises to Enjoy the Natural Beauty
Tours and Cruises

Local tours, cruises around the islands, the very popular Blue Lagoon, Grand Harbour Cruise, Round Malta coast cruise all provide pristine landscape and blue sea inviting you to swim and sunbathe especially during the hot days.

Things to do are numerous. Many return to continue exploring the culture of the island.

Most cruises offer food and drinks on deck. Also the cruise stops at favorite locations to enjoy swimming and walk around to explore. It is a wonderful experience.

During the summer months there is the lazy pirate cruises late evening cruise along the coast. It is also popular to rent a yacht with skipper for a day sailing around archipelago.

Malta Island – Where to Stay
Where to Stay

Accommodation in Malta is made up of numerous hotels, resorts, international hotel chains, B&B, apartments provide high level service for those looking for a quality holiday.

The touristic area around the Grand Harbour is Valletta with numerous old palaces and old homes converted to hotels and B&B with fantastic views of the port and elegant streets.

The main hotel area is Gzira, Sliema, St. Julian's, St George's Bay and Paceville, these villages are located beside each other along the coast enjoying vast sea views with plenty of restaurants, entertainment and shopping.

In the northern area with St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba and Qawra with sea views and St. Paul's islands, a quieter area more tourist oriented. Mellieha is farthest up the island towards the ferry which takes you to the terminal to catch the ferry to Gozo.

Malta Island is a sun and cultural holiday destination

View of Mellieha village
Malta's Moments with Instagram
Malta's Moments with Instagram

Malta is becoming one of the hottest destination archipelagos for Instagram-savvy photographers. Varied colorful scenery enables visitors to be captivated with its natural beauty and man made marvels. So many millions of photos are taken of locations.

There are over 6.2 million posts using hashtag Malta (#Malta). The most popular Malta Instagram places are: Valletta, Mdina, Blue Grotto, St. Peters Pool, Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon at Comino, Ta' Pinu sanctuary Gozo, Popeye Village, the colours of the Maltese Balconies, Red Tower, drone shots of Malta.

You can see some beautiful shots of Malta on Instagram by clicking here.

These are the most popular hashtags Instagrammers use on Malta's photos:

#Malta: 6.2M | #Valletta: 625K | #Gozo: 500K | #Comino: 275K | #Sliema: 242K | #Mdina: 220K | #Marsaxlokk: 90K | #Mosta: 50K

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Malta Island – An open Air Mueum
Malta Island – An open Air Mueum

Malta is known as an open-air museum with numerous sites dating back from 6500 since man came to the Island till recent. You can still witness this incredible heritage through tours, or walk around hop on hop off.

What makes it unique is that so much of the past is visible today. Delve into the island's prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul or see where the Knights of St. John fought their most famous battles of 1565.

The Neighboring Islands
The Neighboring Islands

The other main islands Gozo the second largest is less inhabited and quiet, less populated with a more peaceful environment for those looking for tranquil days. It's main industries are fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. It is greener, more hilly, quiet small villages all characterised with their patron saint church visible from afar above the low landscape of the houses.

There is a deep cultural heritage with many activities for all ages all the year round. It is an ideal retirement location.

Comino with two inhabitants, a seasonal hotel. The Blue Lagoon makes it very popular to visit as many tourists go there as it is a favourite locality. The Santa Maria tower which is very visible from afar dominates the landscape. It is an island with a difference.

Character of the Maltese people
Character of the Maltese people

Due to its location the people of Malta have passed through various rulers and this left an impact on their character, language and habits of the people making them even more international. Maltese and English are the main languages, Italian is spoken by the majority and The french language minimal, although both languages are taught at school.

They fancy colours as it is shown in their dress code, striking colourful feast decorations and all that is around us. Noisy, colourful and unique style festa pettards from every town and village illuminate the skies. The Maltese people are known to be friendly, family-oriented, generous, spirited, warm, ready to help.

Malta Island - Quaint Rocky and Sandy Beaches
Malta Island - Quaint Rocky and Sandy Beaches

Sandy and rocky beaches along the coastline offer numerous locations from where to swim. With over 300 days of sunshine and a medium range weather which offer a very good alternative to the cold weather across European countries.

Very popular locations link St. Peter's Pool, Mellieha Bay, Golden Bay, Delimara, Paradise Bay, which is a stop away from visiting the second island of Gozo, where the boat docks and a 25 minute ride with frequent times during the day and night.

Certain bays are very popular on Instagram and Facebook, like St. Peter's Pool, Golden Sands. They are well visited for their natural beauty and their unique characteristics of the blue sea, natural rock formation.

Here is the list of Malta and Gozo beaches.

Golden Bay beach on a typical Sunday during June
Diving in the blue Mediterranean Sea
Diving in the Mediterranean Sea

If you wish to see the beauty of the islands you have to go underwater. All three islands offer some of the best diving spots in Europe. Malta is the Top European destination and third best diving location in the world according to the leading Dive Magazines.

When in Malta you can enjoy beautiful diving sites, various great wrecks, very clear water up to 40 meters visibility with a diverse marine life. Professional diving instructors are at hand to train you and teach you all aspects of safety. You can dive any time during the year as the temperature of the sea doesn't fall below 15 degrees.

Cities Towns and Villages
Cities Towns and Villages

Malta Island can be enjoyed in many different ways by visiting towns and villages with their own style, character and characteristics.

From the quiet villages to the busy hectic ones where there are traditional ideas to urban resorts. You can choose from any wake of life on Malta Island to your hearts desire and can enjoy them any time you want as everywhere is close to each other.

You find several restaurants, cafes, take aways, local village clubs, entertainment clubs and nightlife. Promenades and gardens enhance the creativity of locals and visitors. Theatres, cinemas, concerts and sports are plentiful on the island due to the abundance of local talent offering foreigners opportunities to take part.

Valletta

Valletta is a treasure house of art and architecture. This city of the Knights remains virtually intact, its streets flanked by palaces and tiny, old-world shops. 

The baroque and fortified city of Valletta as a world heritage city is very busy during the day with numerous places to visit at night. During 2018 Valletta was the European capital of culture.

Mdina

Mdina was the old capital up to medieval times completely fortified lying on top of a hill where time has stood still with 300 inhabitants. Plenty of palaces, churches, cathedral and narrow streets. Such a quiet and relaxing diverse location from all the rest.

Parts of one of the most talked series 'Game of Thrones' season one was filmed at this location. You can enjoy a film tour that takes you round some of the locations that were filmed around Malta island.

With various tours to take or a personal visit. It is worth visiting to appreciate the local culture, not least various restaurants and the most prominent Fontanella tea rooms, wine bars and restaurants with a breathtaking view over the bastion walls.

Other popular villages include Mellieha Attractions, Mellieha VillageMarsaxlokk, Sliema, St. Julian's.

Imposing facade of Mdina Cathedral
Malta's Languages
Malta's Languages

The Maltese and English language are Malta's official languages. The Maltese language is has its origin from the Semitic language. Through time it absorbed numerous words from the English, Italian and Arabic language.

Locals talk good English, although this is due to the long recent British influence on the islands. All schools and universities teach in Maltese and English where most subjects have English text books. Other languages that are taught in school are Italian, French, German, Arabic, Russian, Spanish but few locals know how although they are taught in schools.

Feasts and Religion
Feasts and Religion

Around 90% of the Maltese are Roman Catholic with deep roots through centuries. The arrival of the Apostle Paul around 60 AD on the island left an impact on the locals. With around 350 churches, cathedrals, basilicas, sanctuaries, shows the devotion of the locals.

Today all villages celebrate their patron saint with a religious feast inside the church. An external colourful feast spread on several days is celebrated by the locals. They are well attended and many villagers prepare all year round to have the best feast every year. The churches are decorated with silver ornaments and red decorative fabric (damask). See the full year calendar of village festas by clicking here.

Villagers celebrating the feast of their patron saint at Kalkara
Unique Fortifications for their Sheer Scale and Concentration
Unique Fortifications

The sheer scale and concentration of the numerous fortifications spanning many centuries are spread across the island. The most recent and elaborate span 400 years. They are still visible at Valletta and Floriana with 25 kilometres of fortified walls surrounding these locations.

On the other side of the Grand Harbour area lies the fortifications of the three cities Birgu, Bormla, Vittoriosa and Fort Rinella at the entrance of the harbour. In this way the Harbour is very well protected. In all there are 40 kilometres of fortifications build in Malta in natural limestone by the hospitallers the Knight of St. John.

Other fortifications are spread around the island mostly along the coast and inland areas, all build up to the time of World War II when Malta played a central part during.

Mdina fortifications are much older since the Bronze age. They were improved and strengthened by successive conquerors. They were updated and improved by the Knights of Malta as we see them today.

Economy and business
Economy and business

Malta is the commercial and administrative centre with a modern and diverse economy. It is the most densely populated island in the world. Apart from tourism, industry, agriculture and construction, Malta attracts people for its sun, heritage and culture.

Business opportunities are numerous from banking, financial services an with the Malta individual investor program many foreigners from all continents have come over to invest in property and what? With this success the island sustains a positive growth above average within the present European economic situation. It has become a member of the Eurozone and the Schengen area. It is a sovereign member of the EU and the Commonwealth