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About Malta

Malta is an island country located in the central Mediterranean Sea, it consists of three main islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) and several uninhabited islands. Despite its small size, it is filled with charm and character at every turn – prehistoric churches, thrilling scuba diving spots, secluded coves, buzzing nightclubs, and the highest density of historic sites in the world. 

Malta is not only popular for its scenic landscape and historic buildings, but also for its excellent healthcare. Its hospitals and clinics are equipped with ultra-modern technology and exceptional teams of medical and nursing staff. The specialists on the island have studied, trained, and qualified in the USA and the UK, and the medical standards exceed European requirements. The list of procedures and treatments offered in the country is vast and varied, with significantly more affordable costs than in most other countries in Europe. Popular treatments for medical tourists in Malta include dental work, cosmetic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and cardiac surgery.

Popular Cities and Regions in Malta

Valletta is the capital of Malta located on the northeast coast of the island of Malta. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city is nothing short of an open-air museum. This fortified city contains 16th- and 17th-century townhouses, Baroque architecture, churches, and museums. Some of the highlights of the city are St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Grand Master’s Palace, National Museum of Archaeology, and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Other popular cities include Sliema and St. Julian’s Bay. Outside of the island of Malta, Gozo and Comino islands are also worth a visit. Gozo is the second-largest island in the country, filled with hilltop villages, rolling fields, ancient sites, and gorgeous bays, while Comino is where the famous Blue Lagoon is located.

Transport in Malta

Various international airlines fly to Malta International Airport from most major cities in Europe, including budget airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz Air. The country can also be reached by sea, either on a cruise liner or taking a ferry. Buses are the only mode of transport that will take tourists to the remotest parts of Malta. They are reliable, comfortable, and affordable. Taxis are also available on the islands. 

Visas in Malta

Malta is a part of the Schengen Agreement. Therefore, those who want to visit need to apply for a Schengen visa, with the exception of nationals of the visa-exempt countries, including the USA and the UAE. 

Weather in Malta

June to August is summer in Malta. It has pleasant temperatures, with an average of around 24° - 32°C. The winter comes from December to February, which brings cooler weather as the temperature is 13° - 18°C. Winter is also the wettest season in Malta, with short, intense showers. Autumn (September – November) and spring (March to May) generally have great weather. 

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: Malta adopted the euro (€) in 2008. €1 is equivalent to US$1.2. 
  2. Money & Payments: Foreign currency can be exchanged to Euro at bank branches and financial services providers. ATMs can be found easily around the islands. Credit cards are widely accepted, especially in larger restaurants and hotels. However, American Express is sometimes refused. It is advisable to always have some cash.
  3. Local Language: There are two official languages, Maltese and English. English is usually spoken as a second language.
  4. Local Culture and Religion: About 95% of Malta’s population identify as Christians. However, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Zen Buddhism, Paganism, and the Bahá'í Faith are also practiced by a small percentage of the population. 
  5. Public holidays: Some of the most celebrated public holidays in Malta include New Year’s Day, Feast of St. Joseph, Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, Freedom Day, Republic Day, Independence Day, Good Friday, Sette Giugno, and Christmas.