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MALTA

  • Capital: Valletta
  • Form of Government: Republic
  • Area: 316 km2
  • Religion: Catholics 92%
  • Phone number: +356
  • Languages: Maltese, English
  • Time difference: -1
  • Population: 417,432 (2021)
  • Currency: Euro (Eur)

Basic RGB

Finnair allows you to travel to Malta during the holiday season. Malta International Airport is located in the village of Luqa, five kilometers south of Valletta. Air Malta provides access to European cities. In addition to Lufthansa and British Airways, many low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Air Berlin offer flights to the airport.

bussi

Malta is an island of cars. In Malta, you can do either by bus or rental car. The traffic is on the left. Renting a car is really cheap by European standards. Malta’s public bus service is efficient and affordable.

embajada

The Finnish embassy is in Rome, Italy.

Travel bulletin from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “A fairly safe tourist destination. Young tourists in particular should exercise general caution. Left-hand traffic”. Read more

View of Valletta, the capital of Malta

Valletta (Capital)

 

Advantageous capital city Valletta offers many ways for relaxation. It is situated in the central-eastern portion of the main island of Malta. Valletta has appr.  6,400 residents being one of the smallest EU capitals. It has astonishing architectural remains from the Hospitalier times.

Valetta, Malta - January 21, 2015: St John'€™s Co-Cathedral a gem of Baroque art and architecture interior. Valetta, Malta

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Address:  Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

 

This beautiful Baroque cathedral was built by the Hospitaliers between 1573 and 1578, having been commissioned in 1572 by the Grand Master as the conventual church of the Order. It is an important part of the city’s Hospitalier architecture and one of the most delightful churches in the Mediterranean area.

Sunset view of the upper barrakka gardens in Valletta, Malta

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Address: 292 Triq Sant’ Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

 

This public garden is situated on the side of its twin, Lower Gardens, on the hill near the city walls and offers a panorama over the Grand Harbour of Valletta and the old towns of Senglea and Birgu from its bordering terrace area. There are several statues, including one of Sir Winston Churchill and a sculpture called  Les Gavroches (The street boys) by the Maltese sculptor Antonio Sciortino.  Idyllic sight for a traveler looking for harmony of nature.

Mellieha, Malta - April 5, 2012: Popeye Village on the island of Malta, which was used as the set for Robert Altman's movie 'Popeye' (1980). It is now in use as an amusement park.

Popeye Village Malta

Address: Triq Tal-Prajjet, Il-Mellieħa, Malta

 

Film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets.

Mellieha-Bay-Malta

Mellieha Beach Bay

Address: Triq Il-Marfa, Il-Mellieħa, Malta

 

Mellieha Bay, also known as Ghadira Bay, is the largest and one of the most beautiful and popular sandy beaches in Malta located in the northern part of the Island, just off the town of Mellieha. The shallow water that is ankle deep for about 50 metres out to sea and easy accessibility makes the beach one of the most family friendly beaches in Malta.

Neolithic megalith temple complex of Ggantija (Tempji Neolitici Tal-Ggantija, "Giant Tower") on the island of Gozo in Malta. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ġgantija Temples (UNESCO 1980 )

Address: Triq John Otto Bayer, Ix-Xagħra, Malta

 

This megalithic temple complex was erected during the Neolithic Age (c. 3600-2500 BC), which makes it more than 5500 years old and the world’s second oldest manmade religious structure. It consists of two temples, built side by side in clover-leaf shape and facing southeast. The southern temple rises to a height of six metres. The sight has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Remarkable must-see for a history aficionado.

Hal Saflieni Hypogeumi

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeumi (UNESCO 1980)

Address: Triq Ic Cimiterju Raħal Ġdid PLA, 1116, Malta

 

This subterranean structure is dated back to between 3300-3000 BC and it is the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world. It consists of three levels and e.g. Decorated Room with a petrosomatoglyph.  80 tourists are allowed per day.

The world famous Azure Window in Gozo island - Mediterranean nature wonder in the beautiful Malta

The Azure Window

Address: San Lawrenz, Malta

 

Known in Maltese as ”Tieqa Żerqa”, this limestone natural arch is an unique nature formation and is popular among the scuba divers. It is 28 meters high. It has been one of the filming scenes of the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

scenic view on historical town of Mdina in Malta

Mdina

 

Often called “The Silent City”, this former capital of the main island of Malta is a well-preserved medieval site full of idyllic alleys. It is situated on a hill in the centre of the island and car traffic is forbidden on its street. Notable sights include Palazzo Falson (Norman House), St. Paul’s Cathedral, Palazzo Gatto Murina and Palazzo Santa Sofia.

View along St Pauls Bay waterfront and rocky coastline with apartments to the left and people going enjoying the setting, Bugibba, Malta, Europe.

St. Paul’s Bay

 

This beautiful town has approx. 21,000 residents and the population exceeds 60,000 in tourist season. Nearby the town are some very fine nature resorts. There is Mistra Bay north, its headland and St Paul’s Island. Going west and crossing the island towards Ġnejna Bay and Golden Bay is the beautiful Wardija Ridge.

More information about Malta

Valletta, Malta, May 3, 2017: View of the national guard in front of the grandmasters palace in Valletta, Malta

Grandmaster’s Palace

Address: President’s Palace, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

 

The Grand Master’s Palace has been the power centre of Malta for centuries. The original palace, built in 1571, was the seat of the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller of St John, who kept the island as its headquarters.  During the British colonial period it served as the governor’s palace. Today it is home to the House of Representatives of Malta,  the office of the President of the Republic of Malta and a popular visiting site. Notable must-sees are the Council Chamber, home to a rare collection of exotic Gobelin tapestries depicting hunting scenes from different continents, The Palace Armoury and the Supreme Council Hall, with frescoes depicting the Great Siege of Malta of 1565.

View of Fort Rinella from St. Elmo, Valletta

Fort Rinella

Address: Kalkara, Malta

 

This Victorian battery and open-air museum is situated above the shore east of the mouth of Grand Harbour,  between Fort Ricasoli and Fort St. Rocco. Its notable sight is one of two surviving Armstrong 100-ton guns. Throughout the year, between Monday and Saturday (10.00 – 17.00 hrs) historical re-enactors dressed as 19th Century British soldiers provide regular guided tours along with a full-scale military re-enactment combining the live-firing of historic artillery and cavalry.

Inquisitors Palace

Inquisitor’s Palace

Address: Triq Il-Palazz Ta’ L-Isqof, Birgu BRG 1023, Malta

Situated in the centre of the village of Birgu, this building is one of the few surviving inquisitor’s palaces and only one open to the public. Originally built in the 1530s as the civil law courts of the Order of St. John, it served as the inquisitor’s residence from 1574 to 1798 and is now open as the National Museum of Ethnography. Museum collection portrays the salient aspects of Malta’s urban religious culture and is focused on the early modern period and the impact of the Inquisition on Maltese society through the centuries.