The Destination of MaltaThe Secret of the Mediterranean
Whether you’re a history buff, a night owl, an adrenaline junkie, or simply a rambler wishing to be bowled over by natural splendour, the list of things to do in Malta is endless.
The Maltese Islands
From its North African and Arabic influences to the Sicilian-inspired cuisine, Malta is a microcosm of the Mediterranean. Few European countries have such concentrated history, architecture and, yes, beaches in so tiny an area.
There’s been an eclectic mix of influences and a roll-call of rulers over the centuries, but be in no doubt: Malta is not just a notional outpost of Italy or a relic of colonial Britain. This island nation (all 316 sq km of it, comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino) has a quirky character all of its own. From prehistoric temples, to the baroque architecture of Valletta, feasts of rabbit to festas of noisy fireworks, rattling buses to colourful fishing boats, this nation has loads of unique charm.
You’ll never say there’s nothing to do in Malta. For its size, the tiny rock and limestone island puts on an inordinate number of festivals throughout the year, but particularly in summer. There’s the Mediterranean Food Festival, the Malta Fireworks Festival, as well as a Jazz Festival and, most fabulous of all, a two-day event put on especially so that attendees can help select the country’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. When you’ve had enough human interaction, head to the island of Gozo to unwind, or wander into the interior to check out the megalithic ruins of the island’s conquered indigenous inhabitants.
Facts & Figures
Malta is known for having 300 days of sunshine. We are the warmest country in Europe with an average annual temperature of 23 degrees celsius during the day and 16 degrees celsius during the night. The average sea temperature is of 20 degrees celsius and summer weather can last up to 7 months.
Malta has been inhabited by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St.John, French and the British. All these foreign influence left a mark in the Maltese cultural history.
Malta historically has been a strategic outpost as it sits comfortably in the centre of the Mediterranean and offers quick flight connections to Europe (1-3hours), the Middle East and North Africa (1hour)
Food is very important for the Maltese. Maltese are very passionate about their food. They are very inspired by local produce and traditional recipes passed through generations; recipes which are influenced by neighbouring countries and its history, yet unique.
The island is 27 kilometres long and 14.5 kilometres wide, with a total area of 246 square kilometres; meaning that going from the furthest point from North West to South West will take you only 50 minutes by car.