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The Maltese Islands

Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. As the countryside is dotted with the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.

Malta - A General Overview

The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of 502,000 inhabitants over an area of 316sq km and a coastline of 196.8km (not including 56.01 km for the island of Gozo).

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture while Comino is largely uninhabited.

With superbly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. With a little help from any guidebook, captivating places of interest are immediately identified – the world famous Hypogeum selected as a place of World Heritage by UNESCO, prehistoric temples and grand palaces are but a few.

The long relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that occupied Malta over the centuries has created a marriage of styles and traditions, giving the Islands a fascinating eclectic culture.

Malta acquired its Independence in 1964, became a Republic in 1974 and joined the European Union in 2004.


Valletta, Malta’s capital and a World Heritage site, is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture, a monument donated by the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago. Throughout the years, Valletta has welcomed emperors, heads of state, artists and poets and is now the permanent seat of the Maltese government.

Dotted with quaint cafés and wine bars, the city is today one of Malta’s main tourist attractions, hosting among others, the majestic St John’s Co- Cathedral, the imposing bastions and a treasure of priceless paintings. It also provides a stunning snapshot of Malta’s Grand Harbour, often described as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.

The city’s unique setting nowadays plays host to a series of cultural events, from theatre, to concerts by leading opera singers.

A hive of business activity during the day, the city switches to a slower gear for the night. Use it to your advantage to get away from the noise and take a stroll to admire the magic of the fortified capital amplified by the gentle lighting. Admire the bastion walls, the dense clusters of worn limestone buildings, the timber balconies, and imposing Churches.

Useful Information


Malta International Airport Gudja
(6km from the capital Valletta),
Tel:(+356) 21 249600

Banks & Bureaux de Change

Generally open from 8.30am to 4pm during the week, and up to 11.30 am on Saturdays. Exchange Bureaux at Malta International Airport are open 24 hours a day.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa credit cards.


Malta’s currency is the EURO


Electricity supply is 240 volts, single phase, 50 cycle. The square-fitting standard three-pin British plugs and sockets are used. Adapters are very easy to find.


The official languages are Maltese and English. Almost all the Maltese speak English. Maltese is a Semitic language written in the Roman script comprising a vast element of words of Latin origin. Italian is also widely spoken.


Malta has a total of 15 5-star hotels and 40 4-star hotels, totaling to 30,010 beds. The Grand Hotel Excelsior and the Phoenicia Hotel are located 5 minutes away from the MCC. Other hotels are situated in the St. Julian’s area, 15 minutes away from the MCC.

Medical Care

Malta enjoys a high standard of medical care. The general hospital is ‘Mater Dei’ but there are government health clinics in various towns as well as several private hospitals.


The Maltese Archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93kms south of Sicily and 288kms north of Africa.

Telecommunications and Internet

Local and international telephone calls can be made from hotel rooms, and credit and charge cards are normally accepted. Most hotels offer WIFI and internet access. The international dialling code for Malta is +356. A full mobile range is available in Malta.


Malta is on Central European Time (CET), that is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The islands are six hours ahead of Eastern Seaboard Time (EST) and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST).


It is advisable to check about visa and entry requirements before making travel arrangements. For the latest information, visit the Malta Government Website or contact an official Malta diplomatic representative in your area.

Mediterranean Conference Centre

Malta is on Central European Time (CET), that is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The islands are six hours ahead of Eastern Seaboard Time (EST) and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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