The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa, consisting of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. 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. A total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupies an area of 316 square kilometers, making Malta one of the most densely populated nations in the world.
Malta has two official languages, Maltese and English. It has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and uses the Euro currency. A number of airlines serve Malta International Airport, providing regular flights to over 100 worldwide destinations. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do during your stay.
For more information about Malta and advice on your stay here, please see www.visitmalta.com.
For first time visitors to Malta, this information sheet might answer some of your questions.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta and and the 2018 European Capital of Culture. A living and vibrant city with UNESCO World Heritage status, it is the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. A fortified city located on a peninsula overlooking two of the finest natural harbours in the Mediterranean, Valletta was founded after the Great Siege in 1565.
The grid of narrow streets in the city boasts some of Europe’s finest art works, churches and palaces and attracts more than two million tourists a year. Places of interest in Valletta include the Co-cathedral of St John, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Auberge de Castille, the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, Lascaris War Rooms, The National War Museum, the Manoel Theatre, the National War Museum, Fort St Elmo, the National Library, and Strait Street renowned for bars, restaurants and cafes.