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Malta International Airport is located about 5km (3mi) southwest of
Valletta. Buses, taxis and rental cars are available.
In 2005 Air Malta (0845 345 6045; www.airmalta.com) flies daily to Malta's airport, Luqa, from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester; fares start at £200. It also operates several times a week from Birmingham and Glasgow. In addition, the airline runs a low-cost service, Fare 4U, which flies three times a week from Stansted; and also Cologne Germany. Only three carriers operate a flight at the same time all 7 days of the week
Mainland Europe has the best access to Malta. Air Malta has flights between the main island and a host of other European cities. It also has flights between Malta and Cairo, Dubai, Damascus and Tunis. Other carriers with services to Malta include Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swissair and Tuninker.
Bus to Gozo Ferry From Valletta:
Gozo Helicopter Service by google
|Where To Stay|
Inland offers some unique places, from ancient farmhouses clad in bougainvillea and jasmine to the splendours of baroque palaces with wonderful gardens but most want to enjoy the many hotels built near beaches
|Visas: Visas were not
required for holiday visits of up to three months by Americans,
Australians, Britons, Canadians, Japanese, New Zealanders or nationals
of most EU countries however this should be checked before departure
particularly for USA citizens who may experience reciprocity for there
much more stringent entry requirements in the wake of 9/11.
Months Average Temperature Average Rain Fall Jan-Mar 49-61F 2.5" Apr-Jun 60-76F 1.3" Jul-Sep 72-89F ½" Oct-Dec 58-70F 4"
Telephone: Overseas calls may be made to all parts of the world. The dialing code for outgoing overseas calls from Malta is "00" followed by the countries' code. The two mobile phone systems utilise a GSM network. Malta has international roaming agreements with many European countries for the use of GSM technology phones. Dialing Code: 356
Age of consent for both heterosexuals and homosexuals is 16. You can drink alcohol at 16 but you must be 18 years old to drive
Driving is on the left. The speed limit is 65 kilometres per hour on the main roads and 40 kilometres per hour around Victoria, the island's capital. Locals claim it takes just an hour and 20 minutes to drive around Malta's main island. There is ZERO tolerance for any drinking and driving. That said, driving in Malta can be challenging for visitors, the local's driving habits, combine the worst of Italian driving with narrow, twisty roads and fairly poor road maintenance.
HEALTH: The main health risk in Malta is the fierce sun in the summer, which can scorch unsuspecting tourists in less than 30 minutes. Apply sunblock liberally.
DRESS: Malta is a strictly Catholic country and carousing by tourists, while tolerated to some extent, is not looked on very favorably. Dress respectfully when visiting churches and keep your top on at the beach.
SAFETY: Malta is, generally, quite a safe country with little in the way of violent crime or political disturbances. Petty theft does occur, so keep an eye on your belongings, especially at the beach
OFF-SEASON: from February to June, (Lowest between Nov-Mar) between the rainy season and the hot Mediterranean summer. Room rates drop by as much as 40% from their late June to August high.
MONEY: currency in Malta is the Lira
Malta is expected to adopt the Euro sometime in
TAXES: There's a 15% value-added tax on all consumer items.
POPULATION: Malta 355,000; Gozo 30,000; Comino 6
highest point: Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)
GEOGRAPHY: The total area is 316 square kilometres (Malta 246, Gozo 67, Comino 2.7). The longest distance in Malta from the south-east to north-west is about 27 km and the longest distance at its width is 14.5km in an east-westerly direction. The corresponding figures for Gozo are 14.5 km and 7.2 km. The length of the shoreline round Malta is 137 km and round Gozo is 43 km
CAMPING: There are no official camp grounds and wild camping is not allowed. Best bet would be a relatively deserted Gozo beach
Ethnic groups: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Religions: Roman Catholic 98%
Languages: Maltese (official
the most significant contribution from the Arab occupation nearly a
millennium ago also comprising of a vast number of words of Italian,
French and English origin and written in Roman script.
Customs: It's extremely bad form to compliment a parent on a beautiful baby - it's believed to attract the evil eye
Wireless Internet (WiFi, 802.11b) is available in such places as Pjazza Regina Valletta, the University of Malta, and various hotels. Free WIFI for your laptop is a wonderful thing. Beat suprise costs by getting a GSM local SIM card. Try a Go Mobile outlets. www.go.com.mt
Property purchase: You don’t have to be a permanent resident Alternatives are as follows:
Non-residents: Providing each stay doesn’t exceed three months, non-residents aren’t subject to local tax. However, like all foreign buyers, property purchased must exceed $72,000 for apartments and $119,000 for houses. This can include restoration costs.
Temporary residents: Renewable every six months, an extended tourist permit allows you to stay longer than three months. Temporary residents only pay Maltese tax if their stay exceeds 182 days in one calendar year. Tax is payable only on remittances emanating from income—not capital. Many “temporary” couples import around Lm 4,500 ($10,900) annually. The first Lm 4,300 ($10,400) is tax free, with 15% charged on the remainder. If more money is needed, they charge items to their home credit cards more by escapeArtist.com
Mention Malta and the
images that spring to mind – the Knights
of St John, the Maltese Falcon, the George Cross – evoke dignity and
glory, chivalry and endurance. Malta, Gozo and Comino together comprise
316 square kilometres of land, barely half the size of London, and this
cluster of tiny islands, strategically located in the central
Mediterranean some 96km south of Sicily, 353km north of Libya, and
equidistant from Gibraltar and Alexandria, have taken on an importance
completely out of proportion to their size. They have stood up to the
might of the Ottoman Empire during the Great Siege of 1565, cradled the
core of Europe’s aristocracy for 268 years under the Knights of St John,
and endured more bombing than any other country during World War II.
From the Phoenicians to the British, all the great powers have fought
over these dusty, windswept rocks, and courted the proud and defiant
citizens, as laid-back and irreverent a people as they are industrious
Since attaining independence from Britain less than forty years ago (the only time the islands have not been ruled by an outside power), Malta has developed into a wealthy, modern democracy with a burgeoning tourism industry, now the mainstay of the economy both in the mainland and on Gozo and Comino. Over one million visitors descend each year, most drawn by the two-week sun-and-sea packages for which the islands have come to be known. The north coasts of Malta and Gozo are peppered with fully fledged resorts, which hold all categories of accommodation as well as a wealth of restaurants and cafés serving up Maltese, Italian and French delicacies, hordes of lively bars and the odd nightclub.
Map (September 22, 1997)
Michelin in Your Pocket
Paperback 128 pages (April 12, 1999)
B&B Road Map: Malta and Gozo
Map (June 1996)
Essential Malta and Gozo (AAA Essential
Cadogan Guide to Malta
Other reviewers point out that its too dated for restaurant tips and has little business information.
Gozo Walking Guide
Gozo's image has changed in the last decade from the old 'day trip from Malta' into a stylish holiday destination in its own right thanks to helicopter transfers from Malta's airport. Rural tranquility combines with exceptional coastal geology to produce a landscape ideal for walking exploration. We cover the western half of the island (which contains almost all the tourist accommodation) with 11 walks designed to cater for the majority of visitors. Amazing coastlines combine with beautiful valleys and table-top plateaus to provide memorable discoveries. If you are planning a relaxed vacation on an island with a relaxed approach to life then include Gozo in your list of possible destinations. Good bus services eliminate the need for carhire if you are staying in the small resorts of Xlendi Bay and Marsalforn. You must visit the citadel in Victoria and look upon Fungus Rock, along with a visit to Zebbug village which we have christened as a "Starship moored on Gozo". "May I congratulate you on your Gozo Walking Guide? It is indispensible for anyone wishing to explore the western region of Gozo." R. P-F 3 April 2000.
AA Baedeker's Malta Paperback 215 pages (May 31, 2000)
"Sights From A To Z" section, with each entry cross-referenced to the large folded map that completes this handy map and guide pack. Detailed background information sets the scene: facts and figures about the people, religion, climate and economy, its culture and history, plus a round-up of associated famous people
Insight Guide: Malta Published
February 25, 1994
Used available starting from £4.73
| The coldest months are January and February when the average
maximum is about 15.2 C. The hottest are July and August which have an
average maximum of 30.4 C.
yet the clear, Mediterranean Sea is
never far from the beach. Rainfall
is almost negligible between June and August, where the temperature
at that period is the hottest.
Sea bathing is quite
possible well in to the ‘winter’ months, and the peak beach season
can last until mid- to late October.
the Xlokk: Day-time temperatures in summer are often mitigated by cooling sea breezes, but in spring and autumn a very hot wind from Africa occasionally brings unseasonally high temperatures and humidity. This is known as the Sirocco, or, in Maltese, the Xlokk. Still its easy to remember that Gozo and Malta have much more sunshine than any other country further north.
The rainy season on the islands starts in
September and proceeds up to May. November, December, January and
February are normally the wettest months. It rains minimally from
mid-May to mid-September and rarely in June and July. Rain usually falls in heavy showers which do not last
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