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SICILY FERRY: During summer, a ferry service is available between Malta and Sicily and Genoa, Italy. The run between Malta and Catania (on Sicily) takes about four hours. All passengers departing by sea must pay a departure tax, plus a 15% government levy.
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Getting There 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; 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

  • Luftansa flies 7 days/week  from Frankfurt Germany 
  • Alitalia flies 7 days from Malpensa, Italy
  • GB AIRWAYS 7 days from London Gatwick.
  • Also noteworthy are
  • MAERSK AIR from Copenhagen
  • SCANDINAVIAN SAS from Stockholm 
  • EMIRATES from Dubai
  • LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES  from Tripoli Tunisia

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: Airport Connections
ROUTE 8 First dep. in the morning to the airport at 6.00am from Valletta & vice versa every 20 mins. till = bus system
ROUTE 39 At 9.30pm and 10.00pm.
ROUTES 32, 34, 35 Fm 6.00am from Valletta & vice-versa every 15 mins. till 10.00pm passes near Airport outskirts.

A regular ferry service links Cirkewwa on Malta and Mgarr on Gozo, taking about 20 minutes each way. There's also an irregular ferry service between each island and Comino.

Bus to Gozo Ferry From = bus system
From 5.30am till 9.00pm, every 15mins.
Bus to Gozo Ferry From Sliema & Bugibba:
ROUTE 48, 645
From 8.00am till 7.45, every 20mins. 

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There is also from 8 to 20 helicopter flights a day to Gozo from the Malta Airport.  

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  

PASSPORT: Make three photocopies of your passport. Leave one copy at home with a family who regularly checks their e-mail. Carry one in place of your passport and leave the other with the passport in case you need to present a copy.

Check-in time for international flights is normally two hours prior to departure. When checking in at the airport, a valid passport is needed as proof of identification for international travelers.
CARRY-ON Important items such as documents, money, medications, keys, etc. on your person or in your carry-on luggage. It is not worth ruining your trip if you pack these items in your checked luggage and it is lost or delayed Only ONE piece of hand luggage is permitted per passenger. It should not exceed the size of 56cmx45cmx25cm.
MONEY: Bank ATMs generally offer you the best exchange rate. Beware of the growing number of very convenient ATMs targeted at tourists which can offer some of the worst exchange rates. Traveler's checks are difficult and expensive to exchange. Credit cards vary in the percentage they charge for exchange but of the banks issuing credit cards  do not mark up the 1% VISA or Mastercard charges.

SAFETY: Do not make yourself a target by wearing expensive jewelry. A good way to conceal your money and valuables is by purchasing an inexpensive, lightweight pouch to wear under your clothes.

HEALTH: Before setting off, you might want to check the illnesses described below that occur here. The information is from the CDC and should be pretty accurate,  

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"

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 Summer time commences on the third Sunday in March and lasts till the third Sunday in September.

Electricity: 240V ,50Hz thirteen amp, Three phase is also available in many areas.
The wall sockets are three-pin, flat rectangular sockets like what is found in Great Britian. Bring a converter for your hair dryer and check your electronic devices for dual current capability.
Weights & measures: Metric

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 2008.
Maltese liri per US dollar - 0.3772 (2003), 0.4336 (2002), 0.4501 (2001), 0.4382 (2000), 0.3989 (1999)
ATMs are available throughout the island.
Waiters expect a 10- 15% tip  a service charge is often added to the bill in hotels and restaurants, so check before tipping.  Hotel maids should receive $1.00 per person, per day. Taxi drivers expect a tip of 10% of the fare, but you're better off negotiating a complete price in advance.

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.
 English (official spoken by 95% of Maltese)  Italian is also widely spoken.

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.

 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

Malta City coat of arms

112 = emergencies
 a free phone for all types of emergencies (Police, Ambulance, Fire).
00 International Code
356 Direct Dialling Code (Malta)
191 Police
196 Ambulance
199 Fire Brigade
1182 Directory Enquiries
1152 Overseas Operator
195 Time Check
DRIVING in Malta

"The greatest speciality is the Roundabout. The vehicle already engaged at the Roundabout has priority. However, most Maltese people ignore road regulations. So be careful - accidents are very frequent in Malta! Should you be unfortunate to have an accident, do not move the car before the police arrive. Insurance companies may not be very co-operative should you do otherwise. " National Statistics Office


Many linguists trace the origin of Malti, the native language of Malta, to the Phoenician occupation of the islands. Malti, a Semitic language, has survived the influence of Roman languages for many hundreds of years, it bears traces of Sicilian, Italian, Spanish, French and English.

The word bongu, meaning "good morning", comes from the French bonjour; grazi, for "thank you", from the Italian grazie; pero means "but" in both Spanish and Malti; and aw-rite is a catch-all phrase from the later British colonial powers, meaning, "Hello, how are you - good?" Phrases like Jekk jogħġbok ("Please") and M'hemmx mn'hiex ("You're welcome") that, at least in writing, seem straight out of a Star Trek episode. Two pronunciation hints: the common letter combination can usually be ignored entirely, and x is pronounced "sh".

Exports - commodities:machinery and transport equipment, manufactures
Exports - partners: Singapore 17.4%, US 11.6%, UK 9.4%, Germany 8.8%, France 7.5%, China 7% (2003)
Imports: Rank Order $2.761 billion f.o.b. (2003 est.)
Imports - commodities: machinery and transport equipment, manufactured and semi-manufactured goods; food, drink, and tobacco
Imports - partners:Italy 19.3%, France 13.7%, UK 8.5%, Germany 6.6%, Singapore 6.1%, Japan 5.7%, South Korea 5.5%, US 4.1% (2003)
ECONOMY overview:
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Major resources are limestone, a favorable geographic location, and a productive labor force. Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has no domestic energy sources. The economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing (especially electronics and textiles), and tourism. Malta is privatizing state-controlled firms and liberalizing markets in order to prepare for membership in the European Union. The island remains divided politically, however, over the question of joining the EU. Continued sluggishness in the global economy is holding back exports, tourism, and overall growth.
Agriculture - products:
potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs
tourism; electronics, ship building and repair, construction; food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco

the country comprises an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited; numerous bays provide good harbors; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration
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DownloadMention 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 and adaptable.

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.

Lonely Planet: Malta by Neil Wilson

Holiday Map: Malta

Map (September 22, 1997)


Michelin in Your Pocket Guide: Malta

Paperback 128 pages (April 12, 1999)



B&B Road Map: Malta and Gozo Map (June 1996)
The "B&B Road Maps" series offers a combination of relief road maps and street plans in varying scales for major tourist attractions. Brief introductions are given, as well as climate charts. This laminated map of Malta and Gozo is indexed in five languages, with grid references for points of interest, hotels and beaches. Routes can be marked and erased on the easy-to-clean surface

Essential Malta and Gozo (AAA Essential Guides) by Pat Levy an out of print  with a used one available for £39.95


Cadogan Guide to Malta by Gaul

Having just returned from Malta, I have to say that of the handful of guide books we took to the island, this is the one we ended up trusting the most. Written with a detailed knowledge of both Malta and it's inhabitants, Simon Gaul imbues this book with a dry sense of humour ensuring that it also doubles up as an entertaining holiday read.  Essential Malta guide, November 7, 2003
  Reviewer: A reader from Derbyshire
It's simply wonderful - exactly what a travel guide should be: wildly enthusiastic, informed, gossipy, and beautifully articulately written. Gaul obviously knows Malta and Gozo with an insider's love, and communicates this in spades. And best of all, unlike every other guide book I've come across, he gives the south and east sides of Malta - the most beautiful, most interesting and least touristy parts - the attention they deserve  
gorgeous, June 17, 2003   Reviewer: serenamack from London, UK

Other reviewers point out that its too dated for restaurant tips and has little business information.


Gozo Walking Guide by D.A. Brawn
No longer stocked in 2005, no resellers but you can request

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
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  • Christopher Marlowe's Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta is a blank-verse play, first published in 1633, about Christian exploitation of Jews on Malta and the tragic end of one Jew's protest.
  • For the historical background to Marlowe's tale, see The Jews of Malta in the Late Middle Ages, by Godfrey Wettinger.
  • The Knights of Malta, by HJA Sire, is a recent scholarly account of the 900 year history of the Knights of St John up to the present day.
  • The story of the Knight's quarter of a millennium slide from the saviours of Europe to Napoleon's pushovers is told in Alison Hoppen's The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St John, 1530-1798.
  • Ernle Bradford tells the story of Malta during WWII in Siege Malta, 1940-43.
  • The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat is the story of a priest's experiences during WWII and other dramatic episodes. Monsarrat was a longtime resident of Gozo  
     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.


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    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 long. 

    Clothing: It's light clothes for high summer and warm clothes for winter, a warm jacket or coat is recommended for winter.

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