An archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea
Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.
Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta and it serves the whole of the Maltese Islands. It is located on island of Malta in the town of Luqa.
At the airport, Malta’s Tourism Authority runs a helpful Tourist Information Desk in the Welcomers Hall. Experienced staff are on hand to answer your questions and provide great information before you depart the airport for your holiday in Malta. The desk is open between 10:00hrs and 21:00hrs (last admission is at 20:45hrs) every day.
Capital City: Valletta
Area: 316 km2 (122 sq mi) (186th)
Time Zone: UTC+1 (Central European Time)
Summer – UTC+2 (Central European Summer Time)
Drives on the: Left
Calling Code: +356
Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with a daily average of around 12 hours sunshine in summer going down to 5 to 6 hours in mid-winter.
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
Maltese, a language of Semitic origin written in the Latin script, is the national language of Malta. Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian and French.
Italian is also widely spoken.
The Maltese language is a source of fascination to both visitors and linguists. The Maltese speak a unique language, Malti, the only Semitic language written in Latin characters.
Through the ages, many foreign words, particularly English and Italian, have become part of the language. English, which is also an official language, is widely and fluently spoken and is the language of international business.