Located in the heart of the glorious Mediterranean Sea, the small island of Malta is home to a vast array of riches, from Neolithic sites to sites of historic significance. Its capital, Valletta, was crowned the 2018 European Capital of Culture and a visit there makes it easy to see why. In this city, encounter fantastic museums, grand churches and even palaces. This fortress city was started in 1566 and took only 15 years to complete, featuring a cathedral, bastions and more. Elsewhere on the island, there is much to discover. From a 5000-year-old subterranean necropolis to prehistoric temple sites, Malta is an archaeology lover’s paradise. Architecturally, it is just as impressive, with limestone widely being the material of choice. Being surrounded by gorgeous waters also helps elevate this island to bucket-list holiday destination. Why not take a dip in the sea or take a boat out to the Blue Grotto?
British citizens do not require a visa to visit Malta and U.S. citizens may enter the country for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa, although it’s recommended that passports are valid for at least three months beyond the arrival date.
Malta uses the Euro, which is widely available.
As temperatures can rise considerably during late spring, the summer months and early autumn, it’s advisable to pack layered clothing. Casual attire is perfectly acceptable, and a good pair of walking shoes would be ideal.
Maltese is the official language of Malta, but English is also widely spoken.
Malta has been influenced over many years by its neighbouring Mediterranean countries. Due to its location, the country has been used as a strategic base throughout many historic wars. It is also thought that up to 95% of Malta is Roman Catholic.
Tipping is expected in Malta and between 5 and 10% is a reasonable amount.