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Welcome to Malta

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

A holiday to Malta provides a perfect combination of culture, stunning scenery and plenty of activities to enjoy. From trying thrilling new sports to visiting some of the region’s most fascinating architectural treasures, when booking your holiday in Malta with JiveHippo.travel you can be assured of a fabulous holiday. With virtual year-round sunshine, this island nestled in the very heart of the Mediterranean is sure to appeal to every holidaymaker. Malta, and its neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino, offer relaxation, rich history and a wealth of pursuits to suit all visitors. 
Malta is often referred to as the world’s largest open –air museum. Some of the most uniquely fascinating buildings in the world are here, with some of the island’s many temples regarded as the oldest free-standing buildings known to man. Roman villas, Punic tombs and megalithic monuments at Ggantija are just some of the extraordinary remains that visitors can explore. Visit the underground chambers of the Hypogeum or the Bronze Age settlement at Borg In-Nadur to discover some of the region’s most significant archaeological sites. The Archaeological Museum in Valletta offers a unique look at this island’s rich architectural heritage and is a great place to find out more.
One of the most delightful features of the island is that it has such a long and abundant history, reflected in much of Malta’s captivating culture. The capital city of Valletta has been named European Capital of Culture of 2018 and there are plenty of attractions to enjoy. Medieval Times is a unique exhibition that allows visitors to trace Malta’s history through the ages. There are plenty of museums and galleries to explore, including the National Museum of Fine Arts and the St James Centre for Creativity as well as the stunning 16th century Grandmasters’ Palace. Visit the dungeons at the former capital of Mdina or take in a show at Valletta’s Manoel Theatre. Visitors to Malta will also find it easy to travel to the neighbouring island of Gozo, a tranquil spot with lush greenery and a ruggedly charming landscape. The third island in the trio, Comino, is largely uninhabited. This unspoilt paradise is a fabulous beach and snorkelling spot and perfect for a day-trip. 
The Knights of St John were an integral part of the Crusades, with Grandmaster L’Isle Adam bringing troops to the island in 1530. Although the order of the Knights of Malta was created in the Middle Ages, it is still active today and engages in much philanthropic work. You can also find out more about the Knights of Malta at an exciting exhibition and audio-visual show in the gunpowder vaults at Casa Magazzini in Mdina, built by the knights to store ammunition and supplies. In addition to the many interesting buildings left by the Knights, such as St Agatha’s Tower, also known as the Red Tower, Malta has many more fortifications to discover, such as Fort Madalena, Fort Rinella and Fort St Elmo. 
The temperate climate means that Malta is a great place to enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Golf is very popular, with courses offering spectacular views of the island. Exploring the countryside on horseback is a lovely way to see some of the most spectacular scenery. Malta has a fabulous selection of beaches to choose from, including sandy beaches, rocky bays and enchanting blue lagoons. Lie back and relax or try one of the many watersports available, including windsurfing, jet-skiing and para-kiting. Diving is one of the most popular activities on the island and there is certainly plenty to see. The rocky sea beds and the island’s rugged terrain mean that there is a huge variety of plant and animal life to discover. Mysterious abandoned wrecks form artificial reef habitats that support an array of coral whilst the waters around the island offer the chance to see squid, octopi, groupers, stingrays, flying and parrot fish. New divers can learn the essential skills at one of the island’s many dive schools. There are also a number of theme parks that are suitable for family days out, such as the Mediterraneo Marine Park and the Splash & Fun Water Park. 

Climate

Holidaying in Malta has a number of other attractive benefits. Sun seekers will enjoy the pleasant climate which features clear fine weather much of the time. Cooling seas breezes prevent too much humidity whilst winters tend to be very mild.

Getting Around

If you would like a romantic and scenic view of Malta, then catch a Karrozzin. A Karrozzin is a traditional horse drawn carriage which can seat four passengers. When speaking with the driver beware to haggle the price, as some of them can overcharge tourists.

Between the different cities you will be able to catch a water taxi. 

Health

Before visiting Malta you should get your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Your card will entitle you to be able to undergo any state provided medical treatment that you may need during your visit.

If you do not have a EHIC and need to undergo any medical treatment while in Malta, you must have travel insurance and accessible funds to cover this.

Language

The island has two official languages, Maltese and English. Maltese is a complex language to learn with heavy Arabic influences, but both English and Italian are widely spoken. 

Money

 Visitors to Malta will find money matters easy as Malta adopted the Euro in 2008. With its easy-going pace and wealth of things to see and do, Malta makes a great holiday destination to visit time and time again.

Safety

The main crime that occurs in Malta is mainly handbag snatching and pickpocketing. 

Beware on public transport and crowded areas and safeguard any passports, money and other valuables that you may have.

If you are travelling between the spring and the autumn you will come across Bird hunting season. hunting areas are rarely marked and can overlap with camping areas, country walks and other public areas. During these times you should be aware of your surroundings when visiting rural areas.

Time

Malta are in the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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