Malta is a country located in Europe with name that begins with letter M. With an area of 316 km², the island state of Malta is the same size as the Bavarian capital Munich. The Maltese archipelago rises around 80 km south of Sicily and 350 km east of the Tunisian coast up to 253 m high from the Mediterranean and is geologically part of the African plate. The coasts of Malta are flat in the north and east, in the south and west the limestone cliffs drop steeply to the sea.
The Republic of Malta has around 425,000 residents, who are spread over the islands of Malta, Gozo and Camino. The official languages are English (Malta was a British colony until 1964) and Maltese: this Semitic language was naturalized by the Arab conquerors in the 9th century. It is similar in many ways to the Arabic dialects of North Africa and is the only Arabic language to be written with Latin letters. In addition, Italian is still used as a lingua franca in Malta. Check Countryaah to find more countries that begin with letter M.
Malta is part of the Schengen area. For citizens of other Schengen countries such as Switzerland and many EU countries, a passport or identity card is sufficient for entry.
Mild winters and warm summers with average temperatures of over 30 ° in July and August characterize the country. One of Malta’s problems is the relatively low rainfall: in summer, when tourists come to the island, the water reservoirs built in winter and spring empty rapidly, and tankers often have to bring water from Sicily.
Food and drink
Even before the term fusion cuisine found its way into any dictionary, it was already being used in culinary terms in Malta with its varied history: Italian and Arabic influences combine with British preferences in Malta and ensure a highly varied Mediterranean cuisine, in which fish and meat, Sheep and goat cheese and a wide variety of vegetables come together to create tasty dishes: such as the fish pie Lampuki Pie or the Maltese ratatouille called Kapunata. The island is also very proud of the excellent Maltese wines.
The level of medical care in Malta is very good. A personal first-aid kit is recommended, as the pharmacies often do not have the same medicines as we do.
98% of the Maltese population profess the Roman Catholic Church. Malta was missioned as early as 60 AD by the apostle Paul, who was shipwrecked on the way to Rome off the coast of Malta. As in Italy, the Catholic faith has taken deep roots in the population. When visiting a church, it is important to wear appropriate clothing.
Pickpockets occur in the tourist resorts especially in the summer months. Otherwise Malta is a very safe country to travel to.
Climate and travel time
Mediterranean climate with mild and humid winters and long, hot and dry summers.
In general, the months of March and April and autumn to the end of November are the most suitable for hiking trips.
All about money
The legal tender is the euro (EUR)
You can easily withdraw money and pay by card anywhere. Pay attention to the international fees that may be due on your card.
Other essential information
Time difference to CET: Same in Malta and Gozo as here
The voltage in Malta is 220 volts. The sockets are the same as ours, you don’t need a travel plug.