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Malta Guide - Important Facts about Malta

This Malta guide presents some of the most important information a traveler must know about Malta.

Malta lies in the center of the pristine waters of the Mediterranean. This archipelago is small, but is rich in historical and cultural heritage, dating back 7000 years ago. The Maltese islands is an archipelago, the three main islands of which is mainland Malta, Gozo and Comino. Its capital city is Valletta which is found in mainland Malta.

Places to See
The most touristed areas in Malta include Valletta, its capital city, Mdina, its ancient capital city and the neighboring village of Rabat. You can also cross the island to Gozo, a 20-minute ferry ride away. Gozo is less crowded and greener than Malta, and is home to a few attractions including the Ggantija temples. Lying between Malta and Gozo is the island of Comino which is world famous for the Blue Lagoon.

Visa Information
Visa is not needed for most visitors who stay up to 3 months. Note though that effective January of 2008, Malta has become a member of the Schengen treaty.

How to Get There
Malta can be reached by boat with its regular sea links with Italy. The Maltese islands is well connected to North Africa and Europe with flights departing and arriving in the Malta Iternational Airport found in Luqa, about 8 kilometers south of Valletta.

Malta Guide - Going around Malta
You can get to different areas in Malta through various means of transport. You can take boat trips to take you from one island to another, or to simply tour you around the island. For intra-island travels, you can take the buses run by the Public Transportation Association. Renting a car, a motorcycle or a bike is also a good idea if you want to go around Malta. You can also hire a taxi to take you to your next destination. Although convenient, they are usually expensive.

Practical Information

The euro is now the official currency of Malta. You can exchange your money in banks to get the best rates. All major credit cards are accepted in Malta. Tipping is widespread in the islands so make sure to top off your restaurant bill or taxi fare with a little more. Most consumer items have 18% VAT (Value Added Tax). Hotels and car rental companies usually offer discounted rates during the off peak seasons from October to May.

The climate and weather in Malta is typical Mediterranean with hot dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures in the summer can go up to more than 30 degrees centigrade, while winter temperatures rarely go below 15 degrees.

Most Maltese can speak good English, although Malti remains to be its national language. It is fairly easy to ask help and directions as locals in Malta are friendly and willing to help.

This Malta guide contains much of what you need to know about Malta before your flight. A Malta guide should be available in the airport containing maps and other important travel information.

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