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Malta has been said to resemble a giant open air museum. With beautiful beaches and clear seas, it is the perfect destination for those seeking sunshine and culture. The ‘silent city’ of Mdina, with its walled city where medieval knights once walked its enchanting cobbled streets is unmissable.

Take a horse-drawn Karozzin and rumble along the roads of Valletta past the magnificent baroque grandeur of the Grand Masters Palace or travel by boat to the little islands of Gozo and Comino where the pace slows and a Mediterranean breeze relaxes the soul.

Awaken a sense of adventure with scuba diving to see the colourful sea life that live beneath the waves, trek the rugged coastline of Gozo, kayak the turquoise sea or skipper a small boat to the magical caves of the Blue Grotto. Pay a visit to the Mosta Dome, the ninth largest in the world, before winding down in a local cafe with wine and some fine Maltese cuisine.

Fly In

With the exception of a heliport in Gozo, Malta International Airport is the only airport visitors can fly into. Situated just 17 km from the centre of Malta, there are four airport bus express services that take just 20 minutes to reach the centre, as well as other villages around the island. Malta Transfer offers an Airport Shuttle Service to and from the airport to local hotels throughout Gozo and Malta. Alternatively there is car hire available and a taxi service that operates 24 hours a day from outside the terminal building.

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (EUR) €

Visas: British Nationals do not require a visa to travel to Malta for a visit of up to three months but must have an in-date passport that is valid for the duration of stay. Some nationalities may require a visa to enter Malta. It is advisable to check with a local embassy or consulate, or the Foreign Office website for further information.

Laws: Driving in Malta is on the left side of the road, with a speed limit of 80km per hour on open roads and 50 km per hour in more built up areas. The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Malta is 16. Under 16’s must be accompanied by, or in the presence of, an adult. Pets are not allowed on sandy beaches in Malta, nor can they bathe in any designated bathing zones. Smoking is banned in all indoor public places, but it allowed in designated outdoor smoking areas.

Best times to Visit

With good weather most of the year, the best times to visit Malta are to experience the many festivals taking place across the island. Valletta Carnival takes place in March while the Mediterranean Folk Music Festival happens in June. July sees the Arts and Jazz Festivals come to town. One of the most beautiful events is the Notte Bianca, or white nights. Held in September/October, this festival of arts sees night long celebrations in which state palaces, museums and historic buildings stay open all night, playing music and hosting spectacular exhibitions as the streets fill with entertainers and stalls. From May to September, all 64 towns in Malta celebrate their individual saints. Feasting and parties last for at least a week.  

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