About Malta
b Geography
b A brief history
b Entertainment
b Economy
b Religion
b Climate
b Cost of Living
b Map
b Property in Malta

The Geography of Malta is dominated by water. Malta is an archipelago of coralline limestone, located in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 93 kilometres south of Sicily, Italy, and approximately 300 km north of Africa.

Malta is a small but heavily populated island nation situated in the middle of the Mediterranean. Consisting of seven islands it is a popular tourist resort due to its tropical climate, exciting nightlife, and a history dating back thousands of years.

The main islands are Malta and Gozo. Other islands that form part of the archipelago include: Comino, Cominotto and Filfla which are uninhabited, Fungus Rock known as Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral which is also uninhabited, Manoel Island (which is joined to the town of Gżira, on the mainland, by a bridge) and the Islands of St. Paul uninhabited as well. The Maltese Islands have been an independent republic since 1964. The centre of government, commerce and culture is the capital city of Valletta, on the eastern coast of Malta.

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A brief History

The most understanding feature of the Maltese islands is its rich history; taking the island back to prehistory where possibly the oldest dwellings in the world still exists. The gigantic temples of Ggantija – circa 3500 BC, stand majestically along with the hypogeum (underground temples), Hagar Qim and the Mnajdra Malta, being in the centre of the Mediterranean, was colonised by a number of empires, the Sicilians, the Carthaginians, the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Arabs.

The knights in 1530, whose era lasted 300 years, they constructed fortresses, cities, cultural riches and drove the Turks during the great siege, till 1798 when they were expelled by Napoleon. The British came along drove out the French and lasted 300 years, when Malta granted its independence in 1964 – 10 years following became Republic.

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Over the years, the tourism industry grew during which Malta developed an extensive nightlife and they entertainment for everyone. The entertainment “spot” mainly concentrates itself in St.Julians, where the five star hotels and clubs are resident, together with a variety of restaurants, bars and discotheques.

Bugibba, Marsascala and Mellieha being seaside resorts are mainly entertainment locations during summer.

Malta’s capital, Valletta also offers an amount of venues during the evenings. Together with concerts and festivals and hosts various exhibitions.

The Maltese islands during the summer months offer vast sea spots for sea lovers.

And last but not least a weekly event in every village is held, the ever - popular Festas, where displays of colour and light honour the village’s patron saint.

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The strengths of the economy of Malta are its limestone, a favourable geographic location, and a productive labour force. Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited freshwater supplies, and has no domestic energy sources. The economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing (especially electronics and textiles) and tourism which represents about 40% of economy activity. This industry now welcomes more than 1,200,000 tourists a year, arriving from all over the world. Most visitors come from the United Kingdom, followed by Germans, Italians, French and Dutch.

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Religion plays a big part in the Maltese culture dating back to prehistoric, beginning from the fertility goddess to the shipwreck of St.Pauls in 60 A.D., where Christianity found its place. During the era of the knights Christianity flourished, during which many beautiful baroque churches were built and still stand in their mighty glory.

In 2001 Pope John Paul II came to Malta where he beatified Dun Ġorġ Preca and two other Maltese, namely Adeodata Pisani and Nazju Falzon. On 3rd June 2007 Dun Ġorġ Preca was made saint in a ceremony at the Vatican, led by Pope Benedict XVI. San Gorg Preca is the first saint of Malta.

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The climate is warm and healthy with mild, moist winters and dry, hot summers. Rain falls only for very short periods. Temperatures for November - April average 14°C and 23 C for the May - October period. The hottest period is from mid-July to mid-September, temperatures reading to a high 37°C. Malta's perennial sunshine and unpolluted sea make it a holiday destination to which tourists like to return year after year.

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Cost of Living

As compared to other countries, Malta is considered relatively inexpensive. Foodstuffs, clothing and furniture are very reasonably priced. Services like water, electricity, telephone and gas are also very reasonable. No rates are charged in Malta.


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