Malta

Situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese archipelago is made up of three islands; Malta (Malta), Gozo (Għawdex) and Comino (Kemmuna). Malta is the largest of the islands and is the cultural, commercial and administrative hub, Gozo is the second largest and is more rural, Comino is the smallest and is largely uninhabited.

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From its vibrant blue waters and secluded beaches and caves to its medieval-walled citadels and fabulous baroque churches, Malta has often been described as an open-air museum. Whatever the time of year, visitors flock to Malta’s striking coastline to enjoy its sunny climate and unwind at a cool cafe, sample fresh seafood, discover traditional villages and their exciting and colourful “festas” and immerse themselves in amazing archaeological wonders and fascinating history. All of this, combined with our exhilarating activities, buzzing nightclubs and thriving nightlife, goes to show that there is a great deal to see and do in Malta whether you are here on a stag do or on holiday… there’s something here for everyone!

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In spite of being a small island, Malta is a multi-faceted Mediterranean jewel sparkling and scintillating with character at every turn. In typical Maltese fashion, our approach to life is to enjoy and celebrate it as much as possible!

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Key Facts

Area: 316 km2 (122 m2)
Population: 411,277 (2013 est.)
Population Density: 1,301.5 per km2
Capital: Valletta
Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964
President: Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca since 2014
Prime Minister: Joseph Muscat since 2013
Currency: Euro (€)
Language: Maltese (official), English (official)
Electricity: 230V/50Hz. UK-style three-pin plugs are in use 230V/50Hz
Time Zone: UTC +1

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National & Public Holidays

1st January New Year’s Day (L-Ewwel Tas Sena)
10th February Feast Of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck In Malta (San Pawl Nawfragu)
19th March Feast Of Saint Joseph (San Ġużepp)
31st March Freedom Day (Jum Il Ħelsien)
Friday before Easter Good Friday (Il-Ġimgħa L-Kbira)
1st May Worker’s Day (Jum Il Ħaddiem)
7th June Sette Giugno
29th June Feast Of Saint Peter & Saint Paul (L-Imnarja)
15th August Feast Of The Assumption Of Our Lady (Santa Marija)
8th September Victory Day (Jum Il-Vitorja)
21st September Independence Day (Jum L-Indipendenza)
8th December Feast Of The Immaculate Conception (Il-Kunċizzjoni)
13th December Republic Day (Jum Ir-Repubblika)
25th December Christmas Day (Il-Milied)