Malta is unique and inimitable

Do you want to be in this fairy tale? Then be sure to go to Malta! This is a real paradise on earth!

What it is?

Malta is an island nation that occupies the entire island of the same name, located in the Mediterranean Sea. The population of Malta is small, only about 500 thousand people.

Beautiful place

But at the same time the density is quite high and is about 1300 people per square kilometer. The capital of Malta is the city of Valletta - the political and economic center of the state. The main language is Maltese, but English is also widely recognized and widely used, since there are a lot of Englishmen here.

The flag of the state was approved about 50 years ago. It consists of two panels. The shaft is located at the white part, and on the other hand - the red. In the upper left corner of the white cloth is a silver sign of the British St. George cross, bordered with a red border.

A bit of history

The history of this small state is rather complicated.The island was located in the center of important sea routes, so it almost always attracted conquerors. Many tried to conquer Malta: the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Spaniards, Arabs, Byzantines and others. By the way, the name of the island was given by the Phoenicians, and it translates as “refuge”.

Ancient city

In 1530, the state was given the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, who is known to the world precisely as the Order of Malta. In 1798, Malta was captured by Napoleon Bonaparte (by the way, without a single shot), who took the reins in his hands. The Maltese called for the help of Britain, and she organized her colony on the archipelago. But in 1964, Malta still became independent, and 10 years later it received the status of a republic. But until the destruction of the last English naval base, the Queen of England exercised the rule here.

How to get there?

You can only get to Malta by plane, flights are carried out regularly by almost all major airlines. The flight lasts from 4.5 to 5 hours (depending on the location).

Visa regime

Since Malta is one of the countries participating in the Schengen Agreement, you will need a visa to arrive in the country.For registration you will need the following documents:

  • a questionnaire filled out in English;
  • a foreign passport whose validity expires not less than three months after the end of the trip (there must be at least two blank pages);
  • copies of the filled pages of the international passport;
  • 2 photos in size 3,5х4,5 (by all means on a white background);
  • confirmation of hotel reservation for the entire period of stay in the country;
  • confirmation of booking air tickets (there and back);
  • confirmation of the existence of a medical insurance policy (minimum insurance coverage - 30 thousand euros);
  • bank statement or certificate of purchase of currency (for each day of stay must be at least 48 euros).

A regular visa is issued fairly quickly and will be ready in less than a week. The visa fee is 35 euros.

customs regime

Import of currency is not limited, but if you enter from a country that is not part of the EU, then the amount over 10 thousand euro will have to be declared. You can import no more than 250 grams of tobacco, 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos and 50 cigars. The import of alcohol is limited: no more than a liter of strong drinks (over 22 degrees) and no more than two liters of weak ones (less than 22 degrees).It is forbidden to import weapons, drugs, prohibited substances, plants, soil, birds and animals, poultry meat, as well as counterfeit goods and radio transmission devices.

Climate and nature

The climate of Malta is very favorable, namely the hot Mediterranean. Summer is dry and hot, but winter is moderately wet and mild. The hottest month of the year is August, and the coldest is January. In winter, the air temperature is about 7-10 degrees at night and about 12-20 in the afternoon.

Is there a place to sunbathe

In summer here in the daytime, about 25-30 degrees, and at night about 20. The water temperature in the sea in the warm season is from 22 to 25 degrees, in winter it drops 10-15 degrees. There is not much rain, mostly in winter.

If you are planning a vacation in Malta, then know that it is best to rest here in September, this is a real velvet season.

As for the nature of Malta, it is unique in its own way. So, there are no freshwater reservoirs. The mountains are also absent. Almost the entire relief is represented by plains and fields. The flora, like the animal, is not so rich.

How to move?

Malta is very small in area, but walking is not very convenient, as all roads are winding. There is no railway. There are only three types of transport: taxis, buses and ferries.Taxi here is not cheap, so it is better to choose buses. They all go on schedule, so you should know in advance.

Where to stay?

Ancient architecture

There are a lot of hotels in Malta, and the most diverse: from the most simple and budget to five-star. When booking a room, find out in advance everything about the selected hotel: availability of the beach, service, food, and so on. Bookings must be made in advance, as there are always quite a lot of tourists here.

Things to do?

There are many boats

What to do in Malta? There are many options:

  • There are many beautiful beaches.
  • Take a cruise.
  • Almost any tourist can go fishing.
  • There are a lot of various attractions and amusement parks for the whole family.
  • Visit the most famous sights, going on a tour.
  • Go diving and dive into the underwater world.
  • There are a lot of sports centers.
  • Visit one of the many nightclubs, restaurants or bars.
  • Go on a walk to local shops, there are many interesting things here!
  • Have you seen Malta only in the photo? View the island live, it is very beautiful.

Traditions of Malta

The Maltese are very friendly and sociable people with a great sense of humor.They can support any conversation and are interested in various aspects of life. For every Maltese, a family is very important, it is a core value.

On Saturday everyone gathers for an evening family barbecue. The people of Malta are leisurely, but rather cunning and clever. Almost all residents of the state love and appreciate music. In addition, the Maltese are quite conservative and loyal.

Kitchen

Malta's cuisine is a mixture of local and European culinary traditions. Here you can try and meat, and vegetable, and fish dishes, as well as seafood and pastries.

Mediterranean Kitchen

Here are a few popular dishes: pork sausages with parsley and coriander, marinated in wine and braised rabbit, spaghetti with octopus ink, pastitstsi (puff patties with peas and ricotta), macaret (fried pies with dates). Maltese's favorite drink is wine.

Interesting places

And finally, the sights of Malta:

  • Ghar Dalam cave.
  • Gozo Island.
  • City Museum Mdina.
  • Palace of the Grand Master
  • The night capital of Malta is Pacheville.
  • Torture Museum (it is located in Mdina).
  • Megalithic temples of Malta.
  • Tombs and catacombs of Rabat.
  • Fort Sant'Angelo.
  • Arch "Window Azurra."
  • Lower Gardens Baracca.
  • Church in Most.
  • Blue Grotto.
  • The bell of memory.
  • The main gate of Mdina.

Let your trip be unforgettable!

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