Malta is situated in the Mediterranean Sea and is the largest of five rocky islands that make up an archipelago there.
The Maltese climate is typically Mediterranean. The island enjoys year round sunshine with hot summers and warm autumns. The sunshine hours enjoyed by Malta remain some of the highest in Europe. Even in December, Malta enjoys more sunshine than many other countries. Read more about Malta weather.
Its terrain is dramatic against the skyline, with steep coastal cliffs towering above the beautiful aqua Mediterranean.
There are bays along the coastline, providing harbours for boats. Tourists can enjoy trips to the uninhabited islands close to Malta, such as Blue Lagoon Bay, situated between Comino and Cominotto island.
On the east side of Valletta lies the Grand Harbour, which has existed since Roman times. Ferries here connect Malta to Pozzallo and Catania in Sicily. You can enjoy numerous boat trips that take you from Malta to nearby islands every day.
Malta is a country of walled cities, chapels and churches, including Valletta, Bormia, Mdina and Isla, with Mdina ranking as one of the world’s oldest mediaeval towns. Visit the capital, Valletta, and see the Flemish tapestries and the paintings by Caravaggio and Preti in St John’s Co-Cathedral. Discover for yourself why Malta is a cultural delight for tourists.
It features nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the impressive Megalithic Temples which are well worth a visit. These structures date back to prehistoric times and Maltese folklore tells of the building of temples by giants, leading to the name Ggantija (giant’s tower).
There are many ceremonies and celebrations taking part across the island throughout the year. Enjoy one of the many carnivals that date back to the 15th Century, or participate in Malta’s national dance, the Maltija, or its sword dance, the Parata.
With its accessibility to the UK, Malta makes an ideal holiday destination. It is only a short flight away (3 hours from London), and once there you will be pleasantly surprised to find that you can drive on the left hand side of the road. Because Malta only gained independence from England in the last 50 years, the English language is still widely spoken throughout the island.
Over 1.2 million tourists visit Malta every year and there are a wealth of quality hotels and apartments to choose from on the island.
Visit Malta and enjoy its climate and prime location in the heart of the Mediterranean.