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In this Destination Guide you will find information for : Malta Island (La Valletta) and Gozo Island

Essential Country Information:

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Malta



♦ Capital: Valletta

♦ Currency: Euro (EUR) (€)

♦ Time Zone: +1 GMT  

♦ Phone Code: +356

   

♦ Best time to visit: Year round. 

♦ Must Taste: Pasta Maltese

♦ Must Drink: Fruit Liquors 

♦ Don't miss: Rock formations


♦ Number of times visited: 1

Getting there and transportation: Due to its location and distance from other mainland countries, flying to Malta is always the best option. However it's possible to travel by ferry from the Italian town of Pozzallo, in Sicilly. Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, between North Africa and the island of Sicilly. Flying from Italy, you will find the most frequent flights. However it's easy to reach Malta from most European capitals. A number of low cost airlines operate to/from the airport, Easy Jet, Ryanair or Meridiana, making it an easy airport to reach to from Europe. The national airline is Air Malta which offers a good full service product and has agreements with other airlines if you are making a connection or travelling from out of Europe. 

Once in the country, transportation is well developed and driving is very popular to get around. Ideally renting a car is a good option when travelling around the Islands of Malta and Gozo. In relation to public transport, most areas can be accessed by bus. However services can be limited and finish in the mid evening on some routes. 
Weather: Malta's climate is very Mediterranean which means that it's strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate all year round with a daily average of around 12 hours sunshine in Summer and down to 5 to 6 hours in mid-winter. If you visit in the Summer, (June to September) it's hot, dry and very sunny with temperatures reaching past the 30C often every day till September. Spring and autumn are ideally the best time to avoid the high season and temperatures are a bit cooler,(around 22-25C). Take note that due to the occasional Scirocco  wind from Africa, it brings high temperatures and humidity. In the Winter, ( December to March) the climate is very mild, with temperatures reaching still up to 20C or more.On occasions it can be windy and fresh, with winds from north Europe.
Malta weather
The sky in Malta is mostly blue all year round!
Food and drinkMalta is the hidden gem of the Mediterranean with a fine reputation for its varied cuisine, borrowing heavily from neighbouring Sicily and North Africa. Although food from every part of the globe is to be found on the island, local restaurants providing rustic home-cooked family recipes are definitely worth seeking out. 
Specialities include: Timpana, pasta with a Bolognese-style sauce baked in pastry. Bragioli, thin slices of steak rolled around a ground veal filling and covered in a tomato-based sauce. Fenek, rabbit cooked in wine. Pastizzi, ricotta or pea-filled savoury pastries. Lampuki pie, a baked pastry derived from the popular lampuki fish. Qara bali mimli, round pale green zucchini or courgettes stuffed with minced beef, cheese and parsley or with ricotta and grated sharp cheese. Mazzit, Maltese blood sausage. it's also possible to find a good range of natural honey, salt, nuts and locally produced goat cheese.
As for drinks  you can find: Local  Maltese coffee produced on the island.  Kinnie, it's a sparkling soft drink with a distinctive bitter orange flavour. Cisk lager,  Malta’s national beer. Bajtra, one of Malta’s traditional liqueurs, distilled from prickly pears as well as other fruity liqueurs. 
Source: worldtravelguide.net
 
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Natural local food grown on the islands
 
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Local bakery selling tasty snacks and pastries!
 
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Pizza, the Italian Influence
 
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Chicken Risotto
 
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Pasta Maltese

Beaches:  Malta is not exactly the destination to go if you are seeking white sandy beaches and white clear transparent waters. Its rocky formation means that the island has limited beaches. However, there are a few areas where you can enjoy some open beaches. The best one is located on Malta island, Mellieha Bay, which has plenty of resorts, restaurants and the beach is sandy with calm waters and easy to swim in. Another beach is Ramla Bay Beach, on Gozo Island, it has yellow sand but it's rather pebbly for swimming. 

 
Ramla Beach
Ramla Beach in Gozo
 
Mellieha beach
Mellieha Bay Beach on Malta Island

Author's Comment:

Visiting Malta was a pleasant surprise because of the amount of beautiful scenery and buildings you can expect to find and see with just exploring a little further. The two islands we visited combined the best option to be able to take full advantage of what the Maltese culture could offer, history and scenery. 
Definitely don't miss walking around La Valletta city as a day activity. There are numerous churches and cafes built within the old city walls and fortifications which are restored and look fantastic which are so interesting to visit. La Valletta is like an open air museum in itself! When you have enough of the heat, it's not far to go to find good chilled cafes and restaurants where the food is so tasty, thanks to the influence of the Mediterranean flavours and the Italian/Greek/Arabian mix. Gozo Island is for scenery and nature. The rock formations are amazing around the island, as well as the ancient prehistoric ruins of the Ġgantija Temples which are not to be missed, despite the entry price. You will feel like time is stopped and everybody is calm and relaxed. People are friendly and helpful and because it's easy to speak in English to everyone, you can learn so much about the way of life in Malta. Come to these islands for sun, excellent cuisine and fascinating scenery!  

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