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Malta Travel Guide

by our Malta expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyMalta has a long history – St Paul was shipwrecked there – and a long association with Britain. Its history includes centuries as the home of the Knights of St John’s Hospital after the crusades and the Grand Master’s Palace is a central feature of Valletta, Malta’s capital. Malta has long had great strategic importance in the Mediterranean, and after capture by Napoleon, became part of the British Empire on his defeat. A remaining section of Valletta’s ancient wall is known as the ‘English Curtain’ and the Maltese still drive on the left. During World War II, its heroic resistance to air siege and bombardment led to the award of the George Cross, now part of the name and flag. Valletta’s Grand Harbour has always been a vital naval base and is an impressive busy port today. The two other islands in the group, Gozo and the much smaller Comino, can be reached by ferry, seaplane or helicopter. Each boasts a large selection of splendid beaches, including Gozo’s red sand Ramla Bay. Comino, named for the cumin plant that grows profusely there, also has the much-filmed sapphire waters of the Blue Lagoon as a major attraction.

Malta Facts

National Flag: Maltese Flag
Language(s): Maltese
English
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Valletta, Il-Belt
Total Area: 316 km2
Population: 419,280
Dialling Code: +356
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.visitmalta.com


FCO Travel Advice for Malta

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Malta Travel News

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Valletta Weather Forecast

Max Min
Today
10/01/2015
Light Rain and Scattered Clouds Light Rain and Scattered Clouds 16°C
61°F
15°C
59°F
Sunday
11/01/2015
Light Rain and Broken Clouds Light Rain and Broken Clouds 16°C
61°F
16°C
61°F
Monday
12/01/2015
Light Rain Showers and Isolated Clouds Light Rain Showers and Isolated Clouds 16°C
61°F
12°C
54°F
Tuesday
13/01/2015
Clear Skies Clear Skies 13°C
55°F
13°C
55°F

 Valletta Weather Forecast
 

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