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The Republic of Malta lies some 90 kilometres to the south of Sicily, and is an extremely popular holiday destination.

The three inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino have around 200 kilometres of the loveliest rocky and sandy shores that combine with the year-round pleasant temperatures to create the charm of this independent island archipelago, which has been independent since 1964 and joined the EU in 2004.

The capital Valletta on the northern coast of Malta is the perfect starting place for exploring the islands' culture. Its well-preserved old town is surrounded by monumental city walls, and includes magnificent buildings from various eras.

A visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral is a must: one of Europe's loveliest baroque buildings, the cathedral is symbolic of the more than 300 places of worship and the unique cultural mosaic of the Republic. Whether culture-lovers, walkers, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts or seeking relaxation, Malta has the answers!

And if you would like to explore the capital, hop on one of the historic buses and see the city's attractions on a 20-minute round trip. To see what's outside the city, get on a ferry in the harbour – they operate 24 hours a day – and visit Gozo or Comino.

Our tip for romantic sunsets: take the water taxi across the Grand Harbour to Vittoriosa, where there are wonderful views of Valletta. There, you can relax with a glass of Maltese wine or "Kinnie", the local lemonade, and contemplate what kind of lovely surprises the next day on Malta will bring.

City Facts

  • Location

    Main island of the Republic of Malta

  • Population

    about 357,000

  • Size

    about 246 km²

  • Public transport

    The capital Valletta is traffic-free; buses operate around the perimeter of the city and in the surrounding areas.

  • Climate

    Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, damp winters

  • Best time to visit

    The best travelling weather is in early and late summer. Visitors who like hot weather should come in the summer months, whereas those who are not bothered by wind and a little more rain will enjoy exploring Malta in the winter.

  • Good to know

    Malta joined the EU in 2004, so the currency is the euro.

  • Nice to know

    The Maltese 1-euro coin makes a pretty souvenir for friends and family at home. It has the Maltese cross on the back.

  • Airport

    Malta International Airport; about 8 km south-west of the city centre

  • Shuttle Bus

    Malta Transfer, book at baggage claim

  • Bus

    Public Express lines operate from the airport to the city centre. The bus stop is outside the Check-in hall, tickets are on sale in the Arrivals hall.

  • Taxi

    The taxi rank is outside the Arrivals hall; the journey to the centre of Valletta takes about 20 minutes.