The Islands of Malta appear little more than a tiny spec on the map some ninety-three km from the southern coast of Sicily and two hundred and ninety km from the coast of North Africa, bang in the middle of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea. Malta comprises an archipelago of six islands and islets, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited; the other islands are Filfla, Cominotto and St.Paul’s island.
Throughout its history however, Malta has exerted an influence that is completely out of proportion to its size. History is firmly rooted in just about everything in Malta, including its remarkable architecture, which has survived to this day as some of the finest in the world.
The Smallest Capital in EU
Valletta, a United Nations UNESCO World Heritage City, is the capital of Malta. Valletta, the brainchild, in 1565, of Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette, feted by the Christian Princes as ‘Saviour of Europe’, has been described as ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’. It is completely surrounded by fortifications and houses some of the finest palaces, auberges and buildings.
Malta, a British colony for 166 years became an independent State on the 21st September 1964. It is a non-aligned democratic Republic, with a unicameral Parliament elected every five years. Malta has its own written Constitution, wherein all fundamental human rights are safeguarded. Roman Catholic Christianity is the State’s religion. Maltese is the official language. Malta is a member State of the Council of Europe, the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the European Union.
Malta’s main resources are its ports, its educated and skilled people, where development has been based on shipbuilding and repairing, manufacturing for export, tourism, Freeport activities, the financial/business services and the gaming industry.
Malta attracts circa 1,800, 000 tourists a year. Most five star international chains of hotels as well as other four, three and two star hotels; self-catering apartments and guesthouses receive the visitors to our shores.
Malta can be reached by air through major European cities and other areas and by sea from major ports. Malta boasts its own national Airline, Airmalta, while it takes pride in having scores of foregin Airlines working to and from MIA.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited.
With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, Malta is truly a gem in the middle of the Mediterranean.