Malta & Gozo
Malta became a member of the European Union in May 2004 - located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily, the Maltese archipelago basically consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The total population in 2008 was approx 413,500.
The second largest island, Gozo is topographically quite different from Malta. Quaintly attractive for its less industrialised way of life, Gozo can be reached from Malta by ferry-boat from Cirkewwa and Pieta, near Valletta.
Comino, Cominotto, Filfla and St Paul's Islet are the other major features of the archipelago. Of these, only Comino, straddled between Malta and Gozo, sustains a very tiny population.
Malta’s strategic position has helped it to develop into an important trading post. The Malta Freeport is one of the Mediterranean's leading ports for container transhipments.
Area of the Maltese Islands: 316 km2.
The length of the shoreline round Malta is 136 km, and 43km round Gozo.
It is the climate, more than anything else, that has made Malta an important tourist resort in the centre of the Mediterranean. The total annual rainfall is about 50cm (20 ins). The average winter temperature is 12o C (54o F.) There are really only two seasons in Malta: the dry summer season, and the mild winter season. The average rainfall is 578 mm (22.756 ins). Rain rarely, if ever, falls during the summer months.
Dining and Cuisine
Maltese cuisine is typically Mediterranean, based on fresh, seasonal, locally available produce and seafood, with some influence from Italian cuisine, particularly Sicily and the south. There are many unique and distinctive local dishes and the cuisine also embodies the gastronomic legacies of Malta's past, including not only Italian, but Spanish, Moorish, and more recently British influence.
An abundance of top quality restaurants bless the islands and cater for a vast range of budgets and tastes.
Schools and Education
Education in Malta is compulsory up the age of 16 and offered through three different providers - the state, the church and the private sector; however it is the duty of the state to provide for such schools and institutions where these do not exist. It is also within the duty of the state to promote education. Most schools teach in English & Maltese however there are also a number of private international schools. One will generally find that the standard of education is reasonably above the average.
Diving in Malta has significantly grown in popularity. Many scenic dive sites can be found around Malta, Gozo and Comino. From beautifully coloured coral reefs, dark caves reaching deep into some of Malta’s tall cliffs and war time wrecks which over the years have become the habitat for various species of fish and other marine life.
Malta's temperate climate - only 2 hours from central Europe - makes the Royal Malta Golf Club an ideal venue for off-season golfing breaks both for individuals and groups. Malta’s Golf Club is situated adjacent to the Marsa Sports Club, located not far from the airport and is a private members club run by an honorary Board of Management and staff. The grounds have been the home of golfing in Malta since the early 1900's and are open to visitors. It is one of the oldest Clubs outside of the UK. The greens have been replanted with "TiffEagle" grass which provides slick greens all year round. Today at par 68, the course is a good test of golf without being unkind to the novice. A driving range and practice putting green are provided for those golfers who prefer to gain a little more experience prior to stepping out onto the course. Come to Malta and experiment this experience find best hotels and accommodations in malta enjoy the weather and this lovely club finding the best deal for your stay.
Sailing, Yachting & Boating
Being a small island with good year round weather and located in the middle of the Mediterranean, it is no wonder that boating in Malta is extremely popular and very well catered for. Malta is the ideal stopover when cruising the Mediterranean and also offers the best tourist and yachting facilities in the Mediterranean and boasts skilled boat-builders, as well as shipyards, slipways and floating docks. An excellent natural protected harbour, Yard and Hauling out Facilities, Duty Free Bunkering, Sail Repair and Valeting, Mast Work, Rigging and Splicing, Berthing Arrangements as well as Electrical and Mechanical Works are only some of the services the island can offer. An increasing number of marinas are available to cater from smaller boats to luxury yachts. The Royal Malta Yacht Club is home of the Rolex Middle Sea Race attracting many enthusiasts year after year.
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With Holidays to Malta proving particularly popular with tourists again and again the island certainly has the stamp of approval from its visitors.