Perfectly Situated in the Middle of the Med, Malta is…
a fantastic destination, filled with a rich history, pristine vistas, sparkling beaches, and delectable seafood!
Malta is a small Mediterranean island country. Made up of three small islands, Malta, Gozo, and Comino with a population of about 400,000, it is a great place to go to warm up in the winter or early spring.
Most visitors to Malta fly into Valletta, climb into a shuttle and go directly to their resort, because they love to hit the beaches, take boat rides around the islands, and just have fun in the sun. But, Malta is so much more than all that. It has a rich history dating back thousands of years before the Phoenicians.
It was the second time we flew to the islands, and the warm sea breeze welcomed us with its mix of European languages, hints of oriental spices, and a stone-walled fortress of a city that harkened back the whispers of a tumultuous survival.
Malta is at the crossroads of the north and the south, the east and the west. It has long been coveted for its strategic importance, smack dab in the middle of the sea routes and all the riches that the various lands produced.
Long before a written history was developed an ancient people lived on the islands, built temples and farmed the land. No one knows what became of them, but hundreds of years later Malta was rediscovered and endured thousands of years of rule from all corners of Europe and Africa.
From the Sicilians and Phoenicians, to the Romans, Arabs, Germans, Aragonese, the Order of St. John, the French, and finally the British all had a turn ruling the islands, using it for its military and economic advantage.
The wonderful thing about Malta being such a compact country, is how easy it is to get around. The Maltese have established an efficient public bus system. Within an hour, you can get to any part of the main island or to the ferry to take you over to Gozo.
Along with the ease of public transportation, Malta has two official languages, Maltese and English. 88% of the population speak English fluently, and both languages are taught at school, with English taking over as the primary language in secondary school.
Have you been to Malta? What was your favorite thing?
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