M A L T A
The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, 90 km south of Sicily and 290 km north of Africa. The three islands of the archipelago: Malta, Gozo and Comino have an area of 316 square kilometers and a total population of over 500,000 inhabitants.
With such a privilieged position, Malta has one of the best weather conditions of Europe; over 7000 years of history, the most attractive beaches and a thriving nightlife make of Malta the right destination for a perfect holiday.
Geographical area size is just 316 km²
Population size: 500,000
Official languages: English and Maltese
Independent republic since 13 December 1974
EU member state since 1 May 2004
Currency: The Euro, since 1 January 2008
Capital city: Valletta
Average daytime temperature in winter: 16° C
Average daytime temperature in summer: 32° C
Annual tourist arrivals: > 1.8 million
Religion: Roman Catholic
Number of Catholic churches: 359
National airline: Air Malta
IN MALTA THERE ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF EUROPE
Blue Lagoon is the most famous beach of the maltese archipelago. It lies between Comino and the tinier island of Cominotto, off the north coast of Malta. Most people come here as a day trip from the main island, although there is one hotel on Comino. The lagoon is a sizeable area of perfectly clear blue water, mostly over bright white sand, although there is also an area of seaweed that is good for snorkelling. Around the edges of the lagoon are caves that can be explored by experienced snorkellers (take local advice): some caves are also visited by the boats that bring people over to Comino.
Neighbouring the popular Golden Bay, and sharing the same lovely outlooks and soft, silky, almost butterscotch-coloured sand, Għajn Tuffieħa is a quieter choice for sunworshipping, as it’s not backed by buildings and is a slightly longer walk, which helps to thin out the crowds. When all you want to do is lie in the sun and occasionally fizzle in the sea, this is an ideal choice. Other great suntraps include the rocks around St Peter’s Pool and the utter peace of Fomm ir-Riħ.
Abroad sandy beach well described by its name. Visually, the bay is a little blighted by the large modern Radisson Resort Hotel that stands right by the beach. The beach also has its own (less expensive) beach hut cafés, sunbeds, umbrellas and watersports. In summer the beach is patrolled by lifeguards and has a system of flags signalling where it is safe to swim. The beach slopes steeply enough to be able to swim close to the shore. When the weather is fine (most of the time in Malta!), this is a great beach for swimming.
Mellieħa Bay is one of the best beaches for messing about on the water, with windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, banana boating or parasailing on offer. It’s Malta’s largest sandy beach, and has a reliable northeasterly breeze that makes it ideal for windy water-based sports. Other top choices include Xlendi, Marsalforn and Golden Bay, and there are diving centres all over the islands.
Situated on Gozo, Ramla Bay is famous for its golden/orange sand. The sandy path leads to a particularly beautiful cave that is believed to be the place where Ulysses was held captive.
At Ramla Bay you will find bathrooms, showers and tiny kiosks that sell typical Gozitanian dishes for all pockets, giving you the chance to spend the day here. The green hills that surround the bay are perfect for an afternoon hike, as they offer spectacular views of the area.