In Malta, you'll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You'll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands' scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking. Honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.
The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands' mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom.
But Malta is no regular museum. Here life is lived to the full, so make time for some living history and action. Visit locations where Oscar-winning blockbusters were filmed or go off the beaten track into ancient villages. Marvel at the fireworks and revelry of the summertime festas and enjoy a packed calendar of events all year round.

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Walking around Valletta, you'll come across an intriguing historical site around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. And when you need to stop and take it all in, the city yields up squares, courtyards, gardens and any number of cafés, right on cue.
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Gozo and tiny Comino provide a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change. The charm of Gozo is apparent the moment you arrive there. Greener, more rural and smaller than Malta, life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace. The rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. In winter and spring, the Island is covered with flowering herbs and lush crops. In summer, it's awash with oleander, bougainvillea and geranium.
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General informations

Capital: Valletta
Population: 400.000
Area: 316 Km²
Language: Maltese (a Semitic language) and English are the official languages. Italian is also widely spoken
Currency: Euro
Climate: The climate in Malta is generally warm and temperate. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Malta and Gozo.
Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)
Entry visas: ID or passport
Medical care: Malta enjoys a high standard of medical care. Medical facilities, run along modern lines, are available through the regional health centres and two general hospitals:
St Luke's, Malta. Tel: +356 241 251, Fax: +356 240 176 and
Craig's, Gozo. Tel: +356 561 600, Fax: +356 560 881.
There are also special clinics for diabetic sufferers.
Chemists generally stock a wide range of pharmaceutical products and drugs and can be found throughout the islands. They are open during normal shopping hours. On Sundays chemists open by rota from 09.00 until 12.30 in Malta and from 07.30 until 11.00 in Gozo; check the local Sunday newspapers for details. See List of Pharmacies here.
Persons receiving medical treatment and who may need to carry medicines into Malta or purchase fresh supplies are advised to carry a letter of introduction from their family doctor. British nationals holidaying in Malta are entitled to free medical and hospital care.
Tap water is perfectly safe to drink but may taste strong by European standards. Milk is pasteurised and available daily in cartons and bottles. All dairy products are safe for consumption.


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