The Islands of Malta
Where is Malta Located?
Malta is situated 90 miles south of the island of Sicily and around 280 miles from the coast of North Africa the Maltese islands are ideally placed at the heart of the Mediterranean sea. The Maltese islands consist of three main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino which together make up the Republic of Malta. The main island of Malta itself is around 27km at its longest distance and 14km at its widest. Its sister island of Gozo, somewhat smaller in size at around 14km and 7km at its widest.
The islands have a rich and varied history, which has left its mark through the centuries. Influences from Malta's occupiers over the centuries is evident across the islands within the rich architecture and the very language of the Maltese themselves. The official languages are Maltese and English. Italian is also spoken widely throughout the country.
Is Malta in the EU?
Although it was once a part of the British commonwealth, it became a Republic in 1974. Malta is part of the European Union and has been since 2004.
Malta's easy pace of life offers a welcome break with many places to explore. The tranquil Blue Lagoon with its white sands and crystal clear waters is a haven for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Diving is very popular throughout the islands, with over 80 dive sites to choose from. Other water activities include water skiing, snorkeling and wind surfing.
Although not as large as other Mediterranean destinations, Malta has some wonderful beaches. Most of these can be found in the north part of the island and Gozo. Beaches here are very popular during the summer months with both locals and tourists. Popular beaches include Mellieha, Paradise Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay. For the historically minded the magnificent museums, palaces and churches that adorn this rugged landscape are all well worth visiting.
Malta's rich nightlife is second to none when it comes to a night out. The most popular area on the island for this is St. Julians/Paceville area. Here you will find some of the best bars, restaurants and clubs on the island. Malta also plays host to some of the top DJ's from around Europe during the summer months with the Isle of MTV festival. Overall these islands can be as relaxing or as energetic as you want them to be.
Whether your here to just soak up the sun or club the night away, Malta has it all. Take the time to explore this amazing place and discover what makes Malta one of the best destinations in the Mediterranean.