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— The Island at the heart of the Mediterranean
Gozo – The Island of love and honey MALTA: Like a Kaleidoscope
of different civilisations, Malta has preserved all the traces
of its extraordinary past. From its first inhabitants, who
built the colossal temples close to 7000 years ago to the
Knights of St.John ,whose Order created the first visionary
state of victorious Europe, Malta must have been an impressive
island. It is still today, so many centuries later, a very
special place thanks to the warmth of its people, who radiate
the typical Mediterranean spontaneity and joie de vivre.
It is now your turn to be seduced by its breathtaking seascapes,
its bays and the myriad leisure activities it offers for a
truly relaxing stay. As you step into its history, you step
into the timeless magic of a truly unique destination. 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
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. Valletta — The
Capital The Fortress City, Citta' Umilissima, "a city built
by gentlemen for gentlemen". Valletta has many titles, all
recalling its rich historical past. It is the "modern" city
built by the Knights of St John; a masterpiece of the baroque;
a European Art City; and a World Heritage City. But these
are just some of its faces and fortunes.
is also Malta's capital city: a living, working city,
the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. Nowhere
in Malta is the life of the Islands reflected more than here.
The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere.
The grid of narrow streets house some of Europe's finest art
works, churches and palaces. Valletta hosts a vast cultural
programme. Street events are staged against the city's magnificent
baroque architecture and floodlit bastions.
is theatre and music and all manner of things to see and join
in, from avant garde art to traditional church festas. The
city is a delight to shop in: narrow side streets are full
of tiny shops selling antiques, maps, books, prints and jewellery.
For top quality fashion, music and much more try Valletta's
main streets – Republic Street and Merchant Street.
Useful Information about Malta
by Air The Maltese Islands are only a few hours away from
major European cities by air. The national airline, Air Malta,
operates flights to and from all the major airports in Europe,
North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf States. Information
on Air Malta flight schedules is available online at www.airmalta.com
or by contacting Air Malta's Head Office. Other international
carriers operate regular scheduled flights to and from Malta.
Charter flights from various cities in Europe are also available.
Travelling by Sea A regular ferry and catamaran service
links several Italian and Sicilian ports to Valletta, Malta's
is a member of the EU Language The official languages are
Maltese and English. Maltese is a language of Semitic origin
written in the Latin script. Over the centuries, it has incorporated
many words derived from English, Italian and French.
Currency: Euro - (€)
Banks are normally open between 08.30 a.m. and 12-30 p.m.
from Monday to Friday, and up to 11.30 a.m. on Saturday. Some
banks work longer hours. Summer and winter opening hours may
Malta is 6 hours ahead of EST in winter and 7 hours ahead
between the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
Electricity The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50
hertz. The three-pin rectangular plug system is used, as in
Britain, Ireland Adapters are very easy to find.
Local and international telephone calls can be made from hotel
rooms. Most hotels also offer fax and internet access. Maltacom
provides round the clock international telecommunication
Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can
be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from
a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card.
Health Malta has an excellent health service. Hospitals
are modern and supported by a regional network of health centres.
Travellers do not normally required certificates of vaccination
or insulation to enter the Maltese Islands. It is advisable
to take out a personal medical insurance policy.
Importation Dogs and cats may not be imported into Malta,
without authorisation from the Director of Veterinary Services.
This should be requested at least 6 weeks prior to departure.
Dogs and cats need a government certificate, stating that
their country of origin was free from rabies in the six-month
period prior the animal's departure and that the country in
question follows strict rules, where animal imports are concerned.
A period of quarantine applies.
398,534 Land Area: 316 Km2
Driving Tips (information supplied by Holiday
Drive on the LEFT in Malta and Gozo
Built-up areas: 40kmh/25 mph, major roads outside towns: 64kmh/40
and driving: Blood alcohol limit is 80 mg.
is compulsory to carry a warning triangle.
belts are compulsory in the front and, if fitted, in the rear.
The Island of love and Honey Inspired by the superb megalithic
temples of Ggantija, built almost 7000 years ago, the Gozitans
have adopted and perfected the building tradition Following
in the footsteps of the men who built the "giant" temples,
Gozitan architects have, over the years, built churches and
domes, whose stunning dimensions dwarf the villages in which
accent here is on the grandiose and the aesthetic. Past masters
in the art of theatre, the Gozitans will stop at nothing to
celebrate the beauty of their island, which was, in the past,
so brutally attacked. So don't be surprised to find two opera
houses in the capital Victoria and two splendid baroque churches
St. George's Basilica with its extraordinary main altar a
copy of Bernini's at St. Peter's in Rome) is just as important
as the beautiful cathedral beautiful cathedral dedicated to
the Assumption of Our Lady.
As you explore Gozo, that mystery will no doubt be
solved and even though you can’t possibly stay on for seven
years you should have ample time to experience the spell cast
by the island. Fertile valleys radiate from its capital in
the centre, making Gozo look like a star set against a stunning
blue background Right in the centre of the star is one of
the most beautiful architectural complexes on the islands.
Behind its austere bastions, the Citadel hides a number of
fine palaces and, at the very top, its beautiful cathedral
designed by Lorenzo Gafa' Villages and lacework in stone -
Villages in Gozo reflect a way of life simultaneously rural
and refined with superbly proportioned squares, carved balconies
against golden facades... From the old farmhouses, with their
typical archways, to the most contemporary houses, the incredible
amount of architectural detail is surprising in its creativity.
Balconies are embellished with balustrades, Georgian style
facades, roof gardens and climbing bougainvillea. The megalithic
temples of Ggantija must have inspired the Gozitans in no
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