FAQs: How big is Malta and other interesting facts
1. Where is Malta actually??
Malta is located about 90 km south of Sicily and 290 km southeast of Tunisia in the middle of the Mediterranean.
2. How tall is Malta?
The Republic of Malta has a total of five islands, of which only three are inhabited (Malta, Gozo and Comino).
The island covers about 316 km². With its length of 28 km ² and width of 13 km ² Malta is quite “manageable”.
The population in Malta is approximately 423,282. People.
3. What is the capital of Malta?
The capital of Malta is Valletta (also called il-Belt Valletta, Valetta or La Valletta). The city was named after the Knight of Maltese Order Fra ‘Jean de la Vallette.
Valletta is the smallest capital in the European Union in both population and area.
The entire city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
4. What does the Order of Malta have to do with Malta??
In 1530, Malta, Gozo and Comino islands were given to the Maltese Order as a fief.
During this time, Malta was a very important strategic point as the Ottomans tried to push to Europe.
To ensure better protection, Malta’s capital was relocated from Mdina to the Great Harbor, which was fortified by strong defenses.
Under the leadership of Grand Master Fra ‘Jean de la Vallette (after whom the capital of Malta was named), the Order of Malta managed to ward off the great Turkish siege.
Two centuries later, Malta was occupied by Napoleon Bonaparte as a strategically important point on its way to Egypt. Since the Order was forbidden to fight against Christians, they left the island.
5. Which language is spoken in Malta??
Malta is known in Europe for learning English in addition to England.
This is because there are two official languages on the island – Maltese and English.
6. Why is English spoken in Malta??
Malta was occupied by England in 1800 and was an English colony until 1964.
Because of this long British colonial era, almost all Maltese still speak English. English is also the second official language of the country besides the so-called “Malti”.
7. Where does the name come from – Malta?
Malta goes back to the Punic word for sanctuary “malet”. The Greeks called the island Melite and the Romans called it Melita.
8. How long does the flight to Malta take??
The flight time to Malta from the largest German airports is relatively short with about 2.5 hours.
9. When is the best time to go to Malta??
But I think that the best travel time differs depending on the type of vacation in Malta.
If you are planning a relaxing beach holiday then the perfect travel time is from September to November. The water is still warm enough to go swimming, but there are far fewer people than in the summer months.
Is your plan to meet new people and celebrate a lot? – Then in summer to Malta! At this time is the most busy on the island.
10. What is the best vacation spot in Malta?
If you want to enjoy the nature and tranquility, you should book a holiday on Gozo.
11. What are the usual opening hours of shops?
The opening times are quite different in Malta than we know them from Germany or Austria.
During the summer months, the authorities, among other things, open post office and also banks only between 08.00-13.00.
Most of the large supermarkets and shops in tourist areas (St. Julians, Valletta, Sliema) are open all day long, although in Valletta all shops close at 19.00.
If you like shopping longer, you should stop by Bay Street in Paceville. Here the shops are open until 22.00.
The smaller shops and shops are usually open from 9:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.
12. Do you have to pay attention before arrival??
Yes, unfortunately Malta still has no sockets that we know from Germany and the rest of Europe.
Therefore, an adapter for the holiday in Malta packs.
By my stays in Malta without adapters, I have another tip for you, but certainly not all will find cool.
What the hell, with me and my friends it worked great:
You put in the top hole of the socket a cotton swab and then the plug.
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