The mythical and romantic Republic of Malta is one of the EU countries. Comprising an archipelago located strategically in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and southern Italy was contested by many powers throughout its history.
The Maltese climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and dry winters and wet. During the months of November and the fog is common in March and the rainy season runs from October to April. In spring and autumn usually blow a hot wind, the Xlokk.
The best time to visit Malta is the period February to June, the rainy season and the sweltering heat of summer. Besides that the weather is mild during this time the hotel rooms cost almost half of what you can expect to pay in high season (late June-August). Nor is it a bad idea to visit in September or October.
There are different entry requirements for Malta. EU citizens can enter only with passport or identity card, while the Hispanic passengers, except Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, also need a passport visa to stay for a maximum of three months.
Since January 2008 the official currency is the euro. Foreign currencies can easily be converted to Euros at any bank, exchange house, or ATM, are abundant in tourist areas. Banks serving the mornings from Monday to Saturday. Many hotels, shops and restaurants accept payment in foreign currencies and also accept credit cards for wider use (American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard and Carte Blanche).
With regard to customs, use of towels away from the beaches or pools is not well seen and the dress should be conservative, especially in churches.
Where to go?
Valletta is a walled city that was sixteenth-century city of the Knights of the Order of St. John and is currently the capital of Malta. Thanks to its streets were laid out in thinking that favored the circulation of the breeze from the harbor, you can travel on foot in this small town a few hours and without the hot Mediterranean sun. The journey can take as its starting point the city gate, located to the southeast, and from there begin to walk through the squares surrounding palaces and cathedrals, the palaces of the most prominent is the Auberge de Castille. You can also see many beautiful gardens, including the Upper Barraka, which have incredible views of Grand Harbor and Cottonera.
Other points of interest are concatedral and Museum of San Juan, the San Telmo Palace and the Grand Master.
Near the village of Qrendi and 15 km from Valletta is Hagar Qim, one of the megalithic temples of Malta built in 3800 BC The monument is decorated with various sizes with tools made of flint and obsidian, sacrificial altars and oracles and cameras is one of the places worth visiting on a trip to Malta.
Gozo has a charm that distinguishes them from the other islands. The attractive countryside, the pace of life and the low number of tourists who visit it a pleasant destination to enjoy some days of relax knowing temples and prehistoric specimens of medieval architecture. Victoria, the commercial center of the island, offers a relaxed atmosphere of the twelfth century, the Citadel is the perfect place to enjoy an incredible view of the surroundings and the Norman house has an interesting museum dedicated to traditional items. Besides this there are other attractive options such as the cave of Calypso, one of the points of the journey of Odysseus, the temples of Ggantija and the alabaster caves at Xaghra.
Medina, 15 km from the capital, is a city of Norman and baroque buildings that rise to the sides of cobbled streets of three millennia of history was once the political center of Malta. The building is the best preserved medieval Palazzo Falzon, a Norman building dating from 1495. You can also visit the Sicilian-Norman cathedral and its museum. Another good visit is the Museum of Roman Antiquities in the neighborhood of Rabat).
These are some of the major festivals in Malta. The Feast of the Shipwreck of St. Paul’s on February 10 which recalls the mishap that led to the apostle to the Maltese shores in 60 AD In the third week of this month will celebrate the beginning of the carnival, which will wear terrifying masks in contrast to the beautiful floats and dance contests and festivities in the capital and Floriana. This country is mostly Catholic, so the celebrations of Easter are of great importance. The Good Friday procession in several populations drawn images of Christ and make representations of the Last Supper. With the Feast of St. Publius in Floriana is held to start a season six months of celebrations in every village celebrates its patron saint. The most important festivals of this period are Mnjara (Fiesta de San Pedro and San Pablo), held on June 29 and 28 and Christmas Eve.