Malta is a small country consisting of two main islands located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, 80 km south of Sicily. It has a rich history which dates back to 5000BC. It has been occupied by many powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St John, French and the British. Malta gained independence from the British rule in 1964, became a member of the European Union in 2004, and joined the Eurozone in 2008.

The Maltese islands are popular among tourists thanks to the warm climate, numerous natural sandy and rocky beaches, architectural and historical monuments, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most prominent are the Megalithic Temples which were built approximately in 3000BC and are therefore among the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

There are very good flight connections to reach Malta from many European cities. Once landed in Malta, one can either use the public transport, taxis, or else hire a car. Do not forget that in Malta we drive on the left side of the road! Malta has an area of approximately 316 km2 and thus one can reach any part of the island by car in less than 30 minutes.

The local tourist office has a web site with extensive information