Malta is a paradise for travellers who seek sun and beaches, with a side of culture and history. Contact your personal travel manager and begin preparing your trip to Malta.
Malta is a small southern European country of islands in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 80 km south of Sicily. It covers only 316 km2, which makes it one of the smallest countries in the world along with one of the most populated. It takes just about an hour by bus to get from coast to coast. There is a great deal to see and do in Malta with more than seven thousand years of history and no less than nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of the most famous sites is the Megalithic Temples, known to be a selection of the oldest freestanding structures in the world. Along with the Megalithic Temples, two of the most prominent world heritage sites are the city of Valletta (the capital) and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (an enormous subterranean structure and originally a sanctuary).
Malta has a rich and long history dating all the way back to 5200 BC where it is estimated that the Maltese islands were first settled by hunters and farmers from Sicily. It has since then been ruled by many different nations. In 400 BC it was Carthage of Tunisia who ruled the islands until the Roman Republic took over in 218 BC. In 440, the Vandals, an East Germanic tribe, captured Malta but only until 533 when it was recovered by the Roman Empire.
In the middle ages, Malta was ruled first by Arab settlement called Fatimids until it was taken over by the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and later the Knights of St. John in the early 16th century. The French had a short reign from 1798 to 1800 when Malta Voluntarily became a part of the British Empire. The UK was the last nation to rule the country before it gained independence in 1964 and formed a republic in 1974.
Malta is a strictly Roman Catholic country. If you wish to see the insides of some of the ancient and architecturally impressive churches, be sure to dress respectfully. Do not wear hats and sunglasses inside the churches and be sure to cover shoulders and knees. If you forget, many of the bigger churches offers shawls and skirts if you feel you are inappropriately dressed.
During the warmer months of May and September, Malta offers superbly sunny weather and some of the best beaches in Europe. Transportation on Malta is fairly easy especially given the small size of the island. Traveling via bus costs no more than a few pocket coins and taxis are affordable. If you prefer the luxury of a rental car, Malta offers some of the cheapest car rental services in Europe that your personal travel manager can organise for you.
Grab your beach gear and camera, and escape reality for a trip that will surprise even the most avid traveller! But first, contact your local, personal travel manager.