Malta quick facts
- Capital: Valletta
- Form of government: Republic
- Population: 433,300
- General emergency call: 112
- Police emergency number: 191
- Emergency ambulance: 196
- Country code: +356
- Electric voltage: 240 volts
A trip to Malta is like a trip into the past that suddenly becomes the beautiful present. Why it is like that? Well, due to its eventful history, the Maltese archipelago has various charming influences to offer. Many small towns or even cities have retained their original charm, which is also framed by picturesque landscapes.
Take advantage of beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes . You should definitely see the “Blue Grotto”, which is world famous due to the clear turquoise water. You can travel to Malta until late September and still find summer temperatures.
If you ever have the feeling that you have already been to Malta, there is a simple explanation for this phenomenon: The beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea is the backdrop for countless films and series . Classics such as “The Count of Monte Christo” or the fantasy series “Game of Thrones” were filmed here.
So far, three monuments from Malta have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the old town of Valletta. Valletta has also been selected by the European Union as the European Capital of Culture 2018 .
General information about Malta
As a country starting with letter M listed on COUNTRYAAH.COM, the Republic of Malta consists of several islands, of which Malta is the largest with a length of 27 kilometers. The island state is made up of the three inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino and the uninhabited tiny islands of Cominotto, Filfla, St. Paul’s Islands and Fungus Rock. The capital of Malta, Valletta, is located on the island of Malta. With an area of 316 square kilometers, Malta is officially one of the miniature states.
In Malta, we are used to Central European Time CET.
Climate and travel times
The average annual temperature in Malta is around 18.7 ° C and is very evenly distributed over the year. However, the summer can get very hot – temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius are not uncommon here. This time of year is best for sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts. Light clothing and, of course, swimwear are essential in your luggage. Even at night it rarely cools down, but you should have a light jacket with you.
Due to its location in the Mediterranean, however, it can rain briefly and heavily at any time of the year. Especially in spring and autumn there can be large temperature fluctuations: as long as the sun is shining, it is relatively warm; However, as soon as dusk falls, the sea breeze can make it very cool. The bathing friends among you can usually enjoy the sun and a warm Mediterranean until the end of November.
Climate table (Valletta)
|Maximum temperature||15 °||15 °||16 °||18 °||21 °||26 °||29 °||30 °||27 °||24 °||20 °||16 °|
|Minimum temperature||10 °||10 °||11 °||13 °||15 °||19 °||22 °||22 °||22 °||19 °||15 °||12 °|
|Hours of sunshine||5h||6h||7h||9h||10h||11h||12h||11h||9h||8h||6h||5h|
|Water temperature||15 °||15 °||15 °||16 °||19 °||21 °||24 °||25 °||24 °||21 °||19 °||17 °|
Travel preparations for Malta
Since Malta is part of the European Union, citizens of other EU countries do not need a visa to enter the country. Citizens of all other countries who are resident in Germany can get their visa at the Embassy of Malta in Berlin. If you want to stay in Malta for more than 90 days during a language trip to Malta, please also contact the embassy.
It is best to take your passport or ID with you as proof of identity. Make sure that the ID is still valid for at least six months after your return journey. Children under 16 years of age require a child ID card with a picture or must be entered in a parent’s passport. Travel and safety information for Malta can be found on the relevant website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Malta has been a member of the Schengen area since 2007, so there are no border controls at Malta International Airport. Travelers who have a Schengen visa do not need a Maltese visa to enter the country.
In 2008 the Maltese lira was replaced by the euro. As is typical for the euro currency, the Maltese euro also has motifs typical of the country on the back. The copper-colored cent coins, for example, show an altar of the megalithic temples. The golden cent coins show the coat of arms of Malta and the 1 and 2 euro coins show the George Cross.
Special vaccinations are not required when entering Malta. In the event that you have to seek treatment from a doctor or in a hospital, you should take out international health insurance with your health insurance company or obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
The tap water in Malta is not of drinking water quality. Since there is little groundwater on the island, it is mostly desalinated and partly chlorinated seawater. However, you can safely use the water for cooking and brushing your teeth.
The high temperatures are unfamiliar to many, so that it is not uncommon for circulatory problems to occur. The Malta travel guide advises: Drink enough.
The sun is also quite intense and sunscreen with a high sun protection factor is a must. If you are exposed to intense radiation for a long time, a hat should not be missing.