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With a civilization that dates back thousands of years, Malta boasts some of the oldest megalithic sites in the world. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, Malta’s islands have long served as a strategic military asset, with the islands at various times having come under control of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, and the French. Most recently a British colony (since 1814), Malta gained its independence in 1964 and declared itself a republic ten years later. While under British rule, the island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination while its key industries moved toward more service-oriented activities. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

Tourism Information...
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The Best of Malta...
Malta's Most Popular Sights...

 Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

  • Comino Island
    • The Blue Lagoon
  •  Gozo
    • Ġgantija Temples
  • Kalkara
    • Fort Rinella
  •  Mdina
    • Old City 
  • Mġarr
    • Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples
  •  Paola
    • Ħal-Safliene Hypogeum
    • Tarxien Temples
  • Qrendi
    • Ħagar Qim Temples
    • Mnajdra Temples
  • Rabat
  • Valletta
    • Lascaris War Rooms
    • St. John’s Co-Cathedral
    • Upper Barrakka Gardens
    • Valletta Waterfront
  • Wied iz-Zurrieq
    • The Blue Grotto
  • Żebbiegħ
    • Skorba Temples

Flag_of_MaltaRegions of Malta…

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Malta Xlokk
 

Country Information...
Great Britain formally acquired Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964; a decade later it declared itself a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination while its key industries moved toward more service-oriented activities. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.
Capital Valletta
Largest City Bikirkara
Government Parliamentary Republic
Currency Euro (€)
Area 316 km² total:ranked 200th
Population 415,196 (July 2016 est.)  ranked 176th
Language Maltese (official) 90.1%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.9% (2005 est.)
Ethnic Groups Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Religion Roman Catholic (official) more than 90% (2011 est.)
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (UK plug)
Country code +356
Internet TLD .mt
Time Zone CET (UTC+1) / Summer CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on the Left
Anthem L-Innu Malti “The Maltese Hymn”
President George Vella
Prime Minister Roberto Abela
Holidays and Observances in Malta in 2020
Date   Name Type
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day Public holiday
Feb 10 Monday Feast of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck Public holiday
Mar 19 Thursday Feast of Saint Joseph Public holiday
Mar 31 Tuesday Freedom Day National holiday
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday Public holiday
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday Observance
Apr 13 Monday Bank Holiday Bank holiday
May 1 Friday Labour Day/May Day Public holiday
Jun 7 Sunday Sette Giugno National holiday
Jun 29 Monday Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Public holiday
Aug 15 Saturday The Feast of Mary’s Assumption Public holiday
Sep 8 Tuesday The Feast of Our Lady of Victories National holiday
Sep 21 Monday Independence Day National holiday
Dec 8 Tuesday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Public holiday
Dec 13 Sunday Republic Day National holiday
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Observance
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day Public holiday
Dec 26 Saturday Boxing Day Observance
Dec 26 Saturday Bank Holiday Bank holiday
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance