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What to see in Malta? Architectural and cultural monuments of Vallettaand Mdina; Mnajdra and Hagar Qim; wrecks the Polynesian, the Imperial Eagle, the HMS Stubborn, and the Karwela; the Santa Marija Caves; the Blue Hole; and Wied Iz Zurrieq.

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Malta is a Southern European country located on an archipelago of a few islands in the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Sicily. The total area of the country is only 316 square kilometers with the population of 450 thousand people. The capital of the country is Valletta.

Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English.

The national currency is the Euro.

Malta has a Subtropical–Mediterranean climate with mild winters and very warm summers. The beach season continues from the end of April to the end of October. The terrain of the country mostly consists of rocky plains. The coastline has many cliffs and bays that are good harbors.

Malta is a very popular tourist destination – about 1.6 million people visit it every year. On a small territory of Malta there are a lot of beaches, historic sites, Neolithic temples, holiday resorts and places of entertainment. Distances are short and it doesn’t take much time to get from one tourist attraction to another. Those who want bigger concentration of sights can focus on Valletta, having about 320 historic monuments within an area of 55ha. Connoisseurs of medieval atmosphere will like Mdina with its narrow streets and fascinating old buildings. Those who are fond of more ancient history should see Mnajdra and Hagar Qim, prehistoric temples built between 3600BC and 2500BC. Malta gives a perfect opportunity to slow your pace of life, relax and enjoy the stunning views, rural tranquility, sunny beaches and turquoise sea.


Malta International Airport (MLA) is the only airport in Malta. It is located 5 km southwest of Valletta.

Diving in Malta

Malta is one of the most popular diving destinations in the Mediterranean, and this is explained not only by huge numbers of colorful marine inhabitants, but also by lots of interesting wrecks and extraordinary underwater landscapes.

The most interesting wrecks include the Polynesian, a 152-meter ship built in 1890 and sunk in 1918; the 257-tonn Imperial Eagle, near which you can see the famous statue of Jesus Christ raising his arms to the sky; the WWII bomber wreck, located at a depth of 42 meters; The HMS Stubborn, a British s-class submarine sunk in 1946; the HMS Maori wreck, located at a depth of 14 and inhabited by Flying Gurnard fish, Moray eels and octopuses; off Gozo Island you can see three wrecks close together: the double-ended car ferry Xlendi, the passenger ferry Karwela and a tourist boat Cominoland; the P29, sunk in 2007 and the Rozi, a 40 meter long tug boat, deliberately sunk in 1992.

Those who are interested in cave diving will like the Santa Marija Caves with their crystal clear water and max depth of about 10m; the coral gardens of the Blue Hole; the 80m long tunnel of the inland sea; the beautiful cove of Ghar Lapsi; an underwater cave in the Anchor Bay, inhabited by rockfish, starfish, moray eels, salemas and groupers and Wied Iz Zurrieq, where you will find caves, colourful sponges and many different species of fish.

The water visibility off Malta is great – about 30 meters.