Archive for the ‘Malta’ Category

A Coast to Boast About – Times of Malta

June 20, 2011

Photo: Mario Galea/MTA

Gozo has been named one of the best 10 destinations among 50 chosen by a jury that evaluated 500 coastal regions in nine southern European countries.

This was announced during the Quality Coast 2011 – Southern European Top 50 awards ceremony in Kouklia, Cyprus.

Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono was presented with a certificate, which, she said, would serve as a means to advertise Gozo as a tourist destination.

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About Malta

June 1, 2010
 At the geographical and cultural crossroad between West and East, North and South, Arab and Western Culture in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta – and its smaller sister island Gozo – is ideally situated to act as a commercial hub and stepping base for regional and continental expansion.

Malta is located about 96 km south of Italy and 290 km north of Libya. The capital city is Valletta where our Head Office is located.

Malta, and its two sister islands, boast of pre historical monuments – predating the Egyptian pyramids – and other unique neolithic sites; its architecture dates from Roman to Norman times and from magnificent Baroque edifices to modern structures.

Malta’s history is laced with the glorious story of the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John. Based on its past European culture, Malta is now formally part of the EU (2004). With a strong sound economy (the currency is Euro ” € “) and relatively high social standard of living, Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate with clear blue seas, sun and beaches – sandy and otherwise – and an interesting typical countryside and reputably healthy cuisine. Malta has an area of 246 square kilometers, a population of around 400,000 and 1,200,000 tourists annually. The Maltese are friendly and hospitable. Maltese, English and Italian are spoken fluentlyVehicles drive on the left hand side of the road: public picturesque transport is available. The Maltese real estate, with property enjoying beautiful sea and locally typical scenic views and surroundings, has proven to be an extremely sound and profitable business. Real estate prices have always steadily increased. It is expected that such an investment will retain and increase its value due to the islands limited space.

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My Second Home is My Castle in Malta – Article by Ron & Alexandra Siegel of Napa Consultants, International

October 26, 2009


Most vacation home buyers associate the island lifestyle with white sand beaches, tropical climate and also the escape from civilization. For those of you who would rather immerse yourselves in an island experience that is also rich in history and culture with year-round temperate climate, consider the Mediterranean island country of Malta for your next home.


Centrally located at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, just below Sicily, Malta is easily accessible from all major European and North African cites. A member of the European Union, Malta, with its relatively low cost of living,  genuinely friendly people who speak English as one of two official languages, is politically stable, and is also one of the safest places in the area.

For  sports enthusiasts, Malta has it all, from country club sports such as golf, tennis and squash, to water sports including world class scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing and sailing, to mountain biking and hiking among ancient ruins. The variety of cultural experiences such as a carnival that dates back to the 16th century,  the world’s most successful Kung Fu show, music, dance and theatrical events, set Malta  apart, not just as a wonderful island to visit, but also great place to live.


Malta also enjoys a stable property market with outstanding tax advantages for foreign buyers. An exemplary Maltese property currently on market is an impressive castle built in the early 1900’s. It is one of the architectural jewels of Rabat in Malta the other major island of the Maltese archipelago. The castle lies at the edge of an elevated plateau with spectacular 360 degree views from all four towers. It is surrounded by approximately 13,500 square meters of beautifully landscaped gardens and is enclosed within high protective walls. Complimenting this castle is a beautiful private chapel—the Rotunda church of St. Maria—that can be seen from miles away.

According to Carl Peralta of 77 Great Estates, “Malta is the Mediterranean’s best kept secret; why wouldn’t someone like living in Malta? It is safe & small therefore proximity to beaches & work/schools is an advantage. Everyone speaks English and schools including University enjoy an extremely high level of education ideal for kids. Foreigners find it easy to purchase real estate in Malta”


Carl Peralta

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VisitMalta – official tourism website for Malta

October 6, 2009

VisitMalta is the official tourism website for Malta, Gozo and Comino.  You will find information on various topics listed hereunder including Malta’s events such as annual festivals & traditions, an events’ calendar and an option to register your event.


  What to See & Do
In Malta, you’ll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You’ll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands’ mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom.Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you.   And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best.In just 48 hours and a kilometre or two, you can try a new sport, laze on an island cruise and tour the most important historic sites, and still have time to join in the nightlife. That’s the real advantage of a stay here.The Islands offer plenty of specialist holidays for those seeking to learn a new skill, discover history or get fit. If you’re interested in sports, we cater as much for the seasoned enthusiast as the casual first-timer. Malta has wellness and spa facilities at the luxury hotels and club resorts.  Sea and land lend themselves to activities from rock-climbing to gentle rambling.For a tempo and scene change from Malta itself, hop to the sister islands of Gozo and Comino. Here, you’ll holiday within a holiday and at the most relaxed of Mediterranean paces.



Useful Information

Do I need a visa to visit Malta? Is driving in Malta on the left or on the right?  Answers to these and many other questions can be found in this section, together with travel tips, currency and bank information and much more. All those little details that put your mind at rest before you travel, as well as information you may need while you’re here.

Buying Property
 Currency & Banks 
General Info
Getting Here
STAR Awards
 Tour Operators 
 Tourist Guides 
 Useful Numbers 


  Business Travel
Not many destinations have thousands of years’ experience as a meeting place.   But the Maltese Islands have played host to everyone from St Paul to latter-day presidents and from EU conferences to small groups.  Whatever the size, formality or informality of your event, Malta has the expertise and venues to suit.The Islands offer a variety of magnificent castles, palazzos and forts as function venues.  Other special settings include theme parks, village squares, luxury yachts and exclusive sea-front facilities.State-of-the-art conference hotels or venues are available for any size of event, and include the 16th century Mediterranean Conference Centre, once considered the most advanced hospital in Europe.  We can easily host gatherings of well over a thousand.The Islands are not only a place to meet, but also an ideal location in which to do business. 


  Language Learning
A twist of fate and 160 years of history gave the Islands its legacy of English.  That, together with an excellent climate and the option to turn learning into a holiday, make Malta ideal for studying English.Apart from life in the classroom, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practise the living language.  Malta is one of only a few truly bilingual countries.  English language newspapers, books and magazines are sold everywhere, and much of the Islands’ cultural programme is in English.You’ll have two holidays in one: language learning and a Mediterranean experience.  Here, you’ll find that warm, southern hospitality blends perfectly with Anglo-Saxon traditions to create a charm unique to the Islands.Enjoy a backdrop of unrivalled weather, stunning scenery and all sorts of activities from sports to cultural tours.  All language schools organise extra-curricula programmes to help you make more of your stay by getting to know the country and its people.



Gozo & Comino

Some beautiful treasures are waiting to be discovered…Find out about the Sister Islands of Gozo and Comino, about how easy it is Getting There and Getting Around, about the choice of accommodation available Where To Stay (from Hotels to Farmhouses. read about What To See and Do, check out useful information about Services and Contacts and don’t forget to visit the Gallery. A good place to start is probably the Interactive Map





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