IS MALTA PART OF THE EU?
Yes, Malta is, in fact, part of the European Union after joining in 2004. Malta is also in the euro zone having adopted the new “European currency” on the 1st of January 2008.
DOES MALTA HAVE A NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM?
Yes, it does. In fact, sports is a very big part of Maltese culture, most notably; football (soccer).
Although small in size, Malta does have a national team and even a local league with Maltese teams in it.
Unfortunately though, Malta’s football team is, at the time of writing, sitting in the 163 position in the Fifa World Rankings.
WHICH ARE THE BEST BEACHES IN MALTA?
We may not be great at soccer, but for beaches; we can compete with the best out there.
If you want to know what beaches to visit, we highly recommend;
- Ghadira (which is the biggest beach in Malta).
- Ramla l-Ħamra (Ared beach in Gozo – yes a RED beach).
- Paradise Bay (a picturesque little bay in the North of Malta)
- St George’s Bay (A buzzing beach in the heart of Malta and a few steps away fromInterContinental, Malta).
HOW TO GET TO MALTA?
Seeing as how Malta is an island right in the middle of the Mediterranean, you can only get to Malta either by plane or by boat.
There’s a ferry connecting Malta to Sicily (and the rest of Europe) and multiple (low-cost) airlines offering multiple routes in and out of the island.
HOW TO GET TO GOZO?
Gozo is Malta’s little sister island, and it’s just a 20 min ferry ride away from the main island.
You can also visit Gozo via a helicopter, but it’s much easier (and much more affordable) to go with the ferry – or a jet ski if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you plan on visiting Gozo, see our list of top things to do in Gozo here.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHURCHES IN MALTA?
A common question we get asked a lot from tourists is why are there so many churches in Malta?
The reason being is that Malta is a very religious Christian country and the town churches were the highlight of the country for many, many years.
You’d be surprised to know that there are a staggering 365 churches in Malta that you can visit.
WHY WAS MALTA INVOLVED IN BOTH WORLD WARS?
Due to its central location between Europe and Africa, many empires through the ages saw Malta as the perfect naval base on the doorstep of 2 major continents.
Also, since Malta was a British colony in both world wars, the islands were attacked regularly by “the enemy”. Luckily, Malta held its footing and was never captured or conquered during both world wars (although it came very, very close).
HOW’S THE WEATHER IN MALTA?
Malta is said to have the best weather in the world, that’s not according to us, but according to Azure.com.
It’s true; the weather in Malta is as good as it can get with average temperatures being around 15 in Winter and 30 in Summer with very little rain only during the Winter months.
WHAT IS MALTA FAMOUS FOR?
Malta is famous for many things such as the food, the lifestyle, the history, its tiny size, and more.
However, something that gets a lot of attention overseas lately is the Azure Window which is a natural rock formation that can be found in Gozo.
This was made famous by a scene in Game Of Thrones and thousands of fans and tourists visit this now-iconic landmark each and every year.
HOW DID MALTA GET ITS FLAG?
It is said that Malta got its flag from King Roger the First of Sicily when he first colonised the island in 1090.
As for the George Cross, it came much later and was awarded to Malta for the bravery of its people (during the war) in 1964 by King George of England.
Thank you very much for reading this post. We hope these random, yet informative FAQs about Malta has provided you with some basic knowledge before you visit the islands soon.
We look forward to hosting you at InterContinental Malta and if you have any questions, be sure to let us know.