MALTA & SICILY
JUNE 28 - JULY 5, 2017


ABOUT MALTA

The republic of Malta is a small country in the Mediterranean (Europe), is a member state of the European Union (EU) and consists of three larger islands, namely Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is home to ancient Megalithic Temples. These are some of the oldest man-made structures in the world, with some thought to have been built back in 3600 BC, over 5000 years ago. This makes them older than the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge in England.

Language

Malta has two official languages:  Maltese and English. Maltese is spoken by almost the entire population of Malta. Almost 90% of the population speak English. Italian was once the official language of Malta up to 1934, when it was replaced by Maltese and English. Interestingly, more Maltese people speak Italian now than when it was the official language (66% of the population now compared to 14% in 1931).

Religious Culture

If you decide to visit one of Malta’s beautiful churches, make sure you’ve dressed appropriately as a sign of respect. Shorts and t-shirts are fine for men, but women are expected to wear at least a short-sleeved top (rather than a sleeveless singlet). Also, please be quiet inside churches.

 

CURRENCY

Primarily the Euro. Credit cards like VISA, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted, as well as debit bank cards carrying the Cirrus logo.

Electricity

230 Volts, 50Hz. Plug type G (3-pin plugs, UK)

Weather

Average temperatures: 23º C (daytime, annually)

Religion

Roman Catholic