Malta actually consists of five islands: Gozo, Comino, Cominotto, Filfola and Malta itself. The capital Valletta is located on the largest island of Malta. In this 'city of the knights' most of the sights are grouped around the main boulevard. The location in the Mediterranean between the European Mediterranean countries and North Africa has ensured that culture and architecture have influences from the various surrounding countries.
Malta International Airport (MIA) at Luqa, is the only international airport of Malta. Almost all tourists who leave for Malta arrive on the island via this airport. Luqa airport is quite compact, but also modern and is located about 8 kilometers from capital Valletta.
Air Malta plc is the national airline of Malta, based in Luqa. It provides services to 36 destinations in Europe and North Africa. The airline's hub and base is at Malta International Airport, Malta.
Ryanair is the most popular airline company when it comes to low budget flights. The Irish company connects several European cities, including Valletta. This makes Malta a budget option for tourists looking for a sunny holiday destination.
From New York, Malta can be reached in 12 hours and 30 minutes. London has a flight time of 3 hours and 10 minutes. There are several airlines offering direct flights to London. New York requires a stopover.
The historic capital Valletta is without a doubt one of the highlights of the island of Malta. The streets of Valletta are definitely worth a walk of at least half a day. A museum that you can visit is the National Museum of Fine Arts. This impressive museum is housed in a rococo building from the sixteenth century in which a large art collection is shown to the visiting public.
The town of Mdina is centrally located on the island of Malta. This completely walled place mainly consists of buildings that date back to the Middle Ages and the Baroque. The town that has less than five hundred inhabitants is almost car-free, which enhances the authentic atmosphere. The way to explore Mdina is therefore through a walk that takes you past the various churches, monasteries, residences and palaces.
Between the islands of Malta and Gozo is the blue lagoon that has simply been named Blue Lagoon. A day trip to this breathtaking lagoon is one of the top excursions in Malta. In the summer months it is therefore very busy with boats in the Blue Lagoon.
The island of Gozo offers what the island of Malta hardly has to offer: tranquility, space and idyllic villages. If you stay in Malta, it is definitely advisable to make a ferry crossing, especially if you enjoy walking.
Malta is a hotspot for sunseekers, making it a popular destination for mass tourism. This makes that there are several big hotel resorts on the island. However, if you want to travel sustainable and support local economy, it is better to stay in smaller, local hotels.