Republic of malta

Repubblika ta' Malta

 

Popeye Village   -   Lighthouse   -   Typical Sweets   -   Citadel Cathedral  -   Maltese Cross   -   Basilica Of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel   -   Malteser   -   Marsaxlokk Port   -   Grand Master’s Palace   -   Grand Harbour Marina in Vittoriosa                                    

CAPITAL

Valetta

35°53′4″N 14°30′25″E

LANGUAGE

Official and national languages:

Maltese

English

Italian

POPULATION

April 2018 - 422,565

AREA

316 km2

CURRENCY

Euro

World Heritage Sites

3

Malta is an island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The country is one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries. It lies in Southern European 80 km south of Italy. Valletta, the capital of Malta is at 0.8 km2 the smallest national capital in the European Union by area. Its location in the middle of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British have all ruled the island once.

The first signs of human habitation and cultural development in Malta date back more than 7,000 years. This is older than the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Wall in China! Therefore, it is not surprising that the ancient streets make the island seem like a picturesque open-air museum. The walled city of Mdina has a rich and colorful history dating back to 4,000 years. The capital Valletta is so beautiful that the whole city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Malta is the island of relaxation and adventure with countless sandy and rocky beaches, picturesque bays and spectacular cliffs where colorful fishing boats float in the crystal clear waters. Prehistoric temples and fortifications, churches and palaces from the time of the Knights of St. John promise the visitor a relaxing as well as varied holiday.