UniEel Experiencing: Malta

Malta is a small island-country located in Southern Europe. The nation features an impressive landscape – and is based on Islands. Malta therefore doesn’t share any physical borders, only having maritime borders with Italy and Tunisia. The main religion of Malta is Roman Catholicism. Malta enjoys a warm climate, with its winters relatively warm, and summers often frequenting 30 degrees plus. The population of Malta is approximately 445,000. There is a lot to see and do in this country. Overall, Malta is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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QUICK FACTS

Nation: Malta
Continent: Europe
Capital: Valletta
Land Mass: 122 square miles
Population: 445,000
Religion: Roman Catholicism
Language: Maltese
Currency: Euro

 

Malta boasts an interesting history. The roots of the country can be dated back to 5200 BC! Following various religion influences – the country became Christianised in 1249. Napoleon helped France to control the country by 1798, though British influence enabled Malta to take back control just two years later. Malta subsequently became a colony of the United Kingdom. They gained independence in 1964, with 1979 witnessing the final withdrawal of British military personnel. The country enjoyed several strides forward, culminating in 2004, when Malta joined the European Union. By 2008, Malta were a part of the Eurozone. Malta, given its warm climate and picturesque sights, attracts several tourists year-on-year.

 

Things to Do and See:
While Malta may be a small country, there is still plenty to do. There are numerous beaches which are perfect for relaxing in the warm weather. Some of the most popular tourist hot-spots include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and Ggantija- host of traditional temples – a must for any history fan! Moreover, Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum hosts an excavated prehistoric burial site, which is an interesting sight. The capital Valletta is a busy city with much to see and do – with the National Museum of Archaeology recommended. Blue Lagoon Bay features tranquil views. The city of Birkirkara is also recommended. A great thing about Malta is how easy it is to transport from location to location – making it perfect for travelling on a budget.

 

Malta is a stunning location to visit. As shown in this article, Malta certainly is an interesting country. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Malta, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Malta, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Malta at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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