GENERAL INFORMATION……Malta , Gozo and Comino are 3 islands situatedin the middle of the mediterranean sea , exactlyunder Sicily .Malta is 17.5miles (28.2km) long and 8.3 miles(13.4km) wide .Gozo is 5 miles (8km) distant from Malta .It is9miles(14.5km) long and 4.5miles(7.2km) wide.Comino is 1mile squared (2.5km squared )
……moreThe population is around 400,000 .We have a pretty hot climate , unlike othercountries , snow is never seen in Malta . Thehighest temperature ever recorded in Malta is+43.8c , whilst the lowest is 1.5 c .We are Catholics and was introduced in Maltaby Saint Paul when he was shipwrecked onthese islands around 60 after Christ .We have 2 main languages : Maltese & English .
THE FLAG The cross on the white part of the flag is the George Cross . It was given to Malta by King George VI for the “heroism showed by the Maltese population” when it resisted German and Italian attacks in World War II.
Some History Man first arrived in Malta around 5200BC probably from nearby Sicily. Prior to 1964 when we obtained our independence Malta was invaded and ruled by various empires , including : Arabs , Romans , Normans , French , British and others . Each of these civilisations left temples and other monuments which can be viewed even today as the one on the left . Interesting to know that the oldest free standing building in the World was found in Gozo and it is still available to be viewed to this day .
OLD CAPITAL CITYThe old capital of Malta is Mdina. It is an interesting and typical medievaltown situated in the centre of the island. The "Silent City", as it is alsoknown, commands a magnificent view of the Island and although it is fullyinhabited, silence reigns supreme.It is thought to have been first populated by the Phoenicians around 1000BC. When Malta came under the Romans, the Governor chose to build hisPalace there and it housed the government. The city earned its present dayname from the Saracens who came to Malta around 870 AD. Theysurrounded the city with thicker walls, separating it from its nearest town,Rabat.Today, mercifully it is mainly off limits to cars and there is a calmingatmosphere as you walk along its narrow streets and ways, passing bysome of the best Norman and Baroque architecture on the island. SeveralPalaces are situated here, most serving as private homes. The Cathedral isworth visiting and is fronted by a large square, the only open space youllfind.
OUR CAPITAL CITY: VALLETTAValletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It is the "modern" city builtby the Knights of St John; a masterpiece of the baroque; a European Art City; and aWorld Heritage City. But these are just some of its faces and fortunes.Valletta is also Maltas capital city: a living, working city, the administrative andcommercial heart of the Islands. Nowhere in Malta is the life of the Islands reflectedmore than here. The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere. The gridof narrow streets house some of Europes finest art works, churches and palaces.
OUR CAPITAL CITY: VALLETTAValletta hosts a vast cultural programme. Street events are stagedagainst the citys magnificent baroque architecture and floodlitbastions. There is theatre and music and all manner of things to seeand join in, from avant garde art to traditional church festas. The cityis a delight to shop in: narrow side streets are full of tiny shopsselling antiques, maps, books, prints and jewellery.Walking around Valletta, youll come across an intriguing historicalsite around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coatsof arms high up on parapets. And when you need to stop and take itall in, the city yields up squares, courtyards, gardens and anynumber of cafés, right on cue.