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The Maltese Islands

  1. 1. Image: Blue Grotto - Żurrieq - Malta
  2. 2. Main Image:The Valletta Waterfront2
  3. 3. T he Maltese Islands made up of Malta, Gozo and Comino lie at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea just 93 km South of Sicily. This strategic geographical position has translated itself into7,000 years of a very rich and colourful history. Most of the world’sgreatest civilisations that shaped world history have passed through orsettled on the Islands for a spell, and the country’s culture and heritagebear witness to this in every way. The native language, which isMaltese, is of Semitic origin, whilst the grammar stems from Latin andItalian and English words are laced through it. Even the people reflectthis melting pot of cultures in the myriad of complexions to be seen. TheMaltese Islands boast one of the highest concentrations of historic andcultural heritage per km2 in the world. Luckily the Islands are compactenough to offer the convenience of everything being within easy reachenabling you to make the most of your stay. 3
  4. 4. History & CultureMain image:St. John’s Co-CathedralValletta4
  5. 5. 7 000 years of history are quite literally etched in stone, from the ancient Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples, to the unique underground temple and burial grounds of the Hypogeum.In addition, the many beautiful architectural monuments; thelegacy of various schools of architecture bear witness to this,examples of these gems may be seen in the old village coresand in the form of palaces and churches around the islands. StJohn’s co-Cathedral in Valletta is the jewel in the crown of Malta’smonuments. This legacy left behind by the Knights of St John,is home to two of Caravaggio’s most famous paintings. The oldcapital city of Mdina and the ‘new’ capital Valletta are two ofthe ‘must-sees’ in what is a veritable open air showcase of livinghistory! 5
  6. 6. F or their size the Maltese Islands have more shore and boat dive sites within its small radius than any other island or resort. With their natural harbours and bays, shelteredcreeks, cliffs and reefs, the islands invite you to explore anunderwater world of diving sites, a stone’s throw away from oneanother. One can dive in clear waters all year round, with anannual average sea temperature of 18˚C and a visibility of 30m.Malta attracts thousands of divers per annum, who come to divein one of the world’s best diving locations. Above water one maysnorkel lazily with impressive visibility; whilst sailing, abseiling,rock climbing, cycling or trekking are also an option, even inwinter due to a temperate climate. This weather encouragesoutdoor sports and the use of the various outdoor facilities, somuch so that the island is becoming increasingly popular fortraining camps and international events covering various sportsdisciplines. You can spend your stay pretty much outdoors bathedin almost all year round sunshine or swimming in the clearest blueMediterranean Sea!6
  7. 7. Diving, Sports & Activity Main image: Rolex Middle Sea Race at The Grand Harbour (Kurt Arrigo) 7
  8. 8. Events & EntertainmentT he Maltese Islands may not only have a rich and chequered history, but are also renowned for being a fun and cosmopolitan destination. With many top-notch hotels,spas, restaurants and entertainment venues to suit all tastes andbudgets, one is spoilt for choice. Eating out is a treat, not onlyfor the quality and freshness of the food, but for the locations ofsome of the restaurants with spectacular views and backdrops.Religious feasts in Malta and Gozo are colourful events mixingboth the religious with the secular, to offer the visitor a uniqueatmosphere to sample a taste of Malta. The islands are not shortof entertainment either, with an events calendar jam-packed withactivities for people of all ages and with all kinds of preferences;concerts like the Isle of MTV Malta Special, theatrical and musicalperformances, sporting events like the Rolex Middle Sea Race anda myriad of exhibitions, to mention a few, are on all year round.8
  9. 9. Main image:Isle Of MTV Malta Special concertFloriana Granaries 9
  10. 10. Gozo10
  11. 11. Main image: Mġarr Harbour GOZOS ome may say that the island of Gozo is Malta’s prettier little sister, as it is greener and more rural than Malta. Just a 25 minute ferry crossing from Malta or 15 minutesby seaplane, the pace of life feels slower and though smaller,Gozo possesses an equally impressive array of historicalsites, culture and things to do. The world’s oldest standingstructures are to be found here. The World Heritage Site of theGgantija Temples, the oldest standing prehistoric structureon earth dating back over 6,000 years make essential viewingand no visit would be complete without a walk to the fabledCalypso’s cave. Gozo is also favoured by rock climbers andramblers, as its landscape offers great challenges and lovelyviews along the way. The sea and diving sites are none theless impressive too. And if you are a ‘foodie’, the local produceis divine. In addition, just a stone’s throw away is tiny Comino,with the glistening jewel of the Blue Lagoon and its own shareof diving sites and bays to enjoy. 11
  12. 12. M alta and Gozo boast of some very special venues for meetings, incentives, conferences and events. With a number of Quality Assured Destination ManagementCompanies (DMCs) clients can rest assured that programmesfor conferences and incentive groups are individually tailored, inorder to meet event objectives. Malta’s offer includes a nationgifted with a knack for languages, people with creative flair anda solid track record in hosting conference and incentive groups.Indoor and outdoor venues range from the ultra-modern to thehistoric; however both are fitted with state-of-the-art facilities. Interms of outdoor locations, one can float a barge in the amazingGrand Harbour or host a gala dinner in a local quaint piazza,with centuries-old historic buildings as a backdrop. The Islands’suppliers are experienced in organising events which rangefor anything from a couple of hundred people to thousands ofdelegates. The Islands can offer a great event and the warmestMediterranean hospitality possible.Malta: business and more… tailored for you!Main image:Oriflame ConferenceFloriana Granaries12
  13. 13. Conferences & Incentive 13
  14. 14. Learning English Main image: Students at Victoria Gate Valletta14
  15. 15. M alta has a long standing connection with the United Kingdom, having been a colony for almost 200 years, and still a member of the Commonwealth. English isMalta’s second national language alongside endemic Maltese.This legacy has led to a population which as a majority speaks andunderstands English, making Malta an ideal venue to immerseoneself in the language. With some 40 language schools in Maltaand Gozo the choice of where to learn is ample and the diversityof courses on offer for both youths and adults is extensive; avariety of specialized courses for business, hospitality and suchare available. What better way to learn a language than to beable to relax whilst doing it? Whether simply enjoying time outand about, watching a film, eating out or just shopping, onecan practice their language skills in a very natural and practicalmanner. 15
  16. 16. A nd if not already convinced of Malta and Gozo’s diverse product offer, the islands’ are also sought after for weddings. Numerous indoor and outdoor venues areavailable, together with excellent catering choices to satisfy alltastes. In addition tens of thousands of cruise liner passengersget a taste of Malta when arriving in the Mediterranean’sfavoured port of call, the spectacular Grand Harbour. Many returnto visit Malta and experience the Islands for longer. Whateverthe reason you choose to visit Malta, rest assured a warmMediterranean welcome awaits you. But don’t just take our wordfor it!Main image:Cruise Liner entering The Grand Harbourin front of the Siege Bell Memorial16
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  18. 18. Xwejni Bay QbajjarSan Dimitri Bay GOZO Point Gordan Marsalforn Salt Pans Bay Lighthouse ŻEBBUĠ GĦASRI MARSALFORN Ta’ Pinu Basilica Ramla Calypso’s Bay N Cave San Blas GĦARB Bay Azure Inland XAGĦRA Ninu’s Window Sea Cave SAN LAWRENZ Daħlet Qorrot Bay Dwejra Ta’ Kola Tower Ċittadella Fungus Windmill Ġgantija Rock Dwejra KERĊEM Tiġrija Temples Bay i Palazz Gozo Sports NADUR Qala FONTANA VICTORIA General Ground Windmill (RABAT) Hospital QALAWardija Point XEWKIJA Kenura XLENDI Tower Qala Qala GĦAJNSIELEM Battery Xlendi MUNXAR Point Bay Ħondoq COMINO Heliport Ir-Rummien SANNAT MĠARR San Santa (HARBOUR) Niklaw Marija Fort Bay Chambray Bay Ta’ Ċenċ Blue Mġarr Lagoon Ix-Xini Santa Marija Goz Santa Marija Battery o Fe Tower rry Line Mediterranean Sea Aħrax Point White Tower Bay White Tower Armier Bay ĊIRKEWWA Ferretti Battery Paradise Bay Wied Musa Battery Red Tower Għadira Mellieħa Bay Imġiebaħ Nature Bay St. Paul’s Reserve Islands Popeye’s Għajn Ħadid Village Tower Westreme Battery Qawra Point Anchor MELLIEĦA MALTA Bay Mistra Qawra Tower Mediterranean Sea Bay QAWRA Għallis Rocks Salina Bay XEMXIJA ST. PAUL’S BAY Buġibba Temple Għallis Tower Miżieb BUĠIBBA Qrejten Point Simar Nature Wignacourt Qalet Marku MANIKATA Reserve Tower Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq Splash ‘n’ Fun Park Mediterraneo BURMARRAD s Golden Bay Line Madliena Tower oria Vict PEMBROKE Roman Baths BIDNIJA Madliena Battery GĦARGĦUR St. George’s Bay Shooting Range SWIEQI Dragonara Point Ġnejna Bay Lippija s PACEVILLE Tower MĠARR Skorba Line Fort Kaptan Tower oria Mosta ST. JULIANS Vict ŻEBBIEGĦ Bay Street Complex Balluta St James Ta’ Ħaġrat NAXXAR Bay Capua Temples Palazzo Parisio SLIEMA IKLIN SAN ĠWANN Fort s Fomm Ir-Riħ Line MOSTA Bay oria GŻIRA Sliema Ferry Dragut Point Vict Mosta Dome Victoria Lines Mater Dei Hospital Sliema Creek Manoel Marsamxett St. Elmo Point Swatar Island Fort LIJA Harbour Binġemma BALZAN VALLETTA BAĦRIJA Nadur National BIRKIRKARA TA’XBIEX Ricasoli Point Crafts San Anton Palace St. Philip Tower Stadium Main Bus Wied Għammieq Village and Gardens Terminus Grand TA’ QALI Harbour MTARFA ATTARD MSIDA City Gate Fort Rinella Fort St.Rocco National Park SANTA VENERA Chadwick i KALKARA FLORIANA Ricasoli Lakes Domus MDINA Aviation Mrieħel VITTORIOSA Romana Museum SENGLEA i Maritime Museum ĦAMRUN Waterfront XGĦAJRA RABAT St. Paul’s Catacombs/Grotte COSPICUA QORMI MARSA St. Agatha’s Catacombs Kordin Żabbar Horse Race Track Gate St.James Fort St. Leonard Marsa Sports Grounds Mtaħleb ŻEBBUĠ PAOLA FGURA ŻABBAR Ħandaq Hypogeum Żonqor Point Tarxien Temples Verdala TARXIEN Marsascala Bay DINGLI Palace LUQA Bulebel Buskett Gardens SANTA Inquisitor’s Palace LUCIJA MARSASCALA Clapham Razzett tal-Ħbiberija Junction Girgenti SIĠĠIEWI ŻEJTUN Palace St. Thomas Bay M GĦAXAQ AL Arrivals i Lounge TA Għar il-kbir Il-Munxar IN Tas-Silġ TE Laferla RN Cross KIRKOP MARSAXLOKK AT Wardija MQABBA GUDJA IO NA Ta’ San Ġorġ Il-Fawwara LA IR Għar PO Dalam Xrobb RT QRENDI L-Għaġin Fort St. Lucian Mnajdra Ħaġar SAFI BIRŻEBBUĠA Peter’s Pool Qim Il-Misqa Borġ In-Nadur Tal-Ħamrija Fort Għar Lapsi Tower Delimara Ras Ta’Xutu Tower ŻURRIEQ Pretty Bay Il-Ħamrija Wied Iż-Żurrieq Wardija Ras Blue Grotto Tower Tal-Bakkari Malta Delimara Point Bajjada Ħal-Far Freeport Playmobil Funpark Hasan’s Cave Bengħisa Point Wied 18 Iż-Żnuber FILFLA
  19. 19. Useful Websites:• Malta Tourism Authority:• Weather report:• Public Transport• Police Force:• Public Hospital: Information Offices:• Malta International Airport - Arrivals Lounge TEL: (+356) 2369 6073/4• Valletta - 229, Auberge D’Italie, Merchants Street TEL: (+356) 22915 440 - 2• Mdina - Torre Dello Standardo, St. Publius Square TEL: (+356) 2145 4480• Mellieħa - Misraħ iż-Żjara tal- Papa Ġwanni Pawlu II - 26 ta’ Mejju 1990 TEL: (+356) 2152 4666• Valletta Waterfront (Viset), Pinto Wharf TEL: (+356) 2122 0633• Victoria GOZO - No 17, Independence Square, Victoria Gozo TEL: (+356) 22915452 - 3• Customer Enquires -• FREEPHONE - (+356) 8007 2230Overseas Network• Austria• Benelux• Czech Republic• France• Germany• Hungary• Italy• Japan• Poland• Russia• Spain• Nordic Countries• Switzerland• United Kingdom• U.A.E. image by: MTA / Mario Galea - Design by: MTA / Mario GaleaOther photography by: Clive Vella, Daniel Cilia, George Gatt, Karin Brussaard, Kurt Arrigo,Mario Galea, Oriflame Conference, Peter Vanicsek, Raymond Attard, Rene Rossignaud & Ted Attard.Published by The Malta Tourism Authority 19
  20. 20. ENGImage: Gozo By Night - Rabat Victoria