Malta

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Malta is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km south of Italy, 284 km east of Tunisia. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 km2, Malta is the world's tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated sovereign country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km². The official and national language is Maltese, which is descended from Sicilian Arabic that developed during the Emirate of Sicily, while English serves as the second official language.




"Malta (, (listen); Maltese: [ˈmɐltɐ]), officially known as the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta' Malta) and formerly Melita, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. With a population of about 515,000 over an area of 316 km2 (122 sq mi), Malta is the world's tenth smallest country in area and fourth most densely populated sovereign country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km2 (0.31 sq mi). The official and national language is Maltese, which is descended from Sicilian Arabic that developed during the Emirate of Sicily, while English serves as the second official language.

Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled the islands, including the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British. Most of these foreign influences have left some sort of mark on the country's ancient culture.

Malta became a British colony in 1813, serving as a way station for ships and the headquarters for the British Mediterranean Fleet. It was besieged by the Axis powers during World War II and was an important Allied base for operations in North Africa and the Mediterranean.

The British Parliament passed the Malta Independence Act in 1964, giving Malta independence from the United Kingdom as the State of Malta, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and queen. The country became a republic in 1974. It has been a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations since independence, and joined the European Union in 2004; it became part of the eurozone monetary union in 2008.

Malta has had Christians since the time of Early Christianity, though was predominantly Muslim while under Arab rule, who tolerated Christians. Norman rulers expelled all Muslims who did not convert, and Aragonese rulers expelled unconverted Jews. Today, Catholicism is the state religion, but the Constitution of Malta guarantees freedom of conscience and religious worship.Malta is a tourist destination with its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni, Valletta, and seven megalithic temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world." Wikipedia






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Valletta
4.5

A gorgeous oldy woldy city but beautiful and ornate. A british feel to it with a bit of its own character. So much to see.

Pretty Bay
2.7

Not a great stopover. Very industrial and not much to see. Nightlights of tankers were pretty though.

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Nautica Yacht Charter
1 . Nautica Yacht Charter
2.5

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Valletta
1 . Valletta
(Malta Island )
3.5

A popular city is steeped in history on the north-eastern coast of Malta. Valletta is Europe's smallest capital city densely populated and retains the aged beauty of limestone buildings despite the...

Birzebbuga
2 . Birzebbuga
(Malta Island )
2.6

An historic and popular scenic town on the east of Malta. Home to a sandy beach in the southern end of a large bay.

Marsaskala
3 . Marsaskala
(Malta Island )
2.5

A built up but pretty town on the eastern tip of Malta, home to a long natural bay that is a busy mooring location. The quayside offers many restaurants and is a short walk into the old town to th...

Marsaxlokk
4 . Marsaxlokk
(Malta Island )
2.5

A popular and pretty fishing village on the east of Malta at the northern head of a large bay.

Zurrieq
5 . Zurrieq
(Malta Island )
2.5

An old town on the south-eastern end of Malta set back a short distance from the coast and south of the airport.

Mellieha
6 . Mellieha
(Malta Island )
2.5

A small popular town on the eastern side of the north tip of Malta. On the southern side of a large bay with a sandy beach.

Bugibba
7 . Bugibba
(Malta Island )
2.5

A sea-side resort on the astern side of the northern tip of Malta. Popular with tourists.

Sliema
8 . Sliema
(Malta Island )
2.5

A commercial and residential town on the northern coast of Malta close to Valletta.

Saint Julian
9 . Saint Julian
(Malta Island )
2.5

A popular tourist town on the northern coast of Malta also known as San Giljan.

Comino
10 . Comino
(Kemmunett Island )
2.5

A tiny village (a few houses and 1 hotel) on the northern coast of the island.

Mgarr
11 . Mgarr
(Gozo Island )
2.5

An agricultural village on the southern side of Gozo. Home to a local harbour and ferry to Cirkewwa on Malta.

Marsalforn
12 . Marsalforn
(Gozo Island )
2.5

A small popular town on the northern coast of Gozo built around a small bay.

Victoria
13 . Victoria
(Gozo Island )
2.5

A small city in the centre of the island. Also known as Rabat.

Xlendi
14 . Xlendi
(Gozo Island )
2.5

A village on the southern coast of Gozo built around a valley and bay.

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