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A five-day programme of colourful floats, children running around in extravagantly designed costumes and parties in the streets and night clubs....


Floats and parades fill the streets in Valletta for this tradition which goes back hundreds of years and which was celebrated even by the Knights...


Saint Joseph, the worker, is celebrated throughout the Catholic world. In Malta the day's celebrations are most vibrant in the town of Rabat....

St. George Basilica Gozo, Malta
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St. George Basilica Gozo, Malta


Malta Travel Guide

Key Facts

316 sq km (122 sq miles).


411,277 (2013).

Population density

1,301.5 per sq km.




Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964.

Head of state

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca since 2014.

Head of government

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat since 2013.


240 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin plugs are in use.

From the MTV music festival in Valletta to abseiling and climbing in Gozo, Malta rocks. Small in size but big in character, Malta offers cool cafes, buzzing night clubs, exhilarating activities, exciting festivals and amazing archaeological wonders, whatever the time of year.

Situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese archipelago, which includes Gozo, Comino, Cominotto and Filfla, exudes character at every turn, from its vibrant blue waters and secluded bays, to medieval walled citadels and splendid baroque churches. Every year, visitors flock to Malta's striking coastline to sample its mouth-watering seafood and immerse themselves in fascinating history, traditional villages and colourful fiestas.
From retracing the footsteps of St Paul to discovering where the Knights of St John defended Christendom, this open-air museum will reveal new surprises to you at every turn.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 29 January 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

The political situation in Libya has resulted in tensions between two offices claiming to represent the Libyan government in Malta. The two buildings are situated near bus stops on Triq L-Abate Rigord in Ta’ Xbiex and Triq L-Imdina in Attard. Take extra care and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations at these locations.

Around 450,000 British tourists visit Malta every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112. If you need urgent consular assistance out of office hours telephone (+356) 2323 0000.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.