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Capital, major cities: Capital – Valletta
Main resorts: Sliema, St. Julian’s, Bugibba, Aura, Mellieha, Marfa, Chirkeua, Marsaskala.

time difference with Minsk – 1 hour behind

telephone code – 356

currency – Maltese lira / LM (1 lira = 100 cents) 1 LM = ~2.97 USD = ~2.36 EUR

the cost of a “typical” dinner – 3-5 LM

tips – 10% of the order value

car rental per day – 10-20 LM

official language – The official languages ​​are Maltese and English. The Maltese understand Italian, there is no need to talk about Russian-speaking staff in hotels.

the population is about 400 thousand people.

Beach holiday

According to DIGOPAUL, Malta can rightly be proud of itself – even if it takes up little space, but what it has is of quite good quality. These are English language schools, and hotels with an adequate level, albeit a little “slow” service, and a variety of entertainment that the country can offer picky tourists. If you want to move – no problem: diving, “excursion”, endless parties. They crave peace and tranquility – and for such there is a suitable place – an island with a population of no more than ten people. And as a bonus – a clean beautiful sea, mild climate and delicious cuisine.

medical and wellness tours

There are several thalassotherapy centers in Malta. SPA Mediterranee at the Hotel Fortina SPA Resort 5 * offers anti-stress and wellness programs, Thalgo Marine Cure Center at the Kempinski San Lawrenz & SPA 5 * hotel on the island of Gozo – wellness and beauty programs, Athenaeum at the Corinthia Palace 5 * hotel – recovery, Appolo Club (Corinthia San Gorg Hotel 5 *) – beauty programs. There are also centers at the Barcelo Riviera Resort & SPA 4 * in Marfa and Hotel Antonine & SPA 4 * in Mellieha.

main resorts

The main resorts: Sliema, St. Julians, Bugibba, Aura, Mellieha, Marfa, Chirkeua, Marsaskala.

Flight

The airport is located 6 km from Valletta, in the southeast of Malta. There are no charter flights. Regular AirMalta flights from Moscow fly on Fridays all year round, and in the summer season even on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays (flights on each of these days stop at some point – you need to check with the carrier for details). In the summer there is also a regular Aeroflot flight on Fridays and Tuesdays. The duration of the flight is about 4-4.5 hours, depending on the flight and airline.
KLM flights via Amsterdam, Lufthansa via Frankfurt or other foreign airlines with transit landing are possible.

Desired phones

Embassy of the Russian Federation: Ariel House, Anthony Schembri Str., Kappara, San Gwann; tel.: (356) 21-371-905, 21-371-906, 21-371-907; fax: (356) 21-372-131
Embassy of Malta: 117049 Moscow, Koroviy Val 7, office 219; tel. (495) 237-1939, 230-2524; fax: (495) 237-2158
Police, ambulance, fire department: 191 or 112
Malta Tourism Authority: 229, Merchants’ Street, Valletta CMR 02; tel.: (356) 22-915-000; fax: (356) 22-915-893
Maltese Tourism Office in Moscow: Koroviy Val, 7, building 1, under. 6, office 178, tel. (495) 980-7180, 980-7181
Air Malta: Central office phone: (356) 21-229-990; fax: (356) 21-673-241
Aeroflot: Regency House, Republic Str., Valletta; tel.: (356) 21-232-641; fax: (356) 21-240-673
Call from Minsk: 8-10-356-phone number.

Transport

Malta has an excellent bus service – the entire island is covered with routes. The interval is 10-15 minutes, they go strictly according to the schedule. Most buses run from 6:00 to 23:00. The driver takes the fare (at the final stops, the conductor does this), and to get out, you need to pull a special cord connected to the bell, or press the button by the window. All stops are on demand, it is not difficult to stop a bus on the route by simply “voting” on the side of the road, but you can just stand at the bus stop – the bus must stop. On average, one trip costs from 8 to 20 Maltese cents, “direct” express – 30-40 cents.
There are ferry services between Malta, Gozo and Comino. Ferries run from 6:00-6:45 to 23:00 with an interval of 20 minutes (from June to October around the clock). The fare is 1.5-1.75 LM for an adult and 50 Maltese cents for a child. Boats (regular and excursion) also go between all coastal cities.
Taxis are common but very expensive. Black cars work only on order (payment by meter and service in general is better). In white taxis, the price is set by the driver, with whom it is necessary to negotiate the fare in advance. This taxi is more expensive than the black one, but you can bargain with the driver. Rates depend on the time of day. You can take a taxi only at the parking lots.

Transport rental

Depending on the season, rental period and car model, they are 10 LM per day in winter and 15-20 LM per day in summer, including mileage and insurance. Local offices accept cash and almost never require a credit card. In the offices of large international networks Avis, Hertz, Budget or Eurocar, prices are usually two to three times higher and a credit card is required.
All valid national and international driving licenses are recognized in Malta but must be approved by the Police Department in Floriana. Under Maltese law, driving is allowed from the age of 18, but many companies do not issue rentals to people under 25 and over 70 years old.
You can rent a scooter in the same place as a car, only jet skis are not fully insured, so the rent is almost the same as the cost of a car, from 5 to 7 LM per day. A deposit in the form of a credit card or 50 LM in cash is required.
Driving a scooter in Malta requires a driver’s license.
Driving in Malta is on the left. The speed limit is 80 km/h on highways and 50 km/h in cities.
The condition of the main roads in Malta is good. The names of many Maltese settlements are quite long and difficult to pronounce, so they are often abbreviated. This should be taken into account when reading maps or transport routes. For example, Birkirkara is more often referred to as B`Kara, Marsaskala – M`Skala, Birzebbuja – B`Budzhia, etc.
Pedestrian crossings are marked not only by stripes on the pavement, but also by two orange lights (one on each side of the street), as well as night illumination.
In no case should you stand along the yellow line, near bus stops and in places “for the disabled” (marked with the inscription “Disabled”).
Driving in the historic center of Valletta is prohibited.

Safety

Malta has a traditionally low crime rate. Pickpocketing and bag theft are relatively rare, with theft and theft from parked cars occasionally occurring. It is not recommended to leave valuables in the car, and large sums of money and documents should be kept in the hotel safe. The policemen speak excellent English and are very friendly, you can always contact them – both with a statement about car theft, and just for help.

Electricity

Triple-plug 13-amp rectangular sockets are used. The mains voltage is 220/240 V, 50 Hz, while in hotels the voltage is usually indicated on special plates. There are both two- and three-pole sockets. The adapter can be obtained at the hotel reception for a deposit of 1 LM or bought. In upscale hotels, the adapter is already in the room.

Climate

Mediterranean, with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. The average temperature in summer is +28°C, in winter +16°C. In Malta, even in the winter months C. In May, the water temperature ° water temperature does not drop below +14 +19°C, in June +21°C, in July +25°C, in August +26°C, in September +25 °C, in October +22°C.
There are no rivers or mountains in Malta. The fields descending in terraces from the slopes of the hills, separated by low stone walls, are the most characteristic feature of the local landscapes.

Beaches

The coastline of Malta is very indented and forms many bays and coves. Here you can find a place near the sea for every taste – there are sandy and rocky beaches, civilized ones where you can rent a sun lounger or sun lounger, and wild beaches where you can enjoy the soft sound of the waves away from the bustle and crowds. There are practically no ebbs and flows, underwater currents, there are no dangerous fish or jellyfish for bathing.
Many hotels located near the sea have their own private beaches, which their guests use for free. For everyone else, the entrance to such beaches is paid (from 2 LM). In addition, there are private beaches, the so-called Beach Club, which do not belong to hotels. There is an entrance fee for everyone. Private beaches are equipped with sun loungers and parasols, many have water sports centers.
Sandy beaches: Mellieha Bay, also called Ghadira, is a long sandy strip near the town of Mellieha in the north of the island. Sandy flat bottom, shallow water of about 50 m. This is a great place to relax with children. On the beach there is a rental of sunbeds, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, kiosks with drinks and light snacks, cafes, restaurants, rental of water skis, windsurfers, canoes, sea bikes, scooters, parachuting, riding a “banana”.
Golden Bay is located on the west coast. This is a beautiful sandy bay between two capes. Services on the beach – exactly the same set as that of Mellieha Bay.
Ain Tuffieha Bay (Ghajn Tuffieha) is located near Golden Bay. To get to this beach, you need to go down a long staircase. On the beach: rental of sun loungers, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, kiosks with drinks and light snacks.
Paradise Bay is a small sandy beach in a lagoon in the northwest of the island, not far from the town of Chircahua. You also need to go down the stairs to this beach. The set of services is similar to Ain Tuffiha Bay.
Gnejna Bay is located on the west coast. Directions – through the town of Mdzhar (Mgarr). It is a beautiful sandy beach as well as flat platforms of white rocks. On the beach: rental of sun loungers, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, kiosks with drinks and light snacks, rental of water skis, windsurfers, canoes, scooters, banana rides.
Pretty Bay is located in a bay near Bizebbugia on the southeast coast of Malta. This is the best sandy beach in the region. On the beach: rental of sunbeds, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, kiosks with drinks and light snacks, cafes.
Rocky beaches:
Many people prefer rocky beaches: the water is clearer, the flat rocks of the coast make it possible to comfortably accommodate for sunbathing, and the bottom is safe for both adults and children to enter the water. On rocky beaches, it is good to snorkel and explore the fascinating underwater world. Rocky beaches are found along the coast of Sliema, St Julian’s, Bugibba, Qawra, Marsascala, Zurrieq.
The appearance of topless tourists on public beaches is offensive to local residents. We are not talking about nudism at all. On the beaches of hotels, their own norms of behavior are established, which are better to familiarize yourself with in advance.

Hotels

Most are urban hotels without territory. The choice is great: from chic five-star hotels to modest but comfortable boarding houses. All 5 * hotels and many “fours” have conference rooms. Meals in most cases are breakfasts, half board is ordered only occasionally if the hotel is “out of the way” and there are no restaurants nearby. There is no All inclusive, the exception is the Fortuna SPA Resort with thalassotherapy. In most “treshka” breakfasts are a la carte, not a buffet.
When choosing a hotel, be sure to clarify its location and whether it has its own beach (usually it is in good condition). Many tourists prefer to use the sandy beaches in the northwest and north of the island, which can be reached in 20-30 minutes by bus.

Money

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:30, on Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30. Days off are Sundays and holidays. It is difficult to single out places with the most favorable exchange rate – hotels, banks, and “exchangers” give an average of one rate.

Shopping

Usually shops are open from 9:00 to 19:00, on Saturdays until 20:00 (lunch break, or siesta, lasts 3-4 hours). In busy tourist centers, many shops are open until 22:00. On Sundays, most shops are closed, with the exception of some souvenir and newspaper shops.
From Malta, you can bring weaving and pottery, handmade lace, Maltese wines, original Maltese chess (their queen is without a crown, because the knights of the Order of Malta took a vow of celibacy), door handles (they say there are no two identical handles in Malta).

What to bring

From Malta, you can bring weaving and pottery, handmade lace, Maltese wines, original Maltese chess (their queen is without a crown, because the knights of the Order of Malta took a vow of celibacy), door handles (they say there are no two identical handles in Malta).

Food

Maltese cuisine is an amazing blend of local and European culinary traditions. Seafood is used to prepare many Maltese dishes. For example, a traditional pie with lampuk, a fish that tastes like tuna. And one of the most exotic seafood dishes is spaghetti with octopus ink sauce. You should definitely try the Maltese puff pastries with ricotta and fried pies with dates in oil.
A special pride of the local cuisine is rabbit dishes. Maltese wine is a great addition to them.
The annual “Great Beer Festival”, capable of competing in scope even with the Bavarian “Oktoberfest”, takes place in the town of Ta’Ali (July-August).

Tips

Taxi drivers – 10% of the fare, porters – 10-15 cents per piece of luggage, waiters (if tips are not included in the bill) ~ 10% of the order value.

Education

Malta as a country for effective learning of English has long been discovered by many Europeans. In recent years, Russians have also begun to come to the island “for English”.
Firstly, there are no problems with a visa, and secondly, studying in Malta is 30-40% cheaper than in other English-speaking countries.
All language schools in Malta are subject to compulsory licensing by the Malta Ministry of Education. A license is issued only if the school meets the established requirements. Classes in all schools are conducted only by qualified teachers.

Treatment

There are several thalassotherapy centers in Malta. SPA Mediterranee at the Fortuna SPA Resort 5 * offers anti-stress and wellness programs, Thalgo Marine Cure Center at the Kempinski San Lawrenz Resort & SPA 5 * hotel on the island of Gozo – wellness and beauty programs, Athenaeum at the Corinthia Palace 5 * hotel – recovery, Appolo Club (Corinthia San Gorg Hotel 5 *) – beauty programs. There are also centers at the Barcelo Riviera Resort & SPA 4 * in Marfa and Maritim Antonine 4 * in Mellieha.

Excursions

“Valletta – the city of knights”, for half a day ~ 11 LM; Heritage of Gozo, full day with lunch ~19.50 LM; “Mdina – the city of silence” plus the bridges and gardens of St. Anthony, for half a day ~ 8 LM; “The Great Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John” – a trip to a new show with the participation of the tourists themselves; Sicily, for a day (from 5:00 to 1:00, except during the winter months) ~40 LM (no lunch), Blue Grotto – Dingli Cliffs – Marsaxlokk, for half a day ~9.5 LM, evening of Maltese cuisine ~15 LM, Popeye village and swimming on the sandy beach; Festa (July to September) ~6.5 LM; Gaba Diamonds (showroom and jewelry and diamond dealer), helicopter rides (20/40 minutes) ~23/32 LM; Comino – Blue Lagoon ~19.5 LM.
Excursion “Mdina – the city of silence plus the bridges and gardens of St. Anthony”
The journey begins with a walk through the narrow streets of the “city of silence”, which lead to the cathedral and the bastions, from where a panoramic view of almost the entire island opens. The next points of the program are the Greek gates, catacombs and cliffs in Dingli. After lunch – visit to the gardens of St. Anthony and free time.

Entertainment

The generally recognized center of entertainment in Malta is Paceville, an area located in the north-east of the island. Everything is concentrated here – discos (Axis is one of the largest discos in Europe), restaurants, bars and shops. And on the Dragonara Peninsula, there is the largest casino in the country.
It is recommended to come to the casino in a suit. You may not follow this recommendation literally, but it’s really better not to wear jeans.

Holidays

The most unusual Maltese holiday, Festa, is held continuously from February to December in different parts of the island and represents the day of the patron saint of a particular parish. It is accompanied by church services, colorful processions, a concert on the main street and fireworks. The Maltese Carnival has been held annually in February since 1535, it is the most colorful holiday in the country. On the weekend closest to St. John’s Day, the Il-Bandu holiday is celebrated, accompanied by colorful processions from Mdina to Rabat. The annual “Great Beer Festival”, capable of competing in scope even with the Bavarian “Oktoberfest”, takes place in the town of Ta’Ali (July-August).

Diving

The Maltese archipelago attracts divers primarily with its unique topographical structure, the purity of the coastal sea and the rich underwater flora and fauna. Due to the diversity of the underwater landscape, both the experienced diver and the beginner will find interesting places to dive in Malta.
In Malta you can go diving all year round. Even in the winter months C, and the indented coastline ° the water temperature does not drop below +14 allows you to always find dive sites protected from the storm. In summer C, so that scuba divers can wear light 3mm wetsuits or even do without them at all. Near the Maltese Islands, there are practically no ebbs and flows. Undercurrents are extremely rare in summer.
The most popular dive sites, most of which are easily accessible from the shore: Malta – Cirkewwa (Marfa Point), L-Ahrax Point, Delimara Point, St.Paul’s Islands, Ghar Lapsi, Anchor Bay, Wied iz-Zurrieq, HMS Maori; Gozo – Xlendi Cave and Xlendi Reef, Fungus Rock, Reqqa Point; Comino – Irqieqa Point, Santa Maria Caves, Cominotto Reef.

VISA, CUSTOMS – MALTA

Visa – from January 1, 2008 – Schengen visa. Documents for the trip – as in all Schengen countries.

Customs

Allowed to import up to 1000 LM per person in banknotes or coins. Foreign currency, including traveler’s and payment checks, can be imported unlimitedly, but must be declared. You can take out no more than 1000 LM per person.
Every adult has the legal right to bring into the country 200 cigarettes, one bottle of spirits and one bottle of wine.
You can apply for tax free (a refund of the amount of value added tax in the amount of 15% of the purchase price) with a total amount of purchases of at least 100 LM, consisting of goods not cheaper than 25 LM, purchased at retail. To return the amount of tax, you need to fill out an application form, the forms of which can be obtained at customs at the airport. The completed form with receipts attached must be presented at customs for certification at least 2 hours before departure. The certified form with receipts attached must then be sent to the tax office. The amount will be transferred by bank transfer in the currency specified in the application form.

EDUCATION, BUSINESS TOURS, DIVING – MALTA

Education

Malta as a country for effective learning of English has long been discovered by many Europeans. In recent years, our compatriots have also begun to come to the island “for English”, because studying in Malta is cheaper than in other English-speaking countries by 30-40%.
All language schools in Malta are subject to compulsory licensing by the Malta Ministry of Education. A license is issued only if the school meets the established requirements. Classes in all schools are conducted only by qualified teachers.

business tours, trips to exhibitions

Malta has a strong reputation for organizing conferences, with the number of people visiting Malta to attend conferences doubling in the last five years. Most business travelers come from Italy, Germany and the UK.

Diving tours

The Maltese archipelago attracts divers primarily with its unique topographical structure, the purity of the coastal sea and the rich underwater flora and fauna. Due to the diversity of the underwater landscape, both the experienced diver and the beginner will find interesting places to dive in Malta.
In Malta you can go diving all year round. Even in the winter months C, and the indented coastline ° the water temperature does not drop below +14 allows you to always find dive sites protected from the storm. In summer C, so that scuba divers can wear light 3mm wetsuits or even do without them at all. Near the Maltese Islands, there are practically no ebbs and flows. Undercurrents are extremely rare in summer. The average length of daylight hours in summer is 10 hours.
The most popular dive sites, most of which are easily accessible from the shore: Malta – Cirkewwa (Marfa Point), L-Ahrax Point, Delimara Point, St.Paul’s Islands, Ghar Lapsi, Anchor Bay, Wied iz-Zurrieq, HMS Maori; Gozo – Xlendi Cave and Xlendi Reef, Fungus Rock, Reqqa Point; Comino – Irqieqa Point, Santa Maria Caves, Cominotto Reef.

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