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Exploring The Island of Malta
The island of Malta is located in the south of Europe in the Mediterranean. It is around 80km south of Sicily and 280km from Tunisia. It is one of the smallest states in the world covering about 316km square. On the other hand, it is also one of the most densely populated areas. The capital city, Valletta, has to be the most densely populated in the country. The official languages are Maltese and English.
It is a place buried with history from the pre historic period all the way to the Arab period and the days of Napoleon. It is home to at least nine UNESCO world heritage site. There is also great history pertaining to the church and the Islamic religion. A most beautiful site in the state is that of the Megalithic Temples. The islands are bursting with exotic culture brought out through their music, literature, arts, festivals, architecture and various other arts spread through out the country. If you have a chance- even the slightest- to visit this state, you shouldn’t miss it because you won’t regret it.
While you’re there…
The most outstanding thing about Malta apart from its beautiful sites has to be its rich culture. The island is a buffet of different times in history. Many great empires and kingdoms passed through Malta. Not to mention that the Island is one of the areas with roots in Christianity that date as far as the beginning of Christianity itself. It is home to the some of the oldest freestanding structures of the world constructed by the Neolithic temple builders. There are numerous festivals that you could indulge in depending on the time of year you visit the country.
How you will get there
You could either get there by plane or by boat.
The state has Air Malta, its national carrier, which plies European countries, North Africa and Middle Eastern countries. The national airport is located in Gudja.
If you prefer to travel by boat you will be glad to find out that there are fast ferries from the Sicilian port, Cantania that will get you there in three hours. You could also come with a ferry from Pozzallo in Italy. There are also ships that will take twice as long to get there but are far much cheaper.
What you will need to get there
Malta is a member of the Schengen Agreement. This means that if you are a citizen of a country which has agreed to the same you will need only proof of identification (passport or ID) to access the country. No visa is required for those citizens. There are also special offers for citizens of EU countries. Check with your embassy.
Travelling around Malta
You could get around by bus, taxi, ferry, seaplane, helicopter, bike, charter boat, walking and by rental car.
Obviously, the best thing for a tourist would be to hire a car. With the services of a car rental company you could make a lot of trips at your own convenience. There are many places you could access with your hired car that you can not with any other mode of travel. Crossing the waters to another island is no problem because the cheap car hire companies allow you to travel with the cars by ferry. It is a lot more relaxing to have a car at your beck and call. If you’re on a budget you can also get a plethora of cheap car hire agencies.
The Malta Car Rental Guide deals with all major car rental companies and negotiates with the local agencies in Malta to offer the best car rental rates and service for all locations in Malta. This way our clients know they will always receive the best rate and service for their rental car in Malta. In 3 minutes you can compare our rates and book your car rental in Malta while you will find out that we are usually a lot less expensive then booking with the agencies direct.
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