Malta is a miniature archipelago of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Despite its modest size, this country can satisfy the needs of even sophisticated tourists: the clear sea, clean beaches, many cultural and historical monuments, stunning nature and excellent traditional cuisine will not leave anyone indifferent. What do tourists need to know before going to Malta?
The healthy Maltese climate attracts tourists even in winter. From November to April, the average temperature on the islands is +14° C, creating ideal conditions for walking and sightseeing. From May to October, the beach holiday season begins: the average temperature rises to +28° C. From June, the water warms up to a comfortable 20°-22° C. The warmest period in Malta lasts from mid-July to mid-September. However, thanks to the fresh breeze, guests of Malta usually do not complain about the unbearable heat
The official currency of Malta is the euro, which greatly simplifies the life of foreign tourists. However, we advise you to buy euros in advance: most Maltese exchangers do not accept rubles, and those that do have a predatory rate.
Much easier things are with dollars and pounds sterling: you can exchange them at any bank, currency exchange office or post office. You can also ask to exchange money at the hotel, but this option will be the least profitable for you. Large restaurants and shops can even accept your payment in dollars — of course, by setting a certain percentage for the service
The first thing you need to know about Maltese roads is left-hand traffic. Be extremely careful when crossing the roadway, and take this into account if you plan to rent a car.
The minimum age of a driver in Malta is 25 years. However, under the condition of full car insurance and an additional fee, you can rent a personal transport after reaching the age of 21. To rent a car, you will need an international license.
To pay for the trip, prepare cash in advance. Tickets are purchased from the driver or conductor
Maltese are very friendly and hospitable people. Do not hesitate to ask questions and ask for directions, the locals will definitely help you as much as possible.
In cafes and restaurants in Malta, it is customary to leave a tip. The tip amount is at least 10 % of the total amount. If the service is included in the bill, the waiter will certainly warn you about it
During your stay in Malta, remember to respect the local customs and religious traditions. Smoking is prohibited in public places on the islands. On public beaches, it is not allowed to be without a swimsuit top or without a bathing suit at all. It is not recommended to visit monasteries and churches in shorts or short skirts, as well as clothes with a deep neckline
Malta is a more than safe country, and the crime rate in it is close to zero. However, do not forget the basic tips of experienced tourists: keep cash in several places, leave money and valuables only in the safe, and be vigilant in crowded places.
We wish you a bright trip and a good rest!