Imagine the most beautiful place on Earth you never knew existed. A small archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean that shines brightly in the golden light of the sun and is home to the loveliest people you could ever meet. A tiny, pristine spot hardly visible on the map but that amalgamates the most beautiful of the world’s landscapes.
This is all Malta.. just as enchanting as it sounds. This is the place you’ll want to call home one day.
From jaw-dropping cliffs to rolling fields and beautiful cobalt waters, this holiday destination will leap into your heart and transform your perception of the world for good.
Located just south of Sicily, Malta is a real home in the sun for numerous expats who succumbed to the beauty and the majesty of the island’s honey-coloured limestone landscape and its dazzling baroque architecture.
The Order of Malta
This is the smallest island nation in the European Union that is exclusive and rare in all possible shapes and forms. A country with the world’s rarest passport only 500 people are proud owners of, Malta is the embodiment of distinctiveness and unity. The Order of Malta symbolizing the manifest of nobility of spirit and conduct, is “a lay religious order of the Catholic Church” whose mission lies in its motto “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum” which translated means “nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith (tuitio fidei) and serving the poor and the sick (obsquium pauperum). Members are elected and invited to join the Order of Malta based on their special merits in humanitarian activities. To date, there are over 13.000 Knights, Dames and Chaplains.
Things to know about Malta:
- Malta has two official languages – Malti which is “the only Semitic language written in Latin characters”, a unique fusion of English, Italian and Arabic. English is a second official language widely spoken by the Maltese.
- Just like in the UK, in Malta traffic drives on the left-hand side.
- The good command of the English language and the driving particularities are attributed to the British influences having been governed by the British Empire for over 160 years.
- Because of its baroque architecture, Mdina in Malta was one of the prominent Game of Thrones filming locations. Movies like Gladiator and World War Z have also been filmed in Malta.
Maltese society was molded by centuries of foreign colonial control. Its rich history timeline is embedded in its culture. Malta island is one of those unique holiday destinations that are not only about fun and relaxation but also traditions and history.
If you’re planning a summer trip to this holiday destination, here are 4 things you need to know when travelling to Malta.