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Malta: vistas from another world

Malta is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Even though it’s packed into a tiny archipelago, it is considered a true treasure trove of attractions with plenty of natural wonders, urban landmarks, top-rated restaurants, and museum. There’s something for every traveller – families with children, backpackers, the lovers of road adventures, and lone holidaymakers.

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Must-see attractions of Malta

There are a number of top highlights that each traveller choosing Malta as their holiday destination should visit. You can start with Mdina that is also referred to as the Silent City. In the past this place was the country’s capital. Today, you can admire its unique architecture and a plethora of entertainment venues.

Valletta, the country’s current capital, will welcome you with one of the most scenic harbours in this part of Europe. Don’t forget to visit such attractions as Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, the imposing Grand Master’s Palace, the beautiful Upper Barracca Gardens, and the Museum of Archaeology.

If you are into stunning panoramas, never-ending water fun, and top-notch tourist infrastructure, travel to the Island of Gozo. Here, you’ll be surrounded by laid-back ambiance, seaside resorts, like Marsalforn, and brilliant landmarks, like the Ggantija Temples dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Malta / Port / Photo by JanneG on Pixabay

Rabat is all about great dining venues and unique edifices. Stroll around its scenic Mdina, admire Casa Bernard, and marvel at the Roman Villa. You can also consider a visit in the Parish Church of Saint Paul, erected in the 17th century.

A true paradise for the lovers of water fun is Blue Lagoon which can be found on the Island of Comino. This natural swimming pool lures thousands of tourists on an annual basis. It offers an inconspicuous beach that will bring you much pleasure during your holidays on Malta.

Most important traffic regulations in Malta

Malta follows left-hand traffic so if this is a new environment for you, you can always try your hand at driving in less frequented places. If you opt for a rental car, there’s a wide choice of car rental companies in all major cities and at international airports. 

Speed limits depend on the road type as well as driver's experience. For most passenger vehicles these are 50 km/h in built-up areas and 80 km/h in rural areas. In Malta, police officers are also very sensitive to drinking and driving. The allowed blood alcohol level is 0.08%. That’s why you might come across frequent road checks that involve breathalyser tests. It’s also forbidden to use any speed camera detecting devices. Driving around Malta with such a device may result in a ticket.

Malta / Victoria / Photo by Ostap Senyuk on Unsplash

The minimum driving age is 18; however, at some car hire companies you can be asked to be as old as 23. If you have little driving experience, you’ll be also asked to pay an additional fee or purchase more expensive insurance packages.

On the spot fines aren’t a common phenomenon in Malta. You’re most likely to be given a ticket for your traffic offences with an indication where to pay it.

Malta: required documents

In case of a road check, you'll be asked to show such documents as driver’s licence, passport, and insurance documents. Also, a Green Card is recommended for moving around Malta.

Malta / Comino / Photo by waldomiguez on Pixabay

Toll roads in Malta

Malta doesn’t offer any toll roads. The only additional cost that you have to incur while sightseeing around the country is the congestion charge that is supposed to be paid upon entering Valletta.

Malta / Valletta / Photo by gln on Pixabay

Facts for safer driving in Malta

drink drive limit
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
50 mph
max speed highway
50 mph
headlights at daytime
fire extinguisher
seat belts
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