Malta

A small sunny island in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea where English enjoys the status of an official language.  

 

Malta boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, making it a safe learning environment for learners of all ages.  Visitors return to Malta year after year as there is so much to see and do, you can combine cultural tours with sports activities such as diving and sailing.

Jewel in the Mediterranean

Surrounded by crystal clear sea and blessed with sun for most of the year it’s no secret that Malta is a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean. But Malta isn't just sun and fun! Its rich history dates back about 7,000 years and the earliest temples pre-date Stonehenge and the pyramids.

Malta’s strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean has always been coveted by all the major powers throughout the region. Past empires from the Phoenicians to the Romans, the Knights of Malta and more recently the British Empire have all left their own indelible mark on Malta giving it its rich history.

You’ll come across historical sites and architectural gems around every corner. The varied scenery and the wealth of things to do and places to visit during your stay here will keep you wishing you had time to fit in more.

So very close

With the Maltese Islands being within a couple of hours from most central European airports, and with many scheduled and low-fare airlines linking Malta to many other countries, getting here could not be easier.

 

Getting around

...is easy!

You can use the public transport system which connects all cities, towns and villages from one to another. You can find bus stops all over the island and all you need to do is ask the locals for the nearest bus stop.  As of July 2011 a new company responsible for the whole public transport system introduced new, modern buses replacing the old, iconic and sometimes eccentric orange buses of the past which for years have been admired by tourists and locals alike.

If you are up for it and prefer to be more independent, you can also hire a car. We drive on the left and follow speed limits of 40 kph in urban areas and 60 kph on open roads. All road signs are in English and normal international laws of the road apply.

If you are travelling to Gozo there are frequent ferries daily between Cirkewwwa in the north of Malta and Mgarr in Gozo. The service caters for pedestrian and car passengers and the trip usually takes about 20 minutes. Schedules for the service vary according to the time of the year and may also be subject to weather conditions.

Alternatively, you can book a seat on the seaplane which links the Grand Harbour in Valetta to Mgarr Harbour in Gozo.

You can also catch a ferry between Sliema and Valletta with frequent ferry trips linking Valletta and the Strand in Sliema just in front of the ESE Land's End apartments.

Walking and cycling around Malta is quite easy. Distances are short because Malta is so small and locals will be very helpful to set you on the right track if you get lost – all you have to do is ask.  Walking from the main ESE school to Sliema will take you just under 30 minutes!

 

Malta—“Every Day is Like a Holiday”

We aren’t surprised that our island has been ranked the third best country in the world to live in by International Living magazine.

Apart from the country’s numerous other virtues, we are well known for our hospitality to tourists. Malta also has a healthcare system to boast about and is statistically proven to have a low crime rate. In comparison to some other European countries, it has a relatively low cost of living.

For more information about Malta, visit the Malta Tourism Authority website (MTA). Or you can download MTA's Information brochure on Malta.

Or you an check out lots of information in many languages from the Wikipedia website at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta

The MTA also offers an Interactive Map of the Maltese Islands

Gozo - another jewel

Gozo is the second largest and inhabited island of the Maltese archipelago with a population of some 35,000. Gozo is less developed and is a must-see if you want more tranquillity and a slower pace of life needing to get away from it all.

World Heritage Sites

There are three sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List which are popular tourist attractions. These are:

Valletta – Malta’s capital city

Immediately after the end of the Siege of Malta in 1565, the Order of the Knights of Malta built a new city, Valletta,  on the Xiberras peninsula so as to strengthen their defenses and fortify the Order's position in Malta.  The foundation stone of Valletta was laid by the Grandmaster of the Order, Jean Parisot de la Valette on 28 March 1566, in Our Lady of Victories Church.  Considering that Valletta is one of Europe’s smallest capital cities it has such a wealth of  historical buildings with many churches, palaces and monuments.  In fact, the city is so small that all the main sights can easily be reached on foot.

Places worth special mention are St John’s Co-Cathedral, The Grand Master’s Palace, the Upper and Lower Barakka Gardens with views of the harbours flanking the peninsula of Valletta.  Valletta is essentially baroque in character with a symmetrical grid-like road system.

Valletta was awarded the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018. 

 

The 7 megalithic temples

The 7 megalithic temples date back to the period between 3,600 BC and 2,500 BC  and are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo. The Ggantija temples are known to be the oldest, free-standing monuments in the world and are said to pre-date the Egyptian pyramids by at least 1,000 years. Other temples are the temples of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien, Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba.

 

The Hal Saflieni Temple

Like the megalithic temples, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum also dates back to the period 3,600 BC - 2,400 BC. The Hypogeum is an underground complex which was cut out of the rocks and is split over three levels. Historians believe that the complex was used by the Neolithic people of the time as a burial place or as a sanctuary.