About Malta & Gozo
In the middle of a remarkably clear and unpolluted expanse of azure Mediterranean Sea, some 90km (60 miles) south of Sicily, the Maltese archipelago consists of three inhabited islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is the largest of these, Gozo is only half its size, and Comino is smaller again. The population is around 411,000, most of whom speak English as well as the native Malti.
The Maltese, although industrious, are determined to enjoy life to the full. They delight in a party or wedding, and will seize any opportunity to gossip and tell jokes. There is a ribald sense of humour in the Maltese language, devoted for the most part to its double meanings. Although thrifty by nature, the Maltese also enjoy gambling. The weekly government lottery succeeds because of thousands of small stakes. Conspicuous wealth has its place too, especially in clothes and jewellery. In many houses there are reputed to be collections of paintings and silver that would fetch stupendous prices at any international auction.
Ask most people what they like about Malta, and you’ll hear all about the beautiful summer holidays they’ve enjoyed; the sandy beaches and crystalline Mediterranean waters, perfect for snorkelling and diving; and the warmth of its inhabitants. There is another, more often undiscovered side to this multifaceted island: cultural events, happening all year round.
Gallery of Malta & Gozo