How to get to Malta
As a leading finance centre, Malta is well connected. Malta International Airport, the island’s only airport, is just two or three hours’ flying time from most European cities. Regular flights are provided by Air Malta, the national airline, as well as other carriers such as Lufhansa, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Alitalia, Ryanair, EasyJet, and WizzAir.
Where to stay
A five-star destination for high-end travellers and the global business elite, Malta features a number of international and luxury hotels such as the Hilton, Radisson, Marriot, Intercontinental, Westin Dragonara, Kempinski, Corinthia and the Phoenicia Malta. Superior accommodation is also offered at the boutique hotel Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. In addition, Malta offers a number of three- and four-stars hotels providing more budget- friendly accommodation.
When it comes to dining, Malta is an island of staggering options. The food scene is defined by an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking with strong Italian influences, fuelled by rich ingredients fresh from farm and sea. There are also many restaurants offering international specialities, and the choice is wide, from smart city restaurants in Baroque palaces and family-run trattorias to seafront fish restaurants.
Passports & Visa
Malta is a member of the EU, and EU nationals are free to visit, reside and work in Malta. Malta is also a member of the Schengen Zone, and there are no border controls between the Schengen countries. Non-EU citizens can find details about visa-exempt countries and visa application procedures on the website of Identity Malta (www. indentitymalta.com). Malta has introduced a fast employment and residence process for highly specialised non-EU nationals who would like to work and live in Malta.
Given Malta’s small size, distances in Malta are negligible, and the entire island can be crossed in an hour by car. However, in similarity to many other successful business centres, Malta suffers from traffic congestion during rush hours, and it’s advisable to avoid peak times. As in the UK, cars drive on the left. Cars can be hired at reasonable rates compared to those in other Western European countries. All the major car rental companies have a presence in Malta. Local firms also offer this service, with or without a chauffeur. The public transport system is safe and wallet-friendly. A network of routes and a fleet of modern buses provide an extensive service across Malta and Gozo.
What to do
Malta offers visitors a unique experience packed with the best of all things Mediterranean. No visitor should miss out on the capital city of Valletta, comprising cathedrals and classic baroque style architecture throughout, as well as the old capital Mdina. Dubbed the ‘Silent City’, Mdina quietly evokes a bygone era with its elegant stone palaces and hushed cobbled streets. But Malta is a place for sunrise yoga and open-air concerts, for swimming in the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea and visiting megalithic temples, and for top culinary experiences and breath-taking country walks.