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Driving in Malta

Speed Limits
Motorways: 120 kph
Open Roads: 80 kph
Urban Areas: 50kph

Minimum Driver age: 18

Minimum Driver age for Rentals: 21

Required equipment for your car: N/A

Seatbelts: Compulsory for both front and rear-seat passengers

General driving information: Vehicles drive on the left side of the road. Seat belts are compulsory for all people traveling in the car and the use of the horn in inhabited areas is forbidden between 2300 and 0600 hours. Use on hand held or hands free mobile phones is forbidden whilst driving.

Airport Locations

  • Malta International Airport

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Malta International Airport is located 5 km south-west of Valletta. It has good links with mainland Europe and north Africa. Although it only has a single terminal, the facilities are good with plenty of shops and places to eat. If you need information then there is a Customer Services Centre and tourist information within the airport. There are also facilities to change money, send post and a health clinic. There are good transport links with the rest of Malta including buses, taxis and an easy drive into Valletta if using a hire car.

As a destination, Malta has a compelling mixture of history, culture, fun and climate, with the added benefit of a warm welcome.

Due to its location in the Mediterranean sea, Malta has enjoyed periods in history of isolation and calm, interspersed with foreign invasion and conflict. The island's oldest legacy is the megalithic temples that date from as far back as 3600 BC. The Phoenicians colonised the islands around 800 BC and stayed for about 600 years.

The Romans made Malta part of their empire in 208 BC. In the centuries that followed, Malta was ruled by Arabs and Sicilians, given to the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem by the Spanish, then invaded by Napoleon and rescued and governed by the British until independence in 1964.

Must See in Malta

Valletta

The capital Valletta has been described as "a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen". The grid of narrow streets house some of Europe's finest art works, churches and palaces. The city is a delight to shop in: narrow side streets are full of tiny shops selling antiques, maps, books, prints and jewellery.

St John's Cathedral

St John's is Valetta's Cathedral, visit during the summer festa or at Christmas to see St John's at its most splendid. Valletta's bastions represent some of Europe's finest military engineering.

Grand Harbour

View the Grand Harbour Panorama (one of the world's deepest, natural harbours) from Upper Baracca Gardens.

Mdina

This 3000-year-old city, once the political centre of Malta, is filled with Norman and baroque buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. Dating from as early as 3600 BC, the Neolithic temples on Malta are the oldest known human structures in the world.

Gozo

Further afield, take a boat to the island of Gozo which has a distinct character all its own. The countryside is prettier than that of its larger neighbour and the pace is slower.

Dates for Your Diary

Carnival

Third week of February, is Carnival, when dancing competitions and other festivities take place in the capital.

Easter

The Feast of St Publius in Floriana kicks off the festa (feast) season on the first Sunday after Easter.

Feast of Sts Peter & Paul

28 and 29 June L'Imnarja - the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul. The festivities include traditional Maltese folk singing and horse racing.

Culture

Between October-May are opera, concerts, recitals, plays and festivals. These mainly take place in Valletta.