Location / Language of Malta
Malta is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies south of Italy, east of Tunisia, and north of Libya. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 sq km, Malta is the world's tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union.
The official languages are Maltese and English, with Maltese officially recognised as the national language and the only Semitic language in the European Union.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen Malta Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for Malta one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Malta
- Valletta – A strategically important seaport, this fortified city is the elegant capital of the Republic of Malta. Tourists can easily navigate this small city that is bounded by two harbors, the Grand Harbor and Marsamxett Harbor. The key spots to visit include Saint John's Co-Cathedral, the 16th-century church built by the different Orders of the Knights, the immense Grand Master's Palace, once the residence of the Knights of Malta which boasts of splendid paintings and the Grand Armory displays and finally see the Upper Barracca Gardens, with its Romanesque-style arches and gorgeous views of the Valletta harbour. If time permits, the Museum of Archaeology is well worth a visit to see artefacts from Malta's most ancient sites dating back 5,000 years.
- The Tarxien Temples – They are the largest and best-preserved prehistoric cult site in Malta, consisting of four megalithic structures. Excavated in 1914, the site covers an area of 5,400 square meters and displays the artistic achievements of Malta's mysterious prehistoric culture during the "Temple Period" (Late Neolithic Period) between 3600 BC and 2500 BC. Stone reliefs and sculptures that were found here are represented on the site by excellent reproductions; the originals are displayed in the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
- Hagar Qim Temples – Another UNESCO-listed megalithic site, the prehistoric Hagar Qim Temples are on Malta's south coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Island of Filfla. Dating between 3600 BC to 3200 BC, the ancient site was buried under mounds of earth until its discovery in 1839. Artefacts found on the site including the tall headless Fat deities, believed to be symbols of fertility, and the nude Venus of Malta are on display at the Archaeological Museum in Valletta.
- Siggiewei Village – This traditional Maltese village lies between Rabat and Marsaxlokk in the Girgenti Valley, which begins near the Dingli Cliffs. At the center of the village, is the Church of Saint Nicholas with its Baroque façade. The church takes its precious relics on a procession through the village led by a brass band. Another highlight is the food; the festival includes kiosks selling authentic Maltese treats such as pastry stuffed with dates, and nougat made with almonds or peanuts..
- Ghajn Tuffieha Bay and Gnejna Bay Beaches – Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Beach feels secluded in nature, except for the umbrellas and lounge chairs for rent, public restrooms, and a snack bar. Considered one of Malta's top beaches, Ghajn Tuffieha is favored by locals who appreciate the quiet, peaceful environment. Close by is Gnejna Bay, a small protected bay surrounded by steep limestone cliffs. Hike down a flight of steep steps to the gorgeous beach of orange sand. This beach is popular with swimmers and snorkelers. Water ski and canoe rentals are also available as well as public restrooms and food stands.
Things You Must Do in Malta
- Spend the Day at the Popeye Village – For families traveling with kids, the Popeye Village in Mellieha offers an entertaining place to spend the day. This charming tourist attraction was originally a film set for the 1980s movie Popeye. The film set is a quaint seaside village made of 20 wooden structures. Visitors can meet Popeye the sailor in his cabin and take a tour of the village to find the post office, bakery, firehouse, and other buildings. Popeye Village has other attractions including a beach, sun bathing decks, and souvenir shop. Kids love the boat rides and trampolines. There is even Santa's toy town where Santa's elves prepare toys for Christmas..
- Deep Sea Diving at Maori –The azure seas in Malta make it perfect for swimming, diving or snorkelling in this warm climate. One can explore a range of artificial reefs here, a number of military wrecks from the second world war. HMS Maori is the most famous one that is a destroyer, sunk by the Germans and it now rests 14 meters down on the sea floor.
- Explore the Ggantija Temples – These temples refers to ‘Gigantic” and sits on Gozo, the idyllic island. The structures here pre-date the Pyramids of Egypt. There are two unique temples here surrounded by an outer fortification wall. The huge size is what draws the eyeballs and by having a look itself one can wonder how difficult it would have been to build it. These structures were constructed before the invention of the wheel. This also used to be a place for making sacrifices as offerings in the ancient times..
Food on the Plate
Maltese cuisine reflects Maltese history, it shows strong Sicilian and English influences as well as Spanish, French, Maghrebin, Provençal, and other Mediterranean cuisines. Having to import most of its foodstuffs, being positioned along important trade routes, and having to cater for the resident foreign powers who ruled the islands, opened Maltese cuisine to outside influences.
Some of the Maltese dishes which are very popular include:
- Maltese Bread - Traditionally baked Ħobż tal-Malti has a hard and crunchy crust on the outside and soft and fluffy white bread from the inside, and tastes nothing like a regular loaf of sliced white bread you might be used to from your local supermarket.
- Vegetable Soups - Hearty soups characterise Maltese menus in the winter, and Minestra is one of the most common varieties. It’s a thick broth created with multiple fresh, seasonal vegetables, and is always served alongside thick slices of rustic bread and olive oil. Another typically Maltese soup, Soppa tal-Armla is a rich, tasty soup with potatoes, carrots, garlic, peas, cauliflower and ġbejniet (Maltese cheeselets) amongst other ingredients.
- Bragioli - The Maltese love their meat, and it features heavily in most dishes throughout the day. Bragioli is a popular meat dish with a difference. It boasts a mouth-watering concoction of bacon, egg, and garlic dipped in breadcrumbs and wrapped in tender slices of meat before being slow cooked in a rich sauce of wine.
- Prinjolata – One cannot find a messier sweet than this, which is a small mound-like cake that’s made of a hotchpotch of sugary ingredients, coated with cream and decorated with melted chocolate splatters, pine nuts and green and red glacé cherries. It’s made specifically around Carnival time.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Malta
Since Malta is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, the consulate has made it mandatory for Indians applying for Schengen Visa to show proof of adequate medical insurance coverage for their entire duration of stay in Malta.
Travel health insurance for Indians visiting Malta is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan
. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.
The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.
Illustration for 15 days travel insurance for Indian tourists to Malta.
|Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 32
||Insured Age 62
|Schengen - €30,000
|Schengen - €50,000
|Excluding - $50,000
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