Slow Travel Through Malta Q&A
When people think about visiting Malta, they tend to picture a land filled with beautiful beaches, museums, and interesting architecture. Well, on top of all of that, here are a few things that make Malta quite the attractive country for travelers and remote workers.
What is the history of Malta?
Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily. It's known for its beautiful scenery, warm climate, and rich history.
Malta was first inhabited by Neolithic people around 5200 years ago, but it wasn't until the 8th century BC that it became a trading post and established its independence from Phoenicia. This independence was short-lived—the island was conquered by Carthage in around 315 BC. After that, Malta fell under the control of various other empires: Rome during the Punic Wars (264–146 BC), then Byzantium after Rome fell apart; then finally Egypt under Mohammed Ali Pasha in 1820. In 1815, Malta became a British colony.
The island was key during World War II because of its strategic location between Italy and North Africa. The Germans occupied Malta from June 1940 until September 1943—and during this occupation, many Maltese were killed or imprisoned in concentration camps. When Germany surrendered in 1945, Britain granted Malta independence as a crown colony within the British Empire; however, by 1964 this had changed again: Malta was granted full independence as a republic within Britain's Commonwealth.
What is Malta known for?
Malta is a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It's known for its beaches, which are some of the most beautiful and pristine in Europe. There are so many great beaches in Malta that it's hard to pick just one!
If you're looking for a beach with white sand and crystal clear water, visit Golden Bay. This beach is perfect for snorkeling because there are many underwater caves where you can see colorful fish swimming around. Golden Bay is also known for its deep blue waters, making it a great spot for swimming during the day or night.
If you want to spend some time relaxing on your beach vacation without having to worry about crowds or other tourists, visit St Paul's Bay Beach Club. The club has three separate sections: one section reserved just for swimming; another with chairs and umbrellas; and finally, a section where you can relax on lounge chairs while listening to music being played by local musicians.
Finally, if you're looking for something different from what Malta has to offer in terms of beaches then I recommend visiting Gozo Island instead (Gzira).
What is the cost of living in Malta?
Malta's economy is heavily focused on services, with the tourism industry being the largest sector.
The cost of living in Malta is low compared to other European countries, but it varies depending on which part of the country you live in. The most expensive cities are in the north, while the least expensive cities are either along the coast or near Gozo and Comino.
Malta's housing market is also quite affordable, with rental prices averaging €400 per month for an apartment or house. Utilities like electricity and gas are also relatively inexpensive in Malta compared to other countries around Europe.
Is Malta suitable for remote working?
Malta is one of the most remote-friendly countries in Europe, with a high percentage of people working from home. The country's government has made it clear that it wants to attract more companies to set up remote teams, so you can expect to find all the resources you need to work remotely.
Does Valletta have co-working spaces?
Yes, Grand Central Strait Street and Grand Central Archbishop Street.
What type of food should I try in Malta?
Malta is known for its seafood and fresh produce, so you're going to want to try some of the local specialties.
If you're in Malta during the summer, you have to try the grilled sea bream. It's a Mediterranean fish that's usually served with lemon and pepper. You'll find it in restaurants all across the country, but it's especially popular in Valletta (the capital).
Another dish you should try is Maltese sausages. They're made with pork, herbs, salt and pepper—and they're famous for being super spicy! So if you want a break from all that seafood (or if you just want something different), these sausages are for you.
You can also try a traditional Maltese dish called Ħobż żgħir (pronounced "hoop zzzir"), which is made of pasta and eggs. It's common to find this dish at cafes or restaurants in Malta, as well as served at family dinners. Another popular dish is il-forn tal-pizzi, which is pizza baked in an oven with toppings on top.
If you're looking for something sweet, try pastizzi—a pastry filled with ricotta cheese. Another dessert option is biskutini bil-qassa orkonfeta (biscuits made with cheese). This dessert is served warm with ice cream on top!
What are the best things to do in Malta?
With so much to do and see, it might be hard to know where to start!
Here are some of our favorite things to do in Malta:
Go scuba diving: Malta has some of the best diving spots in Europe, with clear waters and a wide variety of sea life. You can also get up close and personal with dolphins while snorkeling!
Visit one of the many temples: Malta has some of the oldest temples in Europe, built by the Phoenicians 3,500 years ago. The Hypogeum is particularly fascinating—it's an underground structure that was used as a burial chamber until recent times.
Visit Valletta: This city was built on top of an old Roman fortification and is known as one of Malta's most beautiful towns. It features a number of palaces and churches from different eras, including St. John's Co-Cathedral, which was built on top of an earlier church that dates back more than 1,000 years!
If you love shopping for souvenirs, then head over to Mdina, an old city with cobblestone streets and shops selling everything from handmade lace to hand-painted ceramic plates.
Which airlines have direct flights into Malta?
Most major airlines offer direct flights into Malta.
KLM, Air France, British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Air Malta and Lufthansa are some of the most popular choices.