Being half Maltese and living in UK, Malta is one of my favorite holiday destinations, I go there regularly mainly to catch up on my family but also to escape from the British climate and get some warm Mediterranean sunshine, my family over there can never understand why I always want to be out in the sunshine when I am there, I always tell them to come and spend the winter season in England!
The sunshine holiday island of Malta is situated in the central Mediterranean just fifty miles south of Sicily and is one of three main islands, Gozo and Comino being the other two, and there are some smaller uninhabited islands that make up the Maltese Islands. Malta is mainly a rocky place but there are some sandy beaches if you know where to look for them, the climate is very warm and dry, the hottest months are June, July and August with temperatures guaranteed to be above thirty degrees Celsius and very little to no rain, so you can always count on very warm sunshine and dry weather if you go there in the summer months. In Autumn, say from October through to November, Malta is subject to Mediterranean tropical storms and sudden down pores that lead to flooding of the land, roads etc, but they are not long-lasting and the water soon drains away and the sunshine returns quickly.
The capital of Malta is Valletta, and is located on the central eastern side of the main island and contains buildings from the sixteenth century onwards and includes The Grand Harbor, a must to visit if you ever go there. In Valletta there are plenty of shops and some small shopping malls that host popular shops although many famous brand names such as Marks and Spencer, Next, etc can be found not far away in Sliema, there is also a permanent market that can be found just off the main street in Valletta and a Sunday market situated near the bus terminus.
Getting around is very easy with a central bus terminus at Valletta so you can virtually go anywhere on the main island within two short bus rides as most of the bus routes are via the bus terminus, bus travel is cheap at only five Euros for a weekly bus pass that lets you travel anywhere up to nine PM, there are bus routes available later that I think are not included in the bus pass so you will have to pay if you want to travel late at night. If you want to hire a car there are the usual car hire companies available, the Maltese drive on the left side of the road as well as in the shade!
Maltese is the main language that is spoken but nearly all the Maltese can speak English, menus are written in English in many of the cafes bars and restaurants so you won’t have too much trouble asking for what you want. Being an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, plenty of fish dishes are available as are rabbit, horse meat and pasta meals, but there are also burgers, steak and other popular world foods available.
In conclusion, Malta is a very popular holiday destination, easy to get to, only three and a half hours flying time from London, has warm sunshine nearly all year making a must visit place in the world.