Malta is great! Even if the island on the map seems quite small to you, Malta has more to offer than you think.

1. The weather in Malta

Living in Malta means never having to worry about the weather. An average of 300 days of sunshine a year.

The average summer temperature in Malta  is 32 degrees Celsius and from time to time 37 degrees in July and August. The average winter temperature is 16 degrees Celsius and from time to time 9 degrees in January and February.

As air conditioning is part very much part of life here you can always cool down at home, restaurants or shopping malls.

Rainfall occurs occasionally  in winter, usually monsoon-like. The rain lasts for a short period and clears very quickly. The rain turns the island very green

2. The turquoise-blue water 

Malta has one of the cleanest and clearest seas in Europe (source). Malta plus her sister island Gozo are popular destinations for divers and snorkelers.

Malta has some of the best diving sites in Europe. You can find sloping and rising rock formations with holes and caves, fantastic reefs and shipwrecks.

Malta consists mainly of a rocky coastline. Of course, Malta also has many great sandy beaches, such as Golden Bay, Riviera Beach, Balluta Bay with Mellieha main beach as being the biggest.

3. Easy sea accessibility 

Being on a small island means that you can be at the sea in a maximum of 20 minutes from anywhere on the island. What a plus!

In summer sunset is after 9 pm so after work swims can be a routine

4. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets

The island hosts some major iconic sunrise scenes in the Mediterranean

Go to Valletta early in the morning, just before the sun is up, head to the popular Upper Barrakka gardens close to Castille Square and wait to be enchanted by an incredible scene of the rising sun.

Riviera Bay beats most other places for  it for an incredible sunrise. This quiet, the well-reserved beach is hidden under small hills.

To make the most of your day and head for an early coffee on the Sliema promenade to see fantastic views of the rising sun.

If its sunsets you are after head to the other side of the island

The Red Tower (it-Torri l-Ahmar in Maltese) in Mellieha is a stunning landmark that offers one of the most beautiful sunset-watching spots. Its hilltop location makes it ideal for height aficionados.

The Fontanella restaurant in the Mdina, Maltas former Capital City, offers some of the most scenic panoramic views in Malta. Order coffee and cake just before sunset and witness the arresting beauty of Malta’s landmarks at twilight.

If you are not scared go heights, Dingli Cliffs at 253 metres above sea-level,  marks the highest point of the islands. Stand on top of these cliffs, breathe in the salty air, and enjoy the open sea views as the rugged cliffs absorb the last few rays of sunshine.

5. Maltese Food

Maltese cuisine is unique and delicious. The Maltese cuisine is a mix of European and North African cuisine adapted with local ingredients. Typical Maltese food is rabbit or pastizzi.

Pastizzi are available all over the island: they are small puff pastries and filled with either ricotta cheese, spinach, meat or peas

Fish lovers, in particular, will get their money’s worth here: you can get freshly caught, delicious fish in almost every restaurant, which you can enjoy on the promenade by the sea.

6. Numerous adventure activities

Malta has some beautiful waking routes. Winter is when Malta is the most green as it rains from time to time, making this the best time to soak up the countryside. Also as it is not so hot

Climbing fans also get their money’s worth: The climbing routes are usually in caves, valleys or sea cliffs and you can see some of the most scenic sunsets ever. The caves and overhangs set in cliffs high above the sea, offer lots of routes of different grades, from easy to advanced.

For the sporty, there is also the possibility to explore the island on mountain bike. If you are keen to explore Malta from the sea the best way is to Kayak.

7. Malta’s ancient history

Since Neolithic times, for over 8,000 years, Malta has been populated and remains of the earliest inhabitants can still be found on the island.

The large structures of Neolithic temples are still standing in the south of the island of Malta (Tarxien Temples, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra), and in Gozo (Ggantija).

The Maltese Islands have three sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These are the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.

8. Maltese architecture and old towns

Throughout Malta and Gozo, Churches, Palazzos, Farm Houses, Villas and even City Walls have all been built from Maltese limestone

Maltese Baroque architecture  developed in Malta during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the islands were under the rule of the Order of St. John.

In many small alleys you will find the typical Maltese balconies (gallariji) , the origins of the design are most likely from North Africa.

9. Mediterranean lifestyle

Don’t fancy a hectic life? Then Malta is the right place for you. With it being a small island everything is close and easy to get to. The Maltese have a love for life, you will rarely find stressed inhabitants on the island.

10. Maltese Hospitality

Maltese people are very hospitable people and easy to move from guest to family.

Friendly and helpful, when asking for directions, don’t be surprised that they might take you to your destination themselves.

Maltese are considered linguists, as both Maltese and English are recognized as official languages in the country. A good two-thirds of the population also speak Italian.

11. Festivals & events

Malta is the place to be if you like festivals.

The locals know how to put on a festival in honor of some of life’s most delicious delights. So you can be sure to discover a festival dedicated to beer, wine, lemons, strawberries, bread, chocolate, figs or olives.

Also discover, for example, the traditional festivals called festas, in honour of Catholic saints celebrated by devout Christians!

In addition to local festivals, there are also plenty of international festivals and events throughout the year.

Don’t forget Maltese fireworks. Fireworks represent everything that the Maltese are – celebrational and loud. Firework enthusiasts pay good money (and much of their time) every year to participate in the beautiful traditional fireworks competition.

12. Health care system Malta

The Mediterranean island is repeatedly praised by the WHO. According to the WHO, it has the fifth-best health care system in the world (https://photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html).

Malta’s European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) offers free benefits to all Maltese citizens and resident EU citizens, even outside Malta.

The Mediterranean island has private and public health insurance. If you have public insurance, you may have to wait longer for routine check-ups. However, this is not a big deal, because for a small extra charge (max. 20 euros) you can see a doctor in a (usually larger) pharmacy and get treated there.

Non-EU citizens living in Malta must take out private health insurance. Depending on age, state of health and needs, the cost of such insurance may vary.

13 Tax advantages

The Malta system aims to attract investors, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals to the island by offering excellent tax incentives and schemes for businesses and individuals. Malta, based within the EU, is an ideal jurisdiction to set up a company either as a holding company or as a trading operation as it offers many tax benefits.

14. Good flight connectivity

Malta , has daily flights available from many international carriers as well as low cost airlines.  It is very well connected . Being in the centre of the Mediterranean you are within 2 to 3 hours to most European destinations

15 Safety in Malta

Malta is among the second safest country in the world according to the World Risk Report 2020(ranked #1 is Qatar) (https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/WorldRiskReport-2020.pdf).
You are less likely to have to worry about your children or yourself while living in Malta.