5 Fast Facts about Malta

  • Priscilla Aster
  • 25 Mar 24

Located off the coast of Italy, in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, lies Malta. A small island, in an archipelago of three; you’ll find this jewel of the Mediterranean packs a big punch!

Mosta, Malta by Priscilla Aster

Mosta, Malta by Priscilla Aster

As we embark on this journey, we'll uncover five fascinating facts about Malta, revealing why it's a must-visit destination for travellers seeking adventure and beauty.



  1. Malta is tiny but mighty
  2. Rich diversity and culture
  3. Malta has some of the oldest temples in the world
  4. Home to 70+ celebrations and festas
  5. Home to blockbuster films


5 fast Malta facts

1. Malta is tiny but mighty

This fascinating little island is only 316 km squared, with its capital city, Valette, being one of the smallest in Europe. Having said this, Malta is home to more than 365 churches and seven beautiful sea caves like the blue grotto. This means you could visit a different church every day of the year!


2. Rich diversity and culture

Malta is strategically located in the centre of the Mediterranean, making it the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean.  it was a desired place for many foreign rulers. Centuries of various powers have occupied Malta in one way or another, including the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, French and British (to name a few), which makes Maltese culture so rich and diverse. Today, Malta is an independent republic which is still a part of the British Commonwealth, having gained its independence from the British Empire in 1964.


5 Fast Facts About Malta: view over a harbour filled with colourful boats in Malta

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3. Malta has some of the oldest temples in the world

Did you know that the main islands of Malta and Gozo are home to some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world? Dating back to 3600 BC and 700 BC the Megalithic Temples of Malta pre-date Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza!


4. Home to 70+ celebrations and fiestas

During the summer months, Malta holds more than 70 village processions and fiestas. These religious celebrations are held in the honour of their patron saints and each village celebrates a different saint (or two). They are a true sight to behold, with neon lights tracing the outline of the local church, while locals congregate in the streets in their best attire. A parade of religious relics and officials make their way through the town, while fireworks and confetti cannons blast into the night sky. It is the perfect way to mingle with the locals and experience a true fiesta.


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5. Home to blockbuster films

For those movie buffs, you may be interested in this secret Malta fact. Malta has appeared in many big production films, from The Count of Monte Cristo to Gladiator and Troy. The hugely successful TV series Game of Thrones, Brad Pitt’s World War Z, Murder on the Orient Express and Tom Hanks’ biographical film Captain Phillips - just to name a few!


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We hope you enjoyed this fast round of Malta facts and want to discover more on our Italy, Sicily and Malta tour!  Book a tour now or contact us for more information.



What is Malta best known for?

Malta is best known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful Mediterranean beaches. As a melting pot of cultures, it offers visitors a unique blend of ancient ruins, medieval cities, and crystal-clear waters.


Why is Malta called Malta?

The name "Malta" is believed to have originated from the Phoenician word "maleth," meaning "safe haven" reflecting Malta's strategic importance as a safe harbour throughout history.


What is Malta's famous food?

Malta's famous food includes dishes like:

  • rabbit stew (Stuffat tal-Fenek)
  • pastizzi (flaky pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas)
  • ftira (traditional Maltese bread)

These dishes showcase the island's culinary heritage, blending Mediterranean flavours with influences from its diverse cultural history.


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