KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
MALTESE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The Maltese Islands have 2 official languages, Maltese and English, making most Maltese people very fluent in English.
The Maltese language is a unique, ancient language descended from Siculo - Arabic (an Arabic dialect that developed in Sicily, and then in Malta) with a sprinkle of English, Italian, and French words.
RENTING A CAR
One must be over 18 to drive on the Maltese Islands and must hold a valid national or international driver’s license.
Drivers drive on the left side of the road, a custom retained from the British.
A yellow line on the street means absolutely no parking. A white line means you can park.
Speed limits on Maltese traffic signs are given in km/h
SHOP & RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS
Commercial outlets and shops are normally open from 8.00 a.m to 1.00p.m, then close for 'siesta'. They open again from 4.00 p.m to 7.00 p.m.
Shops are normally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays, however Lidl store in Victoria remains open on Sundays.
Normally, restaurants take last orders at 10pm.
The electrical supply is 230 volts /- 10%.
The frequency of the supply is 50 Hertz.
The three-pin rectangular plug system is used, as in the UK.
Adapters are very easy to find.
- Tap water is safe to drink
RELIGION AND FEASTS
The Maltese Islands are predominantly Roman Catholic.
All towns and villages in Malta and Gozo celebrate their patron saint in style with weeklong activities leading up to feast day, which climaxes with a procession, music, and fireworks. Some roads may be closed off due to the feast.
No feast is complete without fireworks, including petards. Petards, or ‘murtali’ make an exceptionally loud bang when airborne and can be heard from virtually anywhere around the island.