Quick Fact Sheet

Timezone

GMT+1

Official Languages

English and Maltese

Transport

Remember that in Malta we drive on the left; so please take extra care when crossing the road. We follow speed limits of 40 kph in urban areas and 60 kph on open roads.

St. Julian’s enjoys a frequent bus service from a number of towns and villages. The main buses from and to St.Julian’s (or San Giljan)  are: Routes Number 12 and 13. Services are regular and the more popular routes run till 11pm.

Please refer to the updated Journey Planner at www.publictransport.mt

If you want to visit Gozo then you can make use of the daily frequent ferries running between Cirkewwwa in the north of Malta and Mgarr in Gozo. The trip takes just under 20 minutes and the schedule varies according to the time of the year and may be subject to weather conditions. The service caters for car and pedestrian passengers .

Frequent passenger ferry trips link Valletta and the Strand in Sliema and also from opposite the Barrakka Lift in Valletta to the 3 Cities. Fares start from as little as €1.50. This service is weather dependent. For more information here is a link to the Valletta Ferry Services, www.vallettaferryservices.com

Due to its small size, distances in Malta are relatively short. Walking from ETI to Sliema will take you just under 30 minutes! Should you get lost then all you have to do is ask one of the locals who are always more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Please ask us at reception if you have any transport requirements, including taxis, chauffeur-driven cabs or car-hire. We will be more than happy to help you .

Electricity

The electrical supply in Malta  is 230 volts +/- 10%. The frequency of the supply is  50 hertz. The three-pin rectangular plug system is the same as in Britain.

Adapters can be purchased at the stationers or tourist shops opposite the ETI Building.

Climate

Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate. In mid-winter the Maltese islands enjoy between five to six hours of sunshine every day, while in summer the sun shines for at least 12 hours a day. It is recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of  water in the day in the summer, wear light clothing  and a hat, and keep out of the sun between 11:00  and 15:00 in the peak summer months. Apply a suitable factor sunscreen whenever you are in the sun.

Currency

The currency in Malta is the Euro; 1 Euro = 100 Cents. The highest denomination is €500 and there are notes of €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5.

Banking

There are a number of banks represented across Malta. However Bank Of Valletta and HSBC are the two main banks. In all localities you will find a number of automated teller machines (ATM), which will accept foreign cards. Currency converter machines can be found in the main tourist areas.

Exchanging money

You can exchange money at various localities on the island, including banks, local tourist offices and ATMs. Travellers cheques are also accepted. Banks will invariably give you a better rate than most hotels.

Shopping in Malta

The closest shopping area is the Baystreet Complex, St Julian’s, close to the Intercontinental Hotel.

This opens daily from 09:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. The other main shopping areas are in Sliema (Bizazza Street or The Point) and Valletta.

Beach Club/Lido and Beaches

The beach club is open from June to September. Entrance and use of a deck chair and umbrellas are free for ETI trainees when showing their ETI card at the entrance from Monday to Friday (other restrictions  may apply). An entrance fee will apply on weekends. Ask at ETI reception for more information.

There are a number of public beaches (rocky) along the Sliema /St Julian’s coast, including the beach down the road from ETI, just behind the Hilton hotel. There is also a small sandy beach in St George’s Bay (a five-minute walk from ETI). The main sandy beaches are found in the north and north western part of the island, especially Golden Bay, Paradise Bay and Mellieha Bay.

These can be reached by car or by bus. Should you require any assistance planning your journey, please ask at reception.

Doctor/Dentist/Pharmacy

Inform your host family/hotel receptionist or call the ETI helpline number on (00356) 21 373 789 / (00356) 9947 8484 if you need to see a doctor.

The closest pharmacy is the Potter’s Pharmacy in Wilga Street, just across the street from ETI.

Stronger medication is available by prescription, which can be only obtained from the doctor.

Brief history

Malta a cultural gem. 

Malta is a small island bursting at the seams with history and culture. The Maltese islands have been inhabited for about 7,000 years and our pre-historic temples pre-date the pyramids and Stonehenge.

Malta’s geographical location, in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, attracted a number of civilizations and empires over the centuries. It was conquered by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Moors, the Knights of Malta and most recently by the British, to mention just a few. Apart from being a melting hotpot of civilizations, the various conquerors each left a strong cultural legacy behind. In fact, Malta owes its bilingual heritage to the days of British colonialism.

Malta is a treasure trove of historical sites ranging from World Heritage Sites, to medieval fortifications, Megalithic temples to WW II relics.

For more information and an Interactive Map of Malta, visit the Malta Tourism Authority website (MTA). Or you can download MTA’s Information brochure on Malta.

You can also check out more  information in many languages from the Wikipedia website at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta


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