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Where is Malta Located?

Reviewed by Lief Simon

Lief Simon is the managing editor of Global Property Advisor, Simon Letter, and Offshore Living Letter. He has purchased more than 45 properties, investing in 23 different countries around the world.

A harbor in Malta
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Malta is a group of tiny islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, closer to Europe than to Africa. It’s a Mediterranean beach paradise with a lot to offer visitors in spite of its small size.

Malta is divided into five regions:

  • Central Region – This area is in the central part of the main island and has 13 local councils; Attard, Balzan, Birkirkara, Gżira, Iklin, Lija, Msida, Pietà, St. Julian’s, San Ġwann, Santa Venera, Sliema, and Ta Xbiex.
  • Northern Region – This region is the northwestern part of the main island. It includes 12 local councils; Dingli, Għargħur, Mdina, Mellieħa, Mġarr, Mosta, Mtarfa, Naxxar, Pembroke, Rabat, St. Paul’s Bay, and Swieqi.
  • Southeastern Region – as the name implies it is the southeastern part of the main island. This region consists of 15 local councils; Birgu (Città Vittoriosa), Bormla (Città Cospicua), Fgura, Floriana, Kalkara, Marsa, Marsaskala, Marsaxlokk, Paola, Senglea (Città Invicta), Tarxien, Valletta (Città Umilissima), Xgħajra, Żabbar (Città Hompesch), and Żejtun (Città Beland).
  • Southern Region – The southern part of the main island. It includes 14 local councils; Birżebbuġa, Għaxaq, Gudja, Hamrun, Kirkop, Luqa, Mqabba, Qormi (Città Pinto), Qrendi, Safi, Santa Luċija, Siġġiewi (Città Ferdinand), Żebbuġ (Città Rohan), and Żurrieq.
  • Gozo Region – Includes the islands of Gozo, Comino and several small islets. The Gozo region has 14 councils; Fontana, Għajnsielem, Għarb, Għasri, Kerċem, Munxar, Nadur, Qala, San Lawrenz, Sannat, Rabat (Victoria), Xagħra, Xewkija, and Żebbuġ.

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Notable Locations In Malta

The Mellieħa council of the Northern Region has a location called Anchor Bay which is also known as Popeye Village, this cute village was originally built in the 1980’s as the set for Walt Disney’s production of Popeye starring the late Robin Williams.

View of Popeye Village and Anchor Bay, Malta iStock/kkoszowski

For those looking for an enjoyable nightlife scene, the resort town of St. Julians is a wonderful location to sunbathe in the day and enjoy dancing, dining and fine wine at night.

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at night, St.Julians, Malta iStock/sakkmesterke

The natural beauty of the world-famous Azure Window in Gozo island is not to be missed.

The world famous Azure Window in Gozo island, Malta iStock/ViewApart

Valletta is the capital of Malta and offers amazing architecture at every turn.

Why Is Malta Is Worth Spending Time In?

  1. It’s the Mediterranean: You’re just 50 miles south of Italy. The sea is visible from almost everywhere—turquoise blue and shimmering. The food is some of the best the Med has to offer.
  1. Three thousand sunshine hours per year: It’s one of the sunniest spots in Europe… a great place to enjoy a long summer.
  1. It’s (proper) English-speaking: Not only do the locals speak English (you will hear them speak Maltese to each other but business is often carried on in English), but signs everywhere are in English. (The Brits ruled for over 150 years up until 1964.)
  1. Cost of living in Malta is lower than much of Europe: Most goods must be imported to Malta. However, the costs even in tourist areas are well below other European cities. You can get a cappuccino for 1.50 euros… a glass of Chardonnay for 2.95 euros…
  1. Not overly touristy: Despite its prime position and its increasing efforts to put itself out there, Malta is still not a major tourist destination.
  1. Malta is clean and well serviced: The towns are clean, and Valletta is immaculate. Bins are everywhere.
  1. Easy to connect: Overall, Malta is open for business and in the modern world. Expect to find some free Wi-Fi spots along the east coast, and most bars and restaurants have free Wi-Fi for guests.

Malta FAQs

When Is The Best Time To Visit Malta?

The best time to visit Malta is during May and September. As a result, consider these months when planning for some beach time here. That way you’ve less competition for sand—and have a chance of parking nearby.

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