Although you may decide to hire our services, for which you only have to enter Excursions and look in our drop-down for the excursion that interests you, we advise you to read these tips that will make your trip more pleasant and productive.
If you are looking for more professional help, as a help choosing the hotel, you can always contact us and we will be happy to help you.
-Basic points should be known such as Malta is part of the EU, so you only need the usual documents as for any other member state, we also are part of the central european time zone but we usually follow British schedules (you eat at 12 and you have dinner at 7 or so, although with tourists we adjust). The prefix here is 00356 / +356 (for both Malta and Gozo) and we live in the 21st century, so you will find free wifi in the bars and even in some streets.
-In Malta english is an official language, along with Maltese, so if you speak English you will not have communication problems. In addition, more than 70% of the population also speaks Italian.
– Malta is a super-secure country, so don’t be afraid to go out at night or venture down any street. Though carelessness should be avoided since population increases greatly in summer and in some very touristic areas, in high season, there are isolated cases of pickpockets.
-Malta is a small island, but for the purposes of movement it is magnified: crossing the island takes just over an hour by car, and that if there is no traffic (which usually there is), so do not calculate times down. Similarly, even walking, short distances are not always easy: Malta is full of property walls, cities very often only communicate by one point, there are several sea ledges in highly inhabited areas… That’s why we recommend not planning more than one or two visits a day per zone.
-To see Malta in conditions we should invest 3 days (4 with Gozo) minimum, and that is if the trip is very well planned with excursions or a car, so it is advisable to spend a week to be able to enjoy to the fullest, mixing culture and beach, see everything without haste and even dedicate a day to personal recreation without doing anything.
For this we can recommend our Packs, which you can choose according to your preferences.
-If you are going to hire excursions in Malta make sure that they are MTA (Malta Tourism Authority) guides like us, as unauthorized guides, more than often are unprepared and are illegal. This means they can ban them from entering the monuments, severing them in the streets and leaving you without a hike. And being an illegal excursion, MTA doesn’t take care of helping you get any compensation or reimbursement.
The same goes for companies, which have to have a license number (in our case it is TRA-A-28).
If you are going to hire an excursion to make sure that you meet these requirements, since not only the official guides are better (to be a guide you have to spend a 2-year course and with mandatory assistance development programs every two years), going on an illegal excursion can completely splash your day.
-The schedules of the premises in Malta are… Complicated. The average Maltese would rather live life than work, so beware of leaving shopping for the last minute or arguing with the business owner about how to make the company more efficient, because even if you’re right you’re not going to win the argument. Shops are usually open at 9 a.m., close at no more than half a day for lunch and 7pm.
Official buildings such as museums, schedules are usually clear and their workers punctual. They usually close at 5.00pm, with the last entrance at 4.30pm.
-Virtually all stores accept cards, although sometimes they require a minimum expense to use it (usually 10 euros) so ask before ordering, to avoid problems.
-One of the most impressive places in Malta is the Hipogeum, an amazing underground temple that brings archaeologists upside down while still impressing them. It is certainly the great unknown (or lesser known) jewel of Malta, but a unique place in the world (only another similar temple is known, it is in Gozo and is not open to the public). We advise you to visit it, but you have to know that the price is high and that you need to book well in advance, so here we leave you the link on the page to get hold of the tickets: https://booking.heritagemalta.org/
If tickets are already sold Contact Us and we will do our best to get you a ticket (if they are sold on the page we cannot assure you more than the attempt).
-In Malta we have a natural enemy: the mosquito. For now we have not had problems with diseases such as Zika or non-indigenous breeds, but it may be because local mosquitoes have them at bay, and even if they are not deadly or dangerous they leave some important memories. That’s why it’s not too much to get hold of some repellent cream and/or some of the typical anti mosquitoes, such as pill machines, liquid machines and citronella spirals.
-For luggage in summer you won’t have much trouble, a lot of short sleeve/legs, but the rest of the year, especially in winter, we have cold drop (sudden and strong rain), so we recommend that you look at the weather, because if you come a week in December or January it is not uncommon that it is three days raining non-stop and another 3 of heat ( yes: heat), so you will combine in the suitcase those clothes doomed to never meet, such as the rainy and shorts (certainly 😉 a photo that will triumph
-In Malta 24-hour pharmacies do not exist. On Sundays, those that will open that day until 12.00 are published in the newspaper. If you have an emergency, you’ll need to go to the hospital or a Health Centre (outpatient).
-Malta is a very religious country, and people are very devoted. That is why at the entrance of many churches you will see baskets of handkerchiefs that are neither souvenirs nor to dry sweat: they serve to cover your shoulders, knees and navel. To avoid problems we recommend respect for local customs, which on the other hand are not especially restrictive.
-Malta is the island of cats, and you will see it. They are fed, they are built sheds (sometimes cities of their size) and taken care of in general. That’s why don’t be surprised to find them in the most unsuspected places: from in a restaurant taking a nap at a table (and we say restaurant, not terrace…. that also), that while you are eating you are approached by some of these felines to order food (don’t expect them to contribute to the bill). And if you are not friends with these friendly super predators or simply approach you with a hygiene that you do not desire and do not like them, make it ovious to them with love and respect (that is, without aggression), mainly because it is a living being, but also because some local may see it and it is not funny that you mistreat its cat neighbor. After all, here the cat is at home.
-Just like cats everywhere, in rural areas dogs are very common. But in these cases in semi-freedom (they usually live in farms or private houses, but roam freely) and, unfortunately, they are not treated as well treated as cats. So if walking in the countryside you find one or more dogs be careful, because although they are not usually dangerous we can not guarantee it. If they are aggressive avoid the area and take a round to avoid them.
-Finally, beware of jellyfish as although few are really poisonous, from time to time we have unwanted presences on the beaches. On the beaches you will find informative posters about it and, if not, you can confirm on the internet (there are English pages).