On Friday July 8th we have a different boat party as usual. Firstly, the entrance is cheap and the boat also stays away longer!
Malta the pearl in the Mediterranean!
With a total land area of only 316 square kilometers, Malta is one of the smallest countries on the Mediterranean. Malta consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and the uninhabited island of Comino. The more than a million tourists annually account for about a third of the country's total income. This makes tourism by far Malta's most important source of income. The tourists mainly come to Malta in the summer months with the main aim of celebrating a holiday in the sun on the islands. You notice that on the island of Malta there is mainly real mass tourism. On Gozo it is all a bit quieter and more relaxed, which also means a different audience. Gozo is mainly visited by tourists who are looking for peace, culture and nature. The way in which Gozo has dealt with spatial planning over the years has resulted in an island that appears to be more balanced.
Malta's history and heritage
Since Neolithic times, for over 8,000 years, Malta has been populated and remains of the earliest inhabitants can still be found on the island. The large structures of Neolithic temples are still standing in the south of the island of Malta (Tarxien Temples, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra), and in Gozo (Ggantija).
You want to know more about Malta amazing and long history? Feel free to read all about it!
Travel season & climate
Malta has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers with very little rainfall. The winters are pleasant and rarely really cold. The mercury here rarely if ever falls below freezing. In the high summer months only the rising sirocco wind can provide some cooling and the temperature will not drop below 25 degrees Celsius even at night. The ever-present sea breeze in Malta ensures that any rain showers that do occur are usually blown over quickly. The active holidaymaker can best visit the islands in the spring or autumn, for people who are looking for sun, sea and sand, the high summer months are the ideal travel time.
On the climate of Malta you can read extensive climate information including detailed climate tables for Malta and a number of destinations within Malta and Gozo.
The sun in Malta is a lot stronger than in the rest of Europe. In the months of May, June, July and August the UV index can rise to 9. However, the sun can still be dangerously strong in the months of April, September and October. It is recommended to use a minimum protection factor of 15-20.
Drive on the left!
We are used to driving on the right side of the road, but this is not the case everywhere in the world. There are no fewer than 76 countries where people drive on the left side of the road. When you are on holiday in such a country, it can be quite dangerous if the driver has no experience with this.
Traffic in Malta is a real chaos! They do not follow traffic rules and even the smallest journey they make by car. As a result, even on this small island, many traffic jams can occur
Better take a taxi or rent a scooter when you got used to the traffic. Check the page with Apps and website for the different possibilities!
Power from the socket.
Keep in mind that the power often goes out! On average 15 times a year. So it is certainly good to have candles and a full power bank.
We have different plugs here in Malta than in the rest of Europe. So you need converters. Fortunately, these are about €2.- and can be found in almost any tourist shop.
You have several fuse boxes in the house, often up to 3! If your power goes out, you should check all three. Ask your landlord about this in the beginning, so you know where they are.
You can turn your socket on and off! So don't forget to turn it on or your phone will still be empty! Happened to me way to often.
You have to get used to those afternoon closings and that they are often closed on Saturday afternoons too!
Opening times of the shops
The opening hours of shops in Malta differ per city, industry and season.
Normal store hours are around 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In touristic places, shops are often open considerably longer, especially in the summer season. There is also rarely an afternoon closure.
The high season in Malta lasts from June to September. The months of May and October are transition months to the low season.
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap. The tap water in Malta is suitable for human consumption. The taste is not experienced as pleasant by everyone. The water is stored in large barrels on the roof. This gets hot and cold every day and against the insects is often done by adding chlorine tablets.
Bottles of mineral water are an excellent alternative in that case.
I always order these at maltasupermarket.com, just once a month and then it is delivered to the house too!
With the first rain after the summer, pay attention because then the streets rinse clean. So all the oil and petrol make it one big slide!
When it rains, it pours
We have 300 days of sunshine in Malta and very few cloudy days. The days it will rain are even less.
But if it starts to rain then you have to pay attention. Since Malta is only rock, the water flows through the streets to the lowest point. This means that some places cannot be walked, you just wash away. Not only people but also cars and sometimes buses!
Eating out and drinking is quite cheap
Outside the tourist areas, a meal in a mid-range restaurant costs around €40 for two.
You can drink a local beer (Cisk) for about €2.
You can drink a mixed drink for about €2. In some places, liquor is cheaper than beer.
A luxury coffee for €3.
A cinema ticket for €7
Find your new Job!
Nothing is more beautiful than working in a country where most people go to for a Holiday.
There is plenty of work to be found in all fields, but keep in mind that most fields (government, catering, shops, etc) have a low wages of 800 to 1000 per month.
That is why most expats who live here work in the Igaming. The wages and benefits are much higher in the Igaming industry. It is also easy to get started in the Igaming. Specially when you speak another language like: Swedish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian and way more. Even when you do not have experience you will find a Job!
Almost everyone starts with customer service and moves on to other positions within Igaming within a year (sometimes two). Here you can think of the VIP department, SEO, advertising, Risk, Fraud, Payments, Responsible betting and more.