Ahhh, Malta, the small island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Well, actually Malta is the name of the largest island of 3 big islands (which two are only inhabited due to their size and capability to hold people). Malta also has a bunch of smaller islands or rocks as well but might be too small to hold any humans on them. In its history, the Maltan islands have been fought over for many years for its importance as a sea way-station by various European and Arab/North African powers which have both contributed to Malta’s unique history, culture, and even language. The Maltese language is said to be most commonly related to Arabic even though there is a heavy British influence to the islands due to Malta being a former British colony which lasted until the 1960s meaning that many Maltese can speak English as well. Malta was an important stopping point when British ships would sail from their home ports in Britain, stop at Gibraltar, stop at Malta, before heading off to Egypt.
Today, Malta has become a big financial and banking hub in addition to being a popular tourist destination. Unlike the rest of Europe, Malta gets quite a bit of tourists due to its great weather and climate particularly during the winter when the rest of Europe is covered by avalanches of snow and cold wind. One area that has gotten a lot of attention is the scuba diving there. Because Malta used to be a transport hub/stop for sailing vessels, there are a quite a few shipwrecks and artifacts that make Malta a great place for scuba diving. Combine that with great weather generally all year long and you got a pretty good place for vacation. Or great living. Hey, can’t complain when you’re retired living in a nice climate especially if you’ve lived in cold weather your entire life. I met a Russian in Malta who loved living there after him describing his climate/weather life in Russia as being “cold for 2 months and then really, really cold for the other 10 months.” So much for a summer there or wherever he used to live in Russia.
Tip: The people in Malta do speak English so there is no need to worry about any language differences if you are a non-English speaker. The Maltese do have their own language but they can all speak English since Malta used to be a British colony when it was used mostly as a British Navy stopping point for fuel, supplies, and a chance for the royal marines and sailors to stretch their legs. The Maltese language is actually closer to the Arabic language than Italian due to its conquest history of when the islands were under the Muslim control and slowly evolved into its own language with a lot of input from nearby Italy and its eventual British controllers. Just note that the Maltese do drive on the left hand side of the road and on the right hand side of the car like in the UK due to the cultural inheritance from the British. Malta is now a sovereign nation that is part of the European Union.Follow me on Instagram: