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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Essentials

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Electricity

Mains voltage is 230±10V, with an alternating current frequency of 50Hz. British type plugs and wall sockets are standard. Adapters may be purchased at the Agenda kiosk in the Departures Hall and at 8TillLate, in the Arrivals Hall at the Malta International Airport and also from electrical and household supply stores around the island.

 

Climate

The Maltese climate is typically Mediterranean, with cool wet winters and hot summers. January and February are the coldest months of the year, with maximum temperatures of around 15 or 16 oC (51-61 oF). July and August tend to be the hottest months, and temperatures typically hover around the 32 oC (90 oF) mark, although during a severe heat wave, mercury levels have been known to exceed 40 oC (104 oF).

Snow is unknown in Malta. The wettest months are November to January and very little, if any precipitation occurs during the summer months.

 

 

 

                                                                                              (Weather data provided by: www.meteomalta.com)

Money Matters

Malta joined the Eurozone on 1st January, 2008. The Maltese Lira was phased out by the end of that month, and the Euro has been used exclusively since 1st February, 2008.

The Euro (€) is a decimal currency; €1.00 consists of 100 cents. Euro notes come in denominations of: €5; €10; €20; €50; €100; €200 and €500, whilst coins are in denominations of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2.

Select retail outlets (very few!) may accept other currencies, mainly the US Dollar and the British Pound. Money may be exchanged at Bureaus.All major Credit Cards such as VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted and ATM machines are abundant around the islands.

The table below gives an indication of the rate of the Euro against other major currencies as at time of writing.

 

US Dollar

0.740

Pound Sterling

1.180

Swiss Franc

0.770

Canadian Dollar

0.730

Australian Dollar

0.730

Japanese Yen

0.009

Time

Malta is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Between the last Sunday of March and the last Sunday of October, Malta enters summer (daylight saving) time mode, and clocks are advanced by one hour.

Telephones and the Internet

The international dialing code to Malta is +356. The major provider of fixed line telephony services is Go (previously Maltacom).

Public telephone booths in Malta are scattered around the island, but have become somewhat redundant as mobile phone ownership approaches 90% (source: MCA Market Research Survey, 2009). Some are coin operated, but most require a prepaid Telecard that may be bought from stationeries, book shops and souvenir shops.

The major providers of mobile telephony are: Vodafone (Malta); Go; and Melita. Should you wish to purchase a subscription during your stay, you may buy one at the companies’ retail outlets. SIMs may also be available at select stationeries and newsagents, but these are few in number. A new SIM would cost some €10. Pre-paid cards are typically in denominations of €5, €10, €20 and €50.

A small number of establishments, such as ZiffaFone in Valletta and other localities offer VoIP services with favourable international calling rates. You may also purchase pre-paid ZiffaFone cards, availaible from some 300 newsagents in Malta for calling rates starting from €0.01 per minute for calls to EU territory. If using a Go land line service, you may dial 1021 before the overseas number for low-cost international telephony.

 

 National Holidays

1st January New Year's Day

10th February Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck

19th March St Joseph's Day

31st March Freedom Day

1st May Labour Day

7th June Sette Giugno

29th June Feast of St Peter and St Paul

8th August Assumption

8th September Our Lady of Victories

21st September Independence Day

8th December Immaculate Conception

13th December Republic Day

25th December Christmas Day

Good Friday – 2012 - 6th April 2012, March 29 2013, 18th April 2014

Easter Sunday- 2012 - 8th April 2012, March 31 2013, 20nd April 2014