Language study abroadMalta
Malta is the only country in the Mediterranean where English is spoken as a national language. The cultural monuments of this historically interesting island date back to the times before the pharaohs.
Language study in Malta:
CULTURAL LANDSCAPE IN THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA
The Maltese group of islands, made up of six islands, is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The biggest of the three inhabited islands – the main island, Malta – lies 93 km south of Sicily and 290 km north of the North African coast. Gozo and Comino are also inhabited. The landscape on these three islands is made up of hills and terraced fields. The coast is lined with harbours, bays, beautiful sand beaches and rocky coves. Gozo, which can be reached from Malta via ferry, has lush vegetation, smooth rolling hills, and steep cliffs. Comino is the smallest of the islands and can also be reached from Malta and Gozo via ferry. There are only three Maltese residents living permanently on this little island. Thanks to the exposed position on the Mediterranean Sea, the pure sea climate with its year round warm temperatures draws visitors to the Maltese islands, where temperatures peak in July and August. A constant seabreeze provides a pleasant, refreshing reprieve from the heat and is ideal for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts.
THE WINDS OF HISTORY
The archipelago boasts many impressive sites dating back to a number of different epochs, in particular the peculiar megalithic temples on Malta and Gozo, which are older even than the Egyptian pyramids. Malta ranks amongst the most favourite travel destinations for watersports enthusiasts, culture lovers and history buffs, and of course fans of the sand and the sea will find their ’Eldorado’ on these islands.
MIXTURE OF BRITISH AND MEDITERRANEAN ELEMENTS
Valletta, the capital of Malta, is the business and shopping hub, as well as where the seat of the government is located. The docks at the harbour are Malta’s largest employer. The many facets of this fortressed city reflect the differing influences, but all the same the overall feeling is cheery yet formal. The Republic Street divides Valletta into two halves. A promenade and shopping area lead up to the palace – where the former Grandmaster Palace stands. The British influence of the former colonial ruling remains evident on Malta: English is, as in the past, the official language, and traffic has remained left-side drive.