The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
— G. K. Chesterton, 1874 - 1936




Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. A decade later Malta became a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.


Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. The country is an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Għawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited.

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Cheap Flights to Toronto

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Toronto is a fastidious holiday trip destination next to the Niagara Falls. It is not just a global city; it is also the financial capital of Canada. Actually, it is considered as one of the world's top economic hub. Its principal economic divisions incorporate commerce services, investments, aerospace, transportation, telecommunications, education, tourism, TV and movie and software production, sports industries and medicinal research. Even the Toronto Stock Exchange is considered the seventh biggest in the world. Due to these, various business and holiday explorers visit Toronto every year, particularly with cheap flights to Toronto offered not just in the US but in other parts of the world. The most famous attraction of Toronto is its CN Tower. It stands as the world's tallest free-standing structure at 553 meters. It has held on to the world record for more than 30 years now. Additional famous attractions are the ROM or Royal Ontario Museum. The Toronto Zoo (ranks are the world's largest), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum, the Ontario Science Center, Bata Shoe Museum, Don Valley Brick Works and the Canadian Exhibition Place (ranks as the world's oldest yearly fair). When it comes to shopping spots, you'll never run out of shops to triumph over. In fact, this is where most of the celebrities from all over North America shop, particularly preceding to the Toronto International Film Festival. One of the topmost shopping destinations in North America is the Toronto Eaton Center. It receives more than 52 million visitors every year. All these and more make Toronto the decisive vacation, shopping and industry destination in the world. Through the arrival of visitors, cheap flights to Toronto have turn out to be more accessible throughout the internet. There are numerous airlines that are servicing the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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MaltaThe Palace 

High Street
Sliema SLM 1542

Price (US$): $108 - $194 / night

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Location. Located in central Sliema, The Palace is near the airport and close to Bisazza Street, Grand Masters Palace, and Mediterranean Conference Centre. Additional points of interest include Sliema Promenade and National Museum of Archaeology. Hotel Features. The Palace features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational… more »

MaltaInterContinental Malta 

St. George's Bay
St Julians STJ3310

Price (US$): $173 - $389 / night

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Location. InterContinental Malta is located on the beach in St. Julian's, close to Bay Street Shopping Complex, St George's Beach, and National Museum of Archaeology. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Great Seige of Malta and the Knights of St. John and Fort St. Elmo. Hotel Features. Dining options at InterContinental Malta include 8 restaurants. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet… more »

MaltaLe Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa 

39 Main Street
Balluta Bay
St Julians STJ1017

Price (US$): $204 - $401 / night

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Location. Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa is located near the beach in central St. Julian's and close to Sliema Promenade, National Museum of Archaeology, and Great Seige of Malta and the Knights of St. John. Additional points of interest include Mediterranean Conference Centre and St. Johns Co Cathedral. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks.… more »

MaltaKempinski Hotel San Lawrenz 

Triq Ir Rokon
San Lawrenz SLZ1040

Price (US$): $113 - $754 / night

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Location. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is a business friendly hotel located in San Lawrenz's Gozo neighborhood, close to Ta' Pinu Shrine, Azure Window, and St. George's Basilica. Other area points of interest include Ggantija Temple and Ta' Cenc. Hotel Features. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health club,… more »

MaltaThe Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux 

Misrah il-kunsill
Rabat 1050

Price (US$): $249 - $457 / night

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Location. Located in Rabat, The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux is in the historical district and close to Museum of Natural History, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt. Nearby points of interest also include Roman Villa and St. Paul's Church. Hotel Features. The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor… more »

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Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)

Geographic coordinates

35 50 N, 14 35 E

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC


196.8 km (excludes 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)


Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers


mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs

Lowest point

Mediterranean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)

Natural resources

limestone, salt, arable land


406,771 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)


Roman Catholic 98%


Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8% (2005 census)

Government type



21 September 1964 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 21 September (1964); Republic Day, 13 December (1974)

Chief of state

President George ABELA (since 4 April 2009)

Head of government

Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 23 March 2004)

Internet country code


Internet users

240,600 (2009)


1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Marsaxlokk (Malta Freeport), Valletta

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