One of the main reasons which makes Malta so desirable for permanent residences and for holiday seekers is the fact that it is a small archipelago geographically located right in the center of the Mediterranean – This offers a choice of many beautiful beaches to choose from, warm climate, beautiful surroundings, lots of recreational areas, nightlife for all ages, and a rich culture together with a very interesting history. Over the recent years, investment in Malta has increased rapidly mainly due to the favorable tax rates which are being offered to foreign business investors. This, in turn attracts many foreigners who work/live here on a permanent / semi-permanent basis.
Malta covers an area of approximately 315 square kilometres, located approximately 80 km South of Sicily, and has a population of approximately 400,000.
Properties in Malta
One can find many different types of properties in Malta. From studio apartments, penthouses, houses of character, Townhouses, Palazzos, even Luxurious 6 bedroom Villas including pool, stables, chapel, Jacuzzi, sauna….you name it. Here is where a Professional Property Management company comes in handy. – ‘Ewi Home Services’ may definitely offer you the right guidance in order to find the property of your dreams. For those of you specifically searching for peaceful residential areas, properties in the island of Gozo should definitely be considered. ‘Ewi Home Services’ will not only facilitate your process of purchase or rental, and help you find the ideal property, but will also assure you absolute peace of mind should you be requiring any form of Property Management or Maintenance services.
Weather in Malta
What is the weather like in Malta? – The average temperature in Malta ranges between 17 to 20 degrees Celsius (approx. 65 degrees Fahrenheit). Summer is the main touristic season which offers lots of sunshine and long, warm days. Temperatures may reach 40 degrees Celsius and more, which needless to say provides optimum swimming conditions. During winter days, although the weather is cold and humid, there’s no frost or snow as temperatures usually average 15 degrees Celsius during the day and about 9 degrees Celsius at night.
What to do in Malta
What is there to do on such a small island? – Well, basically everywhere you go, something to see awaits. – One can opt for site seeing - Temples, cathedrals, palaces and forts which provide a history you can almost touch. For those who cant wait to get the party started, night clubbing in a very popular venue called ‘Paceville’ is a must! Other activities such as swimming, diving, kayaking, spas, boat chartering, shopping, water sports, hiking, sky diving, climbing, cycling - you mention it, Malta’s got it!
One of the main attractions of this archipelago is a visit to the very peaceful neighbouring sister islands Gozo and Comino. A short (approximately 20 mins) but very scenic ferry trip takes you to and fro the islands making the trip a pleasure in itself.
Local Village Feasts also play an important part in the life of the Islands. A mixture of fireworks and village band marches makes your summer night a very memorable one.
Malta is Beautiful - Click on Video
Cuisine in Malta
Cuisine in Malta is based on a very well balanced and delicious concoction of multicultural heritage. Local restaurants are vast, and offer a creative selection using Malta’s very own exceptional local produce.
Typical ‘must taste’ local dishes are ‘kapunata’ (maltese version of ratatouille), torta tal-lampuki’ (traditional Fish Pie), ‘bragjoli’ (maltese Beef Olives), ‘arjoli’ (blend of minced breadcrumbs, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, vinegar, pickled onions, herbs and chilli), ‘bigilla’ (pate of broad beans with garlic), ‘bebbux’ (local snails), ‘stuffat tal fenek’ (rabbit stew), ‘zalzett malti’ (traditional maltese sausage), ‘hobz biz-zejt’ (maltese bread dipped in olive oil, rubbed with ripe tomatoes and filled with a mix of tuna, onion, garlic, tomatoes and capers), ‘pastizzi’ (puff flaky pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas), and last but not least ‘gbejniet’ (local fresh goat cheeselets).
Delicious local sweet dessert specialities are ‘prinjolata’ (when in season), ‘kannoli’ (tube of crispy, fried pastry filled with ricotta), and ‘Helwa tat-Tork’ (sweet mixture of crushed and whole almonds). Undoubtedly, these 3 desserts will stimulate your taste glands so intensely that they will get you craving for more!After dinner, wine bars, night clubs and pubs transform the rest of the evening into an enjoyable one loaded with excitement.
When it comes to local wine making, Malta may not be as renowned as France or Italy or Spain, but Maltese wines have proven to be amongst the best, winning several accolades in France, Italy and in various other places. One can find International grape varieties grown on local soils such as Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Chardonnay, Carignan, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Moscato. The local grapes are and Ghirghentina and Gellewza which are able to produce very fine White, Red and Rose’ wines.
On a yearly basis, 2 of the leading wineries organise wine festival events which are set up in beautiful locations. Here, one can taste any of his/her preferred local wine, accompanied with an assortment of cheeses, meats and other food varieties. These very same wineries, regularly hold guided tours / tasting events at the winery itself. Tours cover the complete production, from the initial fermentation to the full ageing process. They also include wine history museums and opportunities to taste and buy a variety of vintages.
Must see sites
Another unique experience is a trip to the Marsaxlokk fish market on Sunday morning. This market displays a huge variety of fresh local fish which would have just been caught that same morning from our very own maltese waters..
Probably the most frequented city in Malta by tourists is Valletta - The capital city of Malta. The city of Valletta was officially recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1980, today mostly famous for its rich culture, theatres, stunning bastion walls, concerts, churches, Baroque architecture, and nowadays also offers a vast shopping experience. It is now the permanent seat of the Maltese government. Valletta has been named European capital of culture 2018 and has become one of Malta’s main tourist attractions. One of the most precious attractions is St John’s Co- Cathedral which hosts priceless paintings by Caravaggio. It also boasts Malta’s Grand Harbour, often referred to as the most beautiful harbour in the Mediterranean.
Before Valletta became Malta’s capital city, Mdina held the honour. With a history dating over 4000 years, Mdina is nowadays referred to as ‘the silent city’ - a fortified medieval town enclosed in bastions offering a beautiful escape and cultural bliss boasting several museums, churches, and prehistoric remains. The best time to take a walk around Mdina is at night where one can experience the beautifully lit up baroque buildings inherited from the Knights of Malta. After experiencing the medieval feel, one can enjoy the magnificent views of Malta from ‘Belvedere’.
Keeping in mind that in Malta everywhere is just a stone throw away, one can experience various cities / sites in a very short time span.
One doesn’t even need to travel far to visit these beautiful islands. Located very close to most European cities, the Islands are serviced by scheduled flights operated by the national carrier Air Malta, international airlines and various low-cost airlines.
Property Management in Malta - Why Malta