You might be wondering “Why should I go to Malta rather than a larger English speaking country such as England, Australia or America?” Here are our top 5 reasons why you should choose Malta:
- The language –
Malta has two official languages – Maltese and English.
Maltese is a unique language spoken by the majority of local people. It is language with Arabic, Sicilian, English and French influences.
Due to the fact that before 1964, Malta was a British colony, the second official language is English. This is also spoken by the majority of the population as it is an obligatory language taught in all school and frequently used in business matters.
- The price –
Even though Malta is a popular holiday destination for many tourists, the cost of living here is less than cities such as London and Paris or countries like The United States or Switzerland.
Many students who choose Malta for learning English, find it much cheaper than other English speaking countries. This doesn’t mean that the standard of quality is less. Quite the opposite as many of the teachers are native speakers to the language.
Accommodation in Malta is also cheaper. On average, a standard single apartment may be rented for €450-€750.
- The weather –
Being a Mediterranean island, Malta has mild winters and hot summers. The coldest temperatures in Malta are normally about 10-12°C and felt mainly in January. The hottest month is August with average temperatures of 32-34°C.
Winter in Malta has a total of about 90 rainy days a year, with the wettest months ranging from November to February. In these months, Malta also experiences strong winds and the occasional thunderstorm.
Summer in Malta is hot and sunny with days averaging about 11-12 hours of daylight. The evenings are also quite warm with temperatures of 20-23°C.
- The sea –
Malta and its two other inhabited island are surrounded by warm, crystal clear sea. There are approximately 34 beaches dotted around the islands, 12 of which have been awarded the Blue Flag beach award. Beaches such as Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay, Blue Lagoon, St Peter’s Pool and Armier, which vary in size and landscape, are amongst some of the most popular destinations for swimmers, sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts.
Malta also welcomes a large number of scuba divers who come to explore the 38 dive sites around the islands which include reefs, caves and wrecks and range from depths of 10 to 70+ metres.
- The people –
With an increasing population of about 420,500, the people of Malta are a very mixed group. The Maltese have been commonly labelled as religious, loud and irritable; yet they always show kindness, hospitality and willingness to help others in need.