The Maltese Islands are located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea in between Sicily and North Africa and are composed of five little Islands, which are Malta, Gozo, Comino, Filfla and Fungus Rock. Technically only the first two are inhabited Islands, with comino home to just one family and a tourism operation, but the other two are well known for their abundant flora and fauna which is typical of Meditteranean Islands. Malta is the main Island where most economic activiy and tourism takes palce, whilst its more laid back sister Island of Gozo comes in second place.
"Malta sees its largest number of tourists in the peak summer months of June, July, August and September"
Malta was governed over the years by several super powers including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Angevins, the Castillians, the Arabs, the Normans, the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, the French under Napoleon and the British. Independence within the British Commonwealth came on 21st September 1964, whilst the date of the declaration of the Republic of Malta was the 13th December 1973. Both these dates are national public holidays and celebrated amongst the locals of all poltical parties. Another landmark date for Maltese history was becoming a member of the European Union which occured In May 2004.
Today, the population is of approximately 420,000 as per statistics released in 2012, however there are roughly another 800,000 first and second generation Maltese who settled in overseas over the years. Although Malta has had this mass immigration over hundreds over years, it still remains the third most densely populated country in the world. Its natural resources are nearly non–existent, an the main industries for economic activity are Tourism, Construction, Finance, Information Technocolgy and Agriculture and various small industries. With regards to the Tourism industry, Malta offers history, culture, the arts, beautiful beaches, water-sports activities, beautiful churches and many other attractions.
Malta's weather has a typical Mediterranean feel to it with pretty long hot summers and short mild winters. It is typical for the wather to warm up considerably in mid March and thereafter temperatures increase gradually and peak in July, August and September. July and August are often the hottest months with temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to 37 degrees celsius. Malta experiences long days of sunlight with the sun rising round about 6am and setting at about 7.30 pm and 8 p.m during Spring and Summer. Most of the winter rain falls between November and March and rarely rains between April and October, except for an occasional freak storm in September.
On the other hand, although winters are short and mild with temperatures rarely falling below 8-10 degrees celsius aone can experience strong cold winds which when copupled with the Island's humidity could feel colder than it is in reality.
Malta sees its largest number of tourists in the peak summer months of June, July, August and September, however the publicity efforts by the authorities and private enterprise has landed Malta a good reputation for one of the best European places to visit in the shoulder and winter months and the numbers over the past few years have been very encouraging in the Maltese Tourism sector.