If you ask people “where is Malta located?”, don’t be surprised if you get a blank or confused look. Some people (typically from neighbouring Mediterranean and European countries) have indeed heard of the island of Malta before. But for a lot of people, the island’s whereabouts are virtually unknown! At some point in your life, you may have run across or heard someone mention the world famous Maltese Cross. Most likely you would have also heard of the Maltese Falcon novel and movie. But many fail to make a connection between the popular cross, the movie and Malta. Few usually know the exact location of the Maltese Islands, unless they’ve visited the islands of course! A large number of non-Europeans are simply clueless about where is Malta and many have not even heard of it. So if asked, they might even reply with another question: “What is Malta?” 🙂
Needless to say though, those who have visited the wonderful Maltese islands will undoubtedly carry with them their fond memories of Malta through all their lives. Open a world atlas or look for it on a world map on the Internet and you’ll be faced with just a small dot! Yes. That is how small Malta is. Literally, blink an eye and you’ll miss it. Some maps don’t even feature the Maltese Islands! This is why those who visit find the Maltese islands so fascinating! Nobody believes that such a small country can have such a rich and long history. That is, until they’re here, and they experience and “feel” the history of Malta on their skin while strolling along historic paths and streets. The Maltese islands are an archipelago of islands right in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily and North Africa.
If you’re not that familiar with the Mediterranean region, you might want to have a look at our Map of the Mediterranean page for information and maps of the Mediterranean Sea and its countries. The islands are the most southerly country in Europe and consist of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Cominetto and Filfla. The last two islands are uninhabited. Malta’s capital city is Valletta. The whole city is a World Heritage Site. If you’re not sure from where to start with your sightseeing, we recommend that you pop by at the Malta Tourist Information Office, right at the entrance of Valletta. You can pick up maps of Malta, brochures, etc while deciding on where to visit next. If you have a look at a map of Malta, you will immediately notice the sheer compactness of the island. Make no mistake though, when you visit, there is so much to see and do here that you’ll be reluctant to leave! So next time someone asks you “Where is Malta located?” be sure to give the correct answer. Even better, show them a host of photos from your unforgettable holiday in Malta.