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EC Malta Travel Guide and Activities

Small and easy to explore, Malta is a charming and friendly place to learn English. Relax on the beach or visit one of the island’s many places of interest. Malta never fails to put a smile on your face. Not only sunny and bright, Malta is steeped in history and has great natural beauty from neolithic temples to crystal clear sea.


The climate in Malta is typically Mediterranean – very hot, humid days and nights in July and August and cooler temperatures during the winter months. The Islands have a very sunny climate with a daily average of five to six hours sunshine in mid-winter to more than 12 hours in summer.

  • Currency – Euro (€)
  • All major credit cards are widely accepted, although some cards carry transaction charges.
  • The main banks in Malta are Bank of Valletta plc (BOV), HSBC Bank plc, Lombard and Banif
    Banking hours:
    Monday to Thursday 08.30 – 14.00*
    Friday 08.30 – 15.30*
    Saturday 08.30 – 12.15*

* The closing time may vary slightly from one bank to another

Public holidays falling on a weekday

2024 Public holidays on a weekday
1 Jan, 19 Mar, 29 Mar, 1 May, 7 Jun, 15 Aug, 13 Dec, 25 Dec

5 places to see
  • Mdina
  • Grand Harbour
  • Three Cities
  • Blue Grotto
  • St John’s Cathedral
5 things to do
  • Take a boat trip
  • Visit Gozo & Comino
  • Go to a ‘festa’
  • Watersports
  • Visit prehistoric temples


Telephone Country Code

220 Volts; 50 Hz – 3-pin plug

Tap water

Tap water is safe to drink however it is recommended to buy bottled water for drinking

Useful Information


Gym – EC offers the students a weekly membership at Malta’s best gym – Cynergi Health & Fitness Club. Membership is heavily subsidised, students pay only Euros 28 for a full week’s membership. The gym is very close to school and forms part of a 5 star hotel complex. Cynergi offers a variety of aerobic classes, a free-weights hall, resistances and cardio machines, 2 squash courts, heated indoor pool, saunas and steam bath. The gym is open from Monday to Friday between 06:00 – 22:00. On Saturdays entrance is 06:00 – 20:00. On Sundays entrance is 08:00 – 18:00.

Driving Age

The minimum driving age is 18. The minimum age of renting a car is 21 even though some car hire companies may charge a supplement for those drivers under the age of 25 years.

Alcohol Age

The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Malta is 17.

Smoking laws

The legal age for smoking in Malta is 18 years. Smoking in enclosed public places is illegal.


Free hospital emergency treatment is available for European travellers on production of a valid European Health Insurance card (EHIC). All other nationals are advised to have a comprehensive health insurance.


For Visa information please visit our Visa Requirements page

Cost of Living

Coffee/Cappuccino (Starbucks) 


Bottle of water / soda (0.33 litre) 


Fast-Food combo meal 


Meal, inexpensive restaurant 


Fitness club (monthly, 1 adult) 


Public transport (local transport) 


Public transport (monthly pass)