48 hours in . . . Valletta, an insider guide to Malta’s master of reinvention


Essential Information

Flight time: 3 hours from the UK 

Time difference: GMT +1 hr

Currency: Euro (EUR; €)

Tourist Office: There is a tourist information office in the arrivals hall of Malta International Airport, and another excellent one in Valletta at 28 Melita Street. Tel: 00 356 21220193 / 21220264; open Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 9am–1pm. For a list of all the tourist offices in Malta see

Telephone code: 00 356 from the UK, followed by the Maltese number (there are no zeros to remove in Maltese phone numbers)

Foreign Office advice: Malta is mostly considered as safe or safer than the UK, except on the roads where standards of driving are described as ‘poor’.

Extra reading: There is lots of useful information on A good holiday read which covers most of Malta’s history within a fictional narrative is Nicholas Monsarrat’s novel, The Kappillan of Malta.

Malta is best known in Britain as a sun and sea destination. There is certainly no shortage of either.

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