Removals to Malta from UK
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We can transport goods to Malta from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Coventry and any UK location you require.
We can ship beds, sofas, wardrobes to Birkirkara, deliver boxes to Qormi, move full house content to Mosta, transport a car to Żabbar or air freight parcels to San Pawl il-Baħar.
We can also pack and deliver antiques to Rabat, organize 20ft and 40ft container shipping to Saint John, send excess baggage to Fgura, undertake house removals to Żejtun, Sliema, Żebbuġ, Hamrun, Naxxar and wherever you want.
Moving to Malta from UK
Basic information about Malta - Where is Malta?
Maltese Islands are well known for their mesmerizing beauty, superb sunny weather conditions, exotic beaches, rich and vibrant nightlife and intriguing historical background. The marvellous landscape; which is when combined with the roadside chapels, medieval towers, and oldest human structures; are rightly remarked as 'open air museum.
Malta, authoritatively called the Republic of Malta is an island country in the Southern Europe. The Maltese landmass is in the centre of the Mediterranean and is 288km North of Africa and 93 km South of Sicily. It is 284km east of Tunisia and 333km north of Libya. It is a group of seven islands but only three are inhabited. It consists of three splendid islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Among the three Malta is the largest one and is the administrative, commercial and cultural centre. There are many Britons moving to Malta each year. Some of them just for a nice holiday and some to live and work in a better and warmer climate.
When planning removals to Gozo you must know it is rural in outlook with traditional occupations such as fishing, agriculture, craft and tourism. Comino is the smallest of all and is most thickly populated. Out of the non-habituated islands; the terrain is regarded as small and rocky, and it also has coastal cliffs. This group of islands lies on the Malta plateau; which is a shallow shelf which is at a highland bridge between Sicily and North Africa. It is thus situated between the Eurasian and African tectonic plates.
Malta fascinating beauty is enhanced by getting washed by blue glittering waves of Mediterranean, and it is sparkled further by awesome ancient sites. It is encompassed by Europes best diving sites hence always offers an arena of breath-taking experiences. For its enchanting features, Malta can be aptly defined as, 'small in size but big in character.
There are diverse bays along the indented coastline which provides fantastic harbours. All people thinking of shipping to Malta some goods, boxes and furniture and relocating to this country will enjoy its stunning view created by small hills and terraced fields. Dingli is the highest point in Malta; 'TaDmejrek which is at 253m. There are no permanent rivers in the region though the small streams are formed during the heavy rainfall. Some of the freshwater courses run in here; throughout the year. Because of its lush green landscape and captivating flora and fauna, the WWF regarded it as belonging to the eco-region with 'Mediterranean Forests and Woodlands.
Malta covers 316 square km area, which makes it one of the worlds tiniest and also the most populated countries. The capital of the nation of Malta is Valletta; that is also 0.8km square; that makes it one of the smallest capitals of the European Union. When you move to Malta from the United Kingdom you will be able to explore it in a few days.
Malta; located at the heart of Mediterranean can be rightly regarded as 'melting pot of civilizations. It has a powerful history dating back to thousands of years. The place was inhabited around 5200 BC and had a prehistoric civilization before the arrival of the Phoenicians; who named it as 'Malta; that means 'haven.
Malta has a populace of 0.4 million. Bulk of the people on the island is native Maltese. There are some minority groups also inhabiting in Malta; most of them are Britons who have retired to Malta. According to July 2011 survey, the population of the area was estimated to be 408,000. Maltas population density is, 282 per square km and can be admired as one of the highest in the world.
Removals to Malta involves exchanging money from British Pounds Sterlings to Euro. From 1972 to 2007, Malta had its currency; the Maltese lira. In 2008, the Euro became the official currency of Malta, and it became a member of Eurozone. The Maltese Euro coins originated with three peculiar designs. The coins of denomination 0.01, 0.02 and the 0.05 depict an altar from the Mnajdra megalithic temples; whereas the coins of denomination 0.10, 0.20 and the 0.50 have the coat of arms of Malta. The coins with denominations of 1 and the 2 show the George Cross.
Malta has a subtropical - Mediterranean climate. Here, the winters are hot and summers vary from warm to hot. Rains mainly occur in winters and summers are usually dry. Relocating to Malta is seen as a move to the area with the healthiest climate in the world; as per the 'International Living.
The average yearly temperature is about 23 degree Celsius during the day and 16 degree Celsius at night. During winters in the coldest month; like January the maximum temperature ranges from 12 to 20 degree Celsius. During hottest month; such as August it is 28-34 degree Celsius. The large temperature fluctuation is very rare.
Malta can be regarded as being green throughout the year. The sunshine duration ranges from 5.2 hours during December to 12 hours in July. Do not forget to ship you mountain bike and other outdoor equipment as you will have more opportunities to you it over there.
For dialling in Malta from abroad one has to first dial the international access number and then the country code '+356 and the subscribers number.
What language do they speak in Malta?
There are two approved languages: Maltese and English so removals to Malta will not require you to learn a difficult foreign language. Maltese is the constitutional national language; which became official in 1934. Constitution gave preference to Maltese clearing stating that if there are disparity in the law texts in English and Maltese; the Maltese text should prevail. Maltese is a Semitic language; descended from Sicilian Arabic dialect. The Maltese alphabet encompasses of 30 letters based on the Latin alphabet. One can find it has substantial borrowing also from Italian and little French, and now also English. Thus, Maltese language can be considered as a hybrid of several languages. According to Euro barometer 100% of the population speak Maltese. 88%population speaks English, 66% speak Italian, and nearly 17% speak French. Hence, the state can be regarded as one of the most multilingual in the European Union. The study revealed that 86% of the population preferred using Maltese, 12% for English, and 2% for Italian.
Time in Malta:
Malta falls in the Central European Time Zone, and Central European Standard Time is 1 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Like other countries of Europe like Germany or Belgium, Summer Time is perceived in Malta, where the time is shifted forward to 1 hour; 2 hours ahead GMT. After summer, the time in Malta is shifted back by 1 hour to the standard Central European Time.
Malta biggest cities - which city to move to?
Removals to Valletta: It is the capital city and is acknowledged as world heritage site by UNESCO. The rich artistic heritage of the city is visible in the form of exquisite buildings of16th century that was built by Knights of St. John. The most majestic among them stands St. Johns Cathedrals. Valletta has the major administrative and political centres; with most of the official buildings located here.
From the hustle bustle of the day, one can calm down and relax at the Upper & Lower Barrakka Gardens; which offers a picturesque sight of the Grand Harbor. At sunset, Valletta turns into a magnificent city where the architecture is illuminated under the moonlight. Plenty of cafes, wine bars, restaurants, theatres, regular exhibitions and celebrations of festivals make Valletta a vibrant city. Some of the tourist charms of the place are Hasting Garden, City Gate, and Victoria Garden; Malta National Museums of Fine art, Maneol theatre and many more.
Shipping to Mdina: It is often known as the silent city of Malta as it is free from the noise of cars and is occupied by very few people. It is a fortified medieval town located on a large hill. Mansions enclose it. It was once the capital of Malta. In terms of its splendid beauty; it can be regarded as a magical city. The serenity of nature and quietness enables one to relax and rejuvenate by walking in the narrow streets and alleyways. Major tourist spots are natural History Museum. St. Pauls church, Cathedral Museum, Chapel of St. Agatha, Banca Titratable, Nunnery of St. Benedict
Moving to Sliema: It is regarded as the hub for shopping spree and fine dining. It is one of the most charming tourist attractions for its major fine dining restaurants and commercial areas. It is adjacent to St. Julia. It offers a spectacular view of Valletta on one side and breath-taking view of the sea on the other side. The promenade in Sliema is ideal for strolls as it provides excellent relaxation during warm summer evenings.
Removals to St. Julians: It lies to the north of Valletta and is mostly famous for its lively nightlife and enthralling touristic activity. It is a hub for vivid range of luxurious hotels, restaurants and vibrant nightclubs, mostly in the area known as Paceville. It is famous tourist attraction as it offers a lively atmosphere to uplift the spirits of all.
Shipping to Birgu: It is one of the Three Cities. It is surrounded by the fortified walls and consists of historical place and monuments. The entrance to Birgu is through the Couvre Porte where feast is celebrated annually on the 10th of August. The celebrations are accompanied by fireworks, Brass bands clubs and processions. Dominic Church, Notre Dame Gate, Malta at War Museum and Fort St. Angelo are other tourist attractions.
Moving to Mellieha: It is a village town of Malta famous for its rustic beauty. Mellieha mean salt in Arabic it is one of the major tourist appeals for its enchanting resorts and golden sand beaches. The place offers a colourful life with splendid hotels and traditional souvenir shops.
Removals to Buggiba: It is a major sea side resort famous for lively, buzzing night life. The place offers many adventurous activities like scuba diving and casinos.
Flights to Malta from UK
Traveling to Malta through airways takes you to the destination faster. You can reach there within a few hours to start your tour enjoyment and fun. The Airport in UK to travel Malta is:
- Belfast International
- Doncaster Sheffield
- East Midlands
- Glasgow International
- Leeds Bradford
- London Luton
- Ronald sway
If you are in UK, then find the nearest Airport to Travel Malta. Thank to many UK airports shipping to Malta excess baggage you can also have all your most needed goods with you very quickly. Some companies use airlines to send parcels and boxes. Whereas, on the other hand if you desire to move from Malta to UK then you must know the local airports too.
Airports In Malta
- Gozo heliport Airport
- Heliport Airport
- Malta International Airport
The cost of moving to Malta one way from UK by Airways is on an average 523 USD. However, the shipping costs will vary on the time of purchasing ticket. If you want to cut short the price then, there are great deals available online to make it easier and convenient to book tickets online in cheaper rates.
The journey time will be a minimum of 10 hours. However, it depends on the flight and the airlines, which you book. Every trip takes its own time thus; the time of the journey will be as per the particular airlines. It may also take 14 hours for you to reach Malta from Aberdeen. There are a number of flights available in a day. So you can get the tickets book on an urgent basis as well.
Driving to Malta
You can move to Malta by driving your car. However it is an extended route journey. The total distance from UK to Malta is 1800 Miles. However, for this you would need at least 50 gallons of fuel. Thus, this costs you 300 Euros. But then going through roadway will also charge you for the toll. Thus, your budget to travel Malta from UK through roadway will cost you approximately 800 Euros.
If you choose to go by driving all the way from UK to Malta, then you also have to catch the Ferry to Cross the sea line. However, the journey through ferry will take only 4 to 5 hours, rest all will be included in your driving hours on the road. The advantage of removals to Malta by road in your own car is that you can load the vehicle full of boxes, furniture and sporting equipment. This will let you save some money as the shipping costs to Malta for 1 bedroom house would be about £1000. Of course it depends on how many items you would like to move. We cover also other regions of the EU. We can offer cheap sending furniture to Romania from Malta or back.
The driving route to Malta is available on GPRS. The whole journey from UK to Malta is the best experience to enjoy on your tour. You start on the road and then you are taken to this beautiful island through boat trip and later again you are on roads of Malta. So get your seat belts on and enjoy this adventurous ride with your dear ones. The budget and the time of traveling depend on you. If you want to reach fast then without any halt you can reach Malta in less time. Driving to Malta is one of the best experiences that everyone should experience.
Ferry to Malta from UK
From Catania, you can get the ferry for Valletta port. The duration of this journey is for 4 hours 15 minutes through Virtu ferry and TTT lines; it may take 11 hours 30 minutes. The virtue sailing has eight sailings in a week, and TTT lines have seven sailings in a week. Another route of ferry is from Pozzallo to Valletta. This ferry has ten sailing in a week. The average costing of the ferry will be £71. However, it can change during the time of booking. It is the minimum cost of the boat ride whereas depending upon your route and port, the cost may vary.
What is the Capital of Malta?
Valletta, the capital city of the island of Malta, is also the smallest capital in European Union. As said before, it is the most insignificant place thus, the cities and the areas are also compressed to the size with a high population. UNESCO named this capital as a world heritage site, which was then very popular among the tourists. The beauty of this city is its beautiful Baroque gardens, churches, homes, and parks.
Malta Economy and work
Malta was appreciated for an advanced economy among 32 other countries. The stable income is the cotton, tobacco and shipyards exports. Currently, its primary resources are favourable geographical location, limestone, and productive labour force.
After the summer drought, the nation has gone through fundamental crises like food. Thus, it only produces 20 % of its food need where the freshwater is also restricted in supply. The primary income of its total economy is depending on the foreign trade and tourism. There are many companies in the UK shipping goods to Malta. The imported products include food, clothing and furniture.
In the recent years, the film production is also contributing in the economy. The major business sector is transports, banking, and tourism. Ship building is also one of the major industries on Malta. Whereas other industries served in Malta are clothing, textile, footwear, and electronics.
Other products that are manufactured in Malta are tobacco, lace, metal, rubber products, plastic, and beverages.
Relocation to Malta offers many employment opportunities. Thus, the primary employment probabilities you have in Malta are construction, customer Service, call centre, child care, teaching, electronics trades, business planning, engineering, sales retail and wholesale, international removals. The wages for the employees in these industries is from 1,079 to 1,585. Thus, there is an enough employment opportunity in Malta.
Interesting Facts about Malta
- Earlier there was a bridge that used to connect Malta and Sicily.
- The complete area of the island is 316 km2. Thus, it is one of the smallest countries in the world.
- Even if this island is smallest, there is major worldwide newspaper sold here. Some of the famous international newspapers are British, French and Italian.
- Melita was the first name that was given to this island. The meaning of Melita is Honey in Greek and Roman. However, later it was named as Malta.
- The shipping costs to Malta from UK are relatively low.
- Malta serves you with the site of legendary city of Atlantis.
- The national Dish of Malta is 'Fenek. This dish is made from the cooked rabbit. And the famous pastry of the place is 'pastizzi.
- Malta was a film set for the movie Popeye in 1980. However, after this, the city is known as Popeye city, which is now the worlds biggest tourist destination.
- The famous International celebrities who belong to Malta Background are Britney Spear and Bryan Adams.
- Kinnie is the worlds most famous non- alcoholic Drink in Malta.
What is Malta famous for?
The Republic of Malta is an archipelago nation in the southern parts of the European continent. It is an archipelago of seven islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the tiniest nations in the world yet with it is densely populated area.
Valletta, the capital of Malta has been described by the UNESCO World Heritage website as one of the strongest historic areas of the world. The capital is one of the topmost attractions with a space of less than one square kilometre area. There are many people moving to Valletta each year to visit it. There are several places worth exploring in this tiny capital, like the St Johns Co Cathedral, the Maneol Theatre which is more than 300 years of age and many other such important historic sites.
The medieval jewel of Malta is Mdina. This place is famous for offering the most panoramic views of Malta. Besides, it is also known to the world as the greatest caregiver for several old temples of the world. All these temples are still preserved in the most excellent condition and are standing tall to tell the tale of those times when Malta was visited by several different tribes and the tribal communities for worshipping the Fertility Goddess.
Even though Malta is known for its cultural and classical heritage, it is also famous for the sand and the sea. Malta boasts of some of the best and the tidiest beaches in the world which is one of the principal attractions of this country for the visiting tourists. There are sandy stretches of beaches and beautiful rocky coasts, blue lagoon and such spots which are fit to be printed on the glossy travelogues.
Gozo, one of the sibling islands of Malta, located on the northern side of the country is yet another major tourist attraction and a good place to move, work and live. A significant number of immigrants planning removals to Malta choose Gozo as the place to live. It is around half an hours distance in a ferry ride and can provide you with ample ideas about how Malta was until a few decades ago.
With open country sides and rugged coastlines with several interesting tourist attractions, Gozo is a must visit for any tourist who plans for a Malta trip. When in Gozo, do check out the most interesting attractions of the island like the Citadella and the Ggantija temples, the Dwejra area and the taPinu Sanctuary etc.
The hypogeum of Paola which means underground in Greek is a structure that dates back to the Saflieni phase and is still standing strong. It is in fact the only prehistoric underground temple of the world. The Megalithic temples of Malta are also termed as the UNESCO World heritage sites that belong to the period of 3600 BC to 700 BC. The Ggantija Temples are also one of the UNESCO World heritage sites and includes five other megalithic temples in the same site. They are the Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, taHagrat temples, Tarxien Temples and the Skorba Temples. All these temples are now managed by the Heritage Malta.
Reasons to relocate to Malta
Numerous people from all around the world relocate to Malta every year for work and play. These people include the retired professionals, as well as the freelance professionals, and most of these people are from the UK and other northern European countries like Switzerland or Austria. The chief attraction for relocating to Malta is mainly due to the comfortable lifestyle with most affordable cost of living and also because the country is linked with Britain with its rich cultural and historical heritage.
If you wish to move to Malta, you will be happy to know that several strong multinational companies are now setting up their business in the country thereby opening up the employment opportunities for millions. International removals to Malta is something we can help you with. We offer cheap shipping to Malta and delivery to all major cities Birkirkara, Qormi, Mosta, Żabbar, San Pawl il-Baħar, Rabat, Saint John, Fgura, Żejtun or Sliema. Shipping from London to Malta as well as from Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Coventry, Aberdeen, Leeds is our core business.
What do you need to move to this historic island country?
When you do intend to move to Malta, you would require the residency permissions which are quite easy to obtain in Malta when you have all the paper works in place.
Visa for Malta
You can initially come here with a tourist visa that is valid for not more than three months. Later you can apply for an extension with the police. If you wish to relocate to Malta permanently, you have to bring with you the necessary documents from your employer and apply for a permanent residency.
The excellent thing about this nation is that it belongs to the Schengen group in which the country does not need to check the passport and the other necessary papers of the visiting tourists checked at their borders. There is also a visa waiver agreement in place with several countries, and if you happen to belong to any such nations, you will not require a permit.
Permanent residency in Malta
Once you become a permanent resident of Malta, you are entitled to a 15% tax on your overall income. There are two types of residency, the ordinary and the permanent one which ultimately decides on the taxable amount of your income.
Driving in Malta
Driving within Malta is on the left side of the road as Britain and hence it is popular with the British Expats. Although there are certain regulations that must be observed while driving in Malta.
Although the public transport system in Malta is also high, the buses are functional and have good networks all throughout the seven islands. There are also ferry services to different islands available frequently. Moving to Malta and around it by car is also very easy.
The weather in Malta is that of a conventional Mediterranean climate with dry and hot summers and mild winters.
Top places to visit in Malta
Malta is a top draw among the tourists visiting Europe because of its several tourist attractions and places of interests. Some people plan temporary removals to Malta to have more time to explore it and meet locals. The capital city of Valletta, being one of the tiniest capital cities of the world, the museum of Archaeology in Valletta are all worth visiting in Malta. There is also Fort St Elmo that is the home to the Sunday military parade. The War Museum, the St Johns Co- cathedral, underground catacombs; megalithic temples that are UNESCO World heritage sites, the forts and the churches are all worth exploring when you are in Malta.
Tour the Museum of Roman Antiquities that is located in Rabat, the Cathedral in the medieval city of Mdina with its museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts is especially for the art lovers. Check out the Caravaggios beheading of St Johns co-cathedral and also visit the medieval Palazzo Falson and its antiques in Mdina.
The good thing when organizing shipping to Malta and moving with children is that Education is compulsory till the age of sixteen and is offered by the state, the church and in the private sector.
While the state is responsible for the promotion of education and its instruction, it is also responsible for ensuring that all Maltese citizens have access to the system of schools in the country. The main objective of education in Malta is to include the moral and the intellectual development of all the citizens so that they can contribute to the Malta economy.
Education in Malta at the primary level has been available since the removal of the Knights Hospitaller by the French in 1798. English became the primary language of education in 1878 and education was made compulsory since 1946. The minimum age for education was lowered to five in 1988.
The educational system is broadly structured in four different stages, the pre-primary, the primary, the secondary and the tertiary. While pre-primary is optional, it is meant for the children aged between 3 and 5. Maltas highest post-secondary university is the University of Malta, which has been operational since 1592.
Each year there are many students from UK looking for shipping to Malta books, laptops and clothes. In most cases we are able to compare delivery costs to Malta from a few cheap shipping firms and offer all students low excess baggage charges.
The most predominant religion of Malta is Roman Catholicism. It is the state religion and is also reflected in the different aspects of the Maltese culture. The Patron saints of Malta are St Agatha, St Paul and St Publius. Santa Marija which is an assumption of Mary is also known to be a special patron of Malta.
Other than Roman Catholics, there are non-Maltese population in Malta that follows Jewish congregation, Islam, Bahai Faith and Zen Buddhism.
The Maltese culture reflects the culture of the several societies that are a part of the Maltese Islands over the centuries. The culture of Malta includes the Mediterranean cultures and also the cultures of all those nations that had been the ruler of Malta for several years before it became independent in 1964.
The earliest inhabitants of Malta were thought to be Sicani that moved from nearby Sicily in Italy. They relocated to the Maltese Islands around 5000 BC and kept up with their ancient Mediterranean cultures. They even formed a fertility cult that was represented with several statuettes of enormous sizes. These are the personalities who built the megalithic temples which are the oldest standing temples in the world. This culture however is believed to have disappeared from the country in 2500 BC and was replaced by the Bronze Age immigrants. These cultures were known to introduce the smaller megalithic structures in Malta, which are popularly known as Dolmens.
The modern culture of Malta is represented as a rich exemplar of practices, beliefs and traditions. It is also known to give rise to the ethnic and the linguistic mixture of people of the present Malta. The current culture is essentially Latin European with some Semitic influences. The legacy at present is more linguistic and less cultural. The influence of Latin European is evident in the traditions, religious beliefs and also the ceremonies that vastly belong to the southern European and the Sicilian traditions.
The cultural value of the Maltese society is extremely rich, and it is also completely blended with the historical background of the country. This is the reason the nation of Malta boasts of several lively events and activities all throughout the year along with special annual feasts as well.
The most important and popular traditional festival of Malta is the Carnival, which is scheduled in February and lasts for a week. During the carnival time, the children and the others dress themselves up in fancy costumes and participate in the parades that are held in Valletta.
The next celebration is the Easter and then the Feast of San Grigor. This feast is a country harvest festival and a religious holiday for the state. This folk festival is marked with picnics and agricultural shows, donkeys and the horses racing for the families of Malta. Since the nation is mainly Roman Catholic in its religious beliefs, there are some forms of religious activities or the other that keeps happening throughout the year.
The towns of Malta and Gozo are made up with several street decorations and flags, food stalls and statues, band marches for the fiestas etc. The fiesta begins after the Easter Sunday and continues till September and is the celebration of the Patron Saint of the village. There are also luminous fireworks on the ground and the sky for the celebration.
The fireworks are also an important part of the ceremony in Malta with the traditional Malta Fireworks festival that takes place in the springtime. This festival takes place in the Grand Harbour area of Valletta and is worth participating in.
The biggest celebration of the world is undoubtedly, Christmas. This is celebrated in the entire land with conventional carol services and crib displays at the St Johns Co – cathedral.
Some other celebrations that are held in Malta include:
The Victor day which is on 8th of September and there is a rowing regatta in the Grand Harbour of Valletta.
In Guardia, which are held on every Sunday throughout the year by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St John?
Relocation to Malta will increase you appetite. Maltese cuisine is an exotic amalgamation of different flavours; resulting from the merger of native island culture and the civilizations that have occupied the island over several years. The French, English, German, Arab and Italian have left their mark of excellence on Maltese food. This fusion has resulted in making Malta cuisine; a delightful blend of Mediterranean cooking.
The impact of the Italian cuisine is most prominently reflected on the food. Therefore, ravioli and macaroni are the most popular one, yet they are cooked in the Maltese style with a lot of ricotta cheese and cooked to a softer texture. Malta Island has ample restaurants offering fine dining experience of multi-cuisine. The real pleasure to eat the authentic food; however is in the local eateries.
Traditional Maltese cuisine is based on the seasons and is rustic in character; as it uses fresh seasonal vegetables, cheap cuts of the meat and homemade cheese.
The dishes are cooked slowly, with fresh tomatoes, parsley and garlic to prepare a stew with different flavours. It is full of flavour and colours and is a refreshing feast for the eyes as well as the soul.
The temptation arouses when the well cooked food is served piping hot. Bigilla is the most favourite dish; it is a thick paste of broad beans and garlic. One must taste all-time favourite meals, 'home biz-zet and pastizzi.
Malta is also known for the fresh variety of fishes such as tuna, cereal, dentici, spnott and swordfish; are used to prepare the fantastic dishes by the local culinary skills. Squid and Octopus are also used to make pasta sauces and rich nutritious stews.
All-time favourite dessert delicacies include some of the assorted dishes; such as kannoli, Helwa tat-Tork and Sicilian-style, semifreddo desserts (mixture of candied fruits, cream, sponge and ice-cream).
Maltese vintages are the most popular wine brand which has won many competitions at international levels. Some of the international grape varieties here include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Chenin Merlot, Chardonnay, Grenache, Blanc and Moscato. The indigenous one is Gellewza and Ghirghentina, which produce wine in the local flavours. Several wineries organize the guided tour to offer the tasting and buying of a variety of vintages. The tour also helps one to know the story of production of the wines; from the initial fermentation to the ageing process.
When talking about rocky island Maltese cuisine one can immediately relate it; with the songs of Mediterranean freshness and flavour; that most of the dishes sing.
Traditions and culture bring colours on the lonely island Malta. The island has a number of festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Feast days are usually full of life for the people, and some of the holy days are announced as national holidays, like the feast of Santa Marija in the month of August. The harvest festival of Mnarja in June is related to the legendary story. Through feasts and celebration the native people show their respect for their saints.
Christmas and Easter are celebrated with great pomp and show. It is right time to strengthen the relationship with the close relatives and friends; by observing the events in great ecstasy. Church plays a significant role during these festivals; as people usually pay homage to 'the Altars of Repose by visiting seven churches for the ‘seven visits. Festivals bring merriment and enthrallment in the lives of people by getting indulged in lavish feasts and drinks. It is also the amount of time to bond the natives with their ancestral roots. Usually, grand feasts are organized on these occasions. During the festivals, local market is enchanted with the traditional sweets and delicacies. The spirit of festivals is enlivened by them, and the atmosphere is vivid and vibrant. Some of the other cultural events are Malta Fireworks Festival, Mediterranean Gozo, Notte Bianca, the Malta Jazz Festival, and the Malta Arts Festival.
Traditions are deep rooted in the children at a very early stage. Usually after childs first birthday, the folks here practice a ritual called the 'il-quccija. In this, the child is allowed to crawl toward a collection of objects and friends and relatives encourage the child to pick some object. According to the tradition; the object selected by the child represents his future career. For instance, rosary beads point towards ecclesiastical calling; a calculator stands for career in finance; a hardboiled egg symbolizes prosperity. The celebration involves fun along with friend and relatives; followed by feast. Same zeal is also observed in other religious ceremonies; for instance in the First Holy Communion; the child is dressed in flamboyant which is an angel-like attire. The event is followed by a party in the honour of the child. It has developed the sacrament of Confirmation; with the same enthusiastic spirit.
Weddings are an enchanting and captivating affair in Malta. The traditional Maltese weddings are enlivened. The traditional wedding includes the people from the brides party walking in a procession under an ornate canopy; from the brides home to the Parish Church. Throughout the way, they keep on singing the trails behind the bride and groom. The Maltese word for this particular custom is 'il-gilwa. Nuptial bond are tied with religious sacrament in the church and is followed by grand feast in the lush gardens or party halls. Small trinkets or memento are gifted to the guests by the bride and the groom as the gesture of thanks. Traditional food and sweets are the essential part of the celebrations. One of the most famous sweet delights for the wedding is perlini that is a candy coated almond; which traces the origin to Sicilian. Traditional Maltese wedding is also one of the major tourist attractions.
Though with the recent technological advancement; Malta has advanced in all spheres of life be it development of industries or means of communication and transport. The core element of Malta, its culture and traditions, its real identity remains intact. All the celebrations are full of life, laughter and fun. The customs are deep down placed in the folklore and religion and can be seen clearly in everyday life.
Healthcare and insurance
Since a long time, Malta is providing public funded healthcare for all. The establishment of a hospital had been the paramount task initiated by the Knights of St John when they visited Malta in 16th century. The Malta has excellent healthcare system; the people are free to choose either public or private sector. According to a report collected by WHO (World Health Organization) in 2000; Maltas rank was fifth in terms of best health systems.
The most prominent hospital in Malta is the Mater Dei Hospital. It was inaugurated in the year 2007. It has one of the biggest medical buildings in the entire Europe. Patients are usually admitted here through its emergency department or on the reference given by the doctors.
The public healthcare gets the funds by taxations. It covers almost all the treatments that include everything from prescriptions, medicines to hospitalization. One can also avail it for surgeries, rehabilitation, pregnancy and childbirth. The governments take the responsibility of primary healthcare through eight health centres which are spread over the Maltese islands; out of these seven are in Malta, and one of the centres is in Gozo. The services are beyond excellence and include the provision of general practitioner and nursing services.
The Healthcare in Malta offers a wide spectrum of curative, preventive and rehabilitative services. These are carried out through Antenatal and Postnatal clinics, Healthy Baby clinics, Gynaecologist clinics, Speech therapy and Language Pathology clinics, Diabetes clinics, Psychiatric clinics, and Physiotherapy and Ophthalmic clinics. People can seek medical help through the health care centres. The secondary and tertiary health care is provided through public hospitals.
Private health care is also increasing in Malta marked by the growth of a number of private health care hospitals and clinics in Malta. The people availing private health care has to pay for their visits to the doctors. The people are also taking the benefits of healthcare insurance. Large firms usually provide medical funds and facilities for the benefit of their employees.
Almost all of the pharmacy in Malta has a general practitioner available for a particular period. Some of them even have specialized doctor. One doesnt need to seek the prior appointment with them, and can find their service during that time slot. However before visiting them, the patient may check if must take office and about the consultation charges.
The people coming from the European Unions can take the benefits of the European Health Insurance Card. It covers almost all the treatments free of cost in a government hospital and the centres; during the entire stay in Malta. One can have this free card from their country and can use it for any emergency or necessary treatment; however it doesnt cover serious ailments. European Union citizens living on a permanent basis in Malta can also have free health care through all of the public hospitals and clinics. For this, they need to submit form E121 that can be obtained from the native country and has to be registered with the Malta Health Department Entitlement Unit.
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