General History 

Our history goes back to 5000 BC. Around 750 BC the Phoenicians recognised the important position of the Island. From then on Malta was almost constantly dominated by the rulers of various nations and cultures.

The Recent archaeological research has shown that the earliest Neolithic temples on Malta are about 1000 years older than the famous pyramids of Giza.

The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today.

Throughout this passage of time, different cultures and people have occupied and left their mark on our island. In fact, trough the ages, Malta has been ruled by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs and the British, while the knights of the order of St. John, who settled in Malta between 1530 and 1798, left behind an array of auberges, forts and palaces. These include, our theatre – the Manoel Theatre, which hailed as one of the most beautiful and is the 2nd oldest in Europe, also the “Sacra Infermeria”, better known as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, which was the hospital of the order at that time.

Many linguists trace the origin of the Maltese language to the Phoenician occupation on our islands.

Malta’s rich heritage bears witness to a chequered history, which can be relived through our prehistoric temples, medieval fortifications, majestic palaces and imposing churches and cathedrals.

All of this together with the hospitability of the inhabitants, creates the atmosphere on Malta which along with the Mediterranean attributes, makes a visit well worth while.

Malta has joined the EU on the 01st May 2004 and joined the Euro currency in January 2008.