Malta Island

Malta Island is the largest island and main population centre of Malta.

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Get around

The old rattlers of the nineties were replaced with new air-conditioned coaches. Public transport on Malta covers much of the island and is cheap. It can get crowded in busy times though, with locals and holiday makers, depending on the route. Fares for non-residents are €1.30 for a 2-hour ticket, €1.50 for a 1-day ticket and €6.50 for a 7-day ticket; all these permit one to travel any distance on any routes within the validity period. Fares for Gozo are €1 for a 2-hour ticket or €1.50 for a 1-day ticket.

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Do

Malta Island has some excellent beaches, perfect for a day of sunbathing or water sports. Fine examples include:

Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa

The Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa are two adjoining bays carved in the coastline of northwestern Malta. Golden Bay is probably the most popular beach in the area and attracts people of all kinds. And for good reason, as you'll find everything you need for a day at the beach: perfect sands, some pleasant beach clubs and a good range of water sports activities. The water is good for swimming, water skiing, banana rides and (when the waves allow) boogie boarding. Red flags will warn you if strong currents are present. Għajn Tuffieħa boasts similar attractions but is slightly less crowded, possibly because of the long stairs leading to its sands. The beaches are easily reachable by car and a parking is a available. Alternatively, regular bus services run to and from towns in the region. Take bus 44 from Valetta or bus 223 and 224 from Bugibba. If you're not on a budget, you can also stay or eat at the beach in the 5 star Radisson Blu hotel, considered one of the best in the country.

Buy

It was often a shock to British people to find that it took nearly two British pounds to make one Maltese Liri, but since 1 Jan 2008, Malta has the euro.

Stay safe

There was a little rowdiness in the St Julians area a few decades ago but Malta is now generally very safe and is a quiet, family destination.

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