Malta owes its rich history, and its vacation reputation, to its strategic location in the Mediterranean. This prized position attracted many of the great civilisations throughout the ages, including the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Napoleon captured the archipelago before it was colonised by the British, and Malta finally achieved independence in 1964. Today, it’s a holiday hot spot for its secluded beaches, heady nightlife and historical treasures.
Despite the wave of tourism, Malta has managed to hold onto its heritage and preserve its past. It boasts some of the oldest structures in the world and its prehistoric ruins are older than the pyramids, while traditional fishing communities continue to flourish along its coast. The island has also retained Maltese, the main language alongside English.
- Beautiful small island, close enough to visit Sicily
- Interesting history
- Lots of potential for teaching if you can get a permit
- Lots to see and do including a vast array of water sports
- Fantastic weather!
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Malta
- There used to be a bridge connecting Malta with Sicily.
- The Temple at Ggantija predates the Egyptian pyramids.
- Malta is believed to have served as the site for the legendary city of Atlantis.
- Malta was awarded with the George Cross, by King George VI in 1942.
- Malta's Grand Harbour is one of the best natural deep-water harbours in the world.
- Malta was earlier known as Melita, meaning the island of honey, by ancient Greeks and Romans.