A word about Malta

Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.

The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometers.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited.

With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

Up till the nineteenth and early twentieth century, St. Julians was a very peaceful coastal town known for its Latin architecture such as the Spinola Palace and beautiful greenery surrounding it. Moreover, Spinola bay was characterized by its fishermen and farmers dwelling the countryside.

Later it turned in to a summer residence for wealthy locals and now developed into one of the Island’s mostly upmarket and saught after residential resorts for night life and entertainment. Within walking distance to Paceville and the upmarket Portomaso Marina, this village still retains some of its old dwellings and boat houses.  The small bay still shelters numerous coloured Maltese boats that are berthed here all year long.

Saint Julians is a village for all ages and walks of life. The exclusive will love the Portomaso Marina with its delicous restaurants overlooking the Marina, whilst the young at heart will enjoy nearby Paceville and St Georges Bay – this locality offers much to tourists looking for nightlife entertainment, including discos, bars , Casinos , numerous restaurants and cafes. Baystreet Complex offers a great possibility for shopping  and the picturesque Spinola Bay which is the heart of St Julians, is still used by fishermen and is lined with bougainvillea-clad cafés and restaurants.


The Meeting Venue

The 7th meeting of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society will be held at the Radisson BLU Resort St Julian’s. Perched on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, this hotel on Malta provides a soothing island getaway.

Conveniently located in St. Julian’s, the resort sits 13.5 kilometers from Malta International Airport and 10 kilometers from Valletta, the Maltese capital. The hotel boasts 252 stylish rooms and suites with relaxing balconies or terraces that provide memorable views reaching as far as Malta’s sister island, Gozo. Enjoy delicious on-site dining at our 3 newly refurbished restaurants, and sip refreshing cocktails on the spacious terrace at The Bridge Bar while enjoying a stunning view of the horizon.

In addition to a gym, 2 outdoor pool decks, an indoor pool and 2 tennis courts, the resort acts as home to a boutique spa and wellness center.

Explore the underwater splendor of the sea with classes from the resort’s diving school. The meeting and conference facilities at this hotel on Malta make it an ideal accommodation for groups and corporate travelers. The 5 meeting rooms can host a total of 1,500 guests, and the spacious indoor-outdoor facility makes a perfect venue for catered events.


Information on Malta


Language

 

The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
Maltese, a language of Semitic origin written in the Latin script, is the national language of Malta. Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian and French


Useful Numbers

 

The following is a list of useful telephone numbers when you are visiting the Maltese Islands:

Ambulance: 112

Direct Dialing Code (Malta): 356

Directory Enquiries: 1182

Emergency: 112

Fire Brigade: 112

Flight Information: 52302000 (rate per call €1.00) *

Hospital – Malta: 25450000

International Code (to make an overseas call): 00

Lost Property: 21224781

Overseas Operator: 1152

Passport Office – Gozo: 21560770

Passport Office – Malta: 21222286

Police: 21224001-7

Time Check: 195

Weather Information (basic): 52302021 (rate per call €1.00) *

Weather Information (detailed): 52502002 (rate per call €5.00) *

Currency & Banks

 

On 1st January 2008 Malta adopted the euro as its currency. On 1st February 2008 the euro became the only legal tender currency in Malta and Gozo.

Banks are normally open until early afternoon from Monday to Friday, and until midday on Saturday.


Health

 

Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy.


Electricity

 

The electrical supply is 230 volts /- 10%.

The frequency of the supply is 50 hertz.

The three-pin rectangular plug system is used, as in Britain.

Adapters are very easy to find.


Passports & Visas

 

For information about Visa applications please visit the website of the Maltese Ministry for Foreign Affairs (http://www.foreign.gov.mt/).

 

Water

 

Tap water is safe to drink throughout the Maltese Islands. Local and imported bottled mineral water is available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

For more information, you may wish to consult one of the websites listed below.

General Information


MINISTRY FOR TOURISM – http://www.tourism.gov.mt

MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY – http://www.mta.com.mt

MALTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – http://www.maltairport.com

WEATHER REPORT – http://www.maltaweather.com

PUBLIC TRANSPORT – http://www.publictransport.com.mt

PUBLIC HOSPITAL – http://www.ehealth.gov.mt

GOVERNMENT SERVICES – http://www.gov.mt

Reference Sites

THE MALTA GUIDE – http://themaltaguide.com

MALTA.COM – http://www.malta.com

MALTA INSIDE OUT – http://www.maltainsideout.com

Gozo-Specific Sites

VISIT GOZO – http://www.visitgozo.com

GOZO TOURISM ASSOCIATION – http://www.islandofgozo.com

GOZO.COM – http://www.gozo.com

GOZO CHANNEL CO LTD – http://www.gozochannel.com