Why Live in Malta?
What makes Malta such a great place to live? Here are 10 reasons why people visit – and stay in Malta.
Malta has it all. From the great weather to the colourful culture, these beautiful islands are an enticing getaway for tourists all year round.
But what about if you turned a Malta holiday into a Malta move?
Here are the top 10 reasons why Malta is an amazing place to live.
1. Sea, sand and superb landscapes
And don’t forget where these beaches lead – into the famously crystal-clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just ready for a spontaneous swim during the warmer months of the year.
Malta’s countryside is no less picturesque. The rustic scenery offers everything from magnificent views atop historic fortifications to rural lanes through garigue landscapes alive with native flora and fauna.
2. Sunny days, balmy nights
How would you like to live in a place where you can soak up the sun around 300 days of the year?
Another perk of living in the Mediterranean is the gorgeous climate, with the summer months between June and August often averaging high temperatures of around 31 degrees Celsius.
Couple that with Malta’s mild winter months in which temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees Celsius, and you have got what many claim is one of the best climates in Europe.
3. A laid-back lifestyle
If you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, then Malta may be for you. Yet, while the lifestyle is relaxed (morning coffee with a sea view, anyone?), it can be as slow or fast-paced as you want it to be. Now is your chance to cross some thrilling leisure activities off your bucket list.
Thanks to the island’s surrounding sea, watersports, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing are popular pastimes in Malta. And these are available to anyone from beginner to expert – you could experience diving with one of the multiple local diving schools to admire the spectacular underwater marine world, for instance.
Then there are the restaurants, cafes, shops, cinemas, bowling alleys, theatres, gyms, sports clubs, music festivals – you get the idea! There really is something to please everyone.
4. Colourful culture
Malta has a collection of traditions as vast as the island’s rich history – and the cultural events regularly celebrated locally are equally vibrant.
During the summer months, each town and village takes a turn to host its own ‘festa’ in honour of its patron saint. This usually involves a lavish street party with delicious food served on outdoor stalls, religious processions, parades of marching bands and magnificent firework displays. If you want to get a taste of Malta and immerse yourself in the community, going to a festa is a great place to start.
5. Mouth-watering food
The Maltese islands are renowned for their exquisite, tasty and utterly unique food. Influenced by its history, its people and even its location in southern Europe, Malta’s cuisine makes the most of the exceptional local ingredients and fresh produce.
Favourites include the savoury filo pastries filled with ricotta cheese or mushy peas known as pastizzi, as well as the Maltese ħobż biż-żejt, a crunchy bread roll packed with fillings such as olive oil, tuna, tomatoes and capers – which is even on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
6. Multilingual Malta
Since both Maltese and English are Malta’s official languages, most of the local population is fluent in English – and many can even converse in Italian.
Thanks to Malta’s enviable location in southern Europe, the island is used to welcoming people from all over the world in their native language, making relocating to Malta for either work or pleasure far easier.
7. A low cost of living
Compared to other European destinations, Malta offers a surprisingly low cost of living.
From reasonable property prices and low-priced entertainment to affordable food – both from supermarkets and in restaurants – you don’t need to pay through the nose for a high-quality lifestyle in Malta.
8. A famously friendly local community
Maltese people are well-known for their hospitality, friendly nature and warm, welcoming character, especially to visitors.
This is possibly why Malta is frequently named as one of Europe’s top expat destinations, with a large and thriving expat community that will make you feel right at home on the island – if the locals haven’t done that already!
9. Small and perfectly placed
Malta is the smallest country in the EU, measuring just 316 square kilometres. That means that you can get from A to B in record time, so you can do more in your day.
Even better, Malta’s location in the Mediterranean Sea puts it within easy distance of many countries across Europe and beyond, via a quick, direct flight – so you’ll never be more than a few hours’ flight away from friends, family and business meetings in other countries.
10. A historic home
Malta’s history dates back more than 7000 years, which can be seen in everything from the architecture and culture to the plethora of archaeological sites dotted around the islands. The islands even have three UNESCO World Heritage sites – the capital city of Valletta, the megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.
So, wherever you go, you will be able to experience a glimpse of the island’s history – and add your own chapter to the Malta story.
The RE/MAX takeaway
Malta is an amazing place to live – but it takes a local expert to help you make the most of it as you move. Your RE/MAX agent can guide you every step of the way. Get in touch today at www.remax-malta.com.