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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Malta. Car rental in Malta includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Introduction
Malta is a Southern European archipelago in the central Mediterranean. It is approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of the Italian island of Sicily across the Malta Channel. The country is also 207 miles (333 km) north of Libya and 176 miles (284 km) east of Tunisia. Its total area is approximately 122 square miles (316 sq km), making it one of the smallest countries in the world. There are several dozen islands here, though only the three largest are inhabited.

It is thought that the country was first inhabited more than 7,000 years ago. Throughout history, its location has given it strategic importance, and it has been ruled by a succession of foreign powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St. John, French, and British. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.

Population and language
The total population of Malta is estimated to be 410,000. Only the three largest islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) are inhabited. Malta is one of the most densely-populated countries in the world. Native Maltese people make up a majority of the population. There is a significant minority of British people, many of whom retired to the island.

Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English. The Maltese language has different dialects and can vary significantly from one island to another. Italian is also spoken by many residents. The country has a long Christian history. According to the Bible Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul was shipwrecked on the island of “Melite,” which many scholars identify with Malta. Catholicism is the official religion of Malta.

Major cities and tourist destinations
The capital city of Malta is Valletta, with just under 200,000 residents. The main island has many separate towns, together forming one metropolitan area with a population of more than 368,000, which is over three quarters of the country's total population. In addition to the three inhabited islands, there are several dozen uninhabited islands here, providing numerous recreational sites. Malta is also home to many historical monuments, of which nine are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Megalithic Temples, some of the oldest structures in the world, are a popular tourist destination. Tourists find that Malta offers history, architecture, and beautiful beaches concentrated in a very small area. In recent years, Malta has become a medical tourism destination, particularly for British tourists.

Climate
The Subtropical-Mediterranean climate is warm, with mild winters and hot summers. The summer is usually dry, with most of the rain occurring during the winter months. January, typically the coldest month, ranges from 45°F (7°C) at night to 68 °F (20 °C) during the day. The warmest month, August, ranges from 66°F (19°C) at night to 93°F (34°C) during the day. Large fluctuations in temperature are rare, and the water is warm, making this a popular island destination for tourists seeking warm weather. The summer season is long, lasting from mid-April through November.

Economy
Until 1800, the country depended on tobacco and cotton exports and its shipyards. The 1869 opening of the Suez Canal gave Malta's economy a boost as ships stopped there for refueling. Today, its harbors still play an important role in its economy, as do its limestone resources. Banking and finance, aircraft and ship registration, and gaming businesses also play an important role in the economy of Malta. Film production is a growing industry here, with big-budget films attracted by the island's sunny weather. However, Malta has limited freshwater, no energy sources, and produces only about 20% of its food needs, leaving it reliant on foreign trade and tourism. Its GDP is $10.8 billion USD, while exports are valued at $3.6 billion USD and imports at $4.9 billion USD. As part of the European Union, its currency is the Euro.

Transportation
Car ownership in Malta is surprisingly high. The country has 1,225 miles (1,972 km) of paved roadways. There is an extensive bus network with a fleet of newly-purchased buses following extensive reform of the bus service in 2011. For visitors who are not traveling with cars, either buses or car hire can be used to explore the country.

Numerous bays along the coastline provide good harbors. The three largest include the Grand Harbour (near the capital city of Valletta), Marsamxett Harbour, and Marsaxlokk Harbour (Malta Freeport). These serve as important shipping centers and also offer ferry services. Malta International Airport is the only airport serving the islands.

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