Frequently asked questions
The EU Member-state Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, just 20 minutes flight from south of Sicily (Italy). The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, of which Malta is the largest island.
St Julian’s, Sliema, St Paul’s Bay area and the capital city Valletta are the most frequented resorts by LGBTIQ+ visitors. However, due to the small size of the Maltese archipelago one can easily reach and find entertainment in Qawra and Bugibba too. Travellers looking for a more serene experience will appreciate Marsaxlokk and Mellieha as well as Marsalforn and Xlendi in Gozo.
Malta has a classic Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Is a real all-year-round destination.
During Spring (March, April, and May) average temperatures of around 19°C, while in Summer (June, July, and August) swimming at the beach is a must-do activity with average temperatures of around 31°C.
You don’t have to stop swimming at the beginning of the Autumn (September, October, and November) with temperatures of around 22°C-24°C. Winter (December, January, and February) is the time to take winter walks and enjoy the greenest face of Malta with average temperatures of around 14°C.
Yes. Malta has been named the best in Europe for LGBTIQ+ rights for already seventh time in a row (2022).
Our policy at Q Travel Malta is that we don’t tolerate any form of discrimination, violence (verbal or physical), or sexual harassment, either between travellers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour host or tour guide immediately.
There are no official gay beaches in Malta. However, the local LGBTIQ+ community has some preferences when it comes to sunbathing. The most frequently visited ones are Riviera Bay (aka Għajn Tuffieħa), Ġnejna Bay, Mġiebaħ, Pembroke and Ramla Bay on our sister island Gozo.
For Malta, the plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern commonly used e.g., in the UK. Malta operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Yes, Malta’s water is perfectly safe to drink from the tap. However, as it is majorly from desalinated seawater, it tastes unusual to many visitors. Consider the environment and buy preferably glass bottled water or locally produced brands to decrease your environmental footprint.
Wi-Fi is available in several public squares in Malta and Gozo. You should also be able to access roaming data from your phone. Charges vary though so please check with your provider before you visit. Generally, the vast majority of accommodations offer free Wi-Fi.
Your mobile should switch to a local network while you’re here, though charges for calls and data vary. Check with your home provider before your holiday.
Shops are normally open between 9 am and 1 pm and between 4 pm and 7 pm. In tourist areas, many shops remain open from 8 am to 10 pm. Shops are normally closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Most bars and pubs stay open till midnight while nightclubs will be open longer.
You can legally buy and consume alcohol from age 17.
Everybody is welcome; however, smoking is not allowed indoors in public places, including bars, restaurants, buses, cinemas, hospitals and schools.
Public transport (generally means busses) is widely available, however, sometimes very crowded and delays are to be expected. Taxis you see in the street will usually accommodate 3 or 4 people, depending on the size of the taxi. As an alternative, app-based car-hailing services (e-Cabs, Bolt, Uber, etc.) are widely available and work in the same way as home.
We are lefties when it comes to driving, so you should drive on the left, like in Britain and Australia.
There are speed limits of 80 km/h on the open road and 50 km/h in built-up areas unless otherwise indicated on relevant road signs.
Malta’s international phone prefix is +356.
Malta’s currency is the Euro. Card payments are widely accepted.
It is quite common to tip in restaurants, bars, hotels, on tours or in taxis when you receive good service. 10% is a good rule of thumb though most people will be delighted with any amount of tip.
English and Maltese are the official languages of Malta. Italian is also widely spoken mostly by the elder generation and among the members of the Italian diaspora.
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. If you’re an EU citizen and coming to Malta, you should also get the European Health Insurance Card before leaving home.
No, officially naked (sun)bathing is not allowed in Malta, but in some less frequented places, one will not be disturbed by the authorities.
According to the Responsible Use of Cannabis Act, adults can legally carry up to 7g of cannabis without the risk of arrest or confiscation. These rules apply to people aged 18 or over. Consumption of cannabis in public areas is not allowed, and the legal distribution framework still needs to be established.