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Fun facts and curious information about Malta to boost your knowledge of the island

Do you know Malta's ancient name? Or the legend of St. Paul and the snake?

Malta has plenty of curious facts that you won’t probably find in your tourist guide, from customs to proverbs, passing from one generation to the next through legends, historical and religious beliefs. Malta is unique with regards to so many aspects!

Browse the list below to learn more about Malta's facts and curious information.

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Oldest free-standing structures in the World The oldest temples in Malta go back 5600 years. That’s even older than the pyramids of Egypt!...
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Maltese - A unique language The Maltese Language is the only Semitic language in the world that is written in the Latin alphabet....
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Some red light action The notorious Soho district in London was established by powerful Maltese crooks and business men....
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Keep to the left In Malta, they drive on the wrong side of the road. Just as the British do....
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Small, smaller, smallest Malta ranks in the top 10 of the smallest sovereign states in the world - with an area of just 314km2....
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Pastizzi are part of the Maltese diet Pastizzi are the tastiest Maltese snack.  A filling of ricotta or peas wrapped in puff pastry, these local delicacies have a massive 416 calories each... A ...
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I do, or maybe not... Malta positively voted for the introduction of divorce in a referendum in May, 2011. The YES to the question "Do you agree with the introduction of the option of divorce in the ...
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Look to the left, look to the right.. Many of the Maltese churches have two clocks, showing different times. It is said that the one on the right shows the correct time for the religious locals, whil...
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Legends
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Narrow for shadow Mdina’s streets are so narrow because this arcitectural system provides a lot of shadow, which is good for such a hot country. They’re also a smart military plan, b...
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Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away... to Malta 35 airlines flies in and out of Malta, offering nonstop flights to 69 cities, and 910 international flights every week (June, 2011)....
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Economy