Getting About in Malta
There is loads to see and do in Malta and Gozo, so plenty to keep you and your guests entertained if you’re spending a little longer on the islands. Check out a guide book or the ‘Things To Do’ section on this site for more information before your trip – you’ll be surprised at what’s on offer; from historic and cultural excursions, beach days and sporting activities to shopping, music, theatre and fine dining, there’s a little something for everyone and every age-group.
21st Century Sight-Seeing
If you’ve entered the iWorld, you could exchange your guide book and paper map for a handy app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad instead. Visit Malta, the official tourism site for Malta and Gozo has developed a really handy destination guide that is completely free and offers you all the information you need for a holiday on the islands in the palm of your hand. Likewise, The Malta Tourism Authority has developed the Malta Culture Guide that offers more in-depth information on the cultural highlights you might enjoy on your visit. Check out the apps here:
Visit Malta Destination AppThis is a fantastic free app that provides bite-size information on everything you need to know about getting around in Malta, Comino and Gozo. The guide neatly presents general information on the regions of Malta, providing details and images of specific areas or towns you could visit during your stay. There is also a useful ‘Activities’ section which provides information and schedules of upcoming events across a range of areas of interest including; Culture & History, Sports & Recreation, Lifestyle (e.g. music and theatre events), Nature & Landscape and more. The ‘Facts’ section of the app deals nicely with the practicalities of exploring the islands, providing a glossary of functional links and contact details for places such as the airport, hospitals, embassies, ferry information, rental cars, taxis and so on. There are also very useful tips on shop opening times, markets, language, acceptable dress codes, driving discipline and all those other little nuances you might find yourself needing to know when you’re in a different country.
Finally, as Malta’s road signage can sometimes be as ancient as the neolithic sites you are trying to reach, by far one of the most useful gadgets on this free app is the interactive map. The map determines your current position and lets you select an overlay of nearby points of interest, hotels, restaurants by theme, temples, churches, campsites, beaches, shopping centres, sport centres, wifi hot spots and much, much more. Despite being a small island, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get lost in Malta’s winding streets, so this feature of the VisitMalta Destination App is really helpful.
All-in-all, it’s a really handy app and if you’ve got the technology it’s well worth downloading, especially given that it is free – after all, what have you got to lose, except the time you might have spent finding the beach!?
Download the VisitMalta Destination App. The application is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad requiring iOS 4.2 or later. V1.2.1 is available in English and German.
Malta Tourism Authority’s Malta Culture GuideThis Cultural Guide performs a similar function to the destination guide above, but dedicates itself to the wealth of cultural heritage on offer in Malta. Also available across iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch this guide lists information on historic cities, art and culture, the infamous Knights of Malta, archaeology, eating out and more. It suggests which sites you might like to see under these headings and provides details on directions via a map or public transport, entrance fees, opening hours, telephone numbers and so forth. The information includes visitors tips and tells you what not to miss while you’re there.
There is also a map with the key cultural points of interest already marked so you can locate them without suffering the often-crippling roaming fees you can rack up while abroad. A good app for site-seeing, especially for those with an interest in history and culture.
Download the Malta Culture Guide. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. V1.2 available in English, French and Italian.