Malta Island is the largest island and main population centre of Malta.
- Valletta — the capital, named for Jean Parisot de la Valette, a French nobleman who was Grand Master of the Order of St. John and leader of the defenders during the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565.
- Cottonera (Three Cities) — The name used when referring to the three historic and ancient cities of Birgu (aka Vittoriosa), Isla (aka Senglea) and Bormla (aka Cospicua), three towns conglomerated by 16th century fortifications called the Cottonera lines.
- Marsaxlokk — fishing village south of the island
- Marsaskala — an enchanting promenade ensures you a pleasant evening here
- Mdina — Malta's well-preserved quiet old capital. pronounced 'im-dina'
- Rabat — hosts numerous historical attractions such as St. Paul's catacombs and the Roman Villa
- St. Julian's — perfect area for nightlife & entertainment
- San Gwann
- Hagar Qim and Mnajdra - Two very beautiful stone age temples set on the cliffside of south west Malta. Their majesty has now been marred by protective tents and a 2 storey new building nearby.
- Golden Bay - One of Malta's most beautiful sandy beaches, on the northwest coast of the island.
The old rattlers of the nineties were replaced with new coaches. Public transport on Malta covers much of the island and is cheap. It can get crowded in busy times though, with locals and holiday makers, depending on the route.
It was often a shock to British people to find that it took nearly two British pounds to make one Maltese Liri, but since 1 Jan 2008, Malta has the euro.
There was a little rowdiness in the St Julians area a few decades ago but Malta is now generally very safe and is a quiet, family destination.