Useful information and facts about the Maltese Islands • Population: 400,000• Area: 120 sq. miles (316 sq. km)• Capital City: Valletta• Highest Point: Dingli Cliffs (240 meters)• Driving: On the left of the road• Minimum Age For Drivers: 18 years• Seat Belts: Required for driver and all passengers• Helmets for Motorcyclists: Required• Best Beaches: Mellieha Bay, Gnejna, Armier, Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Ramla Bay (Gozo), Blue Lagoon (Comino)• Electricity: 220/240 Volts• Time: Malta has Central European Time which is 1 hour ahead of British Standard Time.• The Unit of Currency is the Euro (e)• The Climate in Malta is warm and healthy. There are no biting winds, fog, snow and frost.• Rain falls for only short periods, averaging about 578 mm (20 inches) in a whole year.• The temperature averages 14.1°C in winter and 32°C in summer with the sun shining for an average of 6.46 hrs and 10.11 hrs. respectively.