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What makes Malta such a retirement hot spot?


More and more people are retiring to Malta.

So much so that Malta has recently been named the best place to retire by

Malta won top marks thanks to its brilliant weather, warm Maltese hospitality and the fact that everyone speaks English.

Malta’s historic towns, quaint villages, beautiful beaches and amazing history also helped earn it top marks.

Add great weather, lots of sunshine, low crime and a first-class national health service, and it’s easy to see why Malta has become a major retirement hot spot for expats.


The executive editor of International Living, Jennifer Stevens, said: ‘Malta has something for everyone – from ancient walled cities and breathtaking coastal trails to countryside farmhouses and charming restaurants.

‘Home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the islands – with over 155 miles of coastline – benefit from warm weather all year round.

‘For centuries, Malta has been a sought-after destination and Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018, is an especially desirable location with rolling hills reminiscent of San Francisco.

‘Dollars can go surprisingly far here.’

Malta beat Mallorca, Belize and Malaysia to the top spot in this year’s retirement survey by the magazine.

Bugibba, Malta

The best places to retire:

  1. Malta
  2. Mallorca
  3. Malaysia
  4. Belize
  5. Ireland
  6. Honduras
  7. Mexico
  8. Panama
  9. Bali
  10. Thailand
Marsaxlokk, Malta

So what keeps Malta at the top of the retirement list?

1. Brilliant weather

Malta is famous for its warm climate and sunshine.

The island enjoys at least 300 days sunshine a year.

2. Amazing beaches

You’re never more than 20 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea.

3. Swimming only stops for 5 months

The waters around Malta and Gozo are warm most of the year so you can swim from May to November.

4. There’s more to do than just swim

Malta enjoys some of the cleanest waters in the world.

The island makes for fantastic aquatic activities, from wind-surfing, canoeing and sailing to scuba diving.

5. Malta is full of history

Malta has some of the oldest historical sites in the world – older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Being a small island, it was ruled by many different cultures, with the Order of The Knights of St John and the British leaving an indelible mark on our architectural gems.

6. There’s always something happening

The Maltese love to go out and party. The island is buzzing with celebrations and events, from religious feasts and cultural festivals, to highly-acclaimed international events like Isle of MTV Malta and the Malta International Fireworks Festival.

7. No language barrier

Everyone in Malta speaks English. Children are introduced to both Maltese and languages from the day they are born, so you will never find any problems communicating in English.

8. It’s safe and sound

Malta is also deemed as one of the safest countries in the world, with a relatively low crime rate. And we don’t suffer from major earthquakes or natural disasters.

9. Cheap flights

If you are looking to get away from the island for a few weeks, there are many cheap flights to places like London, Rome or Paris.

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