Malta

Maltese culture, customs and etiquette

While a bit reserved, Maltese people are friendly, generous, and helpful in nature.

Maltese people tend to speak more loudly than the mainlanders, so they may sound like they are shouting at you even if the volume is normal.

Malta is a strictly Roman Catholic country; carousing by tourists, while tolerated to some extent, is not looked on very favourably, especially outside of St. Julian’s and Paceville.

Dress respectfully when visiting churches. As a guide, remove any hats and sunglasses and make sure your knees and shoulders are covered. Some churches, especially those on popular package tours, provide shawls and/or skirts for any inappropriately-dressed visitors.

You may be refused entry to a church if there is a service going on that has already started so make sure you arrive promptly if you wish to see them.