The Odyssey Guide to Malta

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Fraser Clarke

Malta probably isn’t somewhere that you’ve considered moving, with the small Mediterranean island often thought of as more of a holiday destination for Europeans. That might be changing however, with the country keen to grow the healthcare sector that once saw it named the Nurse of the Mediterranean.

Find out more about Malta’s plans to develop healthcare in our exclusive feature.

Where to live?

Despite its small size, Malta can offer a range of living options that are sure to suit almost everybody.

For those looking to be in the heart of the action, the capital city Valletta is by some distance the best option. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valletta is steeped in Baroque charm and home to a stunning natural harbour.

For those looking for a slightly more contemporary lifestyle then the nearby town of Sliema is upbeat and vibrant, with property prices slightly lower than those in the capital.

Both of these options involve bustling towns however, and we know that isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a more relaxed pace-of-life then the south of the island could be more attractive - especially the small fishing town of Marsaxlokk

Not only does it offer a slower lifestyle, it’s also based around a stunning bay and home to a friendly, mainly local, population.

What is there to do?

As somewhat of a tourist hub for Italians, Spanish and British, there is plenty to see and do in Malta.

St John’s Co-Cathedral - Arguably the most beautiful and iconic building in Malta, St John’s Cathedral was built between 1573 and 1577 and remains one of the most popular attractions on the island.

Mdina Old City - Fans of historical architecture are well served in Malta, with Mdina Old City the perfect place for a leisurely stroll through the country’s rich past.

Playmobil-FunPark - Totally changing the tone is Playmobil FunPark, the second largest Playmobil factory in the world and home to plenty of themed activities for children

Where am I likely to be working?

Malta is a small island, and as a result the majority of major hospitals are based in and around the capital city, Valletta. This is where we’d imagine that you’ll be working, but commuting in to the city from around the island is easy - it takes under an hour to drive from Millieha in the north to Tal-Papa in the south - so living and working in different towns shouldn’t create much of an issue.

Who is suited to a move?

We think that Malta’s relatively relaxed pace of life and need for experienced medics makes it ideal for older professionals looking to get the most out of their careers.

That’s not to say that Malta doesn’t work for younger medics with families, the island is safe, home to plenty of good schools and has plenty to keep children occupied - but further afield locations like Australia and New Zealand can probably offer more.

Why move?

Here are five of the best reasons to move to Malta today:

1 - The cost of living in Malta is low, especially for basics like food and utilities.
2 - Malta gets 300 days of sun every year - and winters are short and relatively warm.
3 - Malta is home to one of Europe’s best healthcare systems.
4 - The typical, relaxed island pace of life can be a great change from the hectic lifestyle endured in mainland cities.
5 - Despite having its own rich culture, Malta is very near mainland Europe. Plenty of cheap, quick flights to Italy, France, Switzerland and Greece are available - making it the ideal place from where to explore the region.

Interested in Malta? We’re hoping to bring a new range of jobs from the country to our website very soon. To get ahead of the rest register online today. 

A dream move could be far closer than you might imagine.