GETTING THERE: There are daily flights from London to Malta by Air Malta and British Airways, and Air Malta leaves daily from Rome. No visas are required.
From London's Heathrow Airport, Air Malta offers a round-trip Super Pex fare (six-day minimum, one-month maximum stay, good Monday through Thursday, from July through September) of 149 British pounds -- about $192 at the current exchange rate. British Airways has the same fare from London's Gatwick Airport.
From Rome's Fiumicino Airport, the round-trip excursion fare (with the same restrictions except that it's good for travel any day of the week) on Air Malta is 396,000 lira -- about $205.
British Airways also flies to Malta once a week from Manchester, England, and Air Malta flies from other European cities.
GETTING AROUND: Rental cars are available on the three islands and there is inexpensive public transport by buses (about 24 U.S. cents for a ride anywhere). Taxis are metered and reasonable.
FOOD: Restaurants serve European and American dishes, along with some typical Maltese dishes like fenkata (rabbit cooked in wine sauce) and patata l-forn (potatoes and meat). Fresh fish is on the menu all year.
INFORMATION: Travel brochures, maps and price lists for hotels and restaurants are available from the Maltese Mission to the United Nations, 249 E. 35th St., N.Y. 10016, (212) 725-2345.