Malta lies in the central Mediterranean Sea, 93 km (58 mi) south of Sicily and 290 km (180 mi) from the nearest point of the North African mainland. There are three main islands—Malta, Gozo to the NW , and Comino between them—as well as two small uninhabited islands, Cominotto and Filfla. Extending for 45 km (28 mi) SE-NW and 13 km (8 mi) NE-SW , Malta's total area is 316 sq km (122 sq mi)—Malta, 245.7 sq km (94.9 sq mi); Gozo, 67.1 sq km (25.9 sq mi); Comino, 2.8 sq km (1.1 sq mi). Comparatively, the area occupied by Malta is slightly less than twice the size of Washington, D.C. The total coastline is 252.81 km (157 mi).
Malta's capital city, Valletta, is located on the east coast of the island of Malta.