With its North African and Arabic influences and cuisine inspired by Sicily, Malta captures the essence of the Mediterranean. Despite its small size, few European countries boast such a rich blend of history, architectural wonders and stunning beaches as are found in Malta.
Over the centuries, Malta has experienced a diverse, eclectic mix of influences and a succession of rulers, but it is important to recognise that this island nation is not merely an extension of Italy or a remnant of colonial Britain. Spanning just 316 square kilometres and comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, it has a distinct and eccentric character unlike anywhere else on Earth. From ancient temples to the baroque splendour of Valletta’s architecture, and from indulging in traditional feasts to celebrating vibrant firework-filled festas, and from the characterful buses to the colourful fishing boats, this tiny nation has an enormous personality and is full of unique charm.