Malta is a unique destination. It's sea, rocky coastlines, high cliffs and scattered sandy beaches add to the island's beauty. There are no rivers or mountains, but the Islands hills offer a wonderful landscape to contrast with the towns and villages.
The Maltese Islands are very rich in history. Strategically placed at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, they were inhabited from the earliest days of man, invaded from all directions and taken over in turn by the major cultural and political forces of the region. There’s a heritage of 7,000 years, a legacy of fascinating archeological and architectural monuments, all contained in a very small area. A wealth of places of interest spans centuries and cultures, war and peace, religion and art.
Malta is an island for all seasons, with its capital city of Valletta being one of the greatest tourist attractions of the Mediterranean. A visit here is imperative in order to appreciate the outstanding history of this little island and be prepared to be surprised by its dimension and beauty. You need to caress it with your eyes, stroll along its straight streets, pausing to appreciate a balcony, a beautiful staircase a courtyard encircled by arched passageways or a magnificent fountain. You can then go to Upper Barracca Gardens and sight the Grand Harbour.
The island’s old capital, Mdina, is considered to be one of the most stunning examples of an inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Its labyrinth of narrow winding streets, stunned with churches and palaces is breathtaking. The cathedral of St.Peter and St.Paul with its beautiful baroque façade, certainly merit a visit.
The traditional face of St.Julian’s is Spinola Bay, an appealing fishing harbour full of picturesque fishing boats is considered as one of the most photographed places in Malta. Behind here lies the modern quarter of Paceville the island’s nightlife centre, chock-full with bars, restaurants and discos, with music blaring from every direction. Whilst Paceville attracts a largely young and lively crowd, there are quieter and more discerning establishments around its border, where you can have a drink and enjoy authentic Maltese cooking.
Malta is an adventure-land, tailor made for those who enjoy the challenge of something innovative. If not opting for total relaxation, you can sail, dive or enjoy water sport almost throughout the whole year. Besides, you can also play golf, climb, hike or try paragliding.
Gozo shares a common history with Malta but it is physically different and more tranquil. It is a third of the size of Malta, greener and more rural; it has more hills and deep valleys, more rugged cliffs and winding country tracks. Its heritage lies in the land rather than in the buildings, yet there is still evidence of the past history.
Many visitors wrongly presume that Gozo is just an extension of its larger sister, Malta. Though its villages are built from the same honey-colours limestone, Gozo has a completely different ambience. Gozo’s capital, Victoria lies approximately in the centre of the island and a visit to its historic citadel is a must. The fishing villages of Marsalforn and Xlendi, set around eye-catching bays, has developed as the focal resort for tourists.
Diving and swimming are excellent in the deep blue waters around Gozo’s coastline. There are also good walks both along the coast and inland, passing by family farms and farmhouses where one could enjoy historical sites, forts and remarkable panoramas. Some of the most picturesque scenery of all the Maltese islands can be found in Gozo- there's always something to discover, whatever the season. Gozo is not meant for rushing around, but for relaxing at its peaceful bays, sipping a coffee or a beer at its local bars and cafes, or enjoying a traditional meal at its pleasant restaurants.
Comino is the island for nature lovers with some of the very best swimming areas in the Mediterranean. The waters are clear to the point of being transparent. As an island it is a rugged rock and it has a variegated coastline of jagged cliffs broken by creeks, coves, tunnels and small sandy beaches. The water is particularly dazzling around the channel dividing Comino from a tiny rocky island called Cominotto where one finds the well known Blue Lagoon.
A visit to the Maltese Island gives the pleasure of discovering a country full of history, adventure and fun!