The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean and consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Due to their location, these islands have been of strategic interest to a succession of rulers, leading to Arabic, Italian, French and English influences on the country.
Malta, the largest island, features narrow meandering streets crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces, and has 7,000 years of intriguing history.
Gozo is renowned for its peaceful charm and idyllic lifestyle, while Comino features the Blue Lagoon – one of the islands more popular tourist attractions due to its clear blue waters and abundant aquatic life.
Maltese cuisine reflects the islands’ multicultural heritage while the expansive beaches, lapped by the Mediterranean, are perfect for visitors seeking rest and relaxation.
Known as the silent city, Mdina features medieval city walls and offers great views over the main island of Malta due to its elevated position.
The megalithic temples of Tarxien and Hagar Qim were built between 3600 and 2500BC, and are the oldest freestanding stone structures in the world.
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