Situated 90Km south of Sicily and 290Km north of Africa, the Maltese Islands are at the heart of the Mediterranean basin, providing a Euro-Mediterranean link to North Africa and the Middle East. Malta has an almost mythological quality to it that comes from its mysterious underwater caves, stunning temples, and medieval architecture. It possesses a vibrant heritage, home to ancient civilizations and the cream of European nobility in the Early Medieval to the mid-Renaissance period. During this era, Malta's reputation as an island of great bravery and remarkable architectural features became firmly entrenched in history books. The islands' strategic location between the European and African continents made it an attractive conquest for Europe, North Africa, and the East. Malta's great legacy is visible in the wealth of buildings accessible to visitors, as well as the preservation of its past in museums, not to mention ruins and old cities.
The capital of Malta, Valletta, has something to offer whether you want a city break alone, with family and friends, or a romantic journey. Due to its Mediterranean location, it is a splendid destination the whole year around. Valletta was recently denominated to be the sunniest city in Europe. It is also wholly linked to the Knights of St John of Jerusalem's history. Valletta is the most concentrated historic area in the world. It is like an open-air museum; intriguing historical buildings are on every corner of the city, with votive images, crannies, fountains, and coats of arms high up on walls. The magnificent fortification city grew on the arid rock of Mount Sciberras peninsula, which flies steeply from two deep harbors, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Not surprisingly, Valletta is one of Malta's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Gozo means joy, and a holiday to this relaxed little sister island of Malta should bring precisely that. Gozo is known for its pretty scenery, natural coastline, and untouched forest trails. Baroque churches extend from small villages' heart, and traditional farmhouses dot the rural landscape. Its culture and lifestyle are rooted in custom and open to the present. Based on sustainability's values and the necessity to protect the natural environment, the Government of Malta has started on an energetic yet feasible vision of Gozo as an eco-island.
Mdina is one of Europe's most exquisite examples of an antiquated walled city and unique in its medieval and baroque planning mix. The history of Mdina pursues back more than 4000 years. It was home then, as now, to Malta's noble families; you will find remarkable palaces line its narrow, shady streets. The town is a commercial center and acts as a market to its large agricultural hinterland. Furthermore, it hosts several archeological and historical sites like The Roman Villa (Domus Romana), catacombs, St. Paul's Grotto, and the fine churches and monasteries.