Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, but it punches well above its weight when it comes to tourism. It’s got a spectacular coastline, great dive sites, and a capital city that’s like one giant museum. Valletta was built by the Knights Hospitallier in the 16th century and is bumper-to-bumper with ancient palaces, Baroque churches and knights’ hostels.
In fact, Malta’s entire history is as layered as a trifle. The temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra on the south coast are cast-offs from prehistoric times. Elsewhere on the island, you can see the legacies left behind by the eight empires that have ruled Malta. You can also retrace the footsteps of knights in Mdina and go in search of Napoleon’s ghost in Valletta.
Of course, there’s more to Malta than its timeline. Island life revolves around having a good time. Throughout the summer, festivals take place at a different village each weekend. The season of celebration kicks off in style with the International Fireworks Festival at the start of May. Then there’s Paceville in St Julian’s to consider. The nightlife capital of Malta gives Ibiza a run for its record-spinning money.
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