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Emerging out of the Mediterranean to the south of Sicily, the delightful Maltese archipelago, the smallest state in Europe, is made up of one main island, Malta (which gives the country its name), the islands of Gozo and Comino, as well as several deserted islets.
Malta boasts a fascinating history which is still visible today, in part due to the flamboyance of the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, more commonly known as the Order of Malta. This order settled here in the early 16C, and much of the superb architecture built during this period still survives to this day, most notably in Valetta. Equally unique vestiges from earlier occupations can also still be seen, as witnessed by the temples found in Egyptian and Mesopotamian city-states dating back to the early days of modern Antiquity. This rich architectural heritage, along with the majority of the island''s residential properties, is built using globigerina, a soft limestone which is characteristic of Malta. Its honey colour is revealed in all its splendour at sunrise and sunset, providing a unique appearance to its landscape of rocky outcrops, typically Mediterranean vegetation (there is only one forest on the island, near the Dingli cliffs) and carpets of flowers in springtime.
Above all, the archipelago attracts visitors to its crystalline waters which lap its creek-indented coastline. Swimmers and water sports enthusiasts (including scuba divers) prefer Comino, while visitors searching for authenticity will want to head for the verdant and well-preserved island of Gozo.
Malta, a destination combining the pleasures of the sea and historical discoveries.

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Malta : Must-see towns and regions

  • Valletta

    Valletta is full of reminders of the Knights of Malta, who founded the city in the 16C. Remarkable religious buildings, the ramparts of a city obsessed by the Ottoman invasion… These grandiose defence...

  • Vittoriosa

    Vittoriosa, one of the Three Cities, is worth a visit, both for the superb view it affords over Valletta, beyond Grand Harbour, and its architectural treasures, the legacy of the Knights of Malta. Mak...

  • Pretty villages with winding little streets, medieval houses and stunning churches nestle in the centre of the island. The heart of Mosta is home to the famous dome of St Mary's Church. Not far away l...

  • Sliema is an important resort town so don't expect to have the place to yourself! Lying north of Valletta, it is popular with tourists thanks to its long seafront lined with many boutiques – also cove...

  • Marsaxlokk

    In Marsaxlokk, the Ottoman invasions of the past have given way to a more peaceful way of life, of which the busy fishing industry is the mainstay. Head here on a Sunday, the main market day, and pick...

  • To contemplate Mdina's finest monuments, take the main thoroughfare, Villegaignon Street. Many of the town's architectural treasures lie here – vestiges of the erstwhile splendour of its days as capit...

  • Rabat

    Upon first seeing Rabat, visitors are seduced by its typical atmosphere and historical monuments, such as St Paul's Church and the Domus Romana. But don't neglect the town's hidden treasures, which in...

  • There is more to Victoria than meets the eye: this quiet little town turns out to offer many points of interest. Don't miss the medieval citadel, the ceiling of the cathedral or the view over Gozo fro...

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