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Beyond Italy:

Malta

Malta is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it’s full of history, beaches, party, culture and friendly people. Compared to your typical Mediterranean destinations, Malta is more than just a place to sit by the beach and party. It’s home to some remarkable history, beautiful scenery and a proud culture. We are sure you will leave your heart on this island after visiting!

Let’s start with the capital, Valletta. Walk around this lovely city and look at the beautiful architecture, historical museums, and amazing views over the sea and neighbor cities. Saint John’s Co-Cathedral’s austere exterior contrasts with its sumptuous high baroque interior: full of gold and magnificent paintings from Caravaggio, a must-see! Not to miss is also the Manoel Theatre, one of the oldest in Europe.

Step back some 5500 years with a visit to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temple sites, thought to have been built to worship a type of fertility goddess. To put their age into perspective - they are around 1000 years older than the pyramids at Giza and Stonehenge. Who knew!?

You will feel the power as you enter the Old Capital City of Mdina: it’s Malta's only medieval city with a range of architecture that includes Norman and Arabic features. If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize the main gates immediately!

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If you love the ocean and the sea, you do not want to miss a visit to the Blue Grotto: well known for the intense blue color of the water in the cave, best seen with a boat tour.

Want to discover Malta through its food? Marsaxlokk is an authentic fishing port, with colored fishing boats called luzzu. Every Sunday takes place a traditional fish market: it’s filled with local foods and artisan products including the famous Maltese lace!

Also, why not enjoy wonderful rustic farmer's lunch coupled with an exploration of a farm? You'll be in one of the most rural areas of Malta - in your own little oasis to enjoy a delectable array or food products and local wine.

Did you know that the most famous food item in Malta is the pastizzi? A traditional savory pastry usually filled with ricotta or pea mash. Stop in at a local pastizzeria to taste for yourself and determine what all of the fuss is all about.

Next is the island of Gozo, located about 25 minutes ferry ride from Malta: that large swaths of land, a gorgeous coastline and a more relaxed way of life. Don’t miss a visit to the Roman salt pans, still used for today salt production, the many beaches, and the Cittadella, the fortified part of the city. You're going to love Gozo!

 

Whether you’re interested in history, sports, food, art, doing business or learning something new,

 

the Maltese Islands should be your next port of call!

 

Start planning your trip to Europe!