Malta is an island that can be found in the south of Europe, a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea lying 80 kilometers south of Italy, 333 kilometers north of Libya and 284 km east of Tunisia. The country spans just over 316 square kilometers with a population of just under 500,000 people making it one of the worlds smallest and most densely populated countries. The capital city of Malta is Valletta, a 0.8 km2 city making it the smallest national capital in the European Union. Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English.
Given its location, Malta has always been a great strategic naval base especially by powers that conquered it. The Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, Romans, Phoenicians, British and French, have all ruled the island. Malta is mainly a Roman Catholic country but it is also home to an enticing mix of cultures that has come together over generations. The traditional Maltese food is made up from a mix of Middle Eastern and Sicilian flavours, whilst also making use of local ingredients such as rabbit and honey. Overall the Maltese are a very warm and welcoming nation in fact, if you had to ask for directions the probability would be that the person you asked would walk with you to help you find your bearings. Huge parts of the island have advanced well with times however there are certain villages where you will actually feel that you have gone back in time, especially on Gozo where huge churches tower over the quiet and small villages.
Malta’s landscape is made up of rocky stretches of coast ending in limestone cliffs with sheltered bays that hide clear blue water and golden beaches. There are many marinas on the island and they are always crammed with boats. In summer the sea surface can be seen jam packed with the traditional Maltese Luzzus, high class yachts or speedboats. Underwater is also a haven for Snorkelers and divers as in the Maltese waters one can appreciate a world of caves, crags and ship wrecks.
Malta is an island that carries with it many interests however it still remains laid-back and easy. There is never enough time to explore it well enough and one can be spoilt for choice where it comes to boat trips, beautiful towns, crystal clear waters, friendly people and breathtaking views. In a matter of hours you can go from swimming to walking along a clifftop prehistoric site, to a seaside restaurant. For a perfect holiday on Malta, simply combine sightseeing and beaches with a relaxing stay on Gozo, to enjoy its small villages and carved-out coast.