Malta is awash with mythic tales, ancient ruins and spectacular coastal beaches. The island’s postcard appearance is enhanced by the meandering streets of the old towns and villages, coupled with grandiose cathedrals and palaces.

Described as an open-air museum, jewel of the Mediterranean and more, Malta lies in the centre of the Mediterranean just 93km south of the Italian island of Sicily, and just under 300km north of Africa. This rich archipelago consists of three main islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino, and a number of smaller uninhabited islands and outcrops.

Boasting a total population of over 400,000 people and a land area of 316 square kilometers, Malta is a popular commercial, cultural and leisure hub and is an eclectic mix of old traditional values and new modern amenities and facilities.

Malta provides a wealth of exploration for travelers seeking cultural enlightenment and journeys through history. Despite its compact size Malta is packed full of ancient ruins, landmarks, fortifications and more, thanks to its 7,000 year history. Malta’s story began with its first settlers who constructed the largest and oldest free-standing structures in the world; the Megalithic Temples.

Having been occupied by many of the great civilisations and empires of the world from the Arabs to the Knights of the Order of St. John to the Spanish, French and British, Malta has countless stories to tell. Every corner of the island, one can witness samples of this long and intricate past, from countryside chapels to auberges, defensive lines and more. It is not surprising then that Malta boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Baroque capital city of Valletta, the Hypogeum (underground temple) at Hal-Saflieni, and collectively Malta’s numerous Megalithic Temple sites.