Welcome to Malta!
The Republic of Malta, or Malta for short, is a small group of islands in the warm Mediterranean Sea, close to the southern shores of Sicily. With a surface area of only 316 km² but a population of around 450,000, Malta is amongst the world’s tiniest but most densely populated countries. Of the several islands only three are populated; Malta, Gozo and Comino, each with its unique characteristics and attractions. Both Maltese and English are official languages; after all, the islands gained their independence from the United Kingdom as late as 1964.
The islands comprising the Republic of Malta are often correctly described as one big open air museum, with stunning architecture, ancient watchtowers, unrivaled natural wonders and historic villages to explore. Malta can boast with some of the most ancient structures on the planet, as the Megalithic Temples found there date back all the way to 4000 BC, and the underground Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni is just 1,000 years younger. In addition, the capital city Valletta’s old-town offers an atmosphere and gorgeous architecture right from the Middle Ages, when the Order of the Knight of St.John built it. Malta’s natural wonders, such as Calypso’s Cave and Azure Window, introduce to you some of the most awesome creations Mother Nature has ever created.
Activities in Malta range from cycling and walking to some of the finest scuba diving in the Mediterranean. There are also exciting shore excursions for cruise passengers, some stunning world-class day spas, golf facilities, paragliding and a lively cultural calendar, including the annual Arts Festival from late July to mid August, which brings touring orchestras and art exhibitions, and even an opera under the stars.
Since Malta is easy to reach from all major European airports, and beyond those, why not come and let yourself be pampered by the friendly Maltese people and experience some truly unique moments in these beautiful islands?