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Floating in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily are the stunning islands of Malta. With a history of shipwrecks, conquests, emperors and knights behind it, Malta is now an independent nation and home to over 445,000 people.
A warm climate and plethora of luxury hotels attract tourists from all over but the Maltese Islands also boast three UNESCO World Heritage sites, mythical theories and 7,000 years of history to explore. The Megalithic Temples are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world while the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is a huge underground structure excavated circa 2,500 B.C. and is well worth a visit.
Some people believe that Malta was part of the Lost City of Atlantis and with its striking sea line it’s easy to believe in fairytales – the limestone arch, Azure Window, and Homer’s Calypso’s Cave are both something you’ll want to add to your checklist.
Mdina, the nation’s medieval capital, is a fortified city that only allows cars of residents on the roads so you’ll have to explore on foot. The modern day capital of Valletta, on the other hand, is so concentrated with historical areas architecture that you’ll want to explore on your own two feet so that you don’t miss anything!
The Maltese are warm and generous people. Once you’re done exploring, be sure to find yourself a seat somewhere to enjoy a Kinnie and take in some traditional Maltese folk music (ghana). View more trips to Malta.
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When to go: Malta really is a superb year round destination, but June and August are the peaks of the tourist season and the island can get quite crowded. Between February and June the prices are a bit cheaper and there are fewer tourists and this makes some of the attractions easier to traverse.
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