The Maltese archipelago comprises three small islands situated 80km south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.
With a combined area of just 122 square miles and a population of 450,000, it is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. Malta is the largest and most visited island, Gozo exudes rural charm, whilst Comino is the smallest and least populated.
It is a fascinating country and is often regarded as an open air museum due to the quantity of historical and natural landmarks. It also offers everything else you would expect from a Mediterranean island, namely stunning beaches and exquisite food.
The islands are perfect for sailing between, with a number of gorgeous coves and bays to explore. The water itself offers fantastic diving opportunities, boasting excellent visibility and an abundance of marine life including octopus, seahorses and colourful coral.
There are several Megalithic temples in Malta, with seven listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. They are considered to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world, so they are definitely worth a visit.
Whilst on the island of Malta, be sure to visit the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta. Wander through this magnificent building and you’ll find over 5000 types of armour, stunning tapestries and majestic rooms.
If you would rather unwind and soak up the Maltese sun, there are plenty of idyllic beaches to choose from. The most notable is the Blue Lagoon on Comino, a picture-postcard natural pool with crystal clear water.
Overlooking Gozo’s Ramla Bay beach is the legendary Calypso Cave, where Odysseus was imprisoned by a beautiful nymph in Homer’s epic poem.
There are regular ferry routes from Sicily, arriving in the Maltese capital, Valletta. The ferries depart from Pozzallo on the south coast, with services running every day and the option of a bus transfer from Catania.