The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and
Comino, and has a historical and cultural heritage of more than
seven thousand years. Throughout history, passed through its territory,
Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Aragonese, French and British,
and they all left their mark in architecture, cuisine, language
and character. The British left independence in the sixties, but
their legacy is still visible: drive on the left and English is
their second official language.
For all these reasons and also because of its moderately prices
Malta has, in recent years, one of the most attractive destinations
in the Mediterranean.
Valletta, the capital, is a walled city of XVIth century. Its
streets were laid out thinking that favored the circulation of
the harbor breeze. It has palaces, cathedrals, beautiful gardens
and some good museums, plus a special charm that emanates from
its narrow and cobbled streets.
15 km from Valletta, close to a village called Qrendi, Hagar
Qim is a megalithic temple dating from 3800 BC. It is decorated
with various carvings, altars and oracular chambers, and it is
a place that you must to visit.
The second largest island, Gozo, has its own charms. An attractive
countryside, a leisurely lifestyle and the low number of tourists
make it a pleasant destination to enjoy some time relaxing, visiting
prehistoric temples and medieval architecture. Some interesting
places are Victoria, the capital, the grotto of Calypso, one of
the points of the route of Ulysses, Ggantija temples and caves
The third island, tiny Comino, is visited in a single day trips.
It is "just" a bird sanctuary and nature reserve. Very
attractive is the Blue Lagoon, which many tourists come to snorkel.