This small archipelago has so much variety you won’t believe how they manage to squeeze it all in. So many cultures have been mixing and influencing each other for generations that you’ll be hard pressed to pigeon-hole anything here. For example, Maltese food is a combination of Middle Eastern and Sicilian. Another thing that mixes well here is modern life with the prehistoric. All the modern amenities you could ask for, plus everywhere you look there are tiny pockets where you’ll think you’ve gone back in time. Though the most famous asset is the gorgeous deep blue sea. Come for the red-gold beaches, limestone cliffs, sheltered bays, and every imaginable sailing vessel and forget about everything else. Here’s the best places to visit in Malta!
Valletta is the capital of Malta thanks to the famous defeat of the Ottoman Turks during the Great Siege of 1565. Built on a peninsula in the eastern part of the country, with a population around 6000, the entire town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It sits on top of Mount Sceberras and has wonderful examples of baroque architecture dating from the 16th century. The stand out of these is St. John’s Cathedral and other auberges’ and bastions all built by the Knights of St. John. Valletta is the largest harbour town in Malta and from The Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens you’ll get incredible views of the Grand Harbour. If you’ve got the opportunity, the Maltese Carnival, which lasts three days, is phenomenal.