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The little country of Malta, a member of the European Union, consists of a series of Mediterranean islands located 90k south of Sicily, Italy. This densely populated country holds an incredible variety of attractions for visitors, from prehistoric temple ruins to art festivals to scuba diving. It’s surrounded by clear waters and is sunny most of the time—hot in summer,... [Read the full story]
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On a Sunday morning in Malta, colors, sounds, and smells all fought for my attention. Walking through the traditional fish... [Read the full story]
Malta is an archipelago of three islands and a few rocky islets in the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles south of Sicily. Most of the population of about 406,000 lives on Malta, the largest and by far the busiest island. Next in size is Gozo, while tiny, rural Comino is only 1 square mile.
The island of Malta offers a busy city life, cultural events, numerous hotels and restaurants, shopping, and interesting architecture. The capital, Valletta, is a World Heritage Site, with its Grand Harbour, imposing bastions, magnificent palace, cathedral, and priceless treasury of art. The city hosts dance, music, and theatre performances throughout the year.
Gozo is quieter and greener. It has a landscape of farms, hills, valleys and cliffs above dozens of little harbors and inlets. In the villages and countryside, oleanders and bougainvillea bloom in a riot of color. There are baroque churches, several inviting hotels, and restaurants where the catch of the day is served. Comino is popular for swimming in crystal waters, windsurfing, diving and, mostly, relaxing on quiet beaches.
The two official languages of Malta are English and Maltese.