The Magical Maltese Islands
MALTA, GOZO & COMINO: THREE'S THE CHARM
Home to the myth of Odysseus and his enchantress Calypso, 5,500-year-old solar temples and over 300 days of sunshine, the Maltese Islands have it all. Culture, history and a life-loving Mediterranean lifestyle that can’t be beaten is yours to explore at leisure in Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Walk in the footsteps of ancient hunter-gatherers at Ġgantija; marvel at millennia-old Phoenician apiaries; tour ancient Roman forts and baths; explore the silent streets of the former Arab hilltop capital of Mdina; wander the twisting streets of the old Ċittadella in Gozo, once conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte; or sample the emerging dance scene in Malta’s clubland district of Paceville.
VALLETTA: EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2018
A must-visit is Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018. This golden capital city is where a small force of knights beat off hordes of Turkish invaders during the last battle of the Holy Wars—and it’s where you can discover a wealth of history, from cathedrals and palazzos to war rooms and massive honey-coloured stone fortresses, in addition to museums, restaurants and shopping opportunities galore.
And that’s not all.
Right around the coast, you’ll find untold natural attractions, such as the Inland Sea and Mtaħleb Cliffs—where episodes of The Game of Thrones were filmed—along with Comino's Blue Lagoon, the Inland Sea, the Blue Grotto, St Peter’s Pool and much more.
Plus, with 12 Blue Flag Beaches, including both Golden Bay, adjacent Għajn Tuffieħa Bay and the beautifully calm and shallow Mellieħa Bay, you can see why Malta was named the No.1 Travel Destination for 2017.