Malta’s location in the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Tunisia, made it a highly strategic naval base in the past, and empires ranging from the Phoenicians to the British have left their mark on the island. From the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim to Valletta’s contemporary parliament building, each era has contributed to Malta’s unique heritage.

    For a snapshot of typical Maltese life, spend a day at Marsaxlokk. This photogenic port on Malta’s southern tip is famous for its market. Admire the brightly coloured boats decorated with “eyes” to ward off danger, then try local favourite lampuki (fried dolphinfish) in a lively harbourside restaurant.

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      Sliema – just across the bay from Malta’s capital Valletta – is an easy-going, multifaceted coastal town. It’s home to a plethora of lively bars and good-value restaurants serving international fare, as well as a popular children’s playground in Independence Garden, close to the seafront.

      Walk along the promenade to Tigne Point for panoramic views over Valletta’s historic skyline and out to sea. This scenic peninsula, formerly the site of a disused British barracks, was revitalized in the early 2000s with a stylish new shopping mall and many fashionable apartments.

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