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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    • Gozo

      Gozo is an island in the Maltese archipelago, separated from Malta by a small channel. It’s known for its agriculture and incredible coastline, as well as a relatively slow pace of life. These add up to make Gozo a popular destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway in Malta.

      Gozo’s rich history is showcased through medieval structures such as the world-renowned Gozo Citadel, which occupies a lofty hillside with ancient walls dating back to the Middle Ages. There are also plenty of archaeological sites from even further back in time. Gozo’s largest city, Rabat (Victoria), is a must-visit where you can explore ancient alleyways, local markets and shops, along with excellent dining experiences.

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