With over 300 days of sunlight every year, Malta is unquestionably one of Europe’s brightest places. Just a few miles south of Sicily, it is the largest island in an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea and coupled with the smaller Gozo and the almost uninhabited Comino make up a magnificent destination.
Take a stroll around 16th-century Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tour the medieval Mdina, see the Popeye village created exclusively for the Robin Williams film, and, of course, spend a day in adjacent Gozo swimming in the Blue Comino Lagoon while enjoying the local classic Kinnie drink.
According to one theory, the word Malta derives from Greek honey, due to the production in the region.
And by the way, even if the locals speak good English, we encourage you to attempt to learn some Maltese words. Let’s start with Bonu (Bon-ju) for Good Morning!
A cultural mosaic...
For over 7,000 years, Malta has a rich cultural heritage dating back over 7,000 years, with strong influences from numerous cultures. The Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and British have all left their imprint on this lovely island.
Actually, the Maltese have acquired the British driving habit, as in the United Kingdom and Cyprus (among others), so watch out for automobiles in the other direction when crossing the road!