The Maltese archipelago, situated almost at the centre of the Mediterranean, includes the islands of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Comminotto and Filfla. It has made it an important strategic base since the earliest days of navigation, and thus has been visited by many cultures.

The first significant civilisation here flourished in the third millennium BC, leaving behind fascinating megalithic temples. Later the island was occupied by the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and the Romans.

The Maltese islands have indeed been described as one big open-air museum. It is easy to delve into the islands’ mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom. Visitors can explore medieval walled citadels and splendid baroque churches and palaces.

However, history alone does not draw the annual summer influx of tourists, who manage to triple the population of Malta. Visitors also come for the beautiful clear blue waters, secluded bays and sandy beaches, and also to glimpse the tranquil traditional villages that still speckle the landscape, celebrating lively fiestas.

Malta’s independence from Britain was achieved in 1964, and 40 years on Malta joined the EU in May 2004.

Sports are all aplenty in Malta which is also host to some fantastic school sports tournaments in April and October as well as vets rugby. Tennis camps, basketball, volleyball, swimming, water polo…. and many other sports!

With a great climate and lots of possible excursions, Malta makes a great destination for a tour of a week to 12 days. Contact us now to discuss further options.

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