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Malta is a small but infinitely fascinating archipelago located in the southern Mediterranean, within close proximity to Sicily and Tunisia. Given Malta’s geographical location and history dating back thousands of years, Malta’s culture, architecture and cuisine have been influenced and intricately formed over the course of millennia to create a densely packed treasure trove of an island. Despite its size you are guaranteed to experience diversity throughout. Regardless of which region you decide to stay in, the whole island of Malta is easily and quickly accessible, allowing visitors to experience all of the very best that the country has to offer, from the history and grandeur of the capital city of Valletta, the world famous scuba diving in Cirkewwa, the sandy beaches of Mellieha and Golden Bay and the rustic landscapes of Gozo. Malta benefits from the highest year round average temperature in Europe, making this an ideal destination for your summer holidays and winter-sun breaks.
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Malta’s illustrious history dates back to the first recorded inhabitants in 5200 BC. The archipelago’s choice position in the Mediterranean along trade routes made it a prized possession throughout history. The culture of the islands is a mix of the colonists and conquerors that have called the island home. The Phoenicians settled in Malta in approximately the 7th century BC, and it is suspected that the eyes on the traditional luzzu fishing boat are relics from Phoenician boat painting tradition. Almost every empire in the region occupied Malta in its early years, and this influence is reflected in the Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Latin architecture packed in to this tiny country.
With village “festas” being celebrated practically every weekend during the summer, there is never a bad time to visit Malta and get in on the fun. The local festas are held in honour of the local parish patron saint and guarantee delicious food, dancing and music. The mid-august feast of Santa Marija is a lovely time to visit any part of the archipelago, as is the Mnarja harvest festival near the end of June. Grab a good seat near the Grand Harbour during the Malta Fireworks Festival in late spring, and be sure to head to Valletta for the most exuberant nocturnal celebrations of Notte Bianca. Proud Gozitans will welcome you to the island-wide Festival Mediterranea in mid-autumn for concerts, exhibitions, and top-notch local food and drink.
Maltese cuisine is full of rustic character, colours and flavour as you would expect from a central Mediterranean island and given its geographical position, it takes great influence and inspiration from North African, Spanish and Sicilian cuisines whilst there is also a small trace of British influence left by the Knights of St John. The unofficial national dish of Malta is widely considered to be rabbit stew “fenkata”. Other Maltese delights include; Widow’s Soup “Soppa tal-Armla”, a soup that was traditionally made by poor widows using the cheapest vegetables including potatoes, carrots and beans mixed with a tomato paste, “Pastizzi” are the island’s most popular savoury snack consisting of croissant-like pastries filled with salty ricotta. If you find yourself on Malta’s island of Gozo, be sure to try the local cheese called ġbejniet cooked in a delectable little pastry. Sweets play a big part in Maltese cuisine and there can be regional differences in the desserts found on the Maltese islands.
Malta is balmy year round with stable temperatures that are just slightly cooler in the winter and very warm in the summer. While Malta gets a bit of rain in the winter, it also enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year. Humidity levels are slightly higher in August and September, though it is not unpleasant.