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Malta, not Gibralta’

We recently happened upon a fascinating video featuring the calming and kind Bettany Hughes where she takes viewers into locations – many subterranean – in this most interesting country. Its history is beyond impressive, especially with so many countries taking control at one time or another. In fact, Malta has a history dating back thousands of years, with influences from the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Knights of St. John, and the British Empire. You can explore ancient temples, medieval fortifications, and Baroque architecture. Because of this rich legacy, the capital city, Valletta, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

And when you’re history’d out, Malta offers a variety of beautiful beaches with clear, azure waters. Whether you prefer sandy or rocky shores, you can find a spot to relax, swim, or enjoy water sports. The Maltese islands feature dramatic landscapes, including rugged coastlines, limestone cliffs, and picturesque harbors. The island of Gozo is particularly known for its stunning natural beauty.

And, given its mélange of residents over the milennia, it’s no surprise that Maltese cuisine is a delightful mix of Mediterranean flavors. Be sure to try traditional dishes like pastizzi (savory pastries), rabbit stew, and ftira (local bread). The seafood is also fresh and delicious.

Easyjet flies to Malta, with regular services from all over Europe. Click here to look and book.

Stay at the gorgeous Pergola Hotel & Spa. Built on the sides of one of the valleys in Mellieha, the hotel offers exquisite views of the church, the bay, the islands of Gozo and Comino, and the village. Click here.

There’s so much to do in Malta. GetYourGuide have lots of options; Click here.

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