Malta is often called "The Island of Sunshine and History" and rightly so. Lying at the very centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is blessed with an enviably mild climate.

Geographically at the edge of Europe, historically right in the centre

Despite its diminutive size, the Maltese archipelago is bursting with historic sites, idyllic spots, culture and traditions. Due to its strategic location and its excellent natural harbours, the island proved an irresistible attraction to other powers. As a result the list of Malta's colonisers is almost endless; the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Castilians, Knights of St John, the French and finally the British all held Malta for some time and they all left a lasting mark on the island's history and culture before Malta, in 1964, became its own country. It joined the European Market in 2004.

Travelling to Malta

Malta is easily accessible from most European countries. Air Malta is the national airline of Malta and has flights from several main hubs in Europe, including London, Frankfurt and Rome. Other airlines with frequent connections to Malta include Lufthansa, KLM and British Airways, among others.