History & Culture

With over 7000 years of history and host to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today and wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The narrow meandering streets of Malta’s ancient towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces, while the countryside is dotted with the oldest known structures in the world.

The Hagar Qim temples form the oldest free standing structures in the world whilst the ex capital & silent city of Mdina was home to many a Game of Thrones scene.

The capital of Valletta is home to St.Johns Co-Cathedral, resting place of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta as well home to the only signed Caravaggio in existence. 


Maltese cuisine is the result of a long relationship between the Islanders and the many civilisations who occupied the Maltese Islands over the centuries. Traditional Maltese food is rustic and based on the seasons. Look out for Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives) and Kapunata (the Maltese version of ratatouille). Six restaurants in Malta were recently awarded Michelin stars; where you can find a mixture of Classic, Fusion & Foreign. The island’s climate and rich clay terrain have resulted in distinctive wines, with Maltese vintages winning several accolades at international competitions. There are several wineries on the islands, all offering guided tours and tastings


Malta has beaches and shorelines for everyone from windsufers to sunbathers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocky shorelines and crystal clear lagoons. Some are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion. Due to Malta’s climate, beach life lasts until the start of November and diving can be enjoyed year round. The Archipelago is consistently voted the second best diving location in the world with a vast array of wrecks, reefs and caves to explore in the calm, clear seas surrounding the islands. There are dives suitable for all levels of experience and children can take PADI courses from the age of ten.

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