The main island of Malta forms part of the Maltese Archipelago which lies approximately in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of the African continent
The area of Malta is 316 km2 making it the 10th smallest country and population is around 475,000, the 5th most densely populated nation. For anyone reading this statement, it may seem that Malta can be visited in a day but in this small space there is a richness of history to discover, natural beauty to admire and so many various activities to ensure a fun-filled holiday to match your preferences.
Homer wrote about Gozo in the Greek Myths. Malta has been mentioned in the Bible as Saint Paul was shipwrecked and lived for a few months before his martyrdom in Rome. In 1565 Malta defeated the Barbary corsair Dragut Reis who commanded the fleet of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The English honoured Malta with the George Cross for their bravery in the Second World War.
Malta is in the centre of the Mediterranean and has been the centre of history through thousands of years. Various civilisations and rulers left their imprints on these islands. Treasures evidence such historic periods from prehistoric times with paintings done by stone age men, temples dating from 4000 years BC, Carthigians and Phoenicians remains, interesting Roman ruins, valuable heritage left by the Knights of Malta, stories of Napolean’s plunders and the legacy of the British colony until Malta’s independence in 1964.
All this has not imposed on the natural beauty of the island with its hills and valleys, beautiful surrounding crystal blue Mediterranean sea, the mild climate leaving the sun shining bright for many days during the year gifting its inhabitants with magical sunrises and mystical sunsets.
Maltese traditions are also very popular especially on the island of Gozo and villagers prepare for these events throughout the years. It is their pride and joy. The festivities are mostly Christians with each village celebrating annual village festas, the Carnival that comes before the lent, Christmas and Easter traditional activities. There are also traditional activities organised by the Government and also local councils which are also very engaging and pleasing.