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One of the jewels of the Mediterranean is Malta, a small island country with a big heart. The first recorded mention of Malta comes to us in the biblical tale of the shipwreck of St. Paul. This little island nation is only around 316 kilometers square, and is part of a chain of islands, including Gozo, Cominotto, Fifla, and Comino, although most people live on Malta, the main island in the chain. Presided over by a sundry of different rulers in its historic past, Malta is much more than just an Italian relic or a British colonial outpost. This little country has a lot of character, charm, and beauty. From its exciting fiestas featuring beautiful fireworks to its prehistoric temples and unparalleled architecture, Malta has much to offer, whether you plan to visit for a few days or come for an extended stay. Be sure to schedule enough time in Malta for:
• Becoming your most beautiful you at a lush spa, such as the Lotus. Malta is home to several full service spas.
• Discovering where the knights of St. John defended Christendom and retrace the footsteps of St. Paul in an open air museum.
• Enjoying the food. The Maltese really know how to cook, and a meal of pasta, vegetables and meat is typically served up with deserts and fruits. Be sure to try the stuffed octopus and the rabbit that has been stewed in local wine.
• Gambling. Malta is home to three world class casinos where you can play roulette, blackjack, baccarat and more.
• Getting wet at the Mediterraneo Marine Park and Splash and Fun Water Park. It is here that you will meet seals and dolphins – and get a chance to swim alongside them in azure waters!
• Going climbing on the neighboring island of Gozo – it’s only a short ferry ride away.
• Going shopping. Malta offers fabulous opportunities for shopping, and handmade goods are much in demand among tourists and locals alike. From locally made jewelry to pottery, embroidery and handmade lace, you will find many treasures to fill your suitcase on the way home. There are many fashion boutiques in Sliema.
• Going to the theater. The Manoel Theater, located in Valetta, is one of the oldest European theaters, and performances are typically held there until June of each year.
• Hopping a boat to the Blue Grotto - this is Malta’s most famous, and possibly most beautiful, cave. This massive 140-foot high cave is accessible only by boat.
• Lounging on the beaches of St. Julian’s or Sliema. These fabulous sandy beaches are ideal for soaking up the Mediterranean sun.
• Stopping by a prehistoric underground temple – the Hypogeum.
• Taking in the nightlife. Visitors are wowed by the nightlife in Malta, which is centered on St. Paul’s Bay and Paceville. It is there that one can find night clubs, bars, and discos for people of all ages.
• Visiting the Mdina Glass factory to watch glass being blown.
As you can see, there is rarely a shortage of things to do in this small island country!