Located in the Mediterranean sea south of Sicily, the island country of Malta has been independent since 1964. For such a small place it has some of the most ancient historic sites in the world. You can enjoy the beaches nearly every day from April through October or spend a week sightseeing. For many tourists the towns of Sliema and St. Julians are the most popular because they’re also the most modern offering more shopping and nightlife. But to truly experience the culture of Malta and sample local cuisine and wine, visit the smaller towns and villages where there is almost always a festival or a week-long celebration honoring a patron saint. Getting around is easy and there are accommodations ranging from hotels and villas to farmhouses and hostels. It’s amazing how much there is to see from Greek and Roman ruins, ancient villas, castles and fortresses. Be sure to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites — the Hypogeum, an underground burial chamber and temple which dates to 4000 BC, the Megalithic temples believed to be the oldest standing buildings in the world, and the capital city of Valletta with hundreds of historic sites within a relatively small area. A day trip to Malta is possible but to truly experience the culture plan for at least a week.
Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.
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