Destination to Consider – Valletta, MaltaNov 02, 2018
Get to know Malta and you’ll get to know history as you step back in time.
The Maltese Islands stand guard at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km South of Sicily and 288 km North of Africa. Comprised of 3 islands; Malta is the largest island and is the cultural communication epicenter. Gozo, the second largest island, is more rural and known for its fishing. Finally, Comino, the smallest and largely inhabitable island, rounds out this country of 3 islands that covers over 316 sq km with a population of nearly 400,000.
With four seasons, mild winters and low rainfall, any time of year is a good time to visit Malta. The official languages are Maltese (written in Latin script) and English, but Italian is widely spoken as well.
Valletta, Malta’s capital city, was named after its founder, Jean Parisot de la Valette. Built in 1566 complete with bastions, forts and a cathedral, the city of Valletta was completed in just 15 years’ time, which is impressive as it was all done by hand!
With the airport located just 10 km from Valletta and boasting its own national airline, Air Malta, you can be in Malta in just a few hours from most European cities via Air Malta or dozens of other airlines. There are over fifty 4 and 5-star hotels in Malta, all with in-house meeting facilities.
The best way to see Valletta is on foot. Stroll through its narrow streets and take in the rich architecture, quaint cafes and shops that await you. St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum are incredibly breathtaking and give new definition to the word ornate. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, don’t miss the Gardens in Valletta; Upper & Lower Barrakka and the Hastings Gardens are just a few favorites.
The magic of Malta will captivate even the most finicky of travelers.
Author: Erin Fiden