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The Maltese Islands

Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso's Cave –The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. As the countryside is dotted with the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.





The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of 400,000 inhabitants over an area of 316sq km and a coastline of 196.8km (not including 56.01 km for the island of Gozo).

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture while Comino is largely uninhabited.

With superbly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. With a little help from any guidebook, captivating places of interest are immediately identified –the world famous Hypogeum chosen as a place of World Heritage by UNESCO, prehistoric temples and grand palaces are but a few.

The long relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that occupied Malta over the centuries has created a marriage of styles and traditions, giving the Islands a fascinating eclectic culture.

True to the melting pot of cultural influences, the national languages are English and Maltese. The unit of currency is currently the Maltese Lira (Lm), with a central parity rate against the euro of 0.429300.

 

Gozo & Comino

Island of Gozo

Gozo
is known to provide a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change. The charm of Malta’s sister Island is immediately apparent; it’s greener, more rural and smaller, with life’s rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture.

Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey –a peaceful, mystical backwater. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. 


Gozo’s rugged landscape and spectacular coastline await exploration with some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites.

The Island also comes complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramas, as well as one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, Ggantija. 

Gozo also possesses a nightlife and cultural calendar all of its own, with some great dining out.

Isle of Comino 


Between Malta and Gozo lies Comino, a paradise for snorkellers, divers, windsurfers and walkers.  The Isle’s Blue Lagoon, with its safe bathing in turquoise waters, makes an idyllic day out by boat.  Carefree and car-free, Comino is a favourite escape all year round.

 

 

 
     
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