Valletta, the capital of Malta, has been named Europe's Capital of Culture for 2018, and the timing couldn't be better.
Located between Italy and Tunisia, Malta exists at a crossroads that makes for a fascinating history. From the Baroque city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site replete with museums, churches, galleries, shops, open air markets and boasting the remarkable St John’s Co-Cathedral, home to Caravaggio’s masterpiece the Beheading of St John, to the old capital, Mdina, the so-called ‘Silent City', that quietly evokes a bygone era with its elegant stone palaces and hushed cobbled streets, to the St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat, Ggantija Neolithic Temples in Gozo, the World War II shelters and the Forts of St Elmo and St Angelo. In summer, get ready to enjoy firework fuelled village feasts in honour of village saints.
The warmth of the Mediterranean sun, the clarity of the Mediterranean sea and the welcoming smiles of the Maltese people have won the hearts of visitors for years, but this tiny island also offers a host of diverse attractions and activities for holidaymakers keen to make the most of their stay. From balmy beaches and trendy nightclubs, to magnificent ancient monuments and a stunning legacy of centuries’ old art and culture, Malta has something for everyone to enjoy.
The stunning historical settings of Valletta, Mdina or St Julians make the perfect backdrop to relaxation, sightseeing, concerts or sports. Magnificent architecture from the time of the Knights of St John dominates the towns and villages you’ll visit, and castles, palaces and hundreds of churches and wayside chapels, all surrounded by stunning island scenery and shimmering Mediterranean sea, make for unforgettable sights that have drawn people from all over the world to Malta for centuries.
Source: CNN travel