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Malta

April 2013

Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily. The country is one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries. The capital of Malta is Valletta, which is also the smallest capital in the EU.

Malta has a long Christian legacy and its Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta is sometimes traditionally claimed to be an Apostolic see because, according to the Acts of the Apostles, Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked on Malta.

We knew Malta was going to be a favourite, because it promised us warm weather and numerous architectural and historical monuments, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

  • Our Top 4 Meals In Malta

    Our Top 4 Meals In Malta

    Malta

    During our time on Malta we seemed to eat on the go quite a bit - so much to do with so little time. Yummy Pastizzi made for ideal snacks on the road, but when we did get a chance to stop, what we did eat was delicious. Here were our top 4 favourite meals during our time in Malta.

  • Top 5 Things To Do In Malta

    Top 5 Things To Do In Malta

    Malta

    Malta was not what I expected. This small island really packed a punch with the sheer volume of things to see and do. During our time on the island we discovered some real gems that you will love.

  • Simple Pleasures: Flying Over Europe

    Simple Pleasures: Flying Over Europe

    Malta

    Flying from Malta to Munich was never in the plans, but halfway through my flight I opened my window shade to something much more amazing than my TV show.

  • Gozo With The Hop On Hop Off Bus - Plus The Azure Window (Part 1)

    Gozo With The Hop On Hop Off Bus - Plus The Azure Window (Part 1)

    Malta

    When exploring a new city, one of our favourite ways is with a hop-on-hop-off bus. It helps to acquire an overview (quite literally from the top of a double-decker bus) of the region, as well as valuable insight into the history and culture with live or recorded commentary. If our kids are tired, they can easily nap on a bus and we just cruise around doing a bit less hopping on and off.

  • Mesmerising Malta and the Grand Hotel Excelsior

    Mesmerising Malta and the Grand Hotel Excelsior

    Malta

    Situated just a short stroll from Valletta, Grand Hotel Excelsior was our delightful home base during our recent visit to Malta. On top of the gorgeous views, the buffet breakfast was my highlight. But Caius received an unexpected surprise.