With 7,000 years of history, the Maltese Islands are steeped in culture and heritage.
This historic legacy, unique in the Mediterranean, is reflected in the country’s national architecture and collections. There are so many areas of heritage and culture to be explored: the 16th century masterpiece, the Grandmasters Palace, the Sacra Infermeria, which is now a fully equipped conference centre, the St. James Centre for Creativity, a superbly restored fortification where contemporary works of art are exhibited against the original rough-textured walls and rediscovered spaces. With these buildings, past and present blend into an enduring and admirable lesson in the art of living.
The island’s geography can only be really appreciated when viewed from the sea. This may be obvious, but very true. What is certain is that there is no better way to appreciate the beauty of the Maltese coastline than from the vantage point of a boat. Valletta and the Three Cities, with their formidable fortifications, the rugged cliffs and secluded bays around Malta, Gozo and Comino, they all look very different from the deck. Then also the absolutely fabulous dive sites are a wonder to explore.
The three islands that make up the Maltese Archipelago: Malta, the largest; Gozo, the mythical isle of Calypso; and tiny Comino, famous for its Blue Lagoon – form a very special diving site at the heart of the Mediterranean. The islands invite you to discover their natural harbours, bays, sheltered creeks, cliffs, reefs and wrecks. The waters here are some of the most limpid and clear in the world. Visibility is excellent down to around 30 metres. So Malta is a dream destination for underwater photography. Marine life flourishes in a vibrant display of colours. With dive sites just a stone’s throw away from each other, you will be able to explore a variety of underwater worlds. Some of the best known dive sites range from the labyrinthine caves to reefs and wartime wrecks. For more excitement, try a night dive or dive deeper to 30 or 40 metres. Colours appear almost fluorescent by torchlight. These dives offer a unique adventure.