Malta is a small independent nation consisting of three islands, Malta, Gozo, and Comino located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta lies just 93 km (58 miles) south of Sicily Southern Europe and roughly 300 km (186 miles) north from the African coast. The capital city of Valetta, also known as just Malta, is centrally located on the island's north coast and has the largest harbor.
The port of Malta has a very pleasant climate with an average high temperature of 23C (73F) during the day and 16C (61F) at night. The average annual sea temperature is 20C (68F), which is the highest in Europe. The coldest month is January while the warmest is August.
The history of Malta is a long and colorful one dating back to the dawn of civilization. The Maltese Islands went through the Neolithic period, the remains of which are the mysterious temples dedicated to the goddess of fertility. The artistic and cultural lives of the Maltese Islands were injected with the presence of famous artists, commissioned by the Knights to embellish churches, palaces and auberges. In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte took over Malta from the Knights on his way to Egypt British rule in Malta lasted until 1964 when Malta became independent. The Maltese adapted the British system of administration, education and legislation. Modern Malta became a Republic in 1974 and joined the European Union in May 2004.
There is much to see and do in the quaint port city of Malta. Here the history of this island nation will come to life through visits to awe-inspiring churches, dramatic palaces, titillating museums, and ancient ruins. Some of your main stops should include: Manoel Theatre, Museum, and Courtyard, Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck, Merchant's Street, Fort St. Elmo, Castille Palace, St. James Cavalier Art Gallery, and Barrakka Garden.
The only difficult part of your Maltese journey will be deciding what to do next. With so many places to see, gourmet foods to taste, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, you may only be here for a while but want to stay a lifetime.