The Maltese Archipelago consisting of Malta, Gozo, Comino and two uninhabited islets Filfla and Cominotto are found in the middle of the Mediterranean basin sixty miles south of Sicily.
Through the centuries, Malta’s strategic position at the very centre of the Mediterranean Sea attracted the attention of every major forces in the region. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Roman, Arabs, Normans and Castilians all came and left their mark. Long before them, lost in the midst of time, others had established civilizations as can be witnessed by the Megalithic Temples which predate both Stonehenge and the Pyramids. But perhaps the most glorious pages in Malta’s history were during the time of the Knights of St. John (1530-1798). After a brief period of French rule at the end of the 18th century, the islands passed into British hands. In 1964 Malta became an independent nation.
In spite of this strong historical element, Malta is far from tied to the past. It has kept up with the fast pace of the modern world and has a standard of living comparable to most Western Europe nations enjoying all the comforts of a developed society without having to bear the discomforts of excessive industrialization. Over the past 30 years Malta has grown into a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With the mild climate, clear unpolluted waters, the traditional hospitality of its people and, of course its unique heritage, not forgetting the excellent hotels and leisure facilities, Malta is the complete venue, offering the right combination of old and new.