With a history dating back to 5900BC, Malta has seen it all. Its strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean has always attracted foreign powers, and each of the many rulers it had throughout the centuries left its mark. Although it’s one of the world’s smallest archipelagos, Malta is densely populated. Nowadays, Malta is an independent republic and part of the European Union, but it still attracts millions of tourists each year, which is not surprising considering its 7000 years of history and an average of 300 sunny days a year.
The archipelago is made up of the main island of Malta, the smaller sister island of Gozo, and Comino, which sits between the former two islands. Other smaller, uninhabited islands that form part of the archipelago are Cominotto, Filfla and St Paul’s Islands.
Although small, Malta has always been popular with foreigners. Once upon a time, they used to plunder its shores. Luckily, these days they only visit the island to enjoy its culture, natural beauty and nightlife.