Steeped in History
The Maltese Islands, comprising Gozo, Malta, and the uninhabited Comino, known for its blue lagoons, have a panoply of historic sites, rocky and sandy beaches, and diving hotspots to offer. From Italy, many tourists take a ferry to reach the shores of these compact islands dotting the Mediterranean Sea. Others hop off of a luxury cruise to see the sights in a day. Almost all the major attractions are served by efficient and economical public buses. There are three worthy UNESCO World Heritage Sites that reveal the world of our earlier times - the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, the Megalithic Temples, and Valletta, the capital city, which is home to no fewer than 320 monuments. Amble through Comino and Gozo to enjoy gorgeous Mediterranean views in solitude. The spectacular seascape with crystal-clear water makes it a particularly captivating diving destination. The most pleasant sites for diving are the HMS Maori, Irqieqa Point, and the St. Marija Caves. And if you prefer to let your hair down, the places to be are the inexpensive bars and clubs of St. Julians, Mellieha, Bugibba, and Marsascala.