Steeped in History
The Maltese Islands, consisting of Gozo, Malta, and uninhabited Comino, known for its blue lagoons, have a panoply of historic sites, rocky and sandy beaches, and diving hotspots. On arrival in 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 sights are served by efficient and economical public buses. There are three worthy UNESCO World Heritage Sites that reveal the world of our ancestors -- the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, the Megalithic Temples, and Valletta, the capital city, which houses 320 monuments. Amble through Comino and Gozo to enjoy gorgeous Mediterranean views in solitude. The spectacular seascape with crystal-clear water makes it a highly photogenic diving destination. The most pleasant diving sites are the HMS Maori, Irqieqa Point, and the St. Marija Caves. Let your hair down in inexpensive bars and clubs in St. Julians, Mellieha, Bugibba, and Marsascala.