Malta’s location in the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Tunisia, made it a highly strategic naval base in the past, and empires ranging from the Phoenicians to the British have left their mark on the island. From the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim to Valletta’s contemporary parliament building, each era has contributed to Malta’s unique heritage.

For a snapshot of typical Maltese life, spend a day at Marsaxlokk. This photogenic port on Malta’s southern tip is famous for its market. Admire the brightly colored boats decorated with “eyes” to ward off danger, then try local favorite lampuki (fried dolphinfish) in a lively harborside restaurant.

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  • Valletta

    Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers plenty of incredible experiences in Malta. Surrounded by grand fortifications on the Mediterranean coast, the city was founded in the 1500s by the Knights of St John. Its many Baroque buildings are very well preserved, offering plenty of photo opportunities. While it’s one of the most important historical sites in the archipelago,...

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  • 10 Places Where Locals Love to Eat in Valletta

    There's an incredible array of authentic local restaurants in Valletta that offer both traditional and contemporary Maltese flavors. From celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants to bustling steakhouses and harbourfront eateries, Valletta's dining scene offers endless possibilities. Most of these venues are conveniently set along the city’s superb waterfront and buried within the historic city center. Highlighting Malta's outstanding fresh produce, these restaurants are...

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