The capital of Malta, Valletta, is one of the island's three World Heritage Sites, with the historical ambiance clearly visible in the city.
Accommodation is mainly available outside Valletta, such as in Sliema or St. Julians, both a 15-minute drive away. Sliema is famous for its 3-km-long sea promenade and St. Julians for restaurants and clubs.
The actual beaches are in the northern part of the island, with Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa, and Golden Bay among the most popular ones. Many of the numerous rocky beaches are hard to reach, but if you manage to do so, you could be lucky enough to have the place entirely to yourself for an afternoon.
With some more time on your hands, you could explore Gozo and Comino islands, particularly appreciated by hikers.
Gozo's attraction is found in the red sands of Ramla l-Ħamra beach, whereas Comino has no cars and is a diver's paradise. If you are into snorkelling, your best option is the bluest of blue waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Outdoor museum with a turquoise background
History is present everywhere in Malta. Monuments bear the memories of conquerors from many centuries past, highlighted by the impressive backdrop of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea.
Malta has been governed by all conquerors of the Mediterranean at some point in the past. The language of Malta sounds like a mixture of Italian and Arabic, acquired during its long period under Arabic rule. Before it gained independence in 1964, Malta was governed by Great Britain, and English is the second official language of the country.
Maltese cuisine is an intriguing fusion of various Mediterranean flavours.
Fruits of the sea naturally play a central role, but fenkata, a rabbit stew, is considered the national dish. Its ancient origins are said to go back to the peculiar protest of the Maltese to a hunting ban imposed by the Order of Saint John.
These days you can get to Malta by scheduled flight, as Finnair offers direct flights from Helsinki Airport to Malta up to twice a week from 2 April to 22 October 2015.
Il-vjaġġ it-tajjeb – have a great trip!