Between architectural treasures, seaside resorts, tiny fishing harbours and sweet-scented gardens, the archipelago of Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean, is full of appeals.
For starters, its capital, La Valette, a UNESCO world heritage site, is fully worth the visit. Its charm is best admired on foot, wandering along streets lined by handsome stone houses with flower-decked balconies down to the seafront.
Malta is also home to unique vestiges that are among the oldest on the planet, such as the Ġgantija temples, named for their gigantic proportions. The island's rich architectural heritage, built out of the golden-coloured local limestone, globigerina, enhances the beautiful landscapes.
The archipelago is however equally popular for its crystal clear coastal waters. Swimming and diving enthusiasts often head for the idyllic creeks of Comino, while hikers will want to fill their lungs with sea air as they explore the coastal paths of the preserved green island of Gozo. Slip a loaf of ħobża, tomatoes, cheese and some honey into your backpack, and take your pick of beautiful picnic spots facing the sea. Heaven on earth!
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