Malta – at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean
Nestled at the centre of the Mediterranean with Sicily to the north, Greece to the east and North African and Arabic influences from the south, as Damian and Louise found out on their inspection visit earlier this year, Malta is a melting pot of cultures. With no less than nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, Malta is a perfect destination for groups looking to explore Renaissance cathedrals, Baroque palaces and Neolithic temples. And approximately 300 days of sunshine each year make it ideal to escape the colder British months.
Valletta, the capital city of Malta, was built by the Knights of St John and so it’s no surprise that it boasts a fine array of Baroque buildings, palaces and churches. Chief among these are St John’s Cathedral, home to Caravaggio’s ‘The Beheading of St John’, and the Grandmaster’s Palace, seat of the island’s parliament and the offices of the President of Malta.
The ancient capital city of Malta, Mdina remains confined within its defence bastions dating back to the 9th century, while in neighbouring Rabat the Catacombs of St Paul were used in Roman times to bury the dead and as a secret meeting place by early Christians.
The fine workmanship and decorative carvings at the Temples of Tarxien, ‘the Cave of Darkness’ at Ghar Dalam and the prehistoric temple overlooking the islet of Filfia at Hagar Qim delve even further back into Maltese history.
A full day on the island of Gozo, one of the highlights of the tour, takes in the fortified Citadel in Gozo’s capital, Victoria, the Azure Window, Fungus Rock and the Inland Sea at the World Heritage site at Dwejra and the Ggantija Temples dedicated to the Great Mother are older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids.
Click here for a suggested itinerary for a group tour to Malta. But remember every single one of our group tours is tailor made to your exact requirements, so call Michael or Damian in our sales team now for a quote and to discuss your ideas and then, in close consultation with you, we will fine tune the itinerary until you have the perfect tour at the right price for your group.
So it’s not just the climate that attracts visitors to the shores of this magical island – history abounds here as well as a warm and welcoming atmosphere that immediately makes British holidaymakers feel at home.