The Maltese Islands consist of Malta, Gozo and Comino, and a few smaller islands. They lay roughly 100 kms to the South of Sicily, and 300 kms from the North African coast.
By far the largest island is Malta itself, the cultural, commercial and administrative hub of the archipelago. Malta is probably unique in the world for the breadth of its history and historical structures over the millennia, all of which can be found within a few kilometres of each other.
The population slightly exceeds 400 000 people, and becomes ever more cosmopolitan as time goes by, due in major part to Malta’s accession to the European Union in 2004.
Malta offers a fascinating mixture of cultures provided by the various nationalities which administered Malta over the centuries, combined with the relaxed Maltese way of living.
Gozo is the second-largest island, less-developed than Malta and usually with more greenery during the rainy season. Traditional ways of life persist in the beautiful villages to a greater extent than on Malta, and there are breathtaking views of the valleys and sea from many places.
The weather is warm and welcoming, and apart from the incredible history of the islands, there is a vibrant nightlife, sandy and rocky beaches all over the islands, and an astonishing number of other places of interest.