Malta’s history goes back 7,000 years and this desirable archipelago consisting of Malta, Gozo and Comino has been contested several times by the Romans, Moors, French and British, leaving quite an architectural legacy which features prehistoric temples, Roman catacombs, and medieval towns. It’s fast developing some of the best boutique hotels, with Valetta the resort of choice for the refined traveller. Locals are relaxed and welcoming and are rightly proud of their home. Independent of Britain since 1964, there are still familiar sights for the British tourist, like our phone boxes and post boxes. However, the lifestyle and culture is more Mediterranean, with Sicilian and Middle Eastern culinary influences. A popular choice with divers and snorkelers, thanks to the clear blue waters and glorious sandy beaches, summer is the most popular time to visit, with great weather and many traditional festivals to enjoy. Autumn and spring are more comfortable and recommended if you plan to go exploring.