Valletta is packed with historical sites, as well as some of the island’s best shops, an open-air market held everyday and several theatres, while the fortified city of Mdina is a warren of intriguing little alleys. Churches are a great place to witness Malta’s legacy, whether at the Mosta dome, or the sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary at Ta’ Pinu in Gozo. Marsaxlokk, is perfect if you want to witness the sight of traditional fishing, and it can be followed by a walk along the promenade in Marsascala.

Gozo’s villages, on the other hand, are each an experience of their own and the Citadel, towering over its capital, Victoria, is charming, to say the least. Marsalforn and Xlendi are bustling summer resorts while the Inland Sea and Azure Window in San Lawrenz are picture-postcard perfection. There are numerous rocky coves offering extraordinary swimming and diving opportunities all across the island. Small boats take visitors to the Blue Grotto caves from the scenic village at Wied iz-Zurrieq and there are water sports on offer at most beaches.

Finally, take a harbour cruise around Valletta or a boat trip to the stunning turquoise waters of Comino and see Malta from a whole other vantage point.