In Malta, discovering 8,000 years of history is easier than you think, with just a short drive from one era to the next. The Neolithic sites provide awe-inspiring glimpses into the earliest civilisations, while the subterranean Hypogeum is a UNSECO World Heritage Site in its own right (visits need to be booked in advance).

The Archaeological Museum in Valletta is fascinating and well-worth a visit, but little remains of the Roman legacy aside from the mosaics at the Domus in Rabat. The Knights of St John’s era, however, can be appreciated through the many cultural masterpieces scattered across the islands. Exhibits of armoury at the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta are not to be missed, while the city’s simply stunning St John's Co-Cathedral showcases masterpieces by Caravaggio, including his only signed work, The Beheading of St John.

The Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa explains Malta’s strategic role at the heart of the Mediterranean and there are numerous private museums to explore, including the folklore museum in Gozo, Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th Century palace in Valletta, Palazzo Falson in Mdina, the Wingacourt in Rabat and Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar.