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History and Culture

Malta’s history dates back almost 7,000 years – and the island’s rich history is still visible through its baroque architecture, many Neolithic sites and unique culture.

While some preserved historic sites show evidence of early man and remains of Ice Age creatures, others are temples believed to be older than the ancient pyramids of Egypt. Some of these are widely thought to be the oldest free-standing monuments in the world.

The Maltese islands were conquered by the Phoenicians around 2000BC, followed by the Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs respectively. The Order of Knights of St John arrived in the 1500s, ruling the islands until 1798. This was a time of great prosperity for the islands, and the Knights built hospitals, palaces and churches, erected extensive fortifications and generally boosted trade. The Knights are also known for leading Malta to victory in The Great Siege of 1565, when a spate of attacks from the Ottomans culminated in a prolonged battle that the Maltese won against all odds.

In 1798, Napoleon’s army conquered the islands, establishing a civil code and educational system, as well as abolishing slavery. The British – who ruled for the next 160 years – took over soon after.

Due to Malta’s strategically-important position in the Mediterranean Sea, the island became pivotal during the Second World War. The indomitable spirit shown by the Maltese during this time of great adversity led King George VI to award Malta the ultimate accolade of the George Cross, which is proudly displayed on the national flag to this day.

The country became independent in 1964 and joined the European Union in 2004. Malta went on to lead the EU presidency in 2017 for the first time, while Valletta took the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture in 2018.

Signs of Malta’s strong national identity, enriched by millennia of foreign cultural influences, are most marked in the capital city today. You can experience both classical and contemporary art at the newly opened MUŻA Malta National Community Art Museum or take in a performance at the 16th century Teatru Manoel. Alternatively, marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Mediterranean Conference Centre and of St James Cavalier, which are also both key venues for theatre (often in English), dance and music, and feature international as well as home-grown talent.

Malta’s culture really comes alive over the summer. While there is the highly-anticipated Malta international Jazz Festival and the month-long arts festival, the island also hosts various beer and wine events, and its famous traditional feasts, in which each town hosts a flamboyant street party and fireworks display in honour of their patron saint. A visit to Malta over Easter will also offer truly memorable religious processions and displays.

More information on Malta’s history and heritage can be found on the official Visit Malta website.

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At Corinthia, we always strive to provide the best rates on our website. If you don’t think we have, we’ll pay for 100% of your room on the first night, and price match the rest. Should you find a lower price elsewhere, please submit a claim within 24 hours of your original booking and we will respond within two working days. Please note, this also applies to discounts and promotions available on

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Step 1. If within 24 hours of a confirmed reservation with Corinthia Hotels made on, you find a lower rate for the same hotel, room type, inclusions, stay dates, discounts and payment conditions, please contact the relevant email address from the list below to make your claim. All claims must be made within 24 hours of the original booking and at least 24 hours prior to the standard check-in time of the hotel.

Step 2. Your claim should be supported by the URL where the lower rate was found and a screen shot which clearly displays the date of stay, room type, same hotel, inclusions and payment conditions of the lower rate offering on the competing website. Please include your contact information (name, email and phone number).

Step 3. If we are able to verify that the lower rate found qualifies for the Best Rate Guarantee, and all other terms and conditions are met, Corinthia Hotels will pay for 100% of the room charges of your first night, and will price match the room for the rest of your stay. You will be charged for all nights booked at the matched rate, minus the first night which will be free.

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Corinthia Hotels guarantees the best online rate on based on the following terms and conditions:

1. Your original booking must have been made through
2. The lower rate must be found and the claim submitted by email within 24 hours of the original booking and at least 24 hours prior to the standard check-in time at the hotel. If the original booking was made within 24 hours of arrival, the Best Rate Guarantee is not applicable.
3. The Best Rate Guarantee only applies to published rates available to the general public online, which can be found and booked immediately without any kind of restriction or payment restrictions.
4. The lower rate found must be for exactly the same booking criteria - the same hotel, the same room type, same inclusions, the same stay dates, same number of guests, the same rate description and, if applicable, the same promotion. The cancellation and advance purchase policy and all other terms and conditions of the stay must also be identical. If the claim refers to a reservation consisting of several nights' accommodation, the average rate for each night will be compared to the average rate for each night, for an identical reservation, using the website where the lower rate is found.
5. Corinthia Hotels will verify the lower rate claim and respond within two working days of the claim being made. *Claims will be processed from Monday to Friday, between 9am to 5pm, at the hotel's local time.
6. The rate comparison will be made net of any taxes, gratuities or any other fees or charges associated with the room rate, and the lower rate must still be available at the time the hotel validates the claim.
7. The Best Rate Guarantee is void where prohibited by law. Corinthia Hotels reserves the right to modify or cancel its Best Rate Guarantee policy at any time in its sole discretion and without prior notice.
8. Corinthia Hotels has the sole right and discretion to determine the validity of any claim, including without limitation, determining that the lower rate found is genuinely available and that the claim meets all terms and conditions. In case of dispute, Corinthia Hotels' decision is final.
9. In the case of a fully prepaid rate booked through, Corinthia Hotels will refund the difference to your credit card, if applicable, within 30 business days of submitting your claim. Corinthia Hotels is not responsible for any fees associated with cancelling a reservation made through a different channel.
10. Best Rate Guarantee will be suspended during times where or certain rates are not available due to an outage, a technical issue or a circumstance beyond Corinthia Hotels' reasonable control.
11. The Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to rates found offline, negotiated corporate rates, group or MICE rates, opaque provider rates or rates requiring membership in a club or other organization, governmental rates, direct mail or email solicitations, rates offered by providers that do not supply the name or location of the hotel until after a reservation has been made or other rates that are not available to the general public. We reserve the right to deny a claim if the availability of the Competing Rate cannot be independently verified at the time of processing the claim.
12. The Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to packaged rates. Packaged rates include Hotel accommodations sold as part of a travel package in which the Hotel does not provide all services (including but not limited to airfare and/or car rental, tours etc.) and Hotel accommodations sold with additional amenities.
13. Corinthia Hotels may deny a claim where the difference between the rates is less than 1%.
14. If the Competing Rate is in a different currency from the rate booked on, the Competing Rate will be converted into the same currency as the rate offered on our website using the exchange rate as published in in place at the time the initial reservation was made. Discrepancies may occur between Corinthia Hotels' rate and the Competing Rate due to differences in exchange rate sources. If the rate discrepancy is solely due to exchange rate fluctuations, we reserve the right to deny the claim.