A sparkling jewel in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta sits between Sicily and the North African coast.

Steeped in a rich history, this beautiful archipelago has been subject to the rule of Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. The largest, and probably best known of the islands is Malta. The island’s capital, Valletta, is one of Malta’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

As the commercial centre of the island, the city is busy during the day. Quaint shops and cafes sit side by side with internationally known retailers offering a unique shopping experience with something for everyone.

As the sun sets, you feel like you’re walking back in time as you explore the narrow streets, churches and palaces. Find a small café tucked away and enjoy local delicacies such as pastizzi and ftira.

Whilst in the city, don’t miss the stunning St John’s Cathedral and Museum which hosts some of the world’s most famous works of fine art.

Valletta offers a variety of accommodation from charming boutique hotels to self-catering options and there’s something for all budgets.

Beyond Valletta, Malta has so much more to offer. There are beaches to suit every taste from sporty travellers who want to windsurf through to sun-seekers simply wanting to relax. The most popular beaches are in the North of Malta and if you’re looking for something a little smaller, head for the tip overlooking the island of Gozo.

A boat trip to Comino’s world-famous Blue Lagoon is not to be missed. You’ll have to look far and wide to find more beautifully clear, azure waters.

The rocky coastline and clear blue waters of Malta make for some of the best diving in the Mediterranean with a wealth of caves, reefs and wrecks to explore. The combination of clear waters and calm conditions make it a great place for first-time divers and there’s no shortage of reputable Dive Schools to choose from.

English is widely spoken, car drive on the left and the standard British three-pin plug system is used.

Flights from Bournemouth Airport to Malta are just three hours making it the perfect getaway.

For more information, or to arrange your bespoke itinerary, call Milford Travel on 01590 644899, email enquiries@milford-travel.com or pop in and see us at 78 High Street, Milford on Sea.