Those that say “no matter how hard you try, you can never please everyone” have never been to Malta. Perfect for those with diverse tastes, Malta is the solution to any vacation destination desire. An island just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, this archipelago of 3 islands is one of the world’s smallest countries but rich in history. Inhabited since 5200 BC, artifacts can be visited at the UNESCO world heritage archaeological site Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and as well as 7 megalithic temples, which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. Move on to the 17th century capital city of Valletta, built by Spaniards turned Italians, still full of Baroque architecture. Or take a short ferry to admire the once spectacular natural arch of the Azure window, since fallen, where Game of Thrones fans recognize as the place the Khal and Khaleesi were wed. Even though the arch is recently no longer, the white limestone and blue sea still make for stunning pictures and perhaps even better SCUBA diving. After underwater exploring, warm up from the chilly water and soak up the warm Mediterranean sun at the Blue Lagoon, named for the blue turquoise of the water and popular for its spectacular view of the Maltese archipelago. Activities take a toll on an appetite, which in Malta, is good. The history of Malta and its many invasions have influenced the cuisine over the years, and has become wildly important to today’s national identity. While rustic, the seasonal food includes fish and rabbit as popular boney proteins, with soups, bread and pasta. Grab a traditional savory snack called a Pastizzi, a hand-pie savory treat filled with ricotta or mushy peas, on the way to one of Malta’s many iconic music festivals: the Opera Festival, the International Choir Festival, the Valletta Baroque Festival or the International Jazz Festival. The theater doesn’t get forgotten either, with open-air Shakespeare plays in the summer and the Manoel Theater opened in 1732.
Take a friend, take a lover, take your family. The proud country of Malta has much to share with the world, as an established, welcoming country all its own.