Malta is much more than the little rock that appears on maps. A land of encounters and mixes, it has made its own three great cultures – Italian, Arab, British – and has built its fortune on the foundations of a true “free port”. And of beauty. Cultivated hills and bell towers emerge from the waves of the sea, so as baroque domes and balconies, nineteenth-century verandas and English-style parks. Malta is the memory of the knights, of Caravaggio’s escape, of naval battles. Malta is also beaches and tourist villages that welcome enthusiastic crowds every year. When to go Although for many people this island is the ideal destination for crazy summer of entertainment, the recommended months to truly enjoy Malta are April and May, in the spring, and September and October, in the autumn. These two seasons offer a pleasant climate, not too hot and never cold, unique colours – especially the sunrises and sunsets – and the possibility of exploring monuments and beaches without too many crowds around. Even winter in Malta is an experience, but with too much rain and winds! We undoubtedly suggest that you enjoy an unforgettable autumn on this magical island. How to get to Malta Malta can be reached by airplane, thanks to the International Airport (MLA) which is located in the center of the island, just outside the capital Valletta. You can also arrive by ship, or with the fast catamarans which in a few hours connect the ports of Catania and Pozzallo, in Sicily, with that of Valletta. How to move through Malta Malta is 50 km long – if the islet of Gozo is also included. It takes just an hour and a half to cover it all by taxi, bus or private vehicle! Many distances can be covered on foot, so, and without any effort. Alternatively, the best way to get around is by car. Better if you hire local drivers, or go by taxi, also because in Malta you drive like in England, keeping to the left of the roadway. Not everyone can do this easily. There are no railways on the island. What to see The capital Valletta is certainly the most interesting place to visit in Malta. An ancient, fascinating city, over time it has “merged” with the fortified towns that surrounded it, forming an urban area and an itinerary rich in history and artistic beauties. In Valletta you will admire places such as the Cathedral of St John, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Barrakka Gardens, the seafront and the port, the beautiful Victorian houses with the typical verandas. Attached to Valletta are the “Three Cities”, three ancient fortifications that today form as many autonomous municipalities now absorbed by the capital – Senglea, Vittoriosa, Cospicua. Continuing south-east here are the beaches of Marsa Scirocco and Marsascala. However, the most famous tourist beaches are on the opposite side, on the coast that goes from Sliema and St Julian’s to St Paul’s Bay. Do not miss a visit to the ancient Medina, located in the north-west of the island, and of course a tour of the islet of Gozo, with beautiful beaches, grottos and the coves with amazing seabeds. Finally … are you curious to climb the highest “mountain” in Malta? Then climb just 230 meters to the top of the hills of Dingli Cliffs, to admire the panorama of the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.