Malta History

Malta is an archipelago in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea with a rich history. It was once home to ancient civilizations and European royalty. Malta owes its rich culture and history to its desirable location.

At a junction of Orient and Occident, for more than 7000 years these islands have been home, fortress, centre of trade and refuge for different people. Neolithic temple builders, the Phoenicians, the Apostle Paul, the Knights of St. John, Napoleon and the British Empire have all left their mark on these isles.

The islands have a number of cultural monuments that are part of the World Cultural Heritage: mysterious pre-historic temples, the capital of Valletta built by the knights and the fortified medieval town of Mdina, home to the descendants of the Normans. The palaces and cathedrals of Valletta and Mdina house some of the most precious treasures of Europe.

Explore the neighbouring island of Gozo, where you can discover nearly pristine rural life. Gozo’s jagged “terraced landscape” has been created by humans more than a thousand years ago.

The islands are a kaleidoscope of past and present: a fascinating legacy of European culture and the rural Mediterranean tradition.