New York Times has listed Malta as one of its Top 52 places to visit in 2016.
There could be no better time to visit as its capital, Valletta, is celebrating its 450th birthday this year.
To mark this significant milestone the Government commissioned the renowned architect, Renzo Piano, to design a new city gate, a restored open-air opera house and a new Parliament building. They may not be to everyone’s taste but they certainly add some 21st century design to this historic and beautiful city. Judge for yourself in the photos below of historic Valletta and the new additions.
Whilst the main island is endlessly fascinating with its architecture, walled towns, ancient buildings and the oldest underground burial site in the world my heart was lost to Gozo.
The second largest of the three islands that make up Malta it’s easy to lose the tourist crowds even in high season by opting, as we do, to explore the island in 4 wheel drives. Secluded beaches, farms and small villages abound.
It’s possible to spend all day exploring and never see any other tourists only to be amazed when arriving to catch the ferry back to the main island to discover the long line of tourist buses waiting to disgorge their passengers.
Planning to be in Europe in June why not join us for our 5 day 4 night visit to the Mediterranean jewel of Malta and discover it Big Yellow Suitcase style.