Malta is a small island only 300 square kilometres in size which is the smallest and most densely populated country in the European Union. Malta has been controlled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Fatimids, Sicillians, Knights of Saint John, the French, and the British but has been an independent nation since 1964.
Malta International Airport (airport code MLA) is the only airport on the island and is located in the capital city of Valletta with Air Malta, Ryanair, and BMI operating the most flights.
The only public transportation is a system of independently owned and operated buses. A tourist attraction in their own right, the buses are painted bright colours, are old, and cost less than one euro to ride.
Despite its size, Malta has a rich history, diverse architecture, and impressive artwork such as Caravaggio’s The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing on display at St. John's Co-Cathedral.
While in Malta, it is highly recommended to take a boat tour around the island. These tours illuminate the size of the island and provide great views of the fortified country.
Maltese cuisine is fresh and unique. Local favourites include rabbit and pastizzis which are a ricotta filled pastry.