Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It’s a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C.
Valletta (or Il-Belt) is the tiny capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It’s known for museums, palaces and grand churches. Baroque landmarks include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, whose opulent interior is home to the Caravaggio masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John.”
We visited Malta in April 2017 to celebrate Sheba’s birthday and our 3rd wedding anniversary. We stayed at the Hilton Malta and explored Valletta and its surrounding areas, including The Grand Harbor, The Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park, the Blue Grotto and Mdina, a fortified city in the northern region of Malta with a population of less than 300. They also took a boat to Gozo and explored the island, including Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu Basilica, Ggantija Megalithic Temples, Heritage Park, Cittadella and Inland Sea.