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Malta

This small country is packed with history and hence, many historical attractions for you to visit. Here’s just a brief sampling of what you can do in historic and mythic Malta!

Valetta – Malta’s World Heritage capital city is packed with attractions and history. Even without the rich history, it is a magnificently beautiful city. When you are here, be sure to take in these attractions:

    • Saluting Battery in the Upper Barakka Gardens – Visitors can learn how load cannons and gain insight into the life of an 18th century naval gunner.  Currently, they are restoring the Saluting Battery to its former glory (21 cannons that made salutes to dignitaries on passing ships). The battery offers tours at 11am and 12:15pm daily.
    • The Grand Master’s Palace and Armory – If you are unfamiliar with the history of Malta, much of it has been shaped by the Knights of St. John (sometimes known as the Knights Hospitaller and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta).  They were given the island as a base in the 16th century and were evicted by Napoleon in the 19th century.  The Maltese parliament now occupies the Palace of the Order’s Grand Master, but visitors can look around. If you are interested in deadly weaponry, go right to the armory, which is full of armor, swords, helmets and halberds.
    • The Lascaris War Rooms – During the Second World War, Malta bravely held out against Fascist Italy and then proving a major base and strategic Mediterranean seaport for Allied forces. Malta was the most bombed country during World War II and it is still the only country as a whole to receive the George Cross for bravery and valor in battle. You’ll learn that the endurance strategies were devised in a dark underground complex called the Lascaris War Rooms. Today, visitors can discover what life in wartime Malta was really like.
    • The Great Siege of Malta – In Republic Square, there is a walk through reenactment of the Knight’s history, focusing on the Siege of Malta in 1565, where the outnumbered knights worked miraculously to hold out against a superior Turkish army.

According to some travel guides, the best time to visit Malta is from April to June between the rainy season and the hot Mediterranean summer. Another bonus of traveling during this time is that room rates drop by as much as 40% from their July to September capacity bookings. Great weather is also experienced from September to October (July and August can be unbearably hot and humid).