I recently visited Malta, a small island group in the Mediterranean. I didn't have very high expectations but I was very pleasantly surprised. Malta is a true gem and is well worth a visit.
Things to see range from prehistoric temples and small fishing villages to rich historic cities such as Valletta and Vittoriosa.
Beautiful churches are spread throughout the island, every small village seems to have built one. The Rotunda of Mosta for example is the third largest unsupported dome in the world while the egg church of Mgarr was built using the funds collected from selling a great deal of... eggs.
The island was the home of the Order of the Knights of St. John and this explains the large number of fortresses and watch towers on the island. The celebrated artist Caravaggio stayed and painted for some time in Malta and a number of paintings can be found on Malta still, in the Saint John's co-cathedral in Valletta.
The archipelago boasts some really fine beaches and some of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean. Visiting the island by boat or luxury yacht is also an option.
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