The islands of Malta capture the spirit of neighboring Sicily in a beautiful nature setting. Endless fields of olives, citrus fruits, grapes and other vegetables grow under the endless sunshine characteristic of the country.
The coastline along the south is typically rocky and given to high limestone cliffs presiding over the seascape. However, visitors seeking to splash in the surf can travel to the island's northern beaches, where Malta offers Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay and Gozo features Ramia Bay; all of these locations are popular with sun seekers. For more rugged pursuits, the limestone terrain that dominates the islands is the perfect terrain for hikers, bikers and climbers seeking to experience nature in a more challenging way. Highlights include Calypso's Cave and the sandy shores of Dwejra in Gozo as well as Blue Grotto and the Dingli cliffs in Malta.
For more cosmopolitan pursuits, travel to the capital of Malta, Valletta, or the island's largest city, Birkirkara. These cities, while sparsely populated, feature monuments, churches, plazas and streets hewn from the rock that forms the archipelago's foundation and the land bridge that once stretched from Sicily to North Africa. Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting baroque structures from the 16th century, with St. John's Cathedral a major architectural highlight. Meanwhile, in Birkikara, the Old Railway Station and its surrounding garden is a major attraction, while St. Helen Basilica is one of the most famous churches in Malta.
From castles, cathedrals and architecture to awe-inspiring rock formations and beautiful sunsets on the azure sea, Malta is overflowing with romance, beauty and majesty.
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