Malta, a tale of three islands

A country which blends several cultures from the Mediterranean and beyond, Malta is an eccentric archipelago with hillside villages, fabulous architecture, 359 churches, good food and an indecipherable language, all framed by a sparkling turquoise sea.

Ding, dong, ding, dong It´s 2:15 a.m. The bells of St. John´s Co-Cathedral just echoed loud and clear as they did a quarter of an hour ago and would every fifteen minutes thereafter. The chimes keep me awake and I wonder if there will be any chance to manage to fall asleep in- between the ding dongs. I soon realize that this is an impossible hope: tonight (our last one) will certainly not be a memorable one, at least not as far as sleep is concerned. So be it. After all, this is Valletta, Malta´s capital city that was built during the rule of the Knights of St. John, and a destination I had been
planning to visit since the beginning of the 21st century!
Lying just south of Sicily (it´s a 90 minute ferry ride from Malta´s Grand Harbourto Pozzalo), the 316 sq. km. Maltese archipelago is formed by three islands: Malta itself, the largest one (27 km by 14 km), is the main tourist hub, with Valletta as its highlight. Gozo, smaller (14 km by 7 km) but popular for those seeking a more tranquil atmosphere and slower pace , is still a bit untamed, with spectacular green valleys, a couple of sandy beaches and a handful

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