Valletta, Malta

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As the capital of Malta, Valletta is a fantastic destination for anyone who's looking for the perfect mix of Mediterranean sun and fascinating history. Indeed, as well as benefitting from year-round sunshine, the city has seen a number of significant events down the years, and is strongly associated with the Knights of the Order of St John - also known as the Knights of Malta - who fought for control of the island against the Ottoman Empire.

Due to its position just south of Sicily, Malta was once a seen as a vital military location back in Roman times, and remnants of the various civilisations to have battled for possession of the island can be seen throughout Valletta. The National Museum of Archaeology is a great place to start if you want to learn more about the island's story, while sites like the St Elmo Fort can help to bring this tale to life.

Among the city's more famous landmarks is the St John's Co-Cathedral, which is sometimes claimed to have the most stunning floor in the world. Indeed, the flooring inside this historic church is made entirely of the graves of the Knights of Malta, while the Cathedral Museum also contains two paintings by legendary Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.


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