This magnificent island in the Mediterranean Basin gained independence in 1964, after about 150 years of British rule. It takes great pride in conserving its beautiful, unspoilt countryside, as well as its southern character, expressed in particular through its flavoursome and fresh cuisine. Malta is blessed with an exceptional climate, small picturesque towns and idyllic beaches edged with crystal-clear water. The country is a real paradise where sport is played enthusiastically and the mood is always optimistic. A dream location for an exhilarating family holiday.