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Sitting in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea is the beautiful island republic of Malta. This archipelago has had a colourful history, having at one point been under Phoenician, Roman, French, and most recently British rule, and has now established itself as an independent republic, drawing in tourists from around the world. With its Mediterranean climate, Malta villas are ideal for those looking to go on a beach holiday – the peak beach season goes on until the end of October. Malta also has a rich history dating back 7000 years, with many archaeological sites and educational museums across the country.
Whether you want to sunbathe on a sandy beach or take a stroll along a rocky one, Malta's coastline offers whatever you're looking for. Head to Golden Bay in the Northwest for soft – and as its namesake suggests – golden coloured sand and a place to set up a beach barbecue. If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist areas, why not spend the day at St Peter's Pool? This natural pool is set around flat rocks ideal for sunbathing and walking along the coast. Arguably the most beautiful beach in the Maltese archipelago is the Blue Lagoon on Comino, the smallest of the three islands. The clear blue water is perfect for swimming, and the backdrop of a white sandy beach and its rocky landscape make the view alone well worth the trip. Malta apartments also offer you the chance to get involved in a variety of watersports and other activities. You'll find ample opportunities for water skiing, paragliding, and windsurfing. Snorkelling and scuba diving are also popular in Malta, with many underwater sights to see.
At less than one square kilometre in size, Malta's capital city is certainly the smallest in Europe, but Valletta still has plenty to offer as a holiday destination. Full of magnificent Baroque architecture, it is no surprise that this small city has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. While staying in accommodation in the capital, be sure to take a walk along city's streets and take in the towering townhouses and their brightly coloured balconies. You should also make a trip to the Grand Master's Palace, the former residence of the leaders of the Knights of St John. Its hard external walls contrast with its extravagant interior, with tapestries lining the walls of the Council Chamber and stunning frescoes in the Supreme Council Hall. Holiday rental properties in Valletta also offer you a great nightlife, with Straight Street – or 'The Gut' as it's also known as – filled with restaurants, wine bars and live music. If you're looking for an apartment in a more typical city, Sliema, well known for its shopping and restaurants, would be a more ideal destination.
Malta is home to many significant archaeological sites spanning several millennia. During your stay in Malta apartments it is well worth visiting the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground necropolis and is believed to be the oldest prehistoric subterranean temple on Earth, dating back to around 5000 years ago. The Megalithic temples of Malta are also great examples of Malta's long and prehistoric history, and are said to be some of the most ancient religious sites in the world. Five of the temple complexes are UNESCO World Heritage sites, though some of the structures, such as Ħaġar Qim, were built from limestone and have thus suffered from weathering. If slightly more modern history interests you, be sure to visit St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, a 16th century church with a stunning interior worth seeing for yourself.
During your stay in Malta villas, be sure to travel to one of the other islands that make up this beautiful archipelago. Whilst the smallest of the three islands, Comino, is practically uninhabited, Gozo, the second of the three islands, offers a vast range of tourist attractions and opportunities. The landscape in Gozo varies greatly from that of malta, with its rural surroundings and tranquil atmosphere giving you the chance to take in the beautiful scenery in peace. There are many sites you should aim to see during your stay in a holiday rental property in Gozo: the Azure Window, a natural rock arch on the Inland Sea, is one of Gozo's most famous natural wonders and definitely worth seeing, whilst the Citadella offers you a view of the sea and you can even see the island of Malta in the distance.
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