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Malta's History

Malta’s strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean half way between Europe and Africa has made it an object of conquest for a succession of powers. Beginning with the Phoenicians in 500BC followed by the Romans, Muslim Fatimid’s, Sicilians, Knights of Johns, French and finally the British. Man first arrived in Malta around 5000BC and the extinction of Malta’s unique Dwarf Elephants and Dwarf Hippos quickly followed. Around 3600BC Megalithic Temples began to be constructed on the island. During Rome’s long rule, St Paul was shipwrecked on Malta and the event is recorded in the Bible’s Book of Acts. In 1530 the Knights of St John relocated to Malta which they ran until Napoleon’s arrival in 1798. French rule lasted barely two years when the British arrived. During WWII Malta was an unsinkable aircraft carrier thwarting Axis attempts to control the Mediterranean.

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There is no better way to appreciate the island’s of Malta than from the sea, so why not arrive in style by a ferry from one of several Italian ports. Fly to Italy and ferry to Malta. You’ll love it. European Country more info

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British rule came to an end in 1964 and Malta became a republic in 1974. They joined the European Union in 2004 following a referendum where 53.7% voted ‘yes’ to membership and adopted the Euro in 2008. Trade and tourism are important contributors to the economy and Malta quarries excellent marble, examples of which you will find all over the islands. With wonderfully warm weather year round, magnificent beaches of the bluest of blue seas and historical and cultural wonders to marvel at, Malta makes a perfect holiday hotspot. Balmy evenings encourage outdoor dining and the nation’s multilingual population welcome everyone.

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