Malta is a small island nation that lies between Sicily and the north coast of Africa. At 122 square miles it is the 10th smallest nation in the world by area. Remarkably I have also visited the 8th smallest (Saint Kitts and Nevis) and the smallest, the Vatican City. Lying in the center of Mediterranean Sea, it has been a prized possession of many nations including, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and even the British. Since 1974 the island has been an independent republic.
Marsaxlokk is a quaint fishing village lying on the southeast side of the island. Today fisherman still use the colorful Maltese fishing boats known as luzzu. These boats can be found anchored in the harbor daily. Notice the eyes painted on the bow of the boat. This practice dates back thousands of years to when the Phoenicians ruled the island.
Back in the largest city in Malta, Valletta, is the powerful fortifications of Fort St. Elmo. The fort sits on a point that separates the two main harbors of Valletta. Many battles were fought here, none as damaging as the Ottoman siege of 1565. However it has not always been about war in Malta, the city of Valletta has many magnificent historical buildings.
Malta is a fabulous jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It is must visit for anyone looking for a different type of Mediterranean vacation.