Malta, only slightly more than a speck in the Mediterranean Sea, turns out to pack a lot into one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries. Its capital Valletta alone is one of the great remaining walled cities of Europe – radiant in the sunset, and easy to get lost in while exploring the ancient stonework architecture and statues hidden in the back streets.
Outside of the capital, Malta is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites,a dn sleep fishing towns glowing in Technicolor thanks to the boats bobbing up and down in the bays, and rainbow painted houses. Perhaps the most picturesque is Marsaxlokk,located in the south-east. The population is just over 3,000, and comes alive for the weekday market. Locals, mostly fisherman, are called Xlukkajri and have their own dialect.