Malta’s location in the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Tunisia, made it a highly strategic naval base in the past, and empires ranging from the Phoenicians to the British have left their mark on the island. From the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim to Valletta’s contemporary parliament building, each era has contributed to Malta’s unique heritage.

    For a snapshot of typical Maltese life, spend a day at Marsaxlokk. This photogenic port on Malta’s southern tip is famous for its market. Admire the brightly coloured boats decorated with “eyes” to ward off danger, then try local favourite lampuki (fried dolphinfish) in a lively harbourside restaurant.

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    • 10 Places Locals Love to Eat in Valletta

      There's an incredible array of authentic local restaurants in Valletta that offer both traditional and contemporary Maltese flavours. From celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants to bustling steakhouses and harbourfront eateries, Valletta's dining scene offers endless possibilities. Most of these venues are conveniently set along the city’s superb waterfront and buried within the historic city centre. Highlighting Malta's outstanding fresh produce, these...

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