Around 100 miles off the coast of Sicily, Malta is the smallest country in the European Union, but it offers far more than its tiny size would suggest.
Stunning centuries-old towns, charming villages, a wealth of year-round cultural events, a cosmopolitan international community, and a relaxed, laid back lifestyle.
Best of all, thanks to its strong historic connections to Britain, the Maltese Islands are largely English-speaking. The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean and consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre.
Valletta is officially the sunniest city in Europe, enjoying an average of 3,095 hours of sunshine in 2019 – double that of London. However, if you are looking for a new place to move in but want somewhere greener and more relaxed, why not consider the charming island of Gozo?
Unlike Malta, the smaller sister island is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited. The Maltese Islands enjoy one of the best climates in the world, with more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine each year. Long dry summer and short mild winters make it an ideal place to live, especially for those who want to spend most of their days outside. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is lots to see and do.