Malta, a country with narrow cobblestone streets, is crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and historical structures. The Maltese Islands situated in the Mediterranean Sea; offer a variety of settings; seaside resorts, inland towns, where rich seams of history and culture can be found. For shopping, head out to the open-air markets, in most towns and villages.
Maltese cuisine has emerged from the blend of foreign as well traditional cooking. The Maltese enjoy a Mediterranean diet, with heavy Italian and Mediterranean influences which has given Malta an eclectic mix of culinary delights. Many popular Maltese specialties are Italian or Moorish in origin. Havenít tried Rabbit before? Then this is the place to try Rabbit, which is very popular, and is served as a traditional dish. Lightly fried, and then simmered as a casserole of red wine for several hours itís served with chips or potatoes and salad.
Visit Gillieru, located at St Paulís Bay, one of the oldest fish restaurants in Malta. Its brilliant terrace setting overlooking the bay is a great place. For traditional Maltese food, La Scala Restaurant located in Triq il-Qaliet, Marsascala is a must try as well as their home made wines. Gesther, located in Xaghra, is a restaurant that specializes in Maltese cuisine in a traditional setting.
Valletta, situated at the tip of the peninsula on Malta's northeast coast is the capital of Malta. One can explore its 16th century architectural heritage, from the cathedrals to the Grand Master's Palace. Visit Hastings Gardens, located on the West side of Kingsgate that offer a magnificent view of Floriana. The Upper Barakka Gardens at the upper south side of the peninsula offers an impressive view of the Grand Harbour. The best way to experience its history is to take a boat trip around Grand Harbour and a guided tour of Fort St Elmo.
Valletta has a collection of restaurants, serving everything from traditional and international cuisine as well as the ubiquitous fast food places. Valletta, being a cosmopolitan city, offers a variety of good restaurants. Trattoria Palazz in Valletta is a restaurant that serves Italian cuisine. Built by the Knights of Malta more than 270 years ago, this tiny, romantic hideaway serves some of the best Maltese-Italian dishes. Mange Tout located in St. Paulísí Bay is well known for its French Mediterranean dishes and a must visit.
Head out to Ambrosia, located on Archbishop Street, a bistro that serves fine Maltese, Italian and Spanish cuisine. Or to Rubino, located on Old Bakery Street, serves up excellent modern Maltese/Mediterranean cuisine and set in a century-old shop decorated in traditional Maltese style.
Gozo, an island of the archipelagoes is home to a variety of medieval architecture and prehistoric temples. Visit the Gozo Ggantija Prehistoric Temples, which is a group of two very important temples erected side-by-side on the Xaghra plateau. Or explore the interesting Neolithic structure, The Xagħra Stone Circle.