Insight Guide Malta offers a unique approach to getting the most out of one of Europe's most fascinating destinations. Engaging History and Culture chapters explain the island's intriguing past as a gateway between Europe and the Arab world, and the factors influencing its future - from ancient temples to the impact of joining the Eurozone. The burgeoning arts scene, architectural treasures, local cuisine and folklore are fully explored as contributors to the island's culture and character. Colourful, magazine-style features focus on what makes Malta unique - the impressive archaeology, the legacy of the Knights of St John and British rule, and the exuberant festivals that take place every summer. Malta is also now one of the world's foremost diving destinations and this guide investigates the fantastic range of diving opportunities available on the islands.
The Places chapters cover Malta and Gozo in detail and suggest excursions to the surrounding islands. Full-colour photographs throughout give a true flavour of contemporary life on the islands. Detailed maps plot all major sights, and the Travel Tips offer selective listings for the best places to stay and eat, and where to take part in outdoor activities.