Mdina church at night by greynforty
For a small island, Malta packs a big historical punch. This rocky Mediterranean island has been inhabited for at least 7000 years – during the period from 3500 BC to 2500 BC, Malta was home to one of the most sophisticated civilisations on the planet. Subsequent centuries brought Phoenician traders, Roman armies, Muslim conquerors and Crusader monks, who gave the island its eclectic blend of linguistic influences and architectural styles. During the 20th century, Malta punched above its weight as a base for Allied ships and aircraft during WWII. Visiting Malta today, it's hard to go more than a few metres without stumbling across another historic church, medieval fortification, WWII relic or prehistoric ruin.