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The archipelago of three islands – Malta (the commercial and cultural centre), Gozo (its more rural sister) and Comino (which is largely uninhabited), which is spread over only 316 square kilometres, make up this rich and varied nation. There is no area in the world the size of Malta that packs in so many ancient archaeological sites, natural beaches, local traditions and spectacular scenery. And it is now emerging as one of the leading spa and wellness destinations in the Mediterranean. It is its laid-back charm and unhurried lifestyle that make Malta an alluring destination for those seeking to relax, rejuvenate, and escape from life’s stresses.

Culture vultures and history buffs can also enjoy Valletta’s most impressive gems, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, or the picture perfect medieval citadel of Mdina, also known as the ‘silent city’, featuring palazzos and striking baroque architecture, which are hidden behind a walled fortress. These important historical landmarks give an insight into Malta’s interesting past for many and provide wonderful places to explore at a slow pace. Nature lovers will find plenty to admire too, such as the Dingli cliffs (the most spectacular natural monument in Malta), where you can stroll along the many walking routes, or the Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace (the official summer residence of the President of Malta), which are a sanctuary of vineyards, orangeries, olive and lemon groves – and are a delightful place for picnics.

However, one of the most important aspects of Maltese life is its food. It’s rustic, real, hearty and healthy. Due to the Mediterranean climate and fertile fields, the sheer abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available is astonishing. Green grocers set up shop at the side of main roads and busy places, where anyone can buy a freshly squeezed orange juice or half a succulent melon for a vitamin C fix, or a prickly pear rich in antioxidants. Healthy food doesn’t get much better than this.

Maltese history is long and complicated, and its geography and landscape unique, together these have made it one of the most enticing islands in Europe. However, the Islands offer much more than beguiling history, culture and geography – it is a splendid sanctuary for relaxation and wellbeing.

Malta is no newcomer to the world of health and wellness. It has long played an important role in caring for people dating back to the time of the Hospitaller Knights of St. John. Their hospital, (now the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta), was renowned throughout Europe in its day for its advanced medical practices. The Knights’ legacy lived on in the British period when Malta became known as the ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’ for its role in caring for British troops. And, sitting only three hours from Britain, it has all the credentials for a perfect short-haul spa and wellness getaway. Malta is spoilt for spa and wellness experiences. Over the years

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