The islands held happy memories for the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and we can see why. The Maltese archipelago combine a wonderful wealth of biblical, medieval and cultural history. We visit the classical sights, stunning scenic spots and enjoy meals in local restaurants as well as the experience of getting to know the locals. Our hotel is in a wonderful location close to the promenade of Sliema with a roof-top pool offering views across the bay to where you can take a boat direct to the capital Valletta.
The legacy of the Knights of St. Johns rule of Malta is abundantly visible throughout the Islands, in their military engineering and architectural feats such as the forts, bastions, watch towers, aqueducts, churches and cathedrals. The charm of Gozo is apparent the moment you arrive there. Its greener, more rural and smaller than Malta. Gozo is steeped in myth, mentioned as the legendary Calypso’s Isle in Homer’s Odyssey, it’s a peaceful, mystical backwater. However, there’s more. Gozo comes complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramas.
St. Paul was the first Christian to set foot on Malta and it changed the course of the nation’s history. Today Malta has the highest ratio of baptised Roman Catholics to population in the world. With more than 366 churches, and many times that number of chapels, spread around the Maltese archipelago, the islands are an open museum of the Christian faith. This cultural and historical pilgrimage gives you the opportunity to follow in St. Paul’s footsteps both physically and spiritually. The Apostle’s unplanned visit to Malta, on his way from the Holy Land to Rome, would forever change this Island Nation into an enduring beacon of Christian faith.
‘’But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.’’ ACTS 28:5-6