Although this tiny sun-drenched island nation in the Mediterranean is remote, it still boasts fabulous beaches and exciting nightlife. In the historic capital of Valletta, you’ll marvel at the architecture, treasure-filled museums and the island’s Hollywood connection: Gladiator, with Russell Crowe, and Troy, with Brad Pitt, were both filmed here.
The beaches on the north coast are the island’s best. There’s Paradise Bay, a small, beautiful beach in a cove; Mellieha Bay, known for its terrific snorkeling; and Ghajn Tuffieha, one of the island’s gorgeous expanses of golden sand edged with azure waters. You can also take a ferry excursion to the sleepy island of Gozo, home of the Azure Window, an amazing natural rock formation that towers over a crescent-shaped beach.
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