The Maltese islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino occupy a strategic position between Europe and Africa, and this Mediterranean archipelago’s geological significance has put it in the crossfire of conflict since Roman times. Today, Malta’s harbours are guarded by ancient, honey-stone fortresses, and high fortifications crown its remote inland hills. Tunnels built as refuges in the 16th century burrow underneath the stunning coastal capital, Valletta – an eerie ancient echo of the passage network built during the Second World War. But Malta’s appeal doesn’t just lie in its history. This island chain of blue lagoons, white beaches and pristine scenery lends itself to rest and relaxation. The odd eyesore resort can’t detract from its spellbinding natural beauty and romantic charm.