You're sure of a warm welcome in Malta, with this sunkissed Mediterranean hotspot home to pretty beaches and clear blue waters.

But the island offers much more than just sea and sand, with centuries old cities and prehistoric temples a must for history buffs.

Built by the Knights of St John, the capital city of Valletta boasts impressive fortifications, museums and churches.

Just off the coast, the islands of Gozo and Comino offer the chance to explore hidden lagoons and caves.