Travel: Malta is a Mediterranean marvel

With its colourful firework displays, Michelin-starred restaurants, warm climate and easily accessible activities, Malta is the perfect destination for a complete break

Aerial view of Lady of Mount Carmel church, St Paul’s Cathedral in Valletta city, Malta. Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

Before I visited Malta, I would have struggled to say what was distinctive about it. Now I think it’s the firework factories. There are 35 in all on this Mediterranean island nation with half a million inhabitants and an area of just 316 square kilometres.

“Every week from May to September, there is a different celebration of the saints,” my guide Darrell tells me as we stroll the ancient streets of the capital Valletta. “Each ...