Famed for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, interest in Malta is soaring thanks to its use as a cinema and TV backdrop in recent years. Boasting dramatic cliffs, crystal sea waters and megalithic temples, the largest island in the Maltese archipelago is a destination film location scouts dream of.
If you’re a history buff, you’re onto a winner as Malta has some of the most ancient religious structures in the world, with the 5000 year old temple complex of Hagar Qim predating the pyramids and even Stonehenge.
If you’re not too busy soaking up the rich culture in the walled capital of Valetta with its museums, palaces and churches, you can hop over to neighbouring island Gozo, the second-largest island in the area. Known for its rural hiking paths and fantastic scuba-diving, it’s easy to get swept up in the magic of the place but make sure you take the time to sit back and relax on its vibrant burnt-orange sands.