Malta is a much loved cluster of islands nestled in the Mediterranean between the island of Sicily and the coast of Tunisia. It has had a long and incredibly diverse history, being occupied or controlled at different stages by Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks, Ancient Romans, Byzantines, Vandals, Sicilian Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Angevians, Aragonese, Castilians, Spaniards, Knights Hospitallers, French, British and finally native Maltese. This tiny set of islands has many historically interesting sights to take in whilst on holidays, including: Saint John's Co-Cathedral, the Grandmaster's Palace, the Barrakka Gardens, the Manoel Theatre and Royal Opera House, and the Castelliana (all in Valletta, the capital); the Fort Saint Angelo (in the town of Birgu); and the catacombs of Saint Paul and Saint Agatha and the Roman Museum (both in Rabat).
The island nation of Malta is serviced by Malta International Airport, sometimes referred to as Luqa Airport. The airport is located approximately eight kilometres to the south-west of Valletta and has close to three million passengers pass through it's doors each year. Air Malta uses the airport as it's base but British Airways, Easy Jet, First Choice Airways, Thomsonfly, XL Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines also fly out of the airport as well as several other international airlines. Inside the 'Welcomer's Hall' are several car-hire companies including Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Budget, Europcar, National and Thrifty. Malta does not have a single main motorway but many small roads, some of which are one way, so it is advisable that you pick up a comprehensive map at the car-hire desk upon arrival.