Map of Malta
The island country of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily. With a land area of just over 316 square kilometers, it is one of the smallest countries in Europe. Despite its size, Malta has a rich history and culture. The strategic location of the islands has long made them a coveted prize for invaders, and over the centuries they have been controlled by the Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Knights of St. John. This diverse history has left its mark on Maltese culture, which is reflected in the architecture, food, and language of the country. Visitors to Malta can explore its many historical sites, relax on one of its sandy beaches, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife in its capital city of Valletta.