Malta might not be the first place that springs to mind when you are planning your summer charter, due to its reputation as a package holiday destination. However, that would be to judge too quickly. Malta, along with its sister, Gozo, lies just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean. With over 6,500 years of history between these islands, they have been visited by most almost every civilisation on earth including the Phoenicians, Romans and Byzantines, adopting elements from all their invaders leading to a culture that includes: English food, Italian Catholicism and Arabic language. These islands are also in the enviable position of possessing three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The City of Valletta, Megalithic Temples and Hal Saflreni Hypojeum.