Malta once again extended the warmest of welcomes to all those who attended Junior Eurovision.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre.
Here you can see the span of the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.
What makes Malta unique is that so much of the past is visible today. It is a simple matter to delve into the island's mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul or see where the Knights of St. John fought their most famous battles.
Gozo is known to provide a tranquil haven for a change of tempo and scenery. The charm of Malta's sister Island is immediately apparent; it is greener, more rural and smaller, with life's rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture.
Steeped in folklore, Gozo is thought to be the home of the legendary Calypso - a peaceful, mystical backwater which Odysseus was in no hurry to leave according to Homer’s Odyssey . Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. Gozo's rugged landscape and spectacular coastline await exploration with some of the Mediterranean's best dive sites.
The island also comes complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramic views, as well as one of the archipelago's best-preserved prehistoric temples, Ġgantija.
Situated between Malta and Gozo, the smaller island of Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers. Only 3.5 square kilometres, Comino is car-free and apart from one hotel, is virtually uninhabited.
The island's main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. In summer, this sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand. Formerly the haunt of pirates, it is now very popular with day-trippers.
Comino is also worth a visit in winter, and is ideal for walkers and photographers. With no urban areas or cars on the island, one can easily smell the scent of wild thyme and other herbs.