The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them captivating is that so much of their past is still visible today. Delve into the Islands’ mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul, or see where the Knights of St. John defended Christendom. The capital city of Valletta, “The Fortress City,” is European Art City and a World Heritage City and will be European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2018. As a cultural haven, Valletta’s grid of narrow streets houses some of Europe’s finest art works, churches and palaces. In addition to its numerous recreational areas, every day offers opportunities to see plays, concerts, and plenty of exhibitions and street events. Interactive walkthrough and multimedia attractions give an overview of Malta’s history in under an hour, and they are a fun and informative way to get to know these beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.