It offers a near-perfect mix of beautiful beaches, historic towns and quaint villages.
Add in mild temperatures, glorious sunshine, a low crime rate and high life-expectancy, and it’s easy to see why Malta is such a retirement hotspot.
Malta, which is the officially sunniest country in Europe, has now been crowned the best place to retire in 2018 by InternationalLiving.com.
Malta was praised for its fantastic climate, friendliness and the fact that English is an official language.
International Living’s executive editor Jennifer Stevens said: ‘Malta has something for everyone – from ancient walled cities and breathtaking coastal trails to countryside farmhouses and charming restaurants.
‘Home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the islands – with over 155 miles of coastline – benefit from warm weather all year round.
‘For centuries, Malta has been a sought-after destination and Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018, is an especially desirable location with rolling hills reminiscent of San Francisco.
‘Dollars can go surprisingly far here.’
Malta beat Mallorca, Belize and Malaysia to the top spot in this year’s retirement survey by the magazine, which based in Ireland.
The best places to retire in 2018
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