Valletta scoops another top honour for 2018

The best countries to visit in 2018 have been revealed – and Malta ranks high on the list.

Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual 50 best places to visit is an ideal source of holiday inspiration before booking your destination for 2018.

From historical sites to idyllic beaches and one-stop wonders such as Marrakesh, Fiji, Bueonas Aires and the Bahamas, the rankings are compiled by travel writers, editors and experts.

The magazine is full of praise for Malta’s capital city, Valletta.

It writes: ‘A picture-perfect trio of islands lapped by turquoise waters, the Maltese archipelago has all the charm of nearby Sicily with far fewer tourists.’

It adds: ‘Valletta, the nation’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, feels like something plucked straight from Westeros.

‘The historic walled city dates back to 1565, and has a vibe that’s Mediterranean with a North African twist.

‘This underrated destination is finally stepping into the global limelight as a 2018 European Capital of Culture.

‘To celebrate the occasion, the city has planned more than 140 projects and 400 events throughout the year.

‘The festivities begin on January 20, with contemporary dance, a choral symphony, and acrobatic performances across the city’s four main squares.

‘Should you miss the grand opening, swing by in February for Carnival, or in June for the Malta International Arts Festival and the Valletta Film Festival.’

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