Reefers and wreckers 28/11/2013: On a map of the Mediterranean Sea, if you let your eye fall to the center – just South of Italy’s heel and to the West of the Mediterranean’s heart, you will find an enchanting archipelago comprising Malta, Gozo, and Comino, along with the smaller, uninhabited islands of Cominotto, Filfla and St.Paul.
Serving as the administrative capital for all the islands, Valletta
is on Malta itself under the watchful gaze of impressive fortifications
commissioned by the Knights of St. John in 1524. For such a small
geographical area – the entire group covers only about 320 square
kilometres/120 square miles – the population is relatively dense at
As is typically in the Mediterranean, Malta really has only two
seasons – a hot, dry summer and a short, cool winter. The summer season
runs from a windy April to a milder October, with average high
temperatures on the year of 21° C/71° F. Average low temperatures,
however, only drop to 9° C/49° F in January and February so it’s not
surprising that the Republic’s climate was selected by International Living as the best in the world...read on.