A heritage of people and monuments
The first island of the Callipsee, Malta, is the heart of Mare Nostrum. With an MSC Mediterranean Cruise, you can get to know this small paradise where nature and culture come together in an inseparable bond.
Situated very close to Sicily, between Lampedusa and Libya, Malta is the largest islands of the archipelago. In the capital, Valletta, founded by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, you can breathe a Mediterranean atmosphere, with its history, contaminated by English and Arabic notes.
Valletta, the fortress-city, as it is commonly known, is the destination of an MSC Excursion. It is protected by its bastions overlooking the sea and it features a miniature labyrinth of 300 monuments. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most magnificent historical regions in the world.
Despite being so small, it has two ancient natural harbours, that have been operating since the time of the Phoenicians: the Grand Harbour and the Marsamxett.
If you want to admire the co-cathedral of St. John the Baptist, an MSC Excursion will take you to visit the austere building, symbol of the Knights of Malta on the island.
The exterior is reminiscent of the front of a fortress, while the interior has a large nave, with chapels on either side decorated with the history of the saint to whom it is dedicated. The Grand Masters' crypts and the 400 tombstones of the members of the order are visible on the flooring.
Not far from Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, there is an island that encompasses all the beauties of the Mediterranean landscape with its fishing villages, peaceful bays, green hills and sandy beaches: the island of Gozo. An MSC Excursion will take you to visit this haven, where you will first be able to admire the spectacular cliffs of Sanap, then the naturalistic bay of Xlendi, a place of relaxation and water sports, before finally arriving on the island. Here, among the archaeological sites that preserve ancient and Roman remains, you can admire the local craftsmanship of handmade ceramics, leather goods, lace and even traditional delights.