The Maltese archipelago has 7000 years of history and lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The Islands enjoy a fascinating eclectic culture. The splendid St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta built in the 1500’s tells much of the history of the knights of St. John. Elaborate Tombs are inlaid in the floor of the palatial church that is both a mausoleum and a gallery filled with masterpieces of art. There are still reminders of the British period and true to the melting pot of cultural influences, the national languages are English and Maltese.