Positioned at the crossroads between Europe and Africa, the Maltese Islands boast a history and culture which reflect its geographical characteristic. After being subjected to foreign rule for centuries, Malta is now a free independent Republic island-state, member of the European Union since 2004. The official languages in Malta are Maltese and English. A complex derivative of Semitic and Romance languages, Maltese is a very particular language, having an Arabic sound but using Latin characters. The particular language of the Maltese people is one of the numerous witnesses to Malta’s turbulent narrative, which started around 7,000 years ago with a prehistoric community settling on our shores from nearby Sicily. With the arrival of the Phoenicians, Malta unveiled its historic period. Centuries of foreign dominion have left their imprint on the development of a rich history, influenced by the Ancient Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Spanish, French, Italian and British.
The capital city, Valletta, is considered the Baroque capital par excellence. Built in the 1560s by the Knights of St John to serve as the headquarters of the Order, Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and will be European Capital of Culture in 2018. This is not surprising given the numerous historic, artistic and architectural jewels which the city possesses. The splendid facades of the palaces and churches provide a perfect backdrop for photography enthusiasts. For the visitors interested in history and art, the city provides a number of museums as well as a historic private house open to the public. Exhibitions are also organised all year round. And if one wishes to escape the hustle and bustle of the offices, shops and open-air market, there are three fine gardens to retreat to: Hastings Garden and the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens. Numerous hotels and guesthouses are to be found in Valletta, along with restaurants, cafeterias and wine-bars. In the evening, both locals as well as foreigners gather at the Valletta Waterfront for dinner, a drink with friends or simply for a promenade. Valletta is the perfect location for any event, providing a fine Baroque atmosphere along with all the necessary facilities and services one may require readily at hand.
Interesting museums and sites to visit:
•    National Museum of Archaeology
•    National Museum of Fine Arts
•    Casa Rocca Piccola
•    St John’s Co-Cathedral
•    The Palace State Rooms and Armoury 
•    The Manoel Theatre
•    Valletta Living History 
•    Malta 5D

The Maltese climate is typically Mediterranean. Winters are mild and summers very hot. With a population of around 421,000, the Maltese people have developed an incredible flexibility and resourcefulness, adapting themselves to changing economic circumstances and developing a strong tourism industry.  Malta offers the perfect atmosphere for any event, be it a large-scale conference or an exclusive study-trip.  The diverse facets that the archipelago offers, along with the hospitable nature of the Maltese people, ensure peace of mind to the organizer and an unforgettable experience for the participants.