Remote Mediterranean island Malta steeped in history

“We are an island nation. We are fighters,” Narcy Calamatta, actor and sometimes tour guide, tells me over lunch.

My cruise ended this morning in Malta, so before I head home, I decide to spend a day getting to know this little-known speck on the globe and am lucky to have Calamatta show me around. A familiar face in local TV, film and theater, he’s a bit of a character. Charming but forthright, he embodies the Maltese fighting spirit.


Getting there: All flights to Malta require a stop in Europe, often in Germany, Belgium or Austria.

When to go: The primary tourist season is April through November. The warmest month is August with highs ranging from 82 to 93 degrees and the coldest is January, 54 to 68.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Great Siege Road, Floriana; five-star hotel on the outskirts of Valletta; from about $140, double;

Where to eat:

Ÿ Crianza,

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