Malta is no stranger to multiculturalism. Given our position in the Mediterranean Sea between Africa and Europe, Malta is a natural stepping stone between continents. From as far back as 800 BC, our small island has played host to the likes of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, French, Aragonese, the Knights of St John and then the British. Each has left a large impression on our culture and an acceptance of different civilisations and ways of life. It is something that remains with us today. Thanks to an idyllic landscape, enviable geographic position and later, membership of the EU, Malta has always welcomed visitors. Our popularity as a holiday destination is as much a result of our climate as our relaxed way of life, warm welcome and central location.