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Malta named one of 21 “Best of the World” must-see places for 2017 by National Geographic Traveler

Malta named one of 21 “Best of the World” must-see places for 2017 by National Geographic Traveler

Malta, a sunny archipelago in the Mediterranean, has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 21 “Best of the World” destinations for 2017. The highly anticipated annual list was unveiled in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands nationwide starting November 29, and online November 17 at
The selection process was competitive and involved nominations from National Geographic Traveler’s worldwide network of editors, writers, and explorers. National Geographic Traveler has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with more than 8.5 million readers who love to travel.

Visitors to Malta in 2017 will experience a special buzz in activities in Valletta, as the city gears up for its designation as 2018 European Capital of Culture. This and the plethora of festivals all year round throughout Malta and is sister island of Gozo, make Malta a must-see-now destination.

Paul Bugeja, CEO, Malta Tourism Authority, noted, “We are especially honored that such a prestigious publication as National Geographic Traveler, has recognized the treasure that is Malta, and recommended it to its well-traveled readers, focusing on Malta’s unique and exciting blend of history, culture, and as is described in the article, Malta in Motion.”

“Malta has great appeal to the American traveler because it has something for everyone,” added Michelle Buttigieg, MTA US representative based in New York City, “whether its Malta’s history, culture, culinary delights, water sports, wellness, classic cars, adventure, or famous film locations, Malta has it all, in a safe and English speaking environment.”

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere.  Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

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