As you’ll discover in our Malta travel guide, this gorgeous island is golden, both literally and metaphorically. For instance the sand of Ghajn Tuffieha Beach or San Blas is golden; the stone that built Valletta and the Three Cities is honey-coloured, as are the alleyways of the village of Mdina; the cliffs of Dingli, which soar to 820ft, glow gold in the setting sun. Elsewhere, gold is the colourful thread that links the prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra to the colour of grilled prawn skewers, the bread of hobz biz zejt, the tasty traditional sandwich, and Cisk, the refreshing local lager. Then there are the shades of blue: the crystalline cyan of the blue cave; the turquoise on the
shores of Malta’s sister islands Gozo and Comino; the deep blue (and incredibly visibility) of the islands’ dive sites where you can explore wrecks and marvel at barracudas, groupers and rays. And the intense blue of the sky and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, that sometimes seem to merge seamlessly.