Located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea (south of Sicily), the Maltese archipelago consists of 3 main islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The distance between Malta and the nearest point in Europe (Sicily) is 93km. The distance from the nearest point on the North African mainland (Tunisia) is 288km.
Malta is the largest island of the archipelago, from which the country takes its name. Valletta, the capital city, is the cultural, administrative and commercial centre of the archipelago, and has been awarded the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018.
The second largest island, Gozo is quite different from Malta, as it is less industrialised and remains a greener and more peaceful place.