One famous event in Malta's history is the shipwreck of the apostle Paul. Running aground at 'a bay with a sandy beach' Paul found that 'the islanders showed us unusual kindness' - a characteristic that still defines the Maltese.
Update: (correct on 23rd Sep). If you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the holiday, you do not need to do any Covid tests before travelling. The UK government ask us to do one test when we get back to the UK (approx. £50). Full details will be sent after booking.