Explore An Ancient Island Getaway

You might see Malta as a quick holiday destination, and with plentiful beaches and great weather it certainly excels there, but there's a whole lot more to this island retreat. It's long and complicated history has left it with sights and attractions that see cultures clash like nowhere else in the world, and many parts of the island still cling to old tradition in the face of modern development.

Let us take you on a photographic tour of Malta, a destination worthy of your attention.

Ramla Bay, renowned for its yellow sands and azure waters, found on the tiny isle of Gozo. It is believed by locals that Aphrodite lived above here, which is why it's uncommonly beautiful.

Malta is speckled with hints of its British ties, like bright red telephone boxes.

A stark contrast, Maltese fishing boats are swamped by the towering cruise liner - a classic example of old versus new which is so often apparent in Malta

The Ggantija Temples on Malta's neighbouring island of Gozo are the oldest freestanding structures in the world, dating back to the third millenium BC. Excavated from 1816-1820, the Neolithic temples are a staple tourist attraction, and with its new visitors centre is an informative and interesting excursion.

Outside of Malta's cities lie sprawling fields of vineyards and farmland. Out in the sticks you'll find some of Malta's hidden gems. These, however, are just some geese.

Laura Jane Dale is a professional photographer. You can find more of her work on her website.