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Blue The Mediterranean is an enduring British favourite but there’s nothing tired or old about its current offering, says Jeannine Williamson

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the caves of comino island, malta

feel as if I’m at home as I stroll through the charming cobbled streets of Valletta in the afternoon sunshine. Around me are familiar red postboxes, well-known high street shops and cars driving on the left. Although Malta has been independent for more than 50 years, the British influence is part of its enduring appeal. After browsing through a market selling inexpensive handmade lace, knitwear and honey, I head to Upper Barrakka Gardens, the highest point in the Maltese capital, with panoramic views across Grand Harbour. Right on 16.00 local history society members dressed in British artillery uniforms fire a gun salute. It’s a stirring sight and a throwback to the days when cannons protected the island against attacks and signalled the time of day. Next morning I take a 25-minute ferry ride to small, neighbouring Gozo, where life ticks by at a leisurely pace. Sea salt has been produced here for centuries and the salt pans glisten in the sun at Marsalforn. Afterwards I enjoy an al fresco lunch at Ta’Mena Estate in the countryside. Overlooking an orange grove, I tuck into platters of local cheese, salads bursting with flavour and oven-fresh rosemary-scented bread with wine from the estate. It provides a real taste of these beautiful islands, less than three hours from London.

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