The islands of Malta are an archipelago lying in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is the largest of the islands. There are plenty of pre-historic sites and temples which must be seen in Malta. This is apart from the numerous churches, cathedrals and old military fortifications mostly from the times of the Knights of Malta (1530 - 1798). Every town or village has something to offer from museums, cathedrals, palaces and gardens. Many locals take a break and spend a long weekend or a few days on the nearby island of Gozo to enjoy the tranquillity of the sights and sounds on this enchanting island. Religion is a big part of life. The village festa, which is a feast in honor of the patron saint of the village, is a very important date for all the village.