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Valletta, Malta: Pleasantly warm if you’re travelling soon

Valletta, the capital city of Malta, is one of the best-preserved historic cities in Europe, offering medieval and Renaissance splendour combined with easy access to the natural beauty and historic sites of the surrounding region.
The summer months in Malta can be too hot for some, with daily mean temperatures of over 85F (30C), but autumn is pleasantly warm, with mean temperatures just above 70F (21C) in October and highs around 73F (23C). Evenings can be cool, so jumpers or light jackets are advisable. October and November are relatively dry months, although December can see heavy rainfall.
The main attraction of Valletta is its beautiful city centre. The capital was founded by the Knights Hospitaller, a medieval religious order more commonly known as the Knights of Malta, and its buildings and monuments reflect the order’s history. For instance, the Co-Cathedral of St John contains chapels endowed by different groups of knights, each from a particular country; these groups, called langues, strove to outdo each other, giving the cathedral its present breathtaking interior. The building which houses the country’s parliament and president was once the palace of the order’s grand masters.
The dense concentration of historic sites in Valletta earned it the distinction of being one of the first cities to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking through the narrow, winding streets of the medieval city reveals new sights around every turn, but if you dislike long walks or love to drive you will find that the same narrow streets that give Valletta its character make driving a frustrating challenge!
Malta’s history extends far back beyond the middle ages; among the island’s most famous monuments are its megalithic temples complexes, one of which can be found in Tarxien, a suburb of Valletta. These massive stone monuments are approximately 5,000 years old.
Accommodation in Valletta during the autumn is relatively easy to find; the summer months are the most crowded. Available hotels range from small guesthouses, which charge as little as 20 Euros per person per night, to more luxurious establishments such as the famous Phoenicia, a five-star hotel which played host the Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Malta. Self-catering houses and apartments are a popular choice for visitors to Valletta, with typical prices starting at around 80 Euros per night.

Cagliari, Sardinia: Buildings, beaches and a taste of history

Cagliari, the capital of the autonomous Italian region of Sardinia, combines historic buildings, beautiful beaches, easy access to nature, a mild climate and superb cuisine. Although it can be crowded in the summer months, the drop in tourist numbers during autumn makes Cagliari an ideal holiday destination for this time of year.

Highs in Cagliari in the autumn can range from around 70F to 77F (20-25C). Evenings can be cool, so warmer clothing for evening walks is advisable. The autumn remains dry, with up to around seven rainy days per month but little overall precipitation. November is cooler than October, with December quite chilly, so early autumn is the ideal time for a trip to Cagliari.

Summer is the busiest time for Cagliari’s beaches, but they remain an important attraction into the autumn. The main beach, Poetto, has both public areas and beach clubs which charge for entry, chairs and other amenities.

Cagliari has been settled ever since Phoenician merchants established a colony on the site in the 7th century BC. The city’s sights include the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, testifying to Cagliari’s importance as a major naval base and capital of Sardinia. The city, together with the island, has changed hands many times over the centuries, with each new regime adding new buildings and monuments. Most of these can be seen in the old city. History lovers with a taste for the macabre should be sure not to miss the monumental cemetery of Bonaria, located atop one of the city’s seven hills.

One of the most striking things about Cagliari is the number of parks. Large areas are given over to green space, making it one of the greenest cities in Italy. The largest of these parks is Regional Park of Molentargius, which is home to a wide variety of local plant and animal species.

Getting Around
Cagliari’s relatively small size means that most major areas can be visited on foot. This is fortunate, because driving and parking in a tightly-packed medieval city can be challenging! In addition, the old city is situated on a fairly steep slope, so if you are walking you should allow extra time to explore this area and schedule plenty of rest breaks.

As with many Italian cities, accommodation ranges from holiday villages to luxury hotels. Many hotels are located in the suburbs or on the outskirts of the city rather than in the city centre, where only limited space is available.