Malta is an island in the centre of the Mediterranean 100 km south of Italy and enjoys sunny weather practically all the year round. The skies are invariably blue and the sea is warm even in winter which has made Malta popular with water-sport enthusiasts. It is the ideal place for scuba-diving, skiing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, water polo and fishing. Most sports facilities are available on the island including golf, tennis, and horse-riding. Malta and its smaller sister island Gozo are rich in history. Malta is full of prehistoric temples (the oldest surviving standing man-made structures in the world), subterranean neolithic temples, catacombs, the Auberges and the formidable fortifications of the Knights of St. John which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. Valletta, the capital of Malta, and Medina, the capital city before the coming of the Knights, boast of many art galleries and museums. In spite of its size Malta is a modern country teeming with life, commerce and industry. In summer particularly there is an air of festivity throughout the whole Island - the seaside is dotted with the fire of a thousand barbeques, and every week-end there are feasts in different towns and villages in a blaze of colour and with incomparable firework displays. With 160 years under British rule Malta is the most British place in Europe and the Mediterranean. Any newsagent sells English newspapers of the day. Students coming to Malta have every opportunity to practise their English since the language is widely spoken.