The Republic of Malta also includes the islands of Gozo and Comino. The archipelago lies in the middle of the Mediterranean between Sicily, Libya and Tunisia. No Mediterranean civilization has failed to leave its mark on the archipelago through the millennia, and it abounds with history. Old Latin habits, a well-established European culture, where joviality and oriental patience blend harmoniously with the Anglo-Saxon heritage of nearly 150 years of British Empire influence. The spirit of the place is truly cosmopolitan! In the smallest European country, modernity and island identity mix. There are many fabulous places for scuba diving and endless coves for weighing anchor. The season stretches from May to October with the Mistral and Sirocco winds blowing in late summer.