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VIDEO: Why little Malta is a big attraction

Perfectly situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta gets more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

VIDEO: Why little Malta is a big attraction
View of Ramla Bay. Photo: Getty

It boasts clear waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling and one of the world’s finest red sand beaches. In the historic capital Valletta, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Harbour, unforgettable architecture, evenings spent listening to live music and much more.

The Maltese archipelago attracted nearly 2.8m international visitors last year. You can find a list of countries from which you can now travel to Malta without having to quarantine here.  

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.

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