HOW TO SPEND A [Pounds Sterling]100 IN VALLETTA; NEVER say'Valletta Reminds Me Of.' Because There's Nowhere Quite like the Proud Little Maltese Capital, with Its Atmospheric Old Town, Bustling Harbour and Dear Old British buses.And with [Pounds Sterling]100 to Spend, You Can Also Discover Antiquities Older Than the Pyramids - and a Famous Fish Soup,as GARETH HUW DAVIES Reveals

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Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES

GET ON THE BUSES BREAD OF HEAVEN MALTA, about half the size of London, lies 60 miles south of Sicily and is shot through with a familiar sense of Britain.

It's safe and welcoming and your biggest test will be pronouncing names such as Marsaxlokk, Xemxija and Birzebbuga - places you can reach on the island's awfully nostalgic buses, an antique and efficient fleet of 500 yellow-liveried British Leylands and Bedfords which reaches all parts.

Seven-day ticket: [pounds sterling]20 (all prices are for two people).

Sir Walter Scott described the capital Valletta as being 'built by gentlemen, for gentlemen' and Unesco has named the 16th Century walled city, with its bravura concentration of churches, palazzos and fortifications, a world heritage site.

The Grand Harbour trip at [pounds sterling]43 is a great way to get an overview of the city.

And top of any list for sightseeing is St John's Co-Cathedral where the star attraction is Caravaggio's Beheading Of St John. Also don't miss the Upper Barraka Gardens, the Armoury and the Archaeological Museum ([pounds sterling]4, www.heritagemalta.org).

Mdina is Malta's ancient capital and is a wonderful pedestrians-only walled city, full of snaky cobblestone alleys.

MALTESE food is a mix of many cultures - Spanish, French, Sicilian, Moorish and even British - though the island's bread is an official item of local culture.

Malta boasts excellent restaurants, mixing local and Mediterranean dishes with imagination. …