Malta is on the same latitude as North Africa, which helps to explain its popularity as a winter destination. Throughout November, Maltatours Direct (071-821 7000) has holidays from Gatwick with half-board accommodation at the Euroclub in Buggiba for one week (pounds 199) or two (pounds 239).

The Association of Independent Tour Operators' annual conference will be held in Malta from 19 to 23 November.