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Volume 20. Issue 11. 4th February 2020. View Online
City-breakers Guide to Malta

The Maltese Islands are home to a number of fascinating cities; Valletta, Mdina, The Three Cities and Victoria. The towns are positively fairy tale like, with winding honey-coloured streets leading to palaces, cathedrals and other breath-taking historic monuments. Just a three-hour flight away from the UK and boasting over 300 days of sunshine, the Mediterranean archipelago calls to city breakers of all ages.

Where to Stay

Valletta

With its rich heritage and bustling centre, Valletta is ideal for visitors wanting to spend their time in Malta’s thriving cultural capital. The UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an abundance of luxurious boutique hotels and private properties inside the city walls. Larger hotels are found just outside of the City Gate.

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City Breakers exploring the streets of Valletta
City Breakers exploring the streets of Valletta
Family Guide to Malta

When your recommending a holiday for the whole family, keeping everyone happy might seem a daunting task; especially if they’ve got older children. Long gone are the days of buckets and spades, it’s time to find a getaway which will keep teenagers entertained, without losing the feeling of a traditional family holiday. The English-speaking Maltese Islands boast over 300 days of sunshine each year and are just a short three-hour flight away from the UK.

Top Events

Easter

The Maltese Islands are perfect for an Easter getaway during the kid's holidays. Easter is widely celebrated in Malta; unmissable processions, Easter vigils and other spectacular traditions take place during the Holy Week. Be sure to try figolla, an almond-filled pastry in the traditional shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish or heart, covered in icing sugar, for a Maltese Easter treat.

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Swimming in St Peter's Pool Malta
Swimming in St Peter's Pool Malta
Under 30’s Guide to Malta

Malta has become a popular destination for the clubbing scene; allowing travellers to party all night and spend the following day relaxing on picturesque beaches in the warm Maltese sun. Party until dawn in Paceville – located in St.Julians – where the club scene is buzzing, and enjoy an abundance of bars and restaurants in Birgu, Mdina, Valletta and Sliema. Eclectic music festivals, adventure activities and thriving nightlife await, just a three-hour flight from the UK.

Top Music Festivals

Annie Mac’s Lost & Found

Annie Mac’s Lost and Found festival returns to Malta each spring with a huge line-up of DJ’s in fantastical locations. It’s not every day you can say you’ve been to a rave in an ancient castle, enjoyed a boat party on the Mediterranean Sea and partied next to picturesque pools until dawn.

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Paceville, Malta at night
Paceville, Malta at night
Tolene Van Der Merwe Travelbiz chat to Tolene from Malta Tourism

Travelbiz's Don and Shane spoke with Tolene Van Der Merwe (Director of the Malta Tourism Authority UK & Ireland) at the Holiday World Show in the RDS. She is delighted with the announcement that Ryanair now will be flying 7 days a week from Dublin to Malta this March and twice weekly from Cork. Malta Tourism is excited to announce that they will be spending a lot more time in Ireland to promote beautiful Malta and also will be lining up Fams and extensive training programs this year.

LGBT+ Guide to Malta

The Maltese Islands boast idyllic bays, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exhilarating adventure activities and a jam-packed events calendar. The Mediterranean archipelago also flies the flag for LGBT+ rights, with a warm welcome for individuals and couples of all genders and sexual orientation. Just a three-hour flight away from the UK, there’s every reason to visit the Maltese Islands.

Over the years, Malta has experienced a definite and positive shift towards greater cultural acceptance of LGBT+ in all aspects of life. This, together with changes in legislation introduced by the government, saw the Maltese Islands rank at first place on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Europe Index for the last four consecutive years.

Malta Pride Week

Malta Pride Week takes place each summer and is widely celebrated, with the participation of thousands of marchers, eye-catching floats and incredible street performers. Malta Pride Week sends out a message of empowerment to the community and celebrates love, life and diversity.

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LGBT couple on streets of Mdina
LGBT couple on streets of Mdina
Gastronomy Guide to Malta

The flavour of Maltese cuisine is the result of a 7,000-year relationship with the many civilisations who have occupied the Maltese Islands. A tantalising melting-pot of cultures including the Sicilians, Romans, Spanish and French have influenced the unique blend of Maltese cooking.

Traditional Cuisine

Visitors can enjoy local specialities including Pastizzi, a delicious savoury filo pastry filled with either rich ricotta cheese or mushy peas; Malta’s national dish Fenek, rabbit stew; Kunserva, concentrated tomato paste; Imqaret, sweet pastry packages filled with dates and spices; Ftira, Maltese bread; Maltese sausage and Gozitan cheeselet.

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St, Joseph's Church, Kalkara Malta
St, Joseph's Church, Kalkara Malta
Top 5 Things to Do

The Maltese Islands boast over 7,000 years of history and a number of spectacular bucket-list sites. Here’s our top ten…

Valletta

Valletta’s beautiful baroque architecture and rich heritage earned Malta’s capital city the accolade of being the European Capital of Culture in 2018. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to elegant streets, stunning historical monuments and an increasing number of luxury boutique hotels.

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most picturesque locations on the Maltese archipelago. The small cove between the western end of the island and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto, boasts turquoise shallow waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and exploring by boat.

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Footsteps on Ramla san Blas, Gozo
Footsteps on Ramla san Blas, Gozo
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