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While summer is undoubtedly the busiest season here in Malta, over that past few years we’ve noticed a real increase in the number of people coming in the winter. There are several reasons for this: the islands are more peaceful, the class sizes are smaller and the prices lower, but for many people the most attractive thing is the chance to get some winter sun.
When the weather in Northern Europe turns cold and grey many eyes turn southward to our little Mediterranean Island. The thought of getting some winter sunshine and topping up their tan while topping up their English can be very enticing for many people.
In the winter months the islands are noticeably quieter and significantly greener. This makes exploring the Maltese countryside even more enjoyable. On a sunny winter day, the water looks clearer, the sky seems bluer and the air feels fresher. It’s not unusual for the temperature to go over 20 degrees Celsius, perfect for taking a hike around the beautiful coastline and dramatic cliffs on the west side of the Islands.
The sea is at its coldest in January and February, too cold for most to swim, but you do see a few brave people out challenging themselves. However, on the nicest winter days sunbathing next to the sea is still a popular pastime. You might even see some people out having a BBQ with friends.
Other great activities you can do in Malta in the winter include: quad bike tours of Gozo, shopping in famous fishing village of Marsaxlokk, watching historical re-enactments, boat trips to the beautiful Blue Grotto and many more.
The Maltese love a good celebration and being a strongly Christian country means Christmas is a really special time of year here. The decorations are spectacular and there is a real feeling or excitement and anticipation throughout December. The picturesque streets of Valletta look particularly beautiful when dressed up for holiday season.
Being the sunniest country in the EU certainly means Malta has a lot to offer winter travelers. The chance to absorb some sunshine, boost your vitamin D levels and explore the culture and countryside at a slower pace makes it an especially attractive option.
Have yo been to Malta in the winter? What did you like best? Leave a comment below to let us know.
At Maltalingua we love to go to all the great events happening in September and October in Malta. We’ve used our insider knowledge to create the following list of the best events in Malta in Autumn 2017.
While most of Europe is becoming chilly in Autumn, Malta gets lovely average temperatures of around 26 degrees in the daytime. The sea temperate also stays warm enough for most people to swim right into November. These comfortable temperatures make Autumn a great time for events in Malta, and people here make the most of it!
Top events in Malta in Autumn 2017
Maltese Independence Day – Various Locations – 21 September
Malta was a British Colony for 164 years until 21 September 1964 when the country gained its political independence. People here are very proud of their country and they love to celebrate the nation’s achievements. Independence Day is one of the most special, as such there are celebrations all over their islands. Some of the best celebrations can be found in the capital city, Valletta.
Malta International Airshow – Malta International Airport – 23 & 24 September
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Malta International Airshow. The show has grown in one of Malta’s most popular, and most photographed events. Spectators can be amazed by the incredible acrobatic skills of top stunt pilots from around the globe. You’ll also get a close look at these incredible aircraft.
Rockestra – MFCC, Ta’ Qali – 30 September
At Rockestra music fans can see very different genres of music collide. It’s a dazzling show of rock and pop covers played by the orchestra with special guest singers and rock musicians bringing something a little different to proceedings.
The Malta Classic – Mdina – 5 to 8 October
The Malta Classic is the perfect event for fans of classic cars and motor racing. Set in the stunning city of Mdina, classic car enthusiasts show off their beloved machines then take to the roads to compete in the races. The main event is the Mdina Grand Prix held on the 7 and 8th of October.
Notte Bianca – Valletta – 7 October
During the “white night” the cultural centers of Valletta light and open to the public late into the evening. Museums, galleries and even the parliament building welcome visitors for free. There are also many lively attractions happening on the streets of this beautiful city.
Birgu Fest – Birgu – 14 October
On an island famous for its lavish village feasts, it takes something really special to gain the reputation of being the most beautiful of all. For one night of the year, the city of Birgu is covered in candles and transformed. The effect is spectacular and walking through the narrow historic back streets bathed in candlelight is a truly memorable and romantic experience.
Rolex Middlesea Race – Valletta Grand Harbour – 21 October
Now coming into its 38th year, Malta’s number one sailing race has become one of the top events of the yearly calendar. Visitors can take a stroll along the Birgu waterfront to see the great vessels close-up or just watch them departing from the any of the bastion walls overlooking the Grand Harbour. It’s a sight to remember!
Want information about all the best events in Malta in 2017? Then check out our Malta Events 2017 page.
Which events would you most like to go to? Are there any you think we’ve missed? Leave a comment to let us know!
Summer is a fantastic time to be in Malta. The sea is warm, the sun shining and the islands have a really exciting energy, but one of our favourite things about summer is all the excellent events in Malta. Whatever your interests, there is sure to be an event or two that is a great fit for you.
We’ve compiled a list of our top 8 events for July and August 2017. These will give you a good idea of what the islands have to offer this summer.
The Marsovin Summer Wine Festival – Hastings Garden, Valletta – 7 to 9 July, 8pm to 1am
Listen to some great live music and try some of Malta’s finest wines in a beautiful location. Held in Hastings Gardens, a scenic park perched on top of Valletta’s fortress walls, the event has a very special atmosphere and is one of the highlights of Malta’s social calendar.
Malta International Food Festival 2017 – Mdina – 21 to 23 July
The Malta International Food festival isn’t just an excuse to eat delicious foods from around the world. It’s also a great opportunity to improve your cooking skills and listen to some quality live music. Over the course of the weekend, there will be many live cooking demonstrations. The event is held in the beautifully refurbished Mdina ditch, right next to the walls of the famous ‘Silent City’.
Feast of St Julian – St Julians – 25 to 27 August
The Feast of St Julian certainly has one of the best atmospheres of all the festas in Malta. Tourists and locals party side–by–side and celebrate around the streets of St Julians at the height of summer. Over the course of several days, there are fireworks displays, marching bands being showered with shredded paper and even a competition where people try to run up a greased pole – most of whom fall into the sea.
The Farsons Great Beer Festival – National Park, Ta’Qali – 28 July to 6 August
This 10–day long celebration of music and beer has been a summer highlight in Malta for 36 years. An exciting lineup of live music and an equally exciting beer menu keeps fans coming back for more.
Unite with Tomorrowland – Marsa Sports Grounds – 29 July
Tomorrowland, EDM’s biggest and boldest festival is coming to Malta for the first time this summer. DJ Snake, DVBBS, and Laidback Luke have all been announced with more to follow. It’s recommended to book early as tickets are likely to sell out fast.
Fatboy Slim at Cafe Del Mar – 30 July
DJ and producer extraordinaire Fatboy Slim will be taking over Malta’s most famous venue for a night of banging tunes and outrageous mixes. Watch the sunset and enjoy listening to a master at work.
La Belle Musique Malta – 5 August
Starting from nothing in 2013, their mixes have attracted over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube. La Belle Musique is perfect for those of you who prefer a more chilled out electronic music festival with a very positive vibe.
Feast of Saint Mary Fireworks – Mqabba – 14 August, 9:30pm to Midnight
The Feast of Saint Mary is celebrated all over Malta, but the most popular event is the fireworks display in the little southern town of Mqabba. Malta has a great tradition of creating top–class fireworks. Many small factories compete to put on the best displays. Two of the most respected companies are based in Mqabba so this Festa always has an extra special fireworks extravaganza.
You can read about our favourite events for the whole of 2017 on the Malta Events 2017 page of our main website.
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The Maltese people love to party and so do the thousands of people who come to visit the islands each year. It seems like every week there is a great event to go to. If you want to know about the best ones then continue reading our list of the top 10 Malta events 2016.
The feast of St.Patrick’s has turned into an awaited national event here in Malta. The Maltese respect theirfellow Irish and their beliefs. Celebrated for hundreds of years, St.Particks is a worldwide event, which brings all nationalities together to celebrate this feast. Nevertheless in Malta, this is highly celebrated in Spinola Bay in St.Julians, where the streets come to life with music, food and of course a lot of drinks. All in all, it’s just a fantastic time.
Another event which is increasing in popularity every year is the Malta International Fireworks Festival. It is an incredible spectacle, not only for the female romantics but for anyone who appreciates the talent of such art. The fireworks are synchronized with music, creating a powerful hair-standing sense of awe. This is held in none other than the beautiful Maltese Grand Harbour, where thousands of on-lookers stand together looking up at the sky at this beautiful spectacle.
Malta Music Week – 24th to the 29th of June; Isle of MTV – 28th of June
The Malta Music Week marks the end of another scholastic year and the start to another fabulous summer ahead in Malta. The M.M.W is a week filled with parties in different locations and vibes for all. This is a truly magical week full of freedom and enjoyment. The biggest party of them all is by far the Isle of MTV, which has been running in Malta for the last 10 years. This is held in a large open-air square, attracting over 50,000 people from across the globe. A free live concert by top performers, creates the BIGGEST FREE FESTIVAL IN EUROPE!
The Sliema arts festival is another event full of summer vibes, sun and music. Situated right on the Sliema promenade, this little stretch of land is filled with artistic events for three days. The works of art include freestyle art work, reggae music, live bands, and the super electro swing set which always gets everyone dancing. With the summer moon and music in the air, this truly is magical Malta.
The Marsovin Wine Festival – 15th till the 17th of July
If you have never tried Maltese wine before, you should! The Marsovin Wine Festival takes place at Hastings Gardens in Valletta and is a great opportunity to try a different variety of grapes and speciality food all in one evening. This 3-night event will give wine enthusiasts a taste of Maltese wine, whilst listening to live bands and trying our special Maltese food.
The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place every year in July. A line-up of top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the current music scene. In recent years, world famous artists have performed under star-lit skies during this festival which is held over two nights in Valletta.
After a week of scorching summer heat, what better way to unwind and relax than with a cold refreshing beer? The Farsons Great Beer Festival is Malta’s largest summer event where families and youngsters come together for a great night out. It’s all about good music, good food and, of course, good beer. Thousands of visitors come to this free 10-day festival every year. The programme is filled with live entertainment and activities, together with a large selection of bars offering a mix of international food and drink. Definitely something to look forward to!
Art is music, art is dancing and singing and art is creativity – it is not only a drawing in an art gallery. At the Malta International Arts Festival, local and foreign artists perform side by side. The diversity in performances attracts a mix of ages and cultures – all entwined in one night of entertainment and fun. Enjoy food and drink as music fills the air and the summer moon fills the sky above.
This feast is widely celebrated in many Catholic countries. On the eve of this holiday in Malta many people organise parties. Pool parties, boat parties and even international DJs fly down to create a night to remember. On the feast itself, family and friends spend the day together, feasting and enjoying each other’s company – on the beach, or on a boat or by the pool while enjoying a tasty barbecue and a cold beer.
The Maltese international air show has been taking place for over 10 years. Fighter jets, helicopters and specialised planes from around the world fly to Malta, some just for display whilst others (such as the Red Arrows) perform a spectacular display of aerobatic manoeuvres. Every year, this event attracts a large audience of all ages. Many families come with their children, to see these big, expensive machines up close.
Which of our top 10 Malta events 2016 will be the best? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
With January nearly over, February is just around the corner. This winter the islands of Malta have been blessed with lots of sun and very little bad weather. This is great for outdoor activities such as trekking, Gozo day tours, historical culture trips and more. However, the biggest event this coming month is without a doubt the Malta CARNIVAL 2016.
This year carnival will start on the first weekend of the month, when the biggest celebrations are held. Carnival is the time when everyone joins in the fun, dresses up in costumes, joins the parties and dances in the street. Carnival in Malta is a 5-day celebration that has been traditional for centuries, since the time of the Knights of the Order of St John.
Traditionally, Carnival is celebrated in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. Children and adult dress up in beautiful colourful costumes and spend their time watching huge floats passing by in Valletta and Floriana. The Maltese Carnival is said to resemble the Rio carnival. An explosion of colour fills the streets, masks hide people’s faces and music fills the air…
If the celebrations in Valletta sound a bit too family friendly for your tastes then Gozo may be the place for you. Over the past few years the village of Nadur has gained a reputation for hosting a darker and more hedonistic carnival celebration. If you fancy a crazy weekend with plenty of wild parties you now know where to go.
This February, Malta is the place to be Carnival will run from Friday the 5th till Wednesday the 10th. Don’t forget your mask!
If you’ve got any questions about Carnival in Malta just ask in the comments below.
November in Malta is all about discovering the outdoors. The weather at this time of the year is generally sunny with clouds, and some rainy periods on different occasions. With temperatures usually in the low 20s it is definitely warm enough for a walk or picnic in the Maltese country side. Here is what you could get up to this month on the island of Malta.
The islands of Malta date back for thousands of years, which makes walking in the country side a unique and yet historical experience. Walking or trekking in Malta could be done all along the northern-western coast as the land here is still barren and uninhabited. Places like Dingli, Rabat and Bahrija will offer the more adventurous and outdoorsy person a real insight into what Malta has to offer. This is our unique land structure, soil and rock formation, littered with historical artefacts such as old cart trucks, hundred year old fossils and even bomb fragments.
If you wish to discover the islands further you could also make use of the sightseeing busses that various bus companies offer. These hop on hop off busses give you the opportunity to stop at different intervals and discover the particular area in your own time. There are different tours which are on offer usually the northern tour, southern tour and also a Gozo tour.
One could also discover the island of Gozo by jeep safari tours or even the more adventurous quad tours, which will give you a sense of freedom driving around the small Gozitan roads and valleys.
Of course in Malta, nightlife and parties are never far away. This November we have the very well-known Electro-Swing Malta producing another incredible party with the name Around the World in 80 Days. This will be held on the 7th of November.
We also have Don Ross; the legendary Canadian guitarist will be coming back to Malta for another night of acoustic guitar excellence! He will be performing at the City Theatre in Valletta also on the 7th of November.
Malta International Organ Festival
Both music aficionados and culture vultures won’t want to miss the Malta International Organ Festival 2015. Some of the greatest organ players in the world (including the Vatican’s own Gianluca Libertucci) will be enthralling crowds across Malta this November and December.
The schedule includes 16 concerts starting with the opening concert in Valletta on the 19th of November and ending with the grand finale on the 7th December , also in Valletta.
See the Queen of England
The Queen of England will be visiting Malta at the end of November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She and her husband, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, will be given a ceremonial welcome at St George’s Square by the President of Malta on Thursday the 26th of November.
Both visitors to Malta and locals will no doubt be out in huge numbers to welcome the iconic monarch, likely the most famous lady in the world.
You can read more about the English Royal Family’s visit to Malta here.
Waking up at 8 o’clock is never easy, especially on a Saturday. However, last Saturday it had to be done. Shortly after my early rise I was walking towards our meeting point with a fresh baguette in one hand and a coffee in the other. The students greeted me with a very faint “good morning”. As I said, it’s never easy in the morning. Our promised transport was bang on time, we jumped in the van and off we went. After leaving St. Julian’s we made our way to the very north of Malta, to a harbour called Cirkewwa, where we caught the ferry to Malta’s sister island Gozo.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather that day; sunshine, light clouds and a gentle breeze made the temperature just so. Arriving in Gozo harbour we were greeted by a man who drove us to the quad bike office. After filling in some paper work and being taught how to drive the quads, we hopped on and set off for what would be a fantastic day.
For many of the students it was their first time driving a quad. It was mine too. The feeling is totally awesome! You have a sense of freedom like driving a motor bike, but also some of the safety of a car.
Gozo is a beautiful little island. Shortly after leaving we descended into a steep valley where we stopped at different intervals to smell some unique Maltese plants or to see a very old chapel in the middle of an abandoned road.
Coming out of the valley we made our way to the very top of Ramla Bay where we stopped for a while. Walking around, the students took photos of the great panoramic views and, of course, each other. Shortly after, we hopped back on and set off again. This time we had a longer more relaxed drive, enjoying the immensely beautiful scenery. Gozo is littered with many valleys, small hills, terraced fields and very little roads perfect for quad biking.
All in all, the students and myself had a really great time. Not only spending time together, but also having new experiences and creating memories that will be cherished for a long time.
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October in Malta is a time of change, regarding the weather of course. With autumn in its first few weeks, you will notice that the temperature will drop to the mid 20’s and there might be a little more rain. Don’t be fooled, however, the sea temperature will still be warm so there will be plenty of opportunities for water sports and days out at the beach. Here’s our pick of the best events in Malta this October.
This weekend Valletta will come alive on Notte Bianca (White Night), it will be a memorable night with something for everyone.
Palaces and museums are open till late with special discounts on entry, some are also free such as the President’s Palace. The streets are full of life with visual art exhibitions and theatre performances. Music echoes in the streets as local and foreign bands are also on show for your entertainment. Of course, cafes and restaurants will be open until late with food stalls and tables for your satisfaction.
Paqpaqli is the biggest annual motoring event in Malta. This event is one of the largest organizations run by a team of volunteers in collaboration with The Office of The President. The main aim here is to raise money for the Malta Community Chest Fund.
This year is a list like non-other, on offer for you to see and drive will be Ferrari, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spider, and for the first time in Malta, a Koenigsegg! There will also be other attractions, such as a motor cross event and a large collection of classic and modern Ferraris.
The Mdina Grand Prix Classic Car Event will be held this year between the 8th and the 11th of October. The Mdina street circuit is set in the idyllic countryside beneath the imposing bastions of the Old Capital City.
This will be the fourth consecutive year of the Mdina Grand Prix. It promises to be a magical weekend of classic car racing.
This event taking place in Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa), which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities, has now become an annual national event.
Birgu fest, which was once known as Birgu by night, has grown in popularity over the past years. Mainly because of the immense beauty that is interpreted throughout this fortified small city. This historical city is completely lit by thousands of candles sprinkled on every step and every balcony. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of food stalls, restaurants, and bands to liven up the night.
Halloween in Malta has become a time to look forward to. With the weather still holding up nicely, it gives the opportunity to really be creative and daring with your Halloween costumes. On this night theme parties are organised and of course, the traditional trick or treat is done by younger ones.
Clubs and bars go all-out to decorate their premises to attract as many one-eyed zombies and killer clowns as possible. It’s a good night out and definitely something you should not miss out on.
Which events would you like to go to? Have you been to any of these events before? Leave a comment to let us know. We love comments 🙂
Malta is well-known as an island for top entertainment especially over the warm summer months. We start off the summer season with a bang, with the Malta Music Week, held from the 3rd to the 7th of July. Big parties will take place every day, catering for different followers of different musical tastes. The last day is the biggest of them all, with the Isle of MTV Malta Special this year being held on the 7th of July. This is held every summer and is yet again totally free, attracting over 50,000 people. Three global artists perform a live show also including an amazing line up of DJs, it is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed.
This years lineup is better than ever with the likes of one of the world’s biggest Deejays – MARTIN GARRIX. Joining DJ Garrix is renowned singer, dancer, and songwriter – JASON DERULO!! You will also be entertained by acts such as Echosmith, Tori Kelly and local Maltese DJ’s.
This is surely a night not to be missed!
A month and a half have already passed since the beginning of 2015 and February in Malta offers a special event… CARNIVAL. Carnival is the time when everyone joins in the fun, dresses up in costumes, joins parades, see the beautiful mechanical floats and dance to the music played in the streets. Carnival in Malta is a 5-day celebration that has been celebrated for centuries, actually since the time of the Knights of the Order of St John.
Traditionally, Carnival is celebrated in the capital city of Malta, Valletta. Children and adult enthusiasts are dressed up in beautiful costumes and spend their time in Valletta & Floriana watching huge floats go by, unless they take part in a dance competition. The Maltese Carnival is said to resemble the Brazilian, on a much smaller scale of course. An explosion of colours fills the streets, masks hide people’s faces and music fills the air…
Our sister island Gozo, also hosts its own mini-traditional carnival in the capital, but it recently started organising a carnival with a twist in the village of Nadur. Whilst in Valletta carnival is more appropriate to the whole family, the dark Nadur carnival is more suitable for the older and more mature who can bear a crazy weekend away from home. 20 to 30 year-olds set off to Gozo for the weekend for parties and pranks. Daring families might also be parading through the madness keeping out a sharp eye for the best and most grotesque costume of the night.
This February, Malta is the place to be. Traditionally a celebration that marks the beginning of Lent, this year Carnival will commence on Friday the 13th till Tuesday the 17th of February.
All in all I would say that February in Malta is a month that is definitely looked forward to by most people.