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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!
At Maltalingua Halloween is a great time of year. Our team certainly aren’t shy and really enjoy dressing up in some crazy costumes.
We love to have some spooky fun, doing things like carving pumpkins and going to fancy dress parties. Check out the photos!
Last year we made this short video of students and staff trying to say a fiendishly difficult Halloween themed tongue twister:
If you want to try it yourself, here’s it is:
Which wicked witch wished which wicked wish.
Here are another two you could try:
Ghoulish goblins and gargoyles going golfing.
Special spiders slowly spin slick slimy webs.
We’re looking forward to another super spooky weekend of Halloween fun this year. We might even challenge our students to try another wicked tongue twister 🙂
If you’re thinking about joining us this Halloween, why not get a quick quote?
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 🙂
We return back to normal this week in Malta with temperatures reaching 27⁰C. After the treacherous thunderstorms last weekend, the Maltese Islands returned to greenery, with the countryside attracting tourists and locals alike. As the beautiful sun shone over Malta, we took this opportunity to spend some relaxing time horse riding.
The stables are situated in the north west of the Islands, just behind the very well-known, Golden Bay. With a small group of 6 students, we set off from the urban town of St.Julians, into the wild west of Malta. As the sea came into sight we soon arrived at our destination, where we found Mario the stable owner waiting for us.
I must admit, I am not keen on horse riding, however when everyone was saddled in tightly, we left the stables and began our relaxing journey. We slowly rode into the Maltese outback, with one horse following another. Horse riding is a lovely experience in this time of the year, as the Maltese country side starts to come to life after the long dry summer.
Three of the students had never been horse riding before, so safety measures had to be taken. In fact, the instructor made sure that the horses were calm, and he guided them all along the route. I followed with the rest of the students. We gradually made our way up the hill side, first having to pass through a slightly busy road, then made our way along a trail in the middle of the Maltese wilderness. The west side of Malta is simply breath-taking, with views of Gozo in the distance and massive cliffs in the calm blue sea. We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions with blue skies and not a cloud in sight.
Nothing better after a whole day of studying, than the fresh sea air and sun’s rays to simply relax in the peaceful outdoors. The students loved it and had a great time. Mission accomplished. 🙂
Finally October is upon us and now that summer is officially over the temperature has started to decrease slowly and we also witness the beginning of the rainy period in Malta, making it ideal for country side walks. The sea however is still warm in this time of the year, at around 25ºC, this makes it suitable for sea lovers to still enjoy a day by the sea side.
Birgu is one of the three historical cities located just opposite Valletta. During the 2nd weekend of October, Birgu is transformed into a candle light wonderland. As night falls, all of the street lights are turned off and the whole town is completely light up by candles. This really gives stunning effects as if you are travelling back in time as the narrow streets and old houses create the perfect ambiance. The whole community comes alive as Churches and museums are open for the public including food stalls and live bands. Truely a night not to be missed if given the opportunity to visit.
Mdina Grand Prix, 9th to the 12th October 2014
Mdina, the old capital of Malta is situated in one of the highest central points in Malta. This not only creates breath taking views but also exceptional conditions for hill climb racing. Every year in October the Mdina Grand Prix is organized. Here you will find your selection of classic sports cars and more modern ones all lined up for a tire smoking, petrol fuelled weekend. You will also find your older classic cars all polished up ready for their photo shoots.
Click on the link below to find out what’s going on.
This year, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has its 32nd anniversary. From Valletta’s harbour, about 70 cruisers embark on a 606-sea-mile journey to pass the Strait of Messina along the eastern coast of Sicily. The trip continues around Stromboli, Favignana and Pantelleria on Sicily, and then back to Malta through Lampedusa. The different landscapes and textures of the sea make this race a particular challenge and attraction!
We all know that October is the month of Halloween, a tradition celebrated throughout most of the world. We have larger celebrations in Malta, however over the years Halloween theme parties are picking up, so if you’re into dressing up and a spooky night out, you’re most certainly covered for.
My first day. I came from 6 degree cold Hamburg to 35 degree hot Malta. After a few minutes of waiting for another student, our taxi driver brought us to our apartments. In Malta, for us “normal” Europeans, the Maltese drive on the wrong side, but not my driver. He drove wherever it was free of cars, on both sides. After three heart attacks, I was by the door of my apartment. The apartment is very big and is in a good position (I can see the sea from my balcony). Other things that shocked me were the beaches. The rocky beaches are nice too, but after a while lying there, you get back problems!
For all the people who want to visit Malta, I suggest you go to Golden Bay, it’s wonderful to lie on the warm sand and drink a cold drink, like a Maltese beer called Cisk, and eat some watermelon. However if you want my advice, don’t drink Kinnie (local soft drink), it’s horrible! But now back to the apartment and my school. My nice apartment is next to many restaurants, the reason why I’m getting fat. My school is 4 minutes and 20 crazy Maltese car drivers away. The best things at school are the pool on the roof and the breaks. I like all the teachers I had and I have improved my English very much. I also like the organization staff, who plan very good activities for the students like dinner in an old Maltese restaurant or playing soccer. And they help you to organize your own things, like the football match in my first blog. Now, it’s October, I can still swim in the sea. If I go in the sea back in Germay this time, I will die of hypothermia. I can lie on the beach here and relax after a fun day at school. I can remember my first time in Paceville, after a Pub crawling tour with a teacher from our school (James). Paceville is a place, that you either love or hate. But I don’t want to speak about Paceville, because you must see this for yourself and build your own opinion.
Malta has a lot of places you must see, like azure window in Gozo or the blue grotto or Popeye village. However I will write about places of interests in my next blog.
See you soon on Malta.
If you’re looking for something to fill your afternoons and evenings when you’re not studying, Malta will not disappoint this October with plenty going on all month. Here are some highlights.
A world record 60-hour dive challenge (3rd – 5th October) is being attempted by Sean McGahern accompanied by World Record Diving Malta who will clean debris from the sea bed to raise environmental awareness and encourage marine preservation. You can participate too – simply email email@example.com for details.
Fancy a laugh? Join international comedians Stuart Goldsmith, Felicity Ward and David Fulton at the LOL Stand-Up Comedy Show (5th – 6th October).
The Garden of Knowledge Malta Association are presenting an Indian Film Festival (1st – 6th October) to celebrate cultural diversity and promote links between Malta and India. For a more locally focussed experience, the Primal Inspirations art exhibition (4th October – 2nd November) showcases art capturing rural Malta. Valletta is once again host to Notte Bianca on 5th October when the city comes alive in a spectacular celebration of people, culture, food and arts. Iljieli Skalin (19th – 20th October) is a chance to enjoy exhibitions, music and food around St. Thomas Tower and an excursion to the fortifications of Marsaskala.
The annual Mdina Grand Prix (10th – 13th October) is being held in the stunning location beneath the Bastions of Malta’s old capital city and is not to be missed for motor sports enthusiasts. For football fans, there is an opportunity to cheer on your host country when Malta face the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifying match at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium on 11th October.
Fun, sun and confidence in English with Maltalingua’s Junior Course
If you’re aged between 8-12 or 13-17 and want to extend your summer, have some fun AND learn English, Maltalingua’s junior language course is ideal for you! Malta is a beautiful island with an extremely pleasant climate and, due to its location in the Mediterranean Sea, is still warm even in October!
A course at Maltalingua gives you the opportunity to study English with other kids and teenagers in a British owned and run school with an international environment. Class sizes are small and there is great focus on personal, individual attention to the students, both in and out of the classroom. All teachers carry a certification to teach English as a foreign language so the quality of the school and its teaching is extremely high.
Learning at Maltalingua does not take a break when lessons are over! The ALL (Active Language Learning) method of teaching combines in-class tuition with outdoor active learning so you can ‘learn by doing,’ gaining experience of real-life situations while fully immersed in an English speaking environment. Maltalingua School of English also offers a comprehensive programme of social, cultural and sporting activities as well as evening entertainment so you can spend your free time making new friends and practising your English! You can also visit the school’s new Beach Club which is open all year round (weather permitting), just off Mellieha Bay, the largest beach in Malta, and enjoy lunch and use of the facilities.
As the only language school in Malta which is open during the autumn holidays, this is a great time to benefit from the special offer where you can save up to €100 off the normal cost on an English course (see flyer for details). You can discover more and get an impression of what your stay will be like by watching the video in the link below. We look forward to seeing you soon!