For all of its abundant art, culture, and history, Malta is sometimes regarded as one big islandful of a party. And guess what? Locals highly encourage the thought! We host some of the biggest, world-renowned parties on this island (thing Glitch, Tomorrowland etc.), yet these events cannot begin to compare with the popularity of Isle … Continue reading Isle of MTV 2018- First Act Announced
When one thinks of Gozo, Malta’s untainted sister island, one might quickly jump to thoughts of a villa or a farmhouse in the middle of a tranquil village, lounging by a pool, a trip to Maxokk (Gozo’s most sought after bakery, home of the Gozitan ftira) or Jessica’s Delights (a local cake shop found in … Continue reading 6 Fun-tastic activities to try out in Gozo
Ġbejna (Maltese pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒbɛjnɐ], plural ġbejniet) are cheeselets typically made from sheep milk, salt, and rennet. They are prepared and served in a variety of forms: pickled, salted, peppered, covered in herbs, dried, or as a plain, fresh cheeselet. Trying a fresh Maltese ġbejna when visiting Malt is definitely a must! Planning a trip to … Continue reading (Video) Maltese Ġbejna
Choosing a holiday home is very much like choosing your own home – this will be the place you will spend time in when you’re not out exploring when you need to rest your head after a day touring around the island. Some might choose this abode haphazardly, not giving it much thought. Yet there … Continue reading Which property best fits your holiday personality?
Kawlata is the kind of soup that originated out of necessity - when people of past times needed to feed as many mouths as possible with as little cost as possible, food had to go a long way. These kinds of soups were invented for this sole purpose, filling empty bellies up with cheap cuts … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Kawlata
When you work hard, you deserve to play even harder - that’s why we do things like book holidays, treat ourselves to a bit of shopping, buy a new car, enjoy fancy dinners or cheeky days at the spa, isn’t it? If you’re visiting Malta this summer, rest and sun-soaked relaxation are the absolute order … Continue reading 6 Reasons to rent a villa in Malta
In the small village of San Lawrenz, Gozo Wenzu still runs one of the oldest blacksmith workshops on the Islands. Wenzu still practices the old trade and uses no machinery. The tools he still uses are over 100 years old. Once Wenzu retires, these doors will be shut down forever. Planning a trip to Malta? Shortletsmalta.com is … Continue reading (Video) The Last Blacksmith
The Maltese Islands celebrate 14 holidays each year, falling into two categories: Public Holidays and National Holidays. Public Holidays commemorate mostly religious and social themes, while National Holidays recall patriotic themes, namely significant dates in Maltese history which helped change the course of the islands’ fate. National holidays help keep these historical events fresh in … Continue reading Maltese National Holidays Explained
Whether you’re thinking about visiting Malta for a well-deserved holiday this summer or just want to make this Mediterranean gem your home away from home for a little while, one of the first things you need to think about is where you want to stay. Malta may be a small island (with a very big … Continue reading Where to stay in Malta this summer!
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is located on Malta's North Westerly coast. This secluded beach is reached through a long flight of steps. The beach is filled with natural beauty! Though this beach is very popular with bathers in summer. Visiting during the cooler months is definitely a must. The slopes surrounding the beach are perfect for hiking … Continue reading (Video) Ghajn Tuffieha beautiful all year round and truly amazing in winter!
March is truly a month for the party animals among us – but fear not! If you’re not up for Irish-themed merriment or mad electro-house parties, we’ve still got a little something special lined up for you. Here are 5 of our top picks for things to do in Malta this March: 1.Pi-Yo (Pilates and Yoga) … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this March?
Rabbit is what most people think of when conjuring up images of Maltese food. While the traditional Rabbit Stew is the most popular of the two, it's delicious brother Fenek Moqli is just as tasty. Usually served with a side of fries, this dish makes for a perfect Sunday lunch! Ingredients 1 Rabbit Sunflower Oil Fresh … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Fenek Moqli (Fried Rabbit)
Proudly perched on a natural plateau, the walled city of Mdina is one of the most beautiful historical locations on the Maltese Islands. Known to many as ‘The Silent City’, Mdina also goes by the names Città Notabile (The Noble City) and Città Vecchia (The Old City) and has been around since roughly the eighth … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Mdina this Week
As home to temples other than the great pyramids of Giza themselves, Malta is an absolute goldmine for the history buffs out there. Maltese summers are made for golden tans and lazy days at the beach, but the rest of the year is perfect for really digging into our island’s rich, diverse history. From the … Continue reading 8 Places to Visit in Malta if you Love History
Xwejni Salt Pans Leli tal-Melh one of the long-term continuators of Sea Salt Harvesting tradition. The true gurus of "white gold" know all about magical combination of sea, sun, rocks, and wind. The Xwejni Salt Pans are located off Xwejni bay limits of Zebbug, Gozo. Salt is collected and packed manually following most traditional manner … Continue reading Antique Heritage – Sea Salt Harvesting
Kusksu is a delicious Maltese heart-warming soup, traditionally made in the Spring, when broad beans are in season. It is a dish that will transport you back to the Maltese islands, with its mixture of traditional tastes and flavours, especially if you add a Gozitan cheeselet (ġbejna) to your recipe. Ingredients Onion Salt and pepper … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Kusksu (Broad Bean Soup)
The islands of Malta and Gozo are packed with history, culture and tradition, openly visible around villages and cities. However, there are some hidden gems worth viewing and visiting, but fair warning to you, dear reader- they’re not your typical tourist attractions! 1. Secret Passage in St. Gregory’s Church This Church, found within the outskirts … Continue reading 6 Most Magnificent Hidden Gems of Malta
Short rental properties are terrific – you get a whole home away from home at the price of a hotel room, which is often a fraction of the size of a rental property. While renting a property, you can cook your own meals (thereby saving a substantial amount of cash), wash your clothes (so you … Continue reading Making your Short Rental Property feel like Home
Amazing Carnival celebration in Valletta! Catch-up on Carnival festivity 2018 if you missed it out. Please note that Carnival Grand Finale postponed to this Sunday because of the bad weather.
It hasn’t been long since we packed up our Christmas decorations and set our New Year resolutions, yet some of us (actually, all of us, I’m sure) are already fantasizing over another holiday. Hot beaches, a smouldering sun, cool dips in the ocean, cocktails, a nightlife that allows you to really blow some steam off… … Continue reading 4 Reasons why you should choose a Holiday Apartment This Summer
With the passing of January, Malta descends into a state of revelry and colourful frenzy, as social norms are bent during the five days of Carnival. The Maltese, as they tend to do about everything else, put their heart and soul into this jovial five day feast; some even start planning for these days a … Continue reading Malta Carnival 2018 – The Jovial (and Grotesque) Celebration before Lent
Paul Curmi, better known as Pawlu ‘il-Pampalun’ whose face is synonymous with the Maltese Carnival. Known and loved in his hometown of Valletta, his passion, and love for Carnival has stolen the hearts of Maltese and foreigners alike. With over 68 years working on Carnival floats, at 87 years of age, Pawlu is still going strong. Head on … Continue reading Meet Malta’s very own Carnival King!
There are many facets to Maltese culture; one which we are immensely proud of is our colourful and vast music scene. One might think that we limit ourselves to the yearly Eurovision entry, or our traditional “Għana”, but in reality, our national talent stretches far beyond that. Here are some local bands that are making … Continue reading 5 Maltese Bands to Watch Out For in 2018
Ah, the ever-popular Stuffat, the dish that screams at you from every Maltese restaurant's menu - boasting to be Malta's national dish. Well, it practically is our national dish, and most of us do eat it every Sunday, religiously. The Stuffat can be enjoyed during Winter or Summer, as a first course and as a second course. … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Stuffat tal-Fenek ( Rabbit Stew)
St Julian’s is Malta’s most concentrated touristic and entertainment hub, buzzing with tourists and locals, especially during the summer months. It might seem impossible to picture a quiet spot in this city of the night, however, there are some quaint places which won’t be as crowded as the Paceville steps, or St George’s bay at … Continue reading Off the beaten track – Places to see in St Julian’s
Is it us, or did January feel like one of the longest months ever? February is a month synonymous with soppiness and all things red, lovey-dovey and heart-shaped - but if Valentine’s Day isn’t quite your cup of tea, there’s no need to fret! This month is particularly jam-packed with events for you to enjoy, … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this February?
Qarabagħli - marrows or courgettes, are a staple in Maltese kitchens, one of those vegetables that are ever present on your Nanna's countertop. By far the most traditional Maltese way to cook these versatile vegetables is by stuffing them and baking them, resulting in the mouth-wateringly good Qarabagħli Mimli fil-Forn. Ingredients 6 large marrows 500g mince beef and … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Qarabagħli Mimli il-Forn (Baked Stuffed Marrows)
Valletta has become one of Malta’s most hip cities in the past few years. This year it is set out to be more in vogue than ever, while graciously bearing the title of European City of Culture 2018. Cool new shops and restaurants are popping up in Valletta every week, and while they may be … Continue reading Off the beaten track – Places to visit in Valletta
Your best friend - that special someone in your life you seems to know you even better than you know yourself sometimes. The one who tags you in ridiculous memes all day, and the one who knows so many of your deepest, darkest secrets that you just can’t afford to get rid of them now … Continue reading 6 Activities in Malta to try with your BFF
While we may be blessed with more sunny winter days than many of our European friends, we still get the odd cold snap, chilly night, or wet week from time to time. Enter, delicious soul-warming soup that isn’t just comforting, but healthy, delicious, and really quite cheap to make. The ‘soppa ta’ l-armla’ or ‘widow’s … Continue reading How to make the perfect ‘Soppa ta’ l-Armla’
Sliema, the shoppers’ mecca of Malta, the high-rise array rising up from the sea, dwarfing smaller structures with her imperious heights. It is hard to imagine that one can find peaceful spots in this bustling city, with its constant flow of traffic and its myriad of shoppers and businesses. Yet if you look closely enough, … Continue reading Off the beaten track: Sliema
The humble orange. As an island located smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, Malta commands a truly enviable climate for growing citrus fruits! At the right time of the year, you can buy crates of oranges at ridiculously good prices - so sometimes you might find that you’ve got far more fruit … Continue reading 8 Clever Things to Do with Oranges
“Brodu” is so much more than a simple chicken stock in Malta. It’s a hearty meal, with 2 courses, a delicious broth soup, and then the chicken itself, served with steamed/boiled vegetables, potatoes and crusty bread. Ingredients: 2 carrots 2 onions some Celery (leaves and small stalks only if possible, in Maltese it's "karfus" and … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Brodu tat-Tiġieġa (Chicken Broth)
Any avid traveller could tell you that there’s no place like Malta. Some may call a trip to Malta a refreshing experience, others… cultural shock. From our loud, passionate natives, to our less than smooth roads (even the Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who came to spend the New Year, commented on how “disastrous” they are), … Continue reading 5 things that are totally unique to the Maltese Islands
A quick word of friendly advice in this new year - never underestimate the power of team building activities. When you spend twenty to forty hours a week working alongside the same group of people, it’s super important to spend some time fostering friendships and building stronger bonds with your colleagues - it doesn’t matter … Continue reading 5 Truly Fun Team Building Activities in Malta
This Monday we delve into a Maltese favourite - Imqarrun il-Forn (baked macaroni). This dish is perfect for Winter, but would make a great Summer dish too, especially paired with an ice-cold Cisk! The Maltese way is to cook until crispy, however you can modify this method as you prefer. Ingredients: 500g macaroni 2 medium … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Imqarrun il-Forn
Welcome to 2018, ladies and gentlemen! Now that we’ve had a few days’ break to recover from all the fun and frivolity that come with the festive season, this is as good a time as any to start filling our brand-new calendars with the first few events of the year. From photography and music to … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this January
2017 is over and done with, and people all over the world are looking ahead and making plans that promise to make their 2018 their best year yet. Sound great, right? Well, the thing about those pesky New Year’s Resolutions is that year after year (without fail), we make loads of promises to ourselves with … Continue reading 5 Ideas for your New Year’s Resolutions – 2018 Edition
A brand new year has just begun! And what better way to usher in a sparkling new start than with a classic champagne cocktail - classy enough to impress your friends, and with just the right amount of alcohol to enjoy! Ingredients 1 white sugar cube 2 dashes bitters 20ml/¾fl oz cognac enough champagne to … Continue reading New Year’s Recipe Monday – Classic Champagne Cocktail
If Christmas day is meant for comfy pants and stuffing yourself silly with all the festive deliciousness you can stand, then New Year’s Eve should be synonymous with the clinking of champagne glasses, the people who’ve made your year special, and a sense of excitement at all the promise of a fresh year full of … Continue reading 6 Things to do this New Year’s Eve in Malta
After all the presents have been unwrapped, chocolates have been eaten, and bottles of wine and champagne have been drained dry, it’s hard to imagine that there could be any more fun to be had over the Christmas season! But let’s not forget about the other days of Christmas break – sure, we don't all … Continue reading 5 Things to do during your Christmas Holidays in Malta
Happy Christmas! The day we've all been waiting for is finally here, and between preparing food, opening presents, and eating so much we're going to burst, we have found the time to show you one final Christmassy recipe - Imbuljuta tal-Qastan. This is not a food recipe per se, it is more of a mulled drink, … Continue reading Christmas Recipe Monday – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan
Nothing says ‘time to party’ like a gorgeous, colourful cocktail (or three…). Being able to make your own cocktails at home is a fantastic way to impress your guests and give your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party that little something special! Put your mixologist apron on and get ready to DIY some sinfully good … Continue reading 5 Cocktail Recipes for the perfect Christmas Party
Malta is a cultural and historical haven; it is often said that an entire lifetime is not enough to fully absorb all the history that Malta has to offer its visitors. Every village, every corner, every inch of this island, has historical significance. From the ancient Mdina, to the provincial Bormla, all the way back … Continue reading How to feel like a Medieval Knight in 21st Century Malta without really trying
Christmas is just one week away, and so this week we present to you the epitome of Christmas sweets: the Christmas Cake. Malta's Christmas Cake is pretty much the same as the English Christmas Cake, having been introduced to the island during the 200 years of British Rule. Yet this dessert has formed a special … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Christmas Cake
We all that at least one friend who seems to be constantly on the lookout for their next adventure, big or small. They’re looking forward to that next rush of adrenaline that sets the heart thumping against ribs and uncontrollable smiles spreading from ear to ear. So what kind of gift should you get for … Continue reading 6 Gift Ideas for the Adventurers in your Life
Winter in Malta is as good a time as any to put on your walking shoes and explore! Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered!
Christmas is getting nearer! This week we bring you the Maltese-style Christmas Log, which varies from the traditional Yule Log done elsewhere in the world. Our Log is less of a roll and more of a delicious mix of nuts, biscuits and glaced fruits, resulting in one of the most delectable desserts of the holidays. … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Christmas Log
Malta is a slice of Mediterranean paradise known the world over for its sun-soaked beaches and crystal-blue seas. When it comes to summertime fun, finding something to do is as easy as throwing your sunglasses on. Since our little rock is synonymous with sun, sea, and hot days spent tanning by the pool with a … Continue reading 5 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Malta
Unless you’re one of those people who totally relate to the Grinch, at least a teeny, tiny part of you will always look forward to Christmas time. From decorating the tree, to trying to convince your partner that you really don’t need so many lights hanging across the façade of the house, and let’s not … Continue reading Maltese Christmas Traditions that you don’t want to miss out on this Year