As the cooler season is settling in, you are probably planning on spending some time getting lost in the labyrinths of winding city streets, admiring the unique Maltese architecture (a blend of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and British influences) and happily stumbling upon the one–of–a-kind coffee shops offering mouth-watering treats and really amazing coffee. If you … Continue reading Malta’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Culture
The month of October is upon us, and with this Autumn month come long-awaited events! From the popular Notte Bianca in Valletta, to the romantic Birgu by Candlelight, this month presents some fantastic outings around our gorgeous island. Along with these annual events, the end of October brings forth the child-favourite holiday of Halloween. This … Continue reading What’s on in October
Birgu, also known as ‘Città Vittoriosa’ is an old fortified city facing Valletta, and it’s the place where the Knights of St. John first settled. Not only is this small city bursting with history, architecture, and museums but it also has a beautiful marina with cafes and restaurants along the waterfront. Whether visiting during the … Continue reading Irresistible Città Vittoriosa (Video)
With epic beach club parties signaling the end of summer season in Malta, you may be feeling that all the fun is over now. Yet do not despair, we have plenty of excitement in store for you this coming fall season. All you have to do is take the ferry over to the island of … Continue reading Autumn Magic in Gozo
Malta is renowned for it’s pure honey and it was a great pleasure meeting Arnold, who walked us through the process of producing this Maltese gold. Malta’s warm climate allows for a very rich honey production with 8 seasons of honey in one year. Make sure to try some genuine Maltese honey when visiting the … Continue reading Maltese Honey (Video)
Summer is almost over, and with September approaching, the end of those lazy beach days looms over us. Yet Malta isn’t ready to stop celebrating just yet! This month brings forth a vast selection of bustling activities and summery events which extend that holiday vibe. The festa season ends during this month too, making its … Continue reading What’s on in September?
During the summer months, fruit and vegetable stalls are coloured by the vibrant fruit of the prickly pear (bajtar tax-xewk in Maltese) cactus plant. Malta’s hot climate makes it an ideal place for these to grow. Why not have a taste while you're here? First used by the Knights of St John for its moisturising … Continue reading Yummy! Prickly Pear season is on (Video)
Aside from its natural “wonders” Malta is well-known for its hospitality and a myriad of culinary delights ranging from traditional Maltese dishes (a blend of Sicilian, Arabic, English, French and Spanish cuisine) countless home-made Italian pasta varieties, an abundance of fresh and delicious seafood choices to endless fresh salad concoctions that will satisfy the most … Continue reading Healthy and Delicious with a Mediterranean Twist
Visiting the gorgeous Maltese Islands? Contemplating how to squeeze in a workout between dips in the Mediterranean, visits to ancient temples and medieval cities, sunsets on the top of a cliff and cocktails at a rooftop beach club? What if we told you, you can have all of the above and also stay in excellent … Continue reading The Trendiest Fitness Clubs In Sliema and St.Julian’s Areas
Traditional Luzzu’s and larger fishing boats line the picturesque coastline of Marsaxokk, Malta’s largest fishing village. This village is definitely worth visiting, especially on Sunday mornings when a large fish market is set up right by the coast. After a visit to the market, why not have lunch at some of the finest fish restaurants … Continue reading Marsaxlokk’s fish market (Video)
Planning your visit to the island of Gozo? Thinking what are the best beaches for a cool summer dip in the Mediterranean waters? You have probably heard of the famous Ramla Bay that is known for its redish-orange sand and is a visitors’ must during your stay in Gozo. Surrounded by cliffs on both sides, … Continue reading Visit Gozo: Five Stunning Beaches off the Beaten Path
August in Malta is one of the busiest and bustling months of the year – festas abound, outdoor events take place every weekend – there is always something to do in Malta during this sweltering summer month. The most prominent of all festas is undoubtedly the festa of the Assumption of Our Lady, or as … Continue reading What’s on in August
Brass bands, beautifully decorated churches, food stalls, and amazing fireworks. Malta’s summer months are characterised by traditional village feasts, or ‘festas’ which form an important part of the Maltese culture. If visiting Malta during the summer months, a visit to a festa is highly recommended! Upcoming feasts: Feasts s in Malta and Gozo in August … Continue reading Malta’s Village Feasts (Video)
Malta has about 400 churches and chapels, with small wayside chapels sprinkled along the countryside. The earliest chapels date back to the 12th century and used to serve the community of farmers in the area.Often hidden in plain sight, these historical gems are simple and modest buildings offering a quiet place for contemplation. If you’re keen … Continue reading Malta’s gorgeous chapels (Video)
Stoked for the upcoming FIFA Final while holidaying in Malta? Who isn’t! If you’re still undecided on where to watch the game of the year this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Pembroke Image Source: https://expats.mt/event/the-world-cup-2018-pembroke-experience/ To make the most out of the Maltese Summer weather, The World Cup Malta 2018 Pembroke Beach Experience will provide … Continue reading FIFA Fever – Where to Watch the Final this Sunday
Crystal clear waters, turquoise-aquamarine hues, and salty air are what summers are made of and we can’t wait to jump right in! Here are just a few ideas to get things started! It’s no secret – summer in the Mediterranean is pretty amazing. What’s not to love? The long, sun-drenched days melt away into … Continue reading Aquatic Activities to try this Summer (Video)
Mdina, also known as the silent city served as Malta’s capital up until Medieval times. Whether touring this city on foot or taking a ride on board a carriage, you will be fascinated by it’s timeless atmosphere, architecture, and its cultural and religious treasures. Make sure not to miss a visit to one of Europe’s … Continue reading Mdina
July is almost upon us in full summery swing, and with this sunny month come a variety of exciting events – some which are by now, summer staples, and some which are truly unique to this year. In between all the barbecues, all the sizzling beach days that this month is well known for, these … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this July
Summer is with us and a day trip to Comino is a must. Explore this beautiful island’s natural beauty and swim in the crystal clear waters of the blue lagoon. Comino and the Blue Lagoon The tiny Island of Comino is situated right in the middle of the channel that separates mainland Malta from the … Continue reading Comino and Blue Lagoon
Visit Malta’s spectacular Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples. A UNESCO world heritage site, these stunning prehistoric structures were built thousands of years ago and must be seen to be appreciated. Make sure to plan a visit while you’re in Malta! Join Prehistoric Temples Tour to explore the best-preserved several ancient limestone temples in Malta. A Malta … Continue reading Hagar Qim Temples (Video)
We have already covered our islands’ best sunset-viewing spots, so it was only natural that we would also show you the best locations for witnessing grandiose sunrises. Dawn may not be as favoured a time of day, simply because many people would rather sleep for a couple of more minutes than wake up early. For … Continue reading Best Sunrise Spots on the Maltese Islands
Sunsets are a gift at the end of each day, and Malta is surely blessed with some great spots where these daily marvels can be viewed. The best sunsets in Malta can be seen from the Western side of the islands, West being the direction in which the sun sets. Watching sunsets is a perfect … Continue reading Best places for sunset watching on the Maltese Islands
Located in the northern part of the island, Mellieha is not only about its magnificent views and beautiful sandy beaches. Old churches, a 16th-century sanctuary, quaint village streets, and perfectly preserved WWII shelters are only a few of the attractions which make up this unique location. The village is surrounded by crystal clear waters as … Continue reading Mellieha (Video)
Travelling with kids on a family vacation is a great way to bond and grow as a family. Now that summer is approaching and children worldwide can enjoy a time of relaxation school-free, many families decide to embark on a family adventure, and venture out into an unknown location for a much-needed family holiday. Travelling … Continue reading Family Vacation Time!
Stumped on what gifts to get for family and friends after a memorable trip to The Maltese Islands? This week we bring you 8 artisanal gifts that are unique as much as they are representative of Malta and Gozo’s arts, crafts and cultural heritage to give and share back home. Read on! Filigree Jewellery As … Continue reading Artisanal Gifts – Taking a Piece of The Maltese Islands Back Home
Located on Malta’s west coast, Dingli Cliffs are the highest point on the island standing at 253m above sea level. The cliffs are perfect for peaceful walks while admiring the stunning panoramic views and an endless horizon. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this location at sunset and visiting at this time is highly … Continue reading Dingli Cliffs (Video)
Malta is known for its warm, sunny, Mediterranean climate - with 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, there’s no denying that the sun will play a prominent role within your Malta holiday. As much as you might enjoy bringing back that “Hey everyone I was on holiday” tan as a souvenir, it is 2018, and … Continue reading 5 ways to deal with a Maltese Summer
Malta - the small island with a very big personality indeed. One of the things we love most about our three sun-drenched pieces of Mediterranean paradise is this: no matter how many times you’ve visited, or how long you have lived here, there is always something new to discover. From technicolour sunsets that need no … Continue reading 10 #Malta posts that’ll make you fall in love
Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked Maltese bread. Locally referred to as ‘Hobz tal-Malti’, Maltese bread tastes like no other bread in the world! We have followed the bread baking process at Falzon Bakery in Rabat who are still following an old recipe and bake their bread inside a traditional wood fired oven. … Continue reading Il-Ħobż tal-Malti – Maltese Bread (Video)
May in Malta means endless days of golden, Mediterranean sunshine to warm the soul and tan your skin. It means seeing those early-birds already hitting our beautiful beaches for their first swim of the year, and it means everyone and their nanna is out and about excited to get the very most out of yet … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this May?
Diving with Bluefin Tuna is a truly breathtaking experience which is only available in Malta. Fish can reach over 400kg…being circled by hundreds of these harmless magnificent tuna provides a unique sensation you will never forget! Visit FunMalta.com to book your next unforgettable experience!
Planning a family trip is never an easy feat, especially when young children are involved. The little ones are more easily irritated and can get grumpy really quickly, so you need to find ways to keep them entertained and avoid those dreaded tantrums! Most families on holiday have found that staying at a rental home … Continue reading 9 Things to add to your Malta Family Trip Bucket List
Thinking about visiting Malta in the spring? Well if you’re not you definitely should be! Experiencing the island around this time of the year means that you’ll be in for a Mediterranean treat. The Maltese spring is generally warmer than most, and there’s a pretty solid chance you’ll see many of the locals jumping at … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Malta in Spring
Have you ever wondered what lies beneath your feet? A network of secret passages lies beneath our beautiful capital. Discover another world when visiting Valletta, Europe's capital of culture 2018. The cisterns are open to the public for the first time until 1st July as a part of major exhibition Dal-Baħar Madwarha (The Island is What the … Continue reading (Video) Under the City
Malta is a history lover's paradise. This island has attracted a variety of ancient populations, each of whom left their mark on its stones. While some of these remains are quite known to the public and are visited regularly by tourists and locals, there are other sites which seem to lie low on travellers' radars. … Continue reading Lesser Known Historical Sites in Malta
We just can’t believe that we’re already hitting April, ladies, and gents! It feels like only yesterday we were getting all hyped up and excited about what to do for New Year’s Eve, and now whoosh - we’re here looking at some fabulous springtime fun. Without further ado, let’s take a cheeky little tour through … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this April?
Spring in Malta feels short and sweet compared to our long, sultry summers and chilly, wet winters, so you know we’re very ready to make the most of this fabulous (hay-fever filled) season right from the get-go. Not sure where to start? Here are just 6 of our favourite springtime activities to the things going … Continue reading 6 Perfect Activities for Springtime in Malta
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. —Dr. Seuss In an age when social media and gadgets dominate every sector of life, it’s difficult to put down your phone, and consequently, shut off your brain. Truthfully, at Shortlets Malta, we highly … Continue reading 5 Malta-centric Books you’re going to want to read Before, During and After your Holiday
Malta’s coastline is dotted with over 30 coastal watchtowers… and you definitely cannot miss them! These beautiful towers are rich in history and are also great marking spots for beautiful walks around Malta’s amazing coastline. Towers were built by the Knights of Malta and date back to the 17th century. Different features distinguish towers built … Continue reading (Video) Coastal towers of Malta
Malta's historic sites surely know how to pack a punch. They're ancient, they're beautiful, and some of them are downright spooky... Spooky, you might think? Yes, some of Malta's historical sites have some bloody backgrounds, some gory, gruesome details that are sometimes left out of the history books. Some of these spectral stories are based … Continue reading Spooky Historic Sites in Malta
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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