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?
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
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
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!
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
If you’re visiting Malta for the first time, you’ll probably already know about our stunning capital, Valletta, and the ever-enchanting ‘Silent City’ Mdina; but don’t forget about Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua - also known as The Three Cities! If you look out over the Grand Harbour from Valletta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens, you’ll see the imposing … Continue reading 9 Things you didn’t know about The Three Cities
We might not have snow or snowmen, but Christmas in Malta is always something special anyway. The island comes alive with the warm glow of festive lights filling the quietest of village streets and you can feel the embrace of Christmas cheer and good will everywhere you go. This is one of the most fun-filled … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this December?
Maltese is a pretty tough language to learn, we’ll grant you that. There are tons of grammar rules to remember, the pronunciation can be somewhat hard to muster, and don’t get us started about the silent letters! Last year, we had already shown you Seven Essential Maltese Phrases which could help you find your way … Continue reading 6 Maltese Phrases for your next trip to Malta
No matter what time of year you choose to visit Malta, any trip to this Mediterranean hotspot is incomplete without spending at least one day exploring our sister island. Gozo (Maltese: Għawdex) is just a 30-minute ferry ride away from the northernmost part of the island, with return tickets costing €4.65 for adults, €1.15 for … Continue reading How to Have a Perfect Day Out in Gozo
As I was driving home last night, I noticed that the streets were decorated brightly, some houses already had little Santa Claus robbers climbing up their balcony, and Pama Supermarket readied their Christmas tree outside their shopping mall. Lovely. Then, in a panic, it hit me. It’s Christmas in a month’s time. Sure, Christmas is … Continue reading Top 5 Healthy Eats in Malta
Are you staying in Malta for a while? Want to recycle, but cannot figure out the local recycling system? Then keep reading; this article will explain all you need to know about recycling in Malta. First things first- why recycle? Recycling conserves our natural resources, meaning that products are recycled in order to make new … Continue reading Recycling in Malta- All you need to know
Travelling is a wonderful way for families to bond. In our article ’The Psychology of the Family Holiday’ we explain that families who travel once in a while are more likely to find ways to get along, come up with solutions to all sorts of problems and conflicts, and feel much more love between family … Continue reading 5 Important Tips for Families Travelling to Malta
With Halloween behind us and Christmas merriment just around the corner, November is a month brimming with excitement and anticipation for all the fun to be had. With so much happening around Malta, it can be a little difficult to know which events to pencil into your calendar - that’s why we’re sharing 6 of … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this November?
Due to the feedback we received on our recipe posts, we are launching Recipe Monday! Every Monday we will be posting a new recipe from Malta, to inspire you for the upcoming week. This week we focus on l-Għadam tal-Mejtin, a traditional Maltese sweet eaten during the first few days of November, during which we … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Għadam tal-mejtin
A fortified city known by many names; Mdina, Citta’ Notabile or even Citta’ Vecchia, yet the most striking of names given is “The Silent City”, due to its quiet, respectable and almost eerie disposition. You’ll find it beckoning from almost every region in Malta, due to its position on the highest hill in the centre … Continue reading Spotlight on: Mdina, the Silent City
Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world fall in love with our majestic capital city. We don’t blame them - locals who’ve lived here all their lives are still captivated by the enchanting beauty of Grand Master La Vallette’s brainchild. Here are just a few things you might not know about Valletta! … Continue reading 6 Things you didn’t know about Valletta
October is the perfect month for indulging in some proper Maltese comfort food (well, any time of the year is a good time to talk indulgence, but we’re using autumn cosiness as a little excuse today). As any proud Maltese person will tell you, there’s nothing quite like digging in to a hot plate of … Continue reading 6 Maltese Foods to Try this Autumn
Autumn in Malta might not be as clear a season at it is in other parts of the world, but it still makes the island feel that little bit more magical than usual. The weather’s definitely cooling down and everyone’s in the mood to go out a little more and enjoy everything the season has … Continue reading 6 Things to pack if you’re visiting Malta this Autumn
Halloween is just around the corner, witches and wizards, but don’t worry - that doesn’t mean all the events this month are spooky and ghoulish. We’re in for another fun-filled month this October, with anything from dinner under the sparkling night sky to thought-provoking theatre, a tantalising tattoo expo, and more. Here’s a quick look … Continue reading What’s on in Malta this October?
Maltese people; we like to try everything once. We’re not afraid of taking up a foodie challenge, and let’s face it, sushi is very much out of our Mediterranean comfort zone. However, once we experience something, and we truly love it, we’ll do our best to integrate it into our everyday life, and make it … Continue reading Six of the Best Sushi Places in Malta that will make you feel like you’re in Sushi Heaven
Mosta is a traditional Maltese town, constantly developing and re-inventing itself, keeping up to date with the modern exigencies of its inhabitants. However, Mosta is also considered a highly historical and cultural town, renowned mainly for two things; the Rotunda and its urban legends. The “Rotunda” of Mosta (formally known as the Parish Church of … Continue reading Spotlight on: Mosta