Villa Ida set in the dreamy village of Mellieha, in the most sought after area of Santa Marija Estate. Santa Marija Estate is the ideal location for anyone wishing to enjoy his own privacy, while still being close enough to the main town, where the hectic clamor of day to day life is ever present. … Continue reading Modern and Welcoming Villa Ida
Choosing what souvenirs to buy when on holiday can be a real headache – you can only bring so many magnets back home from your travels before you run out of space on your fridge! We’ve compiled a handy souvenir checklist to make souvenir shopping in Malta that much easier, giving you more tanning time … Continue reading Souvenirs from Malta – what should you buy?
If you want to visit a typical Maltese village, look no further than gorgeous “L-Imgarr”- a village known for its history, culture, and more importantly, its food. Mgarr is found within the Northern Regions of Malta, particularly closest to Mosta and adjacent to Mellieha. Known for its fertile farmland and vineyards, Mgarr is a predominantly … Continue reading Discovering Mgarr- Malta’s National Treasure
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
TripAdvisor has given to Amazing Valletta Harbour Views Penthouse its exclusive Certificate of Excellence accolade – presented to the best of TripAdvisor Rentals’ hundreds of thousands of homes. The Certificate of Excellence is given annually to those properties that provide consistently outstanding experiences and whose owners offer first-class customer service to their guests. "We are … Continue reading Shortletsmalta received coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
The Mosta dome has one of the largest unsupported domes in the world and is one of the most fascinating churches in Malta. This church miraculously survived the second world war when a high explosive bomb pierced the dome on the 9th April 1942 while 300 people were attending mass. The bomb did not explode … Continue reading Mosta Dome (Video)
One cannot picture Malta without picturing churches and chapels, monumental proof of the island’s deep Catholic roots. It is said that there are 365 churches and chapels around the islands, one for every day of the year. Most of these religious temples are sky-high, adorned with imposing columns and great domes and steeples. Yet … Continue reading 8 Picturesque Chapels around Malta
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
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!
After that disappointing Eurovision result (sob), Malta needs a little pick-me-up: the entire Isle of MTV lineup has been revealed, and all your favourite artists will be arriving on the 27th of June! Here’s all you need to know about the artists who will be joining Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas in this year’s open … Continue reading Isle of MTV 2018 – All Acts Announced!
A small bar just 5 minutes away from the old capital of Mdina, the Crystal Palace (known as is-Serkin) is somewhat of an institution with the locals. Serving some of the best ‘Pastizzi’ on the island and tea served in glasses, is-Serkin provides a taste of times past. Fresh, tasty and piping hot, these little … Continue reading If pastizzi then Is-Serkin (Video)
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 - 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
This week we cross over to our sister island: Gozo. The Citadel is a unique and ancient city which towers high above the island’s capital Victoria. This fortified city has recently undergone major restoration and is expected to be nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. An amazing place that’s definitely worth a visit! … Continue reading (Video) The Cittadella
The magical thing about living in Malta is that history is always just around the corner. Whether you’re strolling down the streets of Valletta, wandering around Mdina, or marvelling at some of the oldest man-made structures in the world, history surrounds you everywhere you go. Xemxija, although mostly known for being a quaint seaside town … Continue reading The Roman Road – Exploring the Xemxija Heritage Trail
Tarja Froġa is a Maltese pasta omelet, traditionally made with vermicelli. This dish was an ingenious way of bulking up freshly cooked pasta or turning leftovers into a second meal, as it comes together without much effort, but disappears just as fast! Ingredients 300grms Vermicelli Spaghetti 3 beaten eggs 5tbs grated cheese seasoning (salt and … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Tarja Froġa
It is the age of social media, where food pictures and hashtag goals rule our everyday lives. Whilst this might sound dreary to some, in some aspects, it’s not really all that bad. One might consider that social media is a tool for promoting healthy body positivity, healthy lifestyles and connecting people from all corners … Continue reading 6 Maltese Women who are Taking over Instagram
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
Before visiting Malta, you will undoubtedly have done some research – places to visit, historical sites to see and so forth. In your search you will have come across a massive but quite plain looking church, located in the middle of Valletta, the European City of Culture 2018. St John’s Co-Cathedral should definitely be on … Continue reading St John’s Co-Cathedral – A Must-See in Valletta
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
‘A Throwback to the Good Friday activities held across Malta and Gozo last weekend. Such religious traditions are definitely worth seeing when visiting our islands’. Check our our weekly vlog showcasing the Good Friday activities around Malta and Gozo.
Going on holiday can be a stressful event, which is ironic – since holidays are meant to be a relaxing experience. Yet with all the packing, flights, accommodation, sight-seeing… a holiday can feel like tons of work. We gathered some travelling tips and tricks to make your journey, arrival and stay a pleasant and smooth-sailing … Continue reading Tips and tricks for the perfect holiday
Corned Beef was a war-time food staple that people ate out of necessity. Yet it remained a favourite among people of all ages long after the war had ended. Part influenced by the colonial rule of the British, and part out of their sheer love of good food, the Maltese took on corned beef pie … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Torta tal-Corned Beef (Corned Beef Pie)
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?
‘Figolli’ are traditional Maltese Easter sweet pastries and their recipe that has been inherited through generations over hundreds of years. At Easter time, these are still very popular on the island, and this is not surprising as they taste great!
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
Today’s recipe is a well-loved Maltese classic - kwareżimal! Kwareżimal is a delicious sweet treat synonymous with Lent, just perfect with a strong cup of tea on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The name ‘kwareżimal’ comes from the Italian word ‘quaresima’, referring to the forty days of Lent during which people would still be able to … Continue reading How to make traditional Maltese kwareżimal
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
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