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
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
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
“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
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
Christmas is soon upon us, and with Christmas come all the delicious delicacies associated with the holiday! Malta has some truly decadent sweets associated with this time of year, and we'll start from the popular Qagħaq Ta’ L-Għasel, or Honey Rings. These treacle stuffed pieces of heaven are everywhere come Christmas time in Malta, and … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Qagħaq Ta’ L-Għasel
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
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
We need to talk about a Mediterranean must-have today, ladies and gentlemen - pasta, in all its divine forms. From the humble spaghetti to flamboyant fusilli, sumptuous pappardelle, and beyond - it is a truth universally acknowledged that most Maltese people just can’t live without good pasta on hand to satisfy their carb cravings. If … Continue reading 7 Restaurants in Malta for the Pasta Lovers out there
Valletta, or ‘Il-Belt’ (The City), is loved by locals and tourists alike - but what makes this great walled city so popular? A quick look online will reward you with countless photos showing off our capital city’s incredible beauty, but let’s take a closer look at why so many people want to make Valletta their … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Valletta is the Perfect Place to Live In
This is dedicated to all foodies out there- when you're on holiday, every day is a cheat day. Calories don't count. 1. New York Best Situated in three locations: Msida, Paceville and Sliema, this place is hard to miss. Their menu is extensive to say the least; from breakfasts, to salads and wraps, to the … Continue reading 6 of the Best Burger Joints in Malta
The island of Malta is rich in history, culture and tradition- elements which are found at the heart of every typical Maltese village, no less the tranquil village of Mellieħa. Mellieħa is a village situated on a hill, in the Northern region of Malta, and it is known for being one of the most tourist-friendly … Continue reading Spotlight on: Mellieħa
Nothing says ‘summer in Malta’ like sipping gorgeous cocktails by the sea as a laid-back afternoon turns into a sultry Mediterranean night. With so many great places to try dotted all over the island, we thought we’d give you a few tips on where to get started when you’re in the mood for a cheeky … Continue reading 6 Places in Malta serving up Tasty Cocktails
Let’s be honest – packing is probably the most annoying part of any holiday, no matter where you’re going. Some of us are packing ninjas, able to get organised and sort out a suitcase at a moment’s notice without breaking a sweat. Most of us mere mortals, however, need a little help – and possibly … Continue reading How to Pack like a Pro: 6 Quick Tips
As the weather gently starts to shift from cool spring days into some slightly warmer weather, it’s easy to get a little excited about the Mediterranean summer on the horizon! Every year, thousands upon thousands of holiday-makers and adventure-seekers flock to Malta to take advantage of all the sun, sea, and fun this island gem … Continue reading 7 Essentials for your Summer in Malta
The suggestion of renting of car when spending time in Malta might seem a little odd. After all, everyone knows our island is tiny, and in addition to that fact we even have a pretty efficient bus service that can take you anywhere you need to go. Renting a car seems unnecessary, right? Not quite. … Continue reading Why You Should Rent a Car in Malta
If you’ve been following our blog recently, you might have noticed that we’re really putting an effort into providing different ways of immersing yourself in the beauty that is our natural Maltese landscape. Malta has such an endless supply of nature that we can’t imagine anyone getting tired of it, but it’s precisely because Malta’s … Continue reading Kayaking in Malta
The Segway has been around since 2001, even though it feels like a very new invention Perhaps that’s because Segways were never a huge trend in Malta – though you would find them in the streets here and there you could never exactly find hundreds of people travelling around on them at a go. Which … Continue reading Make Way for Segway Tours in Malta
We realise that over the past few months we’ve written quite a bit about music concerts and larger-scale festivals. We’re sure you get the message: there’s a lot of music happening in Malta. Can we get back to the nature and history, please?, you might be asking. Rock the South isn’t just any festival, though. … Continue reading Rock Out at Rock the South
Maltese Bands releasing an album in 2017 - Maltese music scene, alternative music, local music
Another guide to the museums of Malta - history lovers, art lovers, aviation lovers - you will surely find something that interests you in Malta!
New Year's Eve in Malta - what to do, where to go to celebrate the start of the New Year while in Malta.
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you might initially be disappointed by what Malta has to offer this holiday season. Snow alone doesn’t make a good Christmas, though! In fact, we can say with confidence that Malta’s Christmas is one of the most exciting around. We even have the CNN backing our claims up, … Continue reading Christmassy Locations in Malta
If you had to ask us, we’d tell you that Malta’s living costs are generally pretty reasonable. We won’t make the argument that Malta is the cheapest country to live in or even have a holiday in, but we do firmly believe that it’s very possible to budget yourself when coming here, resulting in a … Continue reading How to Survive a Day in Malta on the Cheap
21st December marks the official shift to winter, and although we’re still more or less a month away from that date, it’s important to know what to expect if you’ll be spending at least some of your winter time in Malta.
Not everyone is in Malta for the same length of time, but whether you’re visiting our little island for a week or three months, it is definitely recommended that you learn at least a smidgen of Maltese to make your holiday more pleasurable. There are plenty of reasons why taking this route is a good … Continue reading Seven Essential Maltese Phrases You Need to Know
Now that winter is at our doorstep and the temperatures are getting colder, people tend to turn to alcohol to bring some warmth to their face and hands. If you are in Malta, or planning to get here soon, you might want to stay away from your traditional whiskies and wines, and try something more … Continue reading Keeping Warm: 4 Maltese Liqueurs to Consider
With the Malta Book Festival just around the corner, it’s delightfully easy to get into the spirit of reading. Any bookworm who happens to be in Malta really must take the opportunity to check out the literary genius of a few of our own authors! Of course, attempting to tap into our literary culture might … Continue reading Five Maltese Authors with Works in English
The Malta Book Festival has become a yearly appointment, with every year bringing a bigger crowd, and a better, more varied programme. Here are 6 reasons why you should be navigating the labyrinthine streets of Valletta down to the Mediterranean Conference Centre from the 9th to the 13th of November: Not a book fair … Continue reading 6 Reasons you should attend the Malta Book Festival
Any Maltese history nut, or really any regular patriot, will be quick to point out Malta’s war-stricken past at most given opportunities. From the famous 1565 Great Siege of Malta, to the island’s assistance during the two World Wars, it is safe to say that our ancestors have witnessed a battle or two. The next … Continue reading The Battle of Malta: Gear up for Malta’s Biggest Poker Tournament!
Malta has become increasingly popular with expats in recent years. A boom in the Gaming Industry as well as various other job opportunities have opened a new road for foreigners living on our island. The major part of our population speaks fluent English (it is an official language after all), cost of living is achingly … Continue reading Living in Malta – What to expect
Set among the sprawling hills of Santa Maria Estate in the exclusive location of Mellieha, this four-bedroom, brand new, contemporary villa is the latest addition to Shortletsmalta’s ever-growing repertoire. Always keen on broadening their horizons and breaking all boundaries of limitation, the directors of Shortletsmalta Ltd embarked on an ambitious project – a goal to … Continue reading Villa Carob Hill – Modern Luxury exuding tranquility and peacefulness
Down by the sea shore where the ferry from Sliema berths along the coastline of Valletta, is a very old building, unseen from the road above, but quietly present and sitting right at the water’s edge. The building has existed for many centuries, constructed at the time of the Knights of the Order of St … Continue reading A Stylish Slumber