Where to Nosh in Swieqi

Most importantly Swieqi has become The Place to try trendy and scrumptious culinary delights. With so many budding new cafes and restaurants in this area, we have carefully selected just the places for you! The Deli Malta   This local artisan, gourmet food café called simply The Deli has been a true blessing and a … Continue reading Where to Nosh in Swieqi

The Hidden Gems on Manuel Dimech Street

Upon your arrival in Malta you most likely will experience an avalanche of sightseeing offers. Since our vibrant and multifaceted island has much to offer in terms of nature, history, events, cuisine and wines, you may find it overwhelming to pick and choose. No need to worry or FOMO (have fear of missing out). Follow … Continue reading The Hidden Gems on Manuel Dimech Street

Mountain biking in Malta (Video)

Malta and Gozo offer unique cycling opportunities. Amazing scenery, narrow country lanes, quaint village streets and much more can be discovered when mountain biking along the several trails on the islands. Rent a mountain bike or book a private tour and discover the natural beauty our islands have to offer. Planning a trip to Malta? … Continue reading Mountain biking in Malta (Video)

Glassmaking at Ta’ Qali crafts village (Video)

Visit the Ta’ Qali crafts village and witness skilled craftsmen creating beautiful glass forms, amongst other crafts. Spend a relaxed afternoon here and take home a special memory of our islands. Planning a trip to Malta? Shortletsmalta.com is a perfect place to find a flat for rent in Malta. Discover and enjoy Malta and all its … Continue reading Glassmaking at Ta’ Qali crafts village (Video)

Malta’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Culture

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

What’s on in October

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

Irresistible Città Vittoriosa (Video)

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)

Autumn Magic in Gozo

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

Maltese Honey (Video)

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)

What’s on in September?

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?

Yummy! Prickly Pear season is on (Video)

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)

Healthy and Delicious with a Mediterranean Twist

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

Għadira Nature Reserve (Video)

The Għadira nature reserve is a beautiful bird sanctuary in the north of Malta. Most of the birds seen here are migrants and stop to refuel and rest before continuing their long journey. Currently, the reserve is hosting ten young flamingos which is a record number in Birdlife Malta’s history. Other species of birds, as … Continue reading Għadira Nature Reserve (Video)

The Trendiest Fitness Clubs In Sliema and St.Julian’s Areas

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

Marsaxlokk’s fish market (Video)

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)

Visit Gozo: Five Stunning Beaches off the Beaten Path

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

What’s on in August

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

Malta’s Village Feasts (Video)

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’s gorgeous chapels (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)

Recipe Monday – Salt Cod Fritters

Ingredients 500g salt cod 50g plain flour 1tsp baking power Pinch of salt Lemon Juice 2 cloves of garlic, crushed Method Soak the cod in cold water overnight, discard and replace the water sever times (soak during the day so you don't have to wake up at night 🙂 ) Make the batter and add … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Salt Cod Fritters

Living in Valletta – Living in an Open-air Museum

Set among the majestic Old Battery overlooking the prominent Grand Harbour Amazing Valletta Harbour Views 2-bedroom apartment has it all. Location and View! This truly unique, recently renovated, elevated two-bedroom apartment is located in one of the most idyllic part of Malta’s Capital City – Valletta. It is exactly located in one of the best vantage … Continue reading Living in Valletta – Living in an Open-air Museum

FIFA Fever – Where to Watch the Final this Sunday

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

Recipe Monday – Lemon Granita

Summer is here! Let's make some granitas! Ingredients Half litre lemon juice 1 litre water Sugar as much as you please Method Pour the freshly squeezed lemon juice (around 10 ripe lemons) & water in a saucepan. Put it on low heat. When the mixture is warm enough pour in the sugar & stir until … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Lemon Granita

Aquatic Activities to try this Summer (Video)

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)

Recipe Monday – Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 300g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 400gr arborio rice 2 glasses dry white wine 1.5 liters/2 pints hot vegetable stock 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 knob butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper 120g grated Parmesan cheese Freshly grated Parmesan, to serve Method Heat … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Mushroom Risotto

Mdina

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

What’s on in Malta this July

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

Recipe Monday – Gluten Free Pizza

Ingredient 400g Farmo Fibrepan 50g Farina di Mais Finissima Nutrifree 50g Farina di Riso Nutrifree 370ml tepid water 14g fresh yeast or 7g dried/easy blend yeast 1 tsp sugar 1 tbsp Olive Oil 1 level tsp salt 2 tbsp Butter Topping Tomato Sauce or Passata Bufala Mozzarella Sliced Egg Tomatoes (oval shaped tomatoes) Fresh Basil … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Gluten Free Pizza

Comino and Blue Lagoon

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

Recipe Monday – Savoury Muffins

Muffins lovers? This recipe is for you! Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup yogurt 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 eggs 1 teaspoon turmeric Some dried thyme Parsley Finely chopped tomatoes Turkey ham Chopped cheese Grated and a crushed garlic clove Method In … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Savoury Muffins

Hagar Qim Temples (Video)

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)

Recipe Monday – Soup with meatballs and tortellini (Brodu)

Ingredients: Prepared the meatballs using the following mixture: A mixture of beef and pork mince An egg Some chopped parsley 2 chopped garlic cloves Parmesan and seasoning Method Meanwhile prepare a pot with enough liquid and simmer some carrots, zucchini, an onion, celery, a stock cube, a dash of Worchester sauce and a teaspoon of … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Soup with meatballs and tortellini (Brodu)

Modern and Welcoming Villa Ida

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

Souvenirs from Malta – what should you buy?

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?

Discovering Mgarr- Malta’s National Treasure

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

Recipe Monday – Summer Pasta Salad (vegetarian)

Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant chopped 4 tomatoes 1 red onion into quarters 5 cloves of garlic 250g pasta Spinach Leaves Olive Oil Balsamic vingear Fresh Gbejna (optional) Method: Put into a slightly greased oven pan. Throw in of garlic (unpeeled). Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper Roast at 180ºC for 1 hour … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Summer Pasta Salad (vegetarian)

Best Sunrise Spots on the Maltese Islands

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

Shortletsmalta received coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

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!

Mosta Dome (Video)

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)

8 Picturesque Chapels around Malta

  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

Recipe Monday – Cannelloni with Mozzarella, Spinach and Parmesan

Ingredients 1 jar of ready-made tomato sauce 250g fresh spinach leaves 1 packet of cannelloni 1 tub fresh cream 150g freshly grated Parmaggiano Reggiano 200g mozzarella (sliced) 1 large white onion (chopped and softened in olive oil) Large whole black Maltese olives and basil 2 garnish Method Pour the tomato sauce into an ovenproof dish … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Cannelloni with Mozzarella, Spinach and Parmesan

Best places for sunset watching 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

Mellieha (Video)

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)

Family Vacation Time!

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!

Recipe Monday – Fish Soup (Aljotta)

Ingredients: Some garlic cloves Some oregano & mint Olive oil 2 tablespoons kunserva Fish stock & a hint of chili Fresh fish and around 8 langoustines Method: Sautéed a chopped onion with some garlic cloves, marjoram & mint in a little olive oil Added 2 tablespoons of kunserva fish stock & a hint of chili … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Fish Soup (Aljotta)

Isle of MTV 2018 – All Acts Announced!

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!

If pastizzi then Is-Serkin (Video)

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)

Artisanal Gifts – Taking a Piece of The Maltese Islands Back Home

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

Recipe Monday – Gluten free pudding (pudina)

Ingredients 1 loaf of country life gluten free bread 4 cups of milk Zest of 1 orange 1/2 cup fruit meadly 4 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 100gms of 85% dark chocolate 1/2 cup glass cherries 2 eggs Method Breakup the bread into small pieces Place in a bowl with milk and soak … Continue reading Recipe Monday – Gluten free pudding (pudina)

Dingli Cliffs (Video)

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)