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
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
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!
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)
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
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)
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)
Galletti Ingredients: 1kg self-raising flour 1 tsp salt 50g fresh yeast 1 tsp sugar 1 cup warm water 60g melted butter Extra warm water Method: 1. Dissolve the yeast and the sugar in a cup of warm water until the mixture is frothy. 2. Mix the flour and the salt in a large bowl and … Continue reading Recipe Monday- Maltese snacks
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)
Whether you’re planning and booking a well-deserved mini-break or organising the round-the-world adventure of your dreams, knowing where you’re going to rest your weary feet and recharge after another action-packed day is often a top priority for travellers and tourists alike. Opting for short-let accommodation in Malta is a great, cost-effective way to make sure … Continue reading What to look for when renting your holiday accommodation
The yearly tradition dictates that one should work towards a summer body during winter, yet work on a winter body in summer. Insulation is a must, and here at Shortlets Malta, we strive to help you in any way we possibly can (because we care, we really do). So here are the top 5 desserts … Continue reading 5 of the most Decadent Desserts to try out this Summer
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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?