Prickly Pear season is on! 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. First used by the Knights of St John for its moisturising properties, and later by farmers as a … Continue reading Yummy! Prickly Pear season is on (Video)
Our beautiful islands have become a popular holiday destination all year round. If you happen to visit Malta during our off-season (usually January and February), chances are high that you will get to experience at least a couple of our glorious Mediterranean winter days. For this reason, we have compiled a list of fun activities … Continue reading Off-Season Malta Outdoor Fun
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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!
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
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
‘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.
‘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!
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
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
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
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!