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Malta’s capital city, Valletta, has been named the European Capital of Culture for 2018; city breakers couldn’t choose a more exciting time to spend a weekend in English-speaking Valletta.
Over the past five-years, Valletta 2018 has been instrumental in the social, economic and cultural regeneration of Valletta; making it a flourishing cultural and social hub for all to discover. Valletta 2018 has invested strongly in a diverse Cultural Programme that sees the involvement of over 1,000 local and international artists, curators, performers, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers in over 400 spectacular events.
The vast programme of events will be held throughout the Maltese Islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. If your clients are unsure when they would like to visit the Mediterranean gem, suggest coinciding their trip with an event. The International Baroque Festival is held every January, the Fireworks Festival is held in April and Rock the South is celebrating Valletta 2018 by hosting a special edition, Rock the City, from the 20th to 22nd of April. Download a copy of the Cultural Programme to have the exciting events calendar at your fingertips. (www.maltauk.com)
Built by the Knights of St John in the 16th century, Valletta is a masterpiece of the Baroque, a European Art City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world; there are over 320 historical monuments to be found in the city alone. Travelers can meander through elegant winding streets and explore the city at their own pace; just 80 hectares in size, Malta’s capital can be explored completely on foot.
The city boasts stunning boutique hotels offering 6-30 rooms; perfect for visitors wanting to stay in delightful, quirky and luxurious accommodation. There are also a number of 5* hotels that boast pools and great entertainment. City breakers can enjoy waterfront alfresco dining overlooking the Grand Harbour whilst tasting an array of sea-food caught from the Mediterranean Sea. There is an abundance of wine bars to discover within Valletta’s walls; Bridge Bar is a consumer favourite and welcomes all to listen to live jazz music and sample Maltese wine throughout the evening.
Valletta, recently named the sunniest city in Europe, is perfect for a city-break. Whether your client is interested in a visit alone, with friends or a romantic trip with their partner; Valletta has something to offer everyone.
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Suggesting a holiday destination to appeal to both parents and older children can be a difficult task. The Maltese Islands are the perfect getaway for families; the year-round archipelago is friendly, inclusive and safe. Children can leave their iPads at home this holiday; they’ll have adventure activities, history and spectacular events to discover.
The sparkling Mediterranean-Sea offers a tranquil environment for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming; whilst the topographical island landscape encourages rock-climbing, mountain-biking and horse-rising. The Maltese Islands were awarded second place in the ‘Best Dive Destination’ in the world category at the Diver Awards in 2017 and children can complete their PADI certification from age 10.
The Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop to explore megaliths, medieval dungeons and ancient cities; the destination is positively mythic. Families can discover over 7,000 years of history whilst making fun-filled memories; explore Mdina by Segway, Gozo by quad bike and The Three Cities by ‘Rolling Geek’. Rolling Geeks are self-drive electric cars, complete with pre-programmed GPS that not only takes families on the perfect tour but tells them what they are looking at and even takes selfies.
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Malta has become a popular destination for the clubbing and festival scene; allowing travellers to party all night and spend the following day relaxing on a picturesque beach in the warm Maltese sun.
Boasting a vast array of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and wine bars throughout the island; Malta is the perfect destination for young adults. Holiday-goers can party until dawn in Paceville – located in St.Julians – where the club and bar scene is thriving, and enjoy an abundance of bars, restaurants and wine bars in Birgu, Mdina, Valletta and Sliema.
Malta attracts a number of music festivals to its shores each year featuring high profile acts. With accommodation and flight packages to suit all budgets, music enthusiasts have every reason to check out this Mediterranean hotspot.
Annie Mac’s Lost and Found festival returns to Malta each spring with a huge line-up of DJ’s in fantastical locations. It’s not every day you can say you’ve been to a rave in an ancient castle, set sail on the Mediterranean Sea for a boat party and partied next to picturesque poolsides until dawn.
The annual Isle of MTV is a free music festival that returns every year to il-Fosos Square in Floriana towards the end of June, welcoming an audience of approximately 50,000. The Isle of MTV Malta is unique in offering young people across Europe an exclusive opportunity to experience a world class line-up of artists for free.
Glitch Festival brings industry favourites to multiple stages each year. Soak up the last of the summer sunshine on the Maltese Islands listening to house, disco, techno, acid house and electro music which will take you through the night.
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The warm Maltese welcome extends to LGBTIQ visitors to Malta, Gozo and Comino. The ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map, reflecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Europe, has voted Malta the most LGBTIQ friendly destination for a number of years. Same-sex marriage is legal meaning couples can also choose to get married on the Maltese Islands.
Malta Pride week takes place each year and is widely commemorated – this year Pride will be held in September. With the participation of thousands of marchers, eye-catching floats and incredible street performers, Malta Pride week sends out a message of empowerment to the community and celebrates love, life and diversity.
The Michelangelo Club Lounge is located in the heart of Malta’s nightlife in Paceville, St. Julians. The venue regularly hosts themed events that will keep visitors dancing until the early hours of the morning. Rubies Bar is found in San Gwann and is known for its fun vibe boasting karaoke, a pool table and chart music for the lesbian community. The LGBTIQ community can also enjoy a cabaret show at the gay-friendly Birdcage Lounge.
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The Maltese Islands are alive with colours, sounds and flavours providing a memorable Mediterranean atmosphere perfect for weddings, honeymoons and even hen and stag trips.
The serene archipelago presents a stunning array of wedding and honeymoon backdrops; gentle sapphire waves kiss beautiful bays and beaches, elegant winding streets lead to impressive Baroque structures and the flora and fauna bask in the warm Maltese sun.
The architecture found on the islands is exceptional. There are more than 360 churches dotted across the island, ranging from small humble chapels to vast ornate cathedrals adorned in gold, stone sculptures and Renaissance artworks.
The Maltese Islands offer church weddings, civil weddings and same sex marriage in a variety of locations whether that be saying ‘I do’ on the beach, in a historic venue or a religious structure. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Maltese Islands are a perfect wedding destination year-round.
Heritage Malta offers couples the chance to get married in a range of stunning historical sites including Fort St Angelo, Hagar Qim Mnajdra Temples and Inquisitor’s Palace. Visit heritagemalta.org to find out more.