Malta Events: Birgu Fest

Birgu Fest Malta

Birgu (Vittoriosa) is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities, and is known as the first home of the Knights of the Order of St. John in Malta. In October, thousands of visitors will flock to this charming city in celebration of Birgu Fest. The festival has gained popularity amongst locals and foreigners alike, and has become a national event showcasing the beauty and history of this archaic city. A number of activities suitable for all ages will be ongoing during the festival.

Birgu Fest
The Birgu Fest is a highly romantic affair – One can enjoy delightful melodies delivered by choirs and local and international bands, while roaming the candle-lit streets and appreciating the history and architectural heritage of the city.
Adding to the overall experience are historic re-enactments and various musical concerts, ranging from classical to modern. Furthermore, special prices will be offered for the entry to museums and cultural sites. A vast selection of local and international cuisine will be available. The Birgu Fest is certainly an event suitable for all tastes!

The Birgu Fest will be taking place between 10th and 12th October 2014.

Visit the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta’s website to stay updated with events taking place in Malta.

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What to do in Malta: Mdina Grand Prix

Mdina Grand Prix

If you are passionate about cars and would love to enjoy a relaxing weekend break in Malta we have the perfect holiday tip for you.

Take the opportunity to appreciate an exhibition of classic cars set up in the charming and historic Mdina. The Mdina Grand Prix Classic Car Event is a prestigious annual event which is becoming internationally renowned by participants from all over Europe. The Mdina Grand Prix is a locally organized event which is taking place between the 5th and 12th October 2014. This event features a large number of Malta’s most impressive classic automobiles. Apart from enjoying an exhibition of classic cars, you will experience exciting moments such as drivers practicing runs and a series of timed laps.

Finally, the last day of the event is devoted to racing!

Visit the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta’s website to stay updated with events taking place in Malta.

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Diving into the Blue Sea…

Malta’s clear Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving. In fact the Maltese islands are blessed with a variety of reefs, caves and wrecks; the ideal habitat for fish and also a pleasant spot for some great diving in the Mediterranean.

A great advantage of the Maltese waters is the calmness and clarity of the surrounding sea which offer optimal visibility. Besides the risk of encountering dangerous fish is extremely low around Malta; thus creating the best conditions for first time divers.

Malta Diving

For the experienced divers there are plenty of challenging dives to choose from. The depths of the dives vary, from the very shallow 12-metre Ghar Lapsi dive to Lantern Point, which has an underwater tunnel leading down to a well over 50 metres.

If you’d love to experience this underwater adventure there are several types of diving courses and activities offered by locally licensed diving schools. Before plunging in the waters divers need to complete a medical statement form indicating they are fit to dive. All diving schools in Malta provide the service of a doctor who provides certification at a small fee. Medicals from other countries are acceptable, provided that the diving centre is presented with a copy.

Divers who wish to dive unaccompanied are required to have a buddy as well as to present a PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification by other agencies (e.g. CMAS Two Star Diver, BSAC Sport Diver, SSI Advanced Open Water, etc).
Prior to deciding on a diving spot it is recommended that you check with the diving centre. They can give you a knowledgeable opinion of suitable diving spots depending on weather conditions and your level of expertise.

If you would like some information about diving in Malta kindly contact our Concierge Desk on concierge@excelsior.com.mt or on 00356 23192205.

Photo courtesy of ViewingMalta.

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