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Holy Week and Easter in Malta

Easter is a festive, religious and emotional time for both locals and tourists. It is thus no surprise that one find tourists wondering around the towns and villages during the various processions and pageants that take place during the weeks preceding Easter. They try to capture everything that’s happening around them on cameras.

Within the churches, celebrations become truly alive with colours, ornaments, flowers and a great number of devotees. One of the processions that is a crowd puller is the ‘Addolorata, mainly because people identify their own miseries, pain and suffering with those of Holy Mary’s. On Maundy Thursday several local devotees visit the ‘seven churches’ where they kneel, reflect and pray beside the tomb of Christ.


Good Friday gives a sombre outlook where churches are deprived from the traditional ornamental style for a single day. The red colour, resembling the Blood of Christ, is splashed all over the churches. On Good Friday Malta is turned into Roman and Jewish pageantry. In the inner core of villages one comes across Pontius Pilate, Barabbas and other biblical characters during the renowned processions. People do some odd penitence such as carrying heavy weights or walking barefoot! Some even cover up their faces as they pay the price for a special grace they received.


The atmosphere changes completely the following day in the evening. Celebrations start in pitch darkness. They are then illuminated by flickering candle lights. Finally there is an ‘explosion’ of light, where churches are suddenly illuminated with candles, chandeliers, bulbs and floodlights. Bells toll happily as they break the night’s silence in order to announce Christ’s resurrection, exactly when the singing of the ‘Glorja’ commences.

During these festivities there are some very special and unique Maltese delicacies. The ‘kwarezimal’ and the ‘figolli’ top the list. There are other food items such as the Lent’s ftajjar; Karamelli and hot cross buns. Although in Lent the traditional Maltese fast, yet the street vendors are as busy as bees in keeping up with the heavy demand!

Spend your Easter Holidays in Malta. Contact Our Concierge Desk during your stay and they will advise you on Where to Go and What to Do in Malta during your holidays.

Photo Credits: Viewing Malta & Mario Galea

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Things to do in Malta this Winter

Visiting Malta this Winter? There are several things you can enjoy whilst exploring the islands. From country walks to visiting museums, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy. Have a look at some of our tips that will make your holiday in Malta worthwhile.

Hagar Qim Temple

Hagar Qim Temple – © Viewing Malta

1. Visit Hagar Qim, Malta’s prehistoric freestanding Megalithic temples situated in Qrendi
2. Practice your photography
3. Go out cycling one morning or afternoon
4. Have you tried painting? There are so many beautiful sceneries around Malta and Gozo
5. Go karting in Ta’ Qali
6. Try horse riding at least once in your life

Ggantija Temples Gozo

Ggantija Temples Gozo – © Mick Cundy & Viewing Malta

7. Go back to the past; visit the ‘Ggantija Temples’ in Gozo
8. Dance the night away at one of the nightclubs in Paceville
9. Visit the ‘Kordin 111 Neolithic Temples’

War Museum

War Museum – © Rene Rossignaud

10. Go to the ‘Malta War Museum’ in Fort St Elmo in Valletta
11. Visit the ‘Museum of National History’ in Mdina
12. Visit the National library in Valletta

Mgarr ix-Xini Coastal Tower

Mgarr ix-Xini Coastal Tower – © Pauline Dingli & Viewing Malta

13. Go to Mgarr Ix-Xini cove in Gozo
14. Visit the Royal Navy Prison Museum in Corradino
15. Take a trip out to the newly opened National Aquarium in Qawra
16. See the ‘Fat Lady’ at the Tarxien temples
17. Admire ‘The Magesterial Palace & Armoury’ in Valletta
18. Take time to explore at least one seasonal cultural event

The Grand Hotel Excelsior’s prime location allows easy access to all tourist locations around the Maltese Islands. The main bus terminus provides services to all towns and villages and is only a few minutes away from this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta. If you’d like to explore places around Malta, kindly contact the chauffeur driven service at this superior hotel.  With a list of tours and excursions they will surely help you enjoy a unique and memorable Malta holiday.

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Things to do when in Malta

Marsaxlokk - Fishing village

Marsaxlokk – Fishing village

  • Go to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk on Sunday and experience the fish market with the rowdy vendors selling fresh fish and other fresh produce
  • Jog or walk along the Sliema promenade and watch the sunrise
  • Visit the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village
  • Visit and shop at Malta’s largest shopping mall, The Point at Tigne Point, Sliema
  • Go to Ghar Lapsi, a cove and small fishing village
  • Visit the Second World War Shelter located in Mgarr
  • Visit the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Siggiewi
  • People-watch whilst having a coffee at a Sliema cafè
  • Check out the Mtarfa ex-British military buildings
Mosta Dome

Mosta Dome

  • Visit the Mosta Church which is famous for having one of the largest domes in the world
  • Play a round of golf at The Royal Malta Golf Club
  • Discover an underwater world – dive in Maltese clear waters
  • Go parakiting from one of our sandy beaches and get a bird’s eye view of Malta
  • Wander around San Anton Gardens in Attard
  • Hop on and off the Malta Sightseeing bus
  • Get the ferry from Valletta Marsamxetto to Sliema Strand
  • Go to Fort Rinella and see one of the world’s largest canons
  • Visit Corradino, Old Military Prison

Hypogeum – © Clive Vella

  • Experience Malta’s colourful history through a ‘new generation’ 5D cinema effect Hypogeum
  • Go to the Ghar Dalam, a prehistoric cave
  • Walk around the exhibits at the St John’s Cavalier Centre for Creativity
  • Charter a yacht and sail around the islands
  • Go to Comino by the traditional Maltese boat Luzzu
  • Visit the Hagar Qim Temples
  • Visit the Kordin 111 Neolithic Temples
  • See the Fat Lady at the Tarxien Temples
  • Visit Popeye’s Village
  • Hike around the Victoria lines

Whilst staying at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta visit our concierge desk and our team will assist you in planning your visits around Malta. And for a great memorable experience this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta offers a selection of self guided tours around Malta. Be sure to check our chauffeur driven service during your stay.

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