Category Archives: Maltese Traditions

A Taste of Malta

On your next holiday to Malta try some typical Maltese dishes and delicious sweets…

Here are some traditional Maltese dishes that are worth a try:

Gbejniet tal-Bzar - Peppered Cheeselets

Gbejniet tal-Bzar – Peppered Cheeselets

  • Enjoy Gozo cheeselets
  • Try a traditional Maltese dish Fenkata in Mgarr
  • Taste the famous Maltese ‘pastizzi’, filled with ricotta or peas
  • Another must is to taste freshly made Maltese bread
  • Enjoy a bottle of Maltese wine

    Bebbux - Snails Stew

    Bebbux – Snails Stew

  • Taste bebbux (snails)
  • Try Maltese sausage, available from village butchers
  • Try one of the Maltese traditional liquors called Bajtra (prickly pear)
  • During summer months enjoy delicious local fish called ‘lampuki’
  • Have a pint of Cisk – Malta’s local beer.

    Imqaret - Deep Fried Date Pastry

    Imqaret – Deep Fried Date Pastry

  • Enjoy the delicious ‘mqaret’ the Maltese traditional date filled pastries.
  • Refresh yourself with a local soft drink Kinnie
  • Try a packet of Twistees a local snack
  • Savour ‘hobz biz-zejt’, maltese bread with tomato paste and tuna filling

Photos courtesy of Visit Malta.

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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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What makes Malta unique to locals?

It is often the tourists who are asked what makes Malta unique for them. Have you ever wondered what would locals consider special about their own country?

The size and connection: In Malta wherever one goes and whoever they meet, they will always find out that they are somehow connected either through family, friends, workmates etc. Malta is also unique due to it’s short distances, great weather, beautiful sea and the fact that no one is more than 30 minutes away. Wherever on the island, you are always only a maximum of 20 minutes away from the beautiful sea and coast. Due to the island’s size, travelling abroad is very easy – the Malta International Airport is easily accessible from all around the island, so travelling for even a short break is a worthwhile.

Malta boasts a diverse multi-faceted history, combined with a geographical location, excellent weather and relatively a safe destination. The megalithic structures are claimed of being the oldest free standing edifices in the world, predating Stonehenge.

St. John's Co Cathedral

St. John’s Co Cathedral, Valletta

Other unique Maltese characteristics include:

  • Malta is also renowned for its old character houses with the colourful Maltese balconies and local traditional food.
  • Malta’s historic bastions which give beautiful scenes to Malta’s landscapes.
  • A church on every street corner with people actually still going to church in great numbers.
  • No matter how much Maltese complain about the way they do things, they are truly good at heart.
  • Maltese also consider themselves to be hardworking, generous and compassionate.
  • As in other countries in the South of Europe, the Maltese are also known for living with their parents well into their twenties and thirties.

If you would like to know more about Malta’s history and culture and would like to visit some interesting places during your holidays in Malta feel free to check out our self-guided Malta tours. Kindly also contact our chauffeur driven service and they will be able to assist you.

Photo courtesy of Viewing Malta

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