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Visit Malta: Majjistral Natural & History Park

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The Majjistral Natural & History Park is located in the Northwest part of Malta, extending from Golden Bay to Popeye Village, or Anchor Bay. Majjistral Park is the only natural park in Malta and it includes coastal cliffs and a rich ecological and rural heritage.

The park contains a diverse of habitats that include: clay slopes, boulder screes, maritime and clifftop garigue, agricultural land, a sandy beach and an associated dune. Native trees, shrubs and smaller plants are being planted and taken care of in the area after it was cleared of rubbish. In Majjistral, you can also find cart-ruts, rubble walls, farmhouses, tombs dating back to the Classical period, caves and a number of ‘giren’ that were used by hunters for storage and shelter. You can explore remains of British military architecture, dating to the early 20th century, amongst which is a military shooting range.

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Majjistral Park was declared a National Park in 2007 and since then over 1300 plants were planted including olives, Evergreen oak, Carob, Myrtle, Golden Samphire and more. There are around 430 different species of plants in the park, including some very extreme species and other plants endemic to Malta – such as Maltese Spurge, Maltese Sea Chamomile, Maltese Pyramical Orchid and the Maltese Sea Lavender. The park is also home to 9 bird species known to breed there and several migratory species who visit. You can also come across different reptiles and mammals such as hedgehogs, various bat species, weasels and wild rabbits. The area is mostly composed of Blue Clay, the rock layer sandwiched between the Globigerina limestone and the Upper Coralline Limestone. Being one of the softer rocks, clay erodes easily with the action of the elements, collapsing limestone structures and leaving a stretch of scattered boulders. Erosion created the sandy beaches of Fomm ir-Rih, Gnejna, Ghajn Tuffieha, Golden Bay and Paradise Bay. The relative inaccessibility of these beaches makes them less frequented and they remain amongst the most pristine and picturesque bays of the island. The amazing landscape at Majjistral Natural Park
attracts several trekkers during autumn, winter and spring.

You can explore the site at your own leisure or join guided nature walks held every Sunday from October to May, subject to a minimum participation. You can book your walk by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org.

Find out what’s happening in Malta by contacting the Concierge Desk at this luxury 5 star hotel and they will definitely give you some great tips on Where to Go and What to Do during your next holiday to Malta.

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Leading a stressful life?

relaxationAre you one of those people who gets ready in a few minutes before rushing out of the door to a busy work schedule? Nowadays society is leading a busy life full of stress. Juggling between work and personal life, deadlines at work, looking after children, housework and shopping do not leave much time for relaxation. We tend to take things for granted and ignore the negative effects stress can leave on our body and mind.

Physical and mental well being has a great impact on the quality and length of life. A busy lifestyle full of stress can lead to the cardiovascular diseases, obesity, anxiety, tension, stroke and other complications.

We need to look after our health and take regular breaks from our busy routine. Whilst physical exercise is a great tool to build new energy and strengthen our body, people do not find time to do exercise on a daily basis. Thus finding a couple of hours every so often to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing massage is a must.

massagesThere are different massage techniques one can choose from which are suitable for different personal needs. The main benefits of a massage include:
• Increased energy
• Improved ability to control stress
• Helps to improve sleep
• Improves the mood
• Improves the blood supply to the heart
• Clears the body of toxins
• Helps to minimise stiffness or swelling
• Stimulates and calms the nervous system

Our team of specialists at the Le Grand Spa can recommend a massage suitable for your needs.

For a great relaxing experience be sure to visit our spa during your next holidays at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta. Kindly speak to one of our spa therapists for more information. With the help of our spa therapist you can create a body treatment that is totally personalized and specific to your taste and needs.

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Chinese New Year 2016

A well sought-after annual Chinese tradition is the Spring Festival which is the Chinese community’s New Year. This tradition is also celebrated in Malta, where Chinese communities welcome the New Year with their own celebrations. The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta will be celebrating the Chinese New Year on Sunday 7th February 2016.

2016 – The Year of the Monkey
The New Chinese Year will begin on Monday 8th February 2016.

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity and cleverness make them very naughty. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

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If you would like to experience the Chinese New Year and be part of the celebrations, join us at the Grand Hotel Excelsior for Our Chinese New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner on Sunday 7th February 2016. Contact Our Food & Beverage Team on food.beverage@excelsior.com.mt or on 21250520 to place your booking.

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