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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Summer Feasts in Malta

Will you be visiting the Maltese islands this summer? During the summer months, almost every weekend or even during the week, there is a feast in some village or another in Malta and Gozo. Have a look at some of the Feasts that will be taking place around Malta and Gozo during your holidays.

grand life Spring july2015 small-page-006View the 2015 Summer Feasts in Malta

The Grand Hotel Excelsior, a superior 5 star hotel in Malta has a prime location, which allows for easy access to all locations around the Maltese Islands. If you would like to visit any of these feasts during your holidays please feel free to contact our Chauffeur driven service and they will surely assist you with your travelling needs.



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Summer time in Malta

Although Malta has gained a lot of prominence as a cultural and historical attraction, one cannot deny that a lot of tourists frequent it in the summer months due to its sun, sea and sand. This article highlights some of Malta’s towns and villages that are well sought in the peak summer months:

Ghadira Bay

Ghadira Bay

Mellieha is beautiful town in the North of Malta. It is popular during the summer months, with amazing sandy beaches and clear blue sea. Among the number of beaches is the largest sandy beach, Ghadira. Similarly to the other popular tourist towns, Mellieha also boasts many restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops.

In the past, Sliema was home to the local aristocracy. Nowadays, it is a hub for shopping, coffee shops, restaurants and many hotels. Due to its location, a short distance from the sea and shops, this town is very popular among tourists visiting Malta and expatriates residing in Malta. What once used to be a small fishing village and a summer residence for the wealthy, is now known as one of the commercial hubs in Malta. Most of the old houses have been replaced by the modern architecture and apartments. From one side, the Sliema promontory offers spectacular views across to Valletta, and from the other side, there are breathtaking open sea views. The promenade that
stretches for a couple of kilometers is ideal for long walks or runs.

St Julians
St Julian’s is a town sought after mainly for entertainment and night life, and is very popular among both locals and tourists. It is a hub for the new developments, modern and luxurious hotels, different kind of cuisine restaurants and nightclubs.

Bugibba is a seaside tourist resort with a busy nightlife; especially in summer with entertainment including, bingo halls, karaoke bars and even a casino. Bugibba is located in the North East part of Malta and it is one of Malta’s largest seaside villages with numerous hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs. The long promenade is ideal for evening strolls. The beaches are rocky and are ideal for those who do not like sand.

A popular seaside and tourist resort located on the North of Malta, very close to Bugibba. It was built up during a time when tourism in Malta was at its boom. In fact it is formed of a cluster of a hotels, holiday apartments, restaurants, aquarium, casino, coffee shops, and many other facilities catering for the tourism.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior’s prime location allows for 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.

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