Tag Archives: 5 star hotel malta

Explore Valletta: The Palace Armoury

Palace_Armoury__Valletta_9The Palace Armoury in Valletta is one of the world’s largest collections of arms and armour that is still housed in its original building. The Knights of St John were a unique brotherhood of resolute warrior monks. From Malta, their island stronghold, these combatant aristocrats from the noblest houses of Europe, carried out their relentless crusade against the Ottoman Turks in defence of the Catholic faith.

The Palace Armoury is certainly one of the most visible and tangible symbols of the past glories of the Sovereign Hospitaller Military Order of Malta. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt transferred the Order’s arsenal to the Magisterial Palace in 1604 where it was the pride of the Order. Apart from being lavishly adorned with elaborate trophies of arms, it held enough arms and armour to equip thousands of soldiers. It was housed in the magnificent hall at the rear of the building, right above its present location.

At present, it is displayed inside two halls that were originally the stables of the palace. Following the forced departure of the Order of St. John from Malta, the armoury somehow lost much of its original grandeur. However, it was restored and was officially opened as Malta’s first public museum in 1860. Although only a fraction of its original splendour remains, the Armoury still contains abundant material of Italian, German, French and Spanish origin from principal production centres. Also displayed is an exotic selection of Islamic and Ottoman arms and armour. Apart from the massed arms of the common soldiers in the collection, the enriched personal armours of the nobility still manage to make a statement. Various areas of the Palace State Rooms and Armoury are currently undergoing restoration. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Palace_Armoury__Valletta_35

Reasons to Visit:
1. Unique display of suits of armour owned by Grand Masters Alof de Wignacourt and Jean de La Valette.
2. Arms and armour used by the Knights of St. John between 1530 -1798 and by the Ottoman Empire during the Great Siege of 1565.
3. A varied selection of firearms used for both military and sporting purposes.
4. A chance to see a selection of artillery pieces originally used for battle on the fortifications.

Valletta will have the honour of holding the esteemed title of European Capital of Culture in 2018. If you plan to visit Malta be sure to visit interesting places around the capital, Valletta. Contact the Concierge Desk at this luxury 5 star hotel on the doorstep of Valletta for some great tips on places worth visiting during your next holiday to Malta.

Photo credit: Aaron Briffa & Viewing Malta

Share Button

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
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.

Sliema
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
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.

Qawra
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.

Share Button

A hotel made for the Stars

Did you enjoy this year’s Isle of MTV Malta concert? Malta was definitely buzzing with energy. The Grand Hotel Excelsior is honoured to be one of the partners in this well-renowned annual summer concert.A hotel for the stars

If you enjoy visiting Malta for your holidays, stay updated with all year round events taking place in Malta by visiting the website of this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta.

Share Button