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Things to do in Valletta

Grand Harbour, Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta

Holidays should be about exploring new and unknown, perhaps even typical for the country visited. If you plan to visit Valletta have a look at our list of recommendations.

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee at Cafe Cordina, Valletta’s oldest cafè
  • Explore Valletta’s grid system of streets
  • Visit St. John’s Cathedral and admire Caravaggio’s beheading of St. John the Baptist
  • Enjoy the view from the Lower Barrakka Gardens
  • Visit the open air market outside Valletta on a Sunday Morning
  • Visit The Saluting Battery
  • Visit the National Museum of Archeology
  • Visit Lascaris War Rooms
  • Admire The Magesterial Palace & Armoury
  • Visit the National Library
  • Visit the Malta War Museum in Fort St Elmo
  • Attend a concert or play at the Manoel Theatre

If you’re visiting Malta and would like to see some interesting places, please feel free to contact the Concierge Desk at this superior 5 star hotel in Malta and they will advise you on Where to Go and What to Do in Malta during your holidays.

Photo courtesy of viewingmalta.com

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Carnival Celebrations in Malta

Carnival in Malta

Carnival is a very important part of the Maltese culture. It dates back to almost five centuries ago, when it was first introduced by Grand Master Piero de Ponte. Since then, although it has undergone several changes over the years, Carnival has remained very popular among the locals. In accordance to tradition, celebrations begin one week prior and up to Ash Wednesday. In fact, the name Carnival was derived from ‘Carne vale’ which when translated literally means ‘meat is allowed’. This was due to the fact that Catholicism forbade the consumption of meat during the forty days of Lent. As a result, Roman Catholic countries celebrated Carnival just before the commencement of the fasting period.

Carnival CelebrationsNowadays, thousands of residents gather in the streets of numerous villages and towns to celebrate Carnival. Some of the most popular venues are Valletta and Floriana in Malta and Nadur in Gozo. The festivities held in Valletta, the capital of Malta and Victoria, the capital of Gozo, also feature various costume competitions together with dances, and various floats in all colours and shapes. The Carnival taking place in Nadur, Gozo, differs to those held in Malta. This has a more modern feel to it, which makes it very popular among young people. In fact, several individuals travel from Malta to Gozo for the celebrations. The festivities in Nadur take place mainly in St. Peter and St. Paul’s Square. The streets are filled with individuals dressed in costumes of which many are outrageous. The Nadur Carnival has become renowned across Europe.

If you’re visiting Malta during the Carnival festivities, take the opportunity to visit the City and experience the Carnival celebrations first-hand. The Grand Hotel Excelsior is located close to Valletta, just a few minutes’ walk from the activities.

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Notte Bianca: The Night the City Comes Alive

NOTTE BIANCA, the one night in the year when the capital city comes alive with a multitude of performances, exhibitions and events.

Notte bianca 2013

Notte Bianca is a FREE annual event that takes place in and around Valletta. This year’s celebration of culture and arts will take place on Saturday 5th October 2013. 

‘Visitors to Notte Bianca do not come to Valletta to have intellectual stuff thrown at them – they usually come to soak in the atmosphere, wander around the streets and enjoy whatever is happening around them.’ Artistic director, Sean Buhagiar.

During Notte Bianca, Valletta’s museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural venues offer free entrance and are open almost all night. The capital is transformed into a city-wide festive gathering; including music, dance, film and performance.

notte bianca

Do you enjoy Museum Hopping & City Life? Then imagine how Spectacular they must be at night!!

On this occasion the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering a Special Offer which includes:
• Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room
• A 20% OFF the Bed and Breakfast Rate
• Welcome drink upon arrival
• Daily Buffet Breakfast
• One way taxi transfer from the Malta International Airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior
• Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre
• Complimentary pressing service during your stay

Rates starting from €74 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

VIEW OUR NOTTE BIANCA OFFER!

For more information about this year’s Notte Bianca kindly visit: http://www.nottebianca.org.mt/

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