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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
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 Most of the old houses have been replaced by the modern architecture and apartments.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.

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Mnarja: A traditional Folk Festival in Malta

Mnarja - Folf Festival Malta

Malta is renowned for its traditional feasts and celebrations. One of the yearly festival which is well known with Maltese and foreigners alike is the Mnarja Festival.

The Imnarja festival is held on the 28th and 29th of June yearly. During this festival you can experience various archaic Maltese customs and traditions. The name for this very popular Maltese festival is believed to have originated from the corruption of the Italian word “luminaria” which means illuminations. This refers to the bonfires that used to be lit up in Rabat, Malta during the festival traditions. (Imnarja can also be spelt Mnarja). The 29th of June is also the feast day of St Peter and St Paul, and the Mnarja festival is heavily linked to this feast. The origins of this festival date back to before the occupation of the Knights of Malta!

Imnarja Festival at a glance
The festival starts on the 28th of June in Buskett Gardens. The atmosphere in Buskett is that of a huge and never ending party, with folk music and traditional singing (ghana), dancing and plenty of food and drink. The main dish served during the event is rabbit stew. In fact, rabbit is consumed in abundance during the Mnarja festival. To wash down the food, plenty of excellent local wine is available. The festivities go on until the early hours of the following morning! In the past, there was a custom that when a couple got married, the groom promised his bride that he would take her to the Mnarja evening celebrations after they got married.

The following day, i.e. the 29th of June, is a public holiday in Malta and Gozo. On the 29th, the festival continues at Buskett Gardens. This time though, it is more of an agricultural show where you can see lots of farmers proudly exhibiting their fresh produce. In the afternoon, the attention is switched to the Telgha tas-Saqqajja in Rabat (Saqqajja Hill) where bareback horse and donkey races are held. Thousands gather to watch these races each year. The winner of the race is awarded a colourful brocade banner.

The Imnarja festival is a huge sociable and family affair where families and friends meet and celebrate day and night in Buskett Gardens, which is the largest natural woodland in Malta.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers you great ideas on what to do in Malta during your upcoming holidays. Visit this superior 5 star hotel in Malta‘s website and stay updated with events taking place around Malta.

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Discover Malta: Luxury Mediterranean Breaks

Discover Malta

We are very pleased and excited to introduce to you our very own Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta Brochure.

The idea of the brochure is stemmed from our desire to encourage you to visit Malta and to facilitate your stay with us. We wanted to prepare something which could easily summarise very appealing activities and make it easily accessible for our guests.

It is a guideline to the upcoming events, adventures and experiences you can enjoy in Malta and which are available for everyone throughout the period of 12 months.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your friends, or a break with your family or your loved one, this brochure will lead you to it.

Browse through the Discover Malta Online Brochure which is packed with adventures waiting for you to explore. And if you would like to book one of our special packages take a look at Our Events Calendar on the Grand Hotel Excelsior Website and choose your unique Malta holiday.

See you in Malta!! 

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