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Malta: A Summer of Feasts

Maltese feasts

Summer in Malta is characterised by traditional feasts which are held every weekend. These village feasts venerating the saints are an integral part of the Maltese culture and its Catholic tradition.

The ‘festa’ is the main social event in the Maltese villages and the local patrons look forward to this once a year event. In fact the week-long celebrations are the outcome of months of hard work by volunteers to celebrate the parish patron saint. On the day of the feast the statue of the patron saint is carried around the streets and is accompanied by brass bands. The celebrations themselves include magnificent firework displays, brass band music and street life. Band music is one of the most popular traditions on the Maltese Islands. Every town and village has at least one, and usually two band clubs. Traditional festa snacks include the rich and colourful nougat.

The village feast is an opportunity for Maltese families to get together at the village square and it is also the perfect occasion for visitors to experience the Maltese village life. Two of the major Maltese feasts are the Assumption of Our Lady which is held on the 15th of August and Our Lady of Victories which is celebrated on the 8th September. Our Lady of Victories, also known as ‘il-Vitorja’, commemorates the defeat of the Turks at the end of the Great Siege of 1565. The highlight of this feast is the Regatta (boat race) held at the Grand Harbour.

Undoubtedly, the village feast remains one of Malta’s most visual cultural festivities with food stands selling traditional Maltese nougat and spectacular exhibition of fireworks. The entire village is also decorated with banners and buildings such as the band clubs are also lavishly decorated.

Visiting Malta this Summer? Feel free to contact our Concierge Team to find out which feast will be taking place during your holidays in Malta. The Grand Hotel Excelsior also offers private chauffeur driven service to various locations around Malta and Gozo.

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Things to do in and around Mdina

Mdina View

Mdina by Night

A holiday to Malta is incomplete without a visit to the old capital city of Malta, Mdina. This old town and the whereabouts offer interesting insights into Maltese history and the old way of life of the Maltese. If you plan to visit Mdina and Rabat have a look at our list of recommendations.

  • Explore Mdina by Night
  • Go to Dingli Cliffs, limits of Rabat and enjoy the stunning views
  • Visit St. Pauls Catacombs in Rabat
  • Wander around Buskett Gardens close to Rabat

    Roman Villa Rabat

    Roman Villa, Rabat

  • See a Norman House by visiting Palazzo Falzon in Mdina
  • Admire the mosaics at The Roman Villa in Rabat
  • Visit the Museum of National History in Mdina
  • Experience the Mdina Dungeons
  • Enjoy the beautiful views from Fontanella tea rooms in Mdina

 

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.

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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.

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