Sunday, 28 June 2020

Air Malta slowly restoring the Islands connectivity.

Air Malta is slowly restoring its route network to enhance the island's connectivity for this summer with a schedule of at least 22 destinations. 

After the closure for over three months of Malta’s International Airport for commercial operations, Air Malta will commence its summer schedule on Wednesday 1st July, connecting Malta to 22 destinations within Europe.

Air Malta flights to Rome, Lyon and Marseille will now join the previously announced flights to Catania, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, and Prague commencing on 1st July.

As from the 15th July, the Maltese Airline will also start operations to Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, London Heathrow, Lisbon, Madrid, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly.

August will also see Air Malta restarting flights to/from Manchester.

A ’new’ city destination on the list is Madrid. After a break of over 10 years of not operating to the Spanish capital, Madrid, Air Malta will restart scheduled services to the city on Saturday, 18th July 2020. The announced operations to Luxembourg will now be transferred to Brussels except for the planned flights to Luxembourg on the 4th and 11th July which will be operated as scheduled.

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More than just a sun and sea destination, Malta's culture has attracted millions of visitors over the years.

Tourists travel from near and far to experience the rich heritage and culture in Malta. Most of all, it’s a unique experience unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. The Museums, exhibits, and temples, are all great places to start; but the beauty of travel is in experiencing the living culture that’s all around you.

Walk down the narrow streets of Mdina, follow the band in a village festa along with the locals, watch a concert by local musicians- whether contemporary, or the traditional għana, or just spend an hour or two people-watching from an outdoor café in Valletta. Malta offers you the chance to enrich your cultural horizons at every turn. 

Over the past half century, this little Mediterranean island, freshly self-determining after a long history of colonisation and dependence, achieved a great deal in the way of modernisation. Much of the progress was achieved at break-neck speed, including an advanced infrastructure, well-developed industries like financial services, IT, and others. While much of this may come as a surprise to first time visitors, this transformation has not eliminated the core elements of Malta’s cultural identity – its customs and traditions.

Largely rooted in rural folklore and religion, Maltese customs are still clearly visible in everyday life, most notably, the village festa. This celebration of the local village’s patron saint started over five centuries ago, during the reign of the Knights of St. John, and till today, brings with it a colourful cacophony of Mediterranean boisterousness. Possibly the most well known is the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, or Mnarja. This highlight of the cultural calendar is celebrated in the wooded area of Buskett, and features animal and agricultural displays, traditionally cooked rabbit, and għana – a traditional type of Maltese music.

Traditional life starts early on in Malta. The vast majority of babies are still baptised into the Roman Catholic faith, and this celebration usually involves a not so intimate gathering with family, friends, and of course, food. Shortly after, usually on a child’s first birthday, the Maltese practise a little-known tradition called the il-quċċija, which involves the child crawling towards a collection of objects while family and friends encourage the child to pick something. The tradition dictates that the selected object is representative of the child’s future career. Objects typically include rosary beads, indicating an ecclesiastical calling, a hardboiled egg, symbolising prosperity, as well as more modern inclusions such as a calculator symbolising a career in finance.

Other religious sacraments are celebrated with the same gusto, including the First Holy Communion, which sees the child dressed in flamboyant, angel-like attire and is always followed by a party in the child’s honour. This celebration is closely followed the sacrament of Confirmation, which has a similar celebratory style.

Weddings are a big affair in Malta. In fact, the Island has recently started including wedding tourism as part of its offering to visitors. However, the traditional Maltese wedding is still alive and kicking. Although there have been some modifications throughout the years, the core concepts are still practised: ceremonies are almost always held in a church while celebrations are held afterwards, usually in wedding halls or one of the Islands’ many gardens. The bride and groom distribute small trinkets or presents as a sign of thanks and as a small memento for their guests. Food is a major part of the celebrations, and in particular, sweets. Maltese weddings almost always feature perlini – a candy coated almond sweet of Sicilian origin.

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The islands of Malta and Gozo have a considerable number of beaches that are ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway or a fun holiday in the sun.​

The islands which are located bang in the middle of the Mediterranean, offer a multitude of opportunities to soak up the sun, snorkeling and swimming.

During the hot summer months, the sandy beaches are very popular with both locals and tourists. There are also some hidden gems for swimming off the rocks that offer some of the best scenic views around the islands. There are also private beaches available that are not so easily accessible.

Here are only a few of the best sandy beaches in Malta:

Ghadira Bay. The longest beach in Malta, this bay is accessible by just a few steps. Facilities include snack bars and cafes.
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. With over a 100 steps to climb down a hillside path, this bay is renowned as one of the best sandy and protected bays.
Golden Bay. With a 5 star hotel located next to this bay, Golden Bay is especially popular with the tourists residing at this hotel.
Paradise Bay. Situated in the northern part of Malta, this beach is very popular with the younger crowds as a lot of parties and events take place here in the weekends. If you love diving, a school is open right next to the beach all year round.
Ramla l-Hamra. Gozo’s largest and most popular sandy beach comes with bright orange-red coloured sand and beautiful clear waters.

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