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                            In Guardia 

 

The IN GUARDIA PARADE is a re-enactment that portrays an authentic event that took place regularly inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo . The re-enactment portrays the inspection of the St. John’s Cavalier in the town of Birgu and its garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St. John in charge of military affairs.  During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort’s garrison - some 55 re-enactors - are kitted-out in their finest uniforms and perform a military drill demonstrating to the Grand Bailiff the garrison’s state of readiness in the event of a military threat. 

The show starts at 11.00 hrs. – lasts 45 minutes and will be held be held be held at St. John's Cavalier (close to Couvre Porte), in Birgu (Vittoriosa).

January 6 | February 17 | March 3 | April 7, 14, 28
May 5, 12, 26 | June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | July 7, 14
September 29 | October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 24 | December 29
ALARME! FRENCH PERIOD (1798-1800) RE-ENACTMENT
March 17 | May 19 | September 22 | November 17


VENUE: ST JOHN’S CAVALIER – COUVRE PORTE, BIRGU 

Admission:

Tickets at the gate:
Adults : €7
Children (6 – 12 years) and Students:  €3

One may be able to visit part of the fort prior or following the re-enactment.  The re-enactments are held according to schedule as above. However, in case of inclement weather or else due to some unforeseen circumstance the event may be cancelled without prior notice.  When in doubt it is best to contact the Tourist Information Office at Auberge D’Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta on tel: 00356 22915440/1/2.

Getting there:

Bus no.2 or no.3 leaves Bay 14 at Valletta Bus Terminus, every 15 minutes or so to reach Birgu in c. half an hour.  Both buses stop close by the bridge that connects the town of Birgu with the town of Bormla. The bus stop is called Café Riche.  Bus no 3 continues further on to Kalkara.

One may take advantage of this visit to explore Birgu and its historic attractions, e.g. Inquisitors Palace, Maritime Museum, Malta at War Museum and the Couvre Porte area.  One may also visit Malta’s best flea market at Fortini football ground located just outside the town.  Then one could head towards the centre of the town to visit the Collachio (city core area).

The Town Square and the Birgu Yacht Marina are both interesting places where to make a brief exploratory stop.  To finish off the tour of Birgu, one may also sit down and relax for a coffee or snack at one of Birgu’s many restaurants.

 

 

 

CARNIVAL IN MALTA



FEBRUARY



VALLETTA AND GOZO CARNAVAL

 

 

 

 

EASTER IN MALTA

 

April 5th 2015

 

EASTER IN MALTA & GOZO

 

      

 

 

JUNE

 

L-IMNARJA

 



 

This feast is one of the oldest feasts celebrated in Malta and Gozo.

The Feast commemorates two important Saints in Maltese religious lore, St. Peter and St. Paul. The word luminarja is derived from the Latin word Luminare - to light up. This was the way people manifested their joy in recognition of a particular feast, such lighting being offered by burning bonfires and candles. This feast has somewhat moved away from the traditional village ‘festa' style and has developed a different type of merriment which is held in Buskett Garden on the eve of June 29 the day of the feast. This is a small tree grove situated some one kilometre away from Rabat.

The liturgical services are held in the Mdina Cathedral. During the late afternoon hours, numerous horse and donkey races are held in a country lane situated just below and at some distance from Mdina. The contenders vie for the Palju (a traditional banner that is presented as a trophy to the winners of various categories of races) which in olden times used to be presented to the winners by non other than the Grand Master of the Order.

The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is also celebrated in Nadur, Gozo, this time in the usual festive manner that is normally held in towns and villages.

 

 

JULY 


ISLE of MTV

This is where the magic happens…. Join 50,000 people at this year's FREE event.

The ninth edition of Isle of MTV will be held in Malta on Tuesday, July 7th on the Granaries, Floriana. The line-up will be announced closer to the date.

 

isle of MTV Malta

 

 

OCTOBER

 

BIRGUFEST

 

 



This event taking place in Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa), which is one of Malta's oldest and most historic cities, has now become an annual national event. From inception the aim was to highlight Birgu's historic and architectural beauty and the Birgu by Candlelight, now incorporated in Birgufest, was set up to highlight this in a romanatic manner.

 

 

The streets are lit up with a gentle glow by thousands of candles of all kinds. However, Birgufest has developed into a larger event with a wider scope, offering numerous activities throughout the festival. The historic re-enactments, extended and cheaper museum entrances, and the opening up to the public of other venues of interest including churches, highlight the immense historic value of this city.

In addition, food stalls offering both Maltese and other food, various musical concerts - ranging from classical to modern, and various exhibitions, make this event truly an outing with something to suit all tastes and ages.

 

 

THE ROLEX MIDDLE SEA RACE


 

 


 

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney - Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a "must do" race.

The start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race on the 19th October is from the Grand Harbour in the waters opposite the Saluting Battery in Valletta and Fort St. Angelo in Birgu as thousands of people gather on either side of this imposing harbour to enjoy this spectacle of sail.

 

MALTA INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL

 

31/10/2013 - 03/11/2013

 

 

The Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment, the Malta Tourism Authority and INTERKULTUR Foundation (Germany) have once again joined forces to organise The Malta International Choir Competition & Festival of Sacred and Secular Music.

The event will take place from the 31st October to the 3rd November, 2013 and is open to various categories of choirs which hail from all over the world.

Performing in the festival will be choirs of different vocal qualities, e.g. male, female, children's and mixed all singing a cappella.



The Festival Programme will consist of:

Thursday October 31
18.45 hrs: Grand Parade in Republic Street with Participation of Choirs accompanied by a Maltese Festa Band to reach St John's Co-Cathedral.

19.30 hrs : SINGING FOR PEACE at St John's Co-Cathedral

Friday November 1
12.30- 14.00 : Friendship Concert - Open Air Theatre - Grand Master's Palace - Upper Barrakka Garden

19.00 - 22.00 hrs : Secular Music Competition at the Catholic Institute, Floriana

Saturday November 2
10.00 - 13.30 hrs : Sacred Music Competition at St Publius Church, Floriana

19.00 hrs : Grand Concert at the Mediterranean Conference Centre

Sunday November 3
17.00 - 19.00 hrs : Closing Concert and Awarding of Trophies - Catholic Institute

For information regarding participation please click here:  http://www.interkultur.com/competitions-festivals/international-competitions/int-choir-competition-and-festival-malta/malta-2013/

Video clip  promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUObBbP4HrE


 


 Diving

The Maltese archipelago is a seafaring nation, with one of the bigest natural harbors (Grand harbor) in all of Europe. Malta diving provides many wrecks for divers to explore, in addition to reefs, walls, caves, cavernes, and swim throughs.

 

diving in malta


 

Abseiling

The excursion will enable the participants to discover the island with its wild nature in an entertaining and original way. Sailing into the dazzling Blue Grotto and abseiling the cliffs.

 

 


Slash & Fun Waterpark Slides Malta

Slash & Fun Water Park offers breathtaking rides, relaxing atmosphere and fun-filled activities  for fun lovers of all ages.

 

 

Horse Riding


Horse riding is a thrilling, fun and different way experience the unspoilt rugged countryside of Malta and Gozo with several beautiful routes along the northern coast with beautiful and spectacular views, around Mellieha, Buskett and Bidnija.

 

Horse riding at Golden Bay is very popular and gives you the opportunity to watch a breathtaking sunset on the horizon from the saddle. This leisure activity is suitable for riders of all ages, who are both beginners and experienced.


 

Concerts

The Maltese island hold a colourful calendar of traditional seasonal events such as carnival and summer festas with nightlife to rival that of many European cities.

 

Every year, an eclectic blend of local international events, entertainment and exhibitions take place. Choose from classical and jazz to band and folk music, from theatre and opera to dance and Baroque festivals.

 

 


Night Clubbing

If you have experienced Malta's vibrant nightlife scene, the first thought to cross your mind must be Paceville. All sorts of clubs and disco bars pumping out the latest hits to the delight of relevers seeking the perfect night out.

However, Malta today also offers much more refined entertainment venues. Try your luck at the top notch casino or chill-out while sipping away in a wine bar perhaps.


 


Shopping - The Point

Enjoy the biggest shopping center on the Island. Have a lovely time around best brands in The Point, Sliema.

 

 


Malta Sightseeing

The hop on, hop off tour concept has been a mainstay in many European cities for quite a while. The Malta and Gozo SightSeeing hop on, hop off offers practical tour service linking all the popular places of interest in Maltese islands and more. The buses are a mix of modern and retro double deckers with an open top... a feature can be used for the 300 days of sunshine Malta gets every year.

Malta and Gozo SightSeeing tours currently offer routes - the Malta North Route,Malta South Route The Gozo route and Malta by Night.

 

 

 

ALL THE PLACES YOU CAN VISIT :

 

 

Mdina Silent City Tour

The history of Mdina and its suburb Rabat is as old and as chequered as the history of Malta itself.

Tour includes :

  • Professional guide
  • Transport
  • Rabat suburb
  • Tour around fortified city of Mdina
  • Panoramic view of Malta from bastions
  • Coffe & cake stop (optional)
  • Main gate and Greek gate
  •  Free time to explore Mdina

 

 

Visit the archeological site-  Hagar Qim temple

Visit the Hagar Qim, the megalithic temples.They may be the oldest known human structures in the world. The megalithic temple complex is adomed with carved animals and idols, sacrificial altars and oracular chambers, all executed with nothing more than flint and obsidian tools.

 

 

 Valletta - Capital City Tour

 On Thuesdays, Half day (All year round)


The forteress City, "a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen". Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past.

 Tour includes :

  • Professional guide
  • Transport
  • Bastions visit
  • Foundation Stone/Opera House
  • Auberge de Castille & Square
  • Upper Barraka gardens
  • Grand Harbour view
  • Free time to explore Valletta

 

                                                                                            Republic Valletta

 

 

 Highlights of Malta Tour

On Saturdays, Full Day (All year round)

Visiting the true heart of the magical island of Malta. Licensed guide will show you all those "must-see" places of interest, without which a holiday on our island would be imcomplete !!!

Tour includes :

  • Professional guide
  • Transport
  • Mosta Dome - On of the largest int the world
  • Mdina Glass Blowers, crafts village Ta'Qali
  • Buskett woodland
  • Dingli Cliffs
  • Malta experience (audio visual show)
  • Marsaxlokk fishing village
  • Blue Grotto (boat trip and lunch optional)                                                   Mosta Dome

                                         

 

 

 Gozo Scenic Tour

On Sundays, Full Day (All year round)


Visit Malta's sister isle, "the land where time stood still!" Gozo is a gem and gives visitors an insight into what Malta looked like in the days gone by.

Tour included :

  • Sandy beach Ramla bay
  • Professional guide
  • Transport
  • Return ferry tickets
  • Mgarr harbour
  • Rabat suburbs
  • Fortified Citadel
  • Dwejra
  • Azure Window

 

 

 

 Round Malta Cruise

On Sundays, Full Day (May-Oct)

 

Cruise ALL the way around the island of Malta in one day! With a stop at the "Blue Lagoon" for lunch, swimming and snorkelling or just relaxing in the sun !

Activities includes :

  • Full day cruises around the islands of Malta and Comino 
  • Time for swimming at the "Blue Lagoon" Comino
  • Cold buffet lunch
  • Past Valletta, Marsascala Bay, St Thomas Bay, Island Bay, Peter's Pool, Delimara Point, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, Anchor Bay
  • "Blue Lagoon" at Comino- for swimming and bunbathing
  • On the way back, we will sail past Mellieha Bay, St Paul's Island Salina Bay, Pembroke, St Julians and finally past Sliema

 

Fernandes Gozo, Comino & Blue Lagoon

 

 

 

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