Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the smallest country in Europe – Malta. With its exquisite beauty and exciting culture, it’s no wonder it has become one of the leading destinations in the world.
From its breathtaking views and delectable delicacies to amazing festivities and friendly locals, it’s easy to understand why more and more visitors are mesmerized by it.
If you’re one of those who are planning to visit this beautiful island nation, there are a few things you should consider to make your trip worthwhile.
While it’s true that there are tons of notable places and activities to try here, it’s still best to have an idea of what to expect when you set foot in this tropical haven.
Malta’s yearly events, for instance, will definitely make your stay more unforgettable. Whether you’re visiting at the beginning of spring or end of autumn, there’s something that will give you an authentic Maltese experience.
Check out some of the most popular annual events in Malta below:
Carnival In Malta
Did you know that Malta has a big carnival event every year? Though not as extravagant as those in Brazil, this country’s celebration is colorful and festive enough to keep everyone in a celebratory mood. Typically held every February, this festival is a way for locals to the start the Lent with a bang.
Tourists and locals alike line up in the streets of Valletta to witness all sorts of large floats with interesting themes. There’s also a parade complete with upbeat music and performances that add up to the festive mood.
If you want to continue the fun, take a ferry to Gozo and join the celebrations in Nadur. Their version of the carnival is more laid-back with youths dressed up in a wide array of costumes and binge-drinking at all-nighter parties.
Maltese people love fireworks, and it definitely reflects on their annual firework festival. Tourists can enjoy the spectacular array of colorful explosion throughout spring, with places to watch at the beach and other designated locations.
This year, the event’s organizers promised to give a better and more festive event that matches the theme “Where Fire and Culture Meet”. The extravagant celebrations kicked off last April 21 at Xagħra, Gozo with performances by Phoenix Fireworks Ltd from the U.K. and Rozzi Fireworks of the U.S.
Valletta Jazz Festival
This annual musical event is held every July and organized by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. Since its first celebration in 1990, the event has been famous for its world-renowned performances from jazz musicians. The four-day festivity also serves as an excellent platform for music lovers to gather and show their passion for their craft. Aside from that, jazz venues such as Bridge Bar and Django Bar are also jam-packed with parties that match the musical event.
Festa Frawli (Strawberry Festival)
Malta is also known for its fresh and juicy strawberries. In fact, the country’s abundance of this fruit has led locals to hold an annual strawberry festival called Festa Frawli. Tourists can visit the agricultural village of L-Mgarr where strawberries are grown locally.
Stalls selling this tasty fruit can also be seen around the parish church and square in front of it. Throughout the day, locals and visitors alike can indulge themselves with a buffet of strawberries and other fruit-based desserts and beverages. There are even craft stands that sell local handmade products.
Isle Of MTV
This famous music festival is held in Malta every year since 2007. It features a fantastic lineup of performers that bring nothing but joy to thousands of music lovers in the country. Some of the biggest names in the music industry that have set foot on Isle of MTV stage include Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5, Jessie J, and Snoop Dogg.
Since the event is free, expect to see thousands of attendees gather around the open-air venue. The festivity doesn’t stop there. After the concert, you can continue to celebrate at various parties around local clubs in Malta and Gozo.
Malta’s yearly events are proof that the country has more to offer. Aside from its rich history and famous tourist attractions, these festivities are sure to make your visit even more memorable. So go ahead and add Malta to your next destination. You’ll be surprised with how amazing your travel experience will be.
Guest author: Through MaltaUncovered.com, Ed Lansink tries to make travel fanatics around the world aware of Malta, one of the smallest and most beautiful countries in the world. Get all the info you need for a great holiday to Malta.