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Issue 17

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Issue 17

MAY 14

Contents Local

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Maltese Infographica – Interesting quirky facts about Malta that you may not have known.

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Malta Life – Visiting in May is a joy as the sun is here to stay yet the searing summer heat is still a while away.

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Gozo Life – This beautiful little island is fast becoming a go-to destination for rock climbers seeking new challenges.

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Things To Do In Malta – With so much to choose from, Il-Bizzilla rounds up a few essential things to see and do when visiting the islands.

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Made in Malta – A glance at products that are part of the islands' heritage.

p. 86

Air Malta News – General flight information about Malta's national airline.

Places p. 7

Around the world – From yodelling to cheese rolling, Europe gears up for a fun filled month of events.

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Travel Hot Spots – Adam Jacot de Boinod walks us through some of his favourite Paris places.

p. 46 Destination – Parma is considered one of the most prosperous places in Italy and with new flights offered by Airmalta it is now very accessible. p. 60

Events – Enrich your stay in Malta with just a few of the most happening events on the island.

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Map – An island with a character as colourful and busy as its people, Malta is dotted with landmarks and must see places.

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Places to Visit – A long and rich history has left its mark on the Maltese islands and each site has a story to tell.

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LOCAL FEATURES PlaceS FOOD

Cover – Diving at Wied il-Mielaħ, Gozo Photo by Chris Mignon

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Food – The strawberry season is in full swing this month.

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Restaurant Guide – Malta has countless great restaurants catering to every taste. We've listed just some of the best ones.

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Mellieħa p. 38-41

Features p. 21

Local Attraction – Home to over a hundred different species of fish, the Malta National Aquarium is one of the leading visitor attractions in Malta.

p. 23 Fair Winds And Blue Seas – With a near-perfect climate and a long sailing season, it's easy to see why Malta acts as a beckon for sailing enthusiasts. p. 26

Old Maltese Cafes – Catch a glimpse of days gone by in some of the old Maltese bars.

p. 30 Sliema Gems – Sacha Staples takes a walk around Sliema discovering remaining architectural gems which have survived the development boom.

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Village With A View – Mellieħa is a lovely village perched on a hill with stunning views of the sister island and the even smaller island of Comino.

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Simshar – A survival story. Il–Bizzilla talks to Maltese film director Rebecca Cremona about the new release of her movie Simshar.

Property p.52

Frank Salt – A favourable economic climate and reduced tax rates for expatriates are just a couple of the many reasons why moving to Malta is so popular.

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Belair – Recent local legislation has made it more attractive for foreigners to live in Malta under advantageous fiscal conditions.

Business

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Henley Global – The forthcoming forum is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the field of residency or citizenship today.

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Medical Tourism – Malta is fast becoming a popular destination for those seeking high quality well priced dental services.

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Business Round up – A glance at what’s going happening on the local business scene.


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welcoming hallway, 4 double bedrooms all having en suite facilities (two of which also have a walk-in wardrobe), a climate controlled wine cellar, laundry room, linen closet, a beautiful fitted kitchen having a separate entrance, a large dining room that can easily accommodate 12-14 guests and which looks onto the sea and a very comfortable sitting room also looking onto the sea. The front terrace has electric awnings and a Jacuzzi bath. There are 2 garage spaces included. Contact our offices for further details.

Through Homes of Quality, we find great satisfaction in providing a uniquely personal property service to clients, both local and overseas. As part of Frank Salt Real Estate Group we have access to perhaps the largest property and client database in the Maltese Islands, while operating independently to facilitate the extremely high level of personal interface with clients. At Homes of Quality we are equally proud of the smallest designer apartment as a grand palazzo… the defining factor which ensures that a property is to be found on our listings is quite simply… quality!

Grahame Salt Director

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Project co-ordinator Renata Vella Design TBWA\ANG Senior graphic designers Jeff Fabri Richard Agius Graphic designer Rebecca Bullock contributors Contributors Miranda Brown Victor Calleja Robert Carry Chris DeMicoli Annabel Hili Adam Jacot de Boinod Deborah Ratcliffe Charlotte Stafrace Official Photographer Robert Camilleri BLUE MEDIA MARKETING LTD Managing directors Bertrand Attard Chris Mifsud WebSite www.bluemedia.com.mt e-mail info@bluemedia.com.mt Address 3rd Floor, Professional Building Sliema Road Gzira, GZR 1633 MALTA Tel +356 2131 0608 Fax +356 2131 0998 Il-Bizzilla is published monthly in

Malta for Air Malta by Blue Media Marketing Ltd. The magazine is free to passengers on Air Malta flights worldwide. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission. Requests for permission should be made in writing to: Il-Bizzilla Magazine 3rd Floor Professional Building Sliema Road Gzira, GZR 1633 MALTA Editorial material and opinions expressed in Il-Bizzilla do not necessarily reflect the views of Air Malta or the publisher. Air Malta and the publisher do not accept responsibility for the advertising content. Special thanks to the Malta Tourism Authority and Air Malta for use of their photographic material. Products and services mentioned are subject to change without prior notice. Š Blue Media Marketing Limited 2013 Printed in Malta by Progress Press Co. Ltd., Mriehel. For information about advertising and restaurant listings in Il-Bizzilla or on other Air Malta media kindly contact our sales team: Renata Vella Mobile: (+356) 7999 5959 Or e-mail us on: sales@bluemedia.com.mt

For information about advertising and restaurant listings in Il-Bizzilla or on other Air Malta media kindly contact our sales team: Renata Vella Mobile: (+356) 7999 5959 Or e-mail us on: sales@bluemedia.com.mt

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AROUND THE WORLD

Around the world in...

MAY

Combat des Reines

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling

2nd to 4th May

26th May

Valais, Switzerland

Brockworth, Gloucester, England

The Swiss Alps aren't just for skiing and yodeling. Come spring

An international field of daredevils from all over the world compete and

and autumn, bovines take to the ring and battle it out for the cow

chase a wheel of cheese down a 295-foot hill in the English countryside.

crown in the Combat des Reines. For several consecutive Sundays

How can that not be entertaining? The origins of this event go back

every spring the Swiss district of Valais and the neighbouring alpine

about two hundred years to the early 1800s, and due to a number of

districts host a face-off between local cows known as Combat des

factors, including its traditional nature, its relative informality, and

Reines, or Battle of the Queens.

its itinerant nature in the past 15 years, it’s tricky to get the full story. Suffice to say, some believe it has its roots (date back to times of the Romans) in pagan rituals celebrating the start of spring; some say it’s fertility related; other reports say it also took place alongside other

Cannes Film Festival

unusual competitions.

14th to 25th May Cannes, France Filmmakers might start their careers in Hollywood, but the Cannes

Primavera Sound

Film Festival is where they’re made. For nearly two weeks in mid- to

28th to 31st May

late May, the Cote d’Azur becomes a playground for celebrities and

Barcelona, Spain

the paparazzi who stalk them. One talented filmmaker will walk away with the coveted Palme d’Or prize and, assumedly, the respect of their

Primavera Sound is an annual music festival held within the Parc del

peers. This ritzy, increasingly competitive festival, where the scene is

Fòrum leisure site—located approximately 6 km north east from the

perhaps more important than the films being screened, is one of the

centre of Barcelona—in the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Martí district,

last of its kind.

by the coast of the Balearic Sea. The event is one of the largest music festivals in Spain, with an attendance rate of more than 100,000 people. The festival is noted for its eclectic line-up, focus on independent music, and as a showcase for newly established international and domestic acts.

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MALTESE Infographica

Interesting facts

ABOUT MALTA 01

A predominantly Roman Catholic country, Malta has over 360 churches – that’s roughly one for every 1,000 residents.

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316

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sq km Size of Malta

04 A traditional form of Maltese music is known as Għana. It is comprised of folk guitar music, usually men, taking it in turns to debate in a sing-song voice. The lyrics are improvised, and debates are usually friendly yet challenging.

05 The earliest evidence of human habitation in Malta was found in the Għar Dalam Cave.

Malta's capital city, Valletta, is named after Jean Parisot de La Valette, a Grand Master of the Order of Knights of St John.

The beautiful and elegant Pharaoh Hound Dog is Malta's National Dog. In Maltese, the breed is called Kelb tal-Fenek.

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Malta was earlier known as Melita, meaning the island of honey, by ancient Greeks and Romans.

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In 2008, the Euro became the Maltese currency, following the island's accession in the E.U. in 2004.

The Temples at Gġantija trace back their foundations to a time period before the Egyptian pyramids.

07 The flag of Malta is a simple red and white flag with the George Cross in the top left hand corner.

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If you're looking for some interesting books with the Maltese Islands as a backdrop, consider reading the following... - The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat. - The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball. - The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe.

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13 In 1942 Malta was awarded with the George Cross, by King George VI (UK) for bravery.

14 Malta's Grand Harbour boasts of being one of the best natural deep-water harbour in the world.

The two main symbols that are synonymous with Malta and its people are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese boat. The Maltese cross was used by the Knights of Malta.


MALTA...TRULY MEDITERRANEAN M A L T A ’ S

L E A D I N G

P R O P E R T Y

D E V E L O P E R S

LUXURY LIVING

ON THE MALTESE ISLANDS Tumas Developments proudly offer Malta’s most exclusive, standard setting lifestyle addresses. All three award winning projects boast the most spectacular waterfront views on the island and offer Special Designated Area benefits, which means that property can be purchased under the same conditions as locals. Being a member of the EU with growing business incentives and voted as having “The Best Climate on Earth”, Malta is the ideal destination.

Tumas Developments,1052 Portomaso, St Julian’s, STJ 4011, Malta Mob : (+356) 79 497 504 Tel : (+356) 21 386 802 Email : info@tumasdevelopments.com Web : www.tumasdevelopments.com


MALTA LIFE

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IN MAY May is a great time to explore the countryside and to catch those promising days of sunshine. With flowers still in bloom and everywhere looking green, do look out for some great country walks. But if it’s the sea and sun that you are after, May is the perfect time to enjoy our beaches as it’s still too cold for the locals and beaches are beautifully empty and quiet. This month Il-Bizzilla offers you a scenic walk through the northern village of Mellieha as well as a saunter through some old Maltese cafes. Do make time for a visit over to Gozo and take in the countryside that is truly lovely at this time of year or trek up to the old citadel in Victoria and enjoy the views from there.

Lunch in the sun Baia Beach Club has established itself as the best beach club destination on the island by far. Having opened in 2010 it has become renowned as the most desirable place to spend time during the summer months. It includes a chic restaurant, that under Head Chef Andrea Motta serves sumptuous Mediterranean fare, and has an extensive wine list to accompany it. It is more than just a restaurant though. The beautiful azure waters

and stunning views make it a perfect setting for a full service beach club. It provides very comfortable facilities for those wanting to spend the day at the beach, as well as a bar and lounge area where sundowners can be enjoyed as the sun sets over Gozo. The location is one of the last unspoiled corners of the island, making a visit a truly unique experience. Check out their website for special packages offered during the week www.baiabeachclub.com

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MEDIEVAL MDINA 3rd – 5th May

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The Medieval Mdina Festival transports the city and its visitors back in time, whilst enhancing its beauty by means of flowers and music. Mdina's various museums, historic palaces and churches are open throughout the festival for everyone to explore. The presence of flowers everywhere brings a tangible feeling of a vibrant spring.

01. Ramla Bay, Gozo | 02. Bia Beach | 03. View of Mdina

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Maltese Tradition of Home Ownership Over the last couple of years RE/MAX Malta has taken the initiative to further understand real estate trends, needs and the perception of the real estate market. As part of this initiative we contracted a survey to Informa Ltd., a research agency in Malta. One of the very interesting facts that came out of the survey was the continued confidence in the real estate market. In March 2014, our latest research, 93.2% of the respondents confirmed that they believe that home ownership is “Very Important” or “Important”. In fact, this is true to Maltese tradition where the general public prefer owning a home against renting a home. We further delved into the reasons behind their beliefs and our findings were very logical and made plenty of common sense.

Kevin Buttigieg CEO RE/MAX Malta

and over 30% in both cases felt that Home Ownership provides a “Sense of Control or Security”. The most significant change between July 2013 and March 2014 was that the number of respondents that felt Home Ownership “Saves on rent money” increased from 8.3% to 26.8%. It is evident that the Maltese population believes in the real estate market, primarily as an investment, which provides security and saves money on rent. The strong mentality of the Maltese is said to be one of the main reasons that the real estate market has continued to remain a cut above other European real estate markets. The Maltese Population prefer to purchase a home rather than renting, and this has been a custom for generations. This coupled with the continued support from the Maltese Government to further increase investment to our Islands through programmes such as Global Residence Programme and the Citizenship by Investment Programme amongst other fiscal programmes that promote Malta as a business hub are a further reason to believe in our market. These programmes will continue to fuel the upper end of the market which will create a multi-spin off effect for those working and servicing the real estate industry. Furniture shops, plasterers, handymen, maids as well as those involved in construction will indirectly benefit from these schemes due to an automatic increase of demand for their services. Those foreign residents of Malta that choose to spend time in Malta will also indirectly affect retail and catering industries. Supermarkets, restaurants, clothes shops amongst others will see an increase in business. Every financial year over 7800 transactions are completed, of which over 96% are residential properties for sale whereas around 12% of these transactions are completed by foreign nationals. Following recent projections these percentages stand to increase in 2014 and beyond.

In the above chart, we compared two separate surveys that were completely the same but conducted within a six-month span. Our initiative in doing repeated surveys is to gauge a general feeling of the market over time. As to the reasons behind the belief in the real estate market you will see that over 60% in both surveys consider Home Ownership as an “Investment”

Malta & Gozo has so much to offer to the expatriate in terms of lifestyle as well. If you are coming to Malta or Gozo and are thinking about purchasing or renting a home I would suggest that you contact one of our offices. All of our associates are professionally trained to cater for your every need.

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GOZO LIFE

Rock Climbing:

THAT’S WHAT GOZO IS FOR Miranda Brown If you think climbing is just about using your hands and feet to surmount a rocky obstacle, then you clearly haven't tried your hand at it yet. Otherwise you would know why climbers love moving and hanging from rocks: that this is their way of travelling through places and cultures, meeting different people, encouraging one another, and, most all, having fun. And that’s the reason why Gozo has become a top climbing destination. Here, on the second island of the Maltese archipelago, climbers can easily find what they’re searching for: unexpected and spectacular locations, lively traditions and folklore, friendly and welcoming people to relate to and numerous occasions in which to enjoy themselves. Gozo’s small size and craggy limestone coastline make it perfect for climbing, offering a wide range of spots (at least 300) suitable for beginners and experts. Both of them can fully experience the great outdoors through eagle-views from the lofty summits, as well as deep water soloing adventures and sea level traversing journeys among cliff walls, caves and sea slabs. At present, there are six main areas (Dwejra Bay, Ghajn Abdul, Kercem Black Slab, Xlendi Bay, Mgarr-ix-Xini) and a number of attractive developed climbs scattered around (Munxar Valley, the North Coast Sea Cliffs, Comino…). Steep cliffs at Dwejra in Gozo

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Rock climbing in Malta and Gozo had started because of the British RAF in the

’60’s and ‘70’s and hence has a history of British traditional ethics, with the leader placing “eco” protection into cracks and fissures that are naturally available in the rock. During the ’80 and ’90, other European climbers –mainly Italian- established new bolted routes. This combination is unique in the Mediterranean and it guarantees the best of both “vertical” worlds. "Over the past few years climbers have been returning to open new bolted routes among the impressive inland limestone crags" says Xavier Hancock, the welsh founder of Gozo Adventures (www. gozoadventures.com) and co-author of The Adventure Guidebook to the Maltese islands "All the climbing areas are within a 15 minute drive from each one, giving an opportunity of ascending differents climbs in a short period of time". Which are the best ones? Mgarr-ix-Xini, Dwejra Bay…Every climber has his own spot. "Recently I opened a route called “King of King”, which is one of the longest roof climbs in the world" writes Stevie Haston, one of the most international accomplished climbers and alpinists, in the book Sport Climbing in Malta and Gozo. "Although I have climbed all over the planet, Gozo remains one of my favourite places to climb. As I grew up in Gozo, I imagined the whole world must also have big beautiful cliffs and stunning scenery, this isn’t so, however Gozo remains magical and retains its special charm". For climbers and everyone else.


FOOD

Strawberries for

mother’s day Lea Hogg Photos by James Bianchi There is a quaint village north of the island known as Mĥarr where fat luscious strawberries are harvested from April and last through the summer. This island is truly blessed with all that is good in life. We can indulge in a feast of freshly picked local strawberries every day from now until the end of the summer. During May, I make my first batch of strawberry jam. I also put some thought into Mother's Day and I had the pleasure of preparing some Mother's Day treats with Adrian Farrugia who plays young Theo in the feature film Simshar. I instantly warmed up to Adrian. We spoke about his role in the film and about his screen mum and how well he related to her. He felt very emotional when he first started to get acquainted with the story of Simshar where the mother son relationship is central to the story of the film. Adrian also spoke with me about working with the rest of the cast. He

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loved working with Rebecca and told me how she put him at ease, how she also took a motherly role while he was on the set. He described how patient she was and how she took her time to explain each part of the filming so that he could really get into the character of Theo. It was hard, intensive work but there were many funny moments like when another cast member ripped his swimming trunks while he was stretching in between takes. Adrian loved the idea of preparing some strawberry surprises for his mum for Mother's Day and we made some very simple things that he could make again on his own. We scooped out strawberries and hulled them so that we could perch them upright on a platter and we piped a mix of cream and local yoghurt into them. I saw this done for the first time in the 80s by Prue Leith and it became one of her signature dishes. Although the recipe calls for Greek yoghurt, I find that the local Maltese yoghurt is just as good and makes a lovely stiff texture when

mixed with cream and it is a fraction of the price of the Greek variety. We topped the strawberries with pistachio nuts that we blended to make a dust mixed with crushed digestive biscuits and covered the open strawberry with the tip of that we cut off. Adrian's mum Jennifer agreed that this had all the flavours of a strawberry cheesecake with a lot less calories. The bond between mother and son was a pleasure to see. Jennifer is very supportive of Adrian and he is a credit to her. I asked Adrian what the secret of his success is and he says that his mother taught him never to give up to keep on his dreams. When he is at drama school, Adrian is always happy to pass on what he learnt from being part of Simshar to others who have not yet been as lucky as him. He is so proud of being given the opportunity to take part in the first full length Maltese movie and he cannot wait to see what everyone thinks about it. www.goodfoodeveryday.wordpress.com


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Palatial HOUSE OF CHARACTER ▪ Expertly converted ▪ Historical location just off the main square ▪ Vaulted hallway ▪ Large reception rooms ▪ Library ▪ Study ▪ Kitchen / breakfast room ▪ Large living room ▪ South-facing courtyard leading into mature gardens ▪ Space for a swimming pool ▪ 7 bedrooms ▪ 4 bathrooms ▪ 2 guest toilets ▪ Utility & Laundry rooms ▪ Wine cellar ▪ Spacious 4 car garage ▪ Internal size 400m2 ▪ External size 800m2 ▪ Ref: HC02988 ▪ SOLE AGENTS

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BAHRIJA ▪ €495,000 ▪ COUNTRY RESIDENCE

SLIEMA ▪ €675,000 ▪ SEAFRONT APARTMENT

Exceptional MAISONETTE ▪ Luxury specification ▪ Good-sized back garden ▪ Swimming pool & outdoor entertaining area ▪ Wonderful country views ▪ Hallway ▪ Separate sitting room ▪ Large open plan kitchen / dining / living area ▪ 3 bedrooms (master with shower room en-suite & walk in wardrobe) ▪ Main bathroom ▪ Guest toilet ▪ Laundry room ▪ Private roof ▪ Underlying 4-car garage ▪ Basement ▪ Internal size 200m2 ▪ External size 100m2 ▪ Ref: MA01576 ▪ SOLE AGENTS

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A PROMISE OF QUALITY Ever wondered where McDonald’s™ sources its ingredients from? We take a closer look at what goes on behind the scenes of your McMenu™ meal. Millions of people worldwide consume McDonald’s™ meals regularly, but have you ever stopped to think about what makes this franchise one of the world’s most popular ones? It’s quite simple really; good quality food tastes better. Since inception, quality has always been a key core value for us here at McDonald’s™. Along the years we have consistently strived to deliver high quality meals, prepared with genuine, fresh ingredients. From carefully selected potatoes that are used to make the restaurant’s world-famous fries, to the fresh vegetables in their salads, and the prime cuts of 100% pure beef used to make their burger patties, we have regularly expressed our commitment to serving each of our consumers only the very best. Much speculation goes on as to where we source our ingredients from. We thought we’d look into this and provide you with this handy step-by-step guide.

Where does McDonald’sTM get its beef from? All of McDonald’s™ hamburger patties are made using prime cuts of 100% pure beef, originating from European farms, mainly in Italy, that have been approved and are regularly monitored. Nothing is added or taken away from the beef – preservatives, additives, binders or fillers are never used. Contrary to popular belief, these burger patties are always grilled and never fried. A clamshell grill is used to cook the patties from both sides simultaneously that are then sprinkled with salt and pepper prior to being served. All of our approved cattle are provided with an ID number and a passport in order to allow monitoring and tracking of all beef products closely from farm to restaurant. We are able to track

a beef patty back to its origins in around three hours.

What about the potatoes?

In McDonald’s™ flagship farms, potatoes are selected, washed thoroughly and delivered to our production facilities. Steam pressure is applied to the potatoes at 210°C to separate the peel from the flesh and manual trimming and further quality inspections are carried out. Potatoes are then preheated to improve cutting efficiency and are then propelled at 100kmph towards a cutter block giving fries their distinctive long size. Fries are then blanched, dried pre-cooked, pre-cooled, flashfrozen, packed and transported to our restaurants respecting standard cold chain procedures. As you can see, perfect fries don’t just happen. Only the highest grades of Russet Burbank and Shepody potato varieties, planted and cultivated by trusted McDonald’s™ approved farmers are used to produce fries that are golden and crispy on the outside, and warm and fluffy inside.

Want to discover more? For further information about our Quality Promise, and to find out more about the origins of all our core ingredients, visit www.mcdonalds.com.mt/quality or visit McDonald’s Facebook page on www.facebook.com/McDonaldsMT


TRAVEL HOT SPOTS

PARIS The most relaxing way, for even the moderately fit, to enjoy Paris is by foot. Sacre Coeur in Montmartre The climb up to the ghostly and imposing Sacre Coeur in Montmartre is admittedly demanding but the view down is magical as Haussmann, the renown town planner, paid great attention to straight lines leading upto public edifices at focal points. also the famous Hansard roofs decorate the skyline across the entire panorama offered from this church. Nearby in the Place du Tertre one gets a sense of the artistic nature of the area immortalised by the Impressionists.

MUSEUMS Many of Paris's lesser known museums are highly underestimated: the painter Delacroix's house in Saint Germain is very intimate, whilst the JacquemartAndre on Boulevard Haussmann exemplifies the glory of French interior decoration in the 19th century. The Marmottan on Rue Louis Boilly, alongside the Bois de Boulogne, the city’s central park, has many special Impressionist works including Monet's Sunrise: An Impression from which the movement derived its name. My favourite however is the Rodin Museum nearby Napoleon's tomb in the Hotel des Invalides. Here are some of his most stunningly worked sculptures of the very highest definition.

THE rive gauche The Rive Gauche (the South, or strictly translated Left, Bank) has a vibrancy and urbanity typical of the sophistication that the city offers: be it the cafes in the sixth arrondissement where the philosopher Sartre held forth or La Sorbonne, the world famous university or the numerous boutiques illuminating all that is stylish and chic or the restaurants offering up the best of French cuisine.

Bateau monche My favourite excursion is the Bateau Mouche, an open-topped long boat that can be alighted from, amongst other locations, the Pont d'Iena and which gently moves along the river Seine and gives one the unique proximity to the eldest part of the city, the two islands the Ile de la Cite and the Ile St Louis. It is from the former that one can enjoy the urbeach the world’s first urban beach, the grand architecture of the Louvre, Paris’s celebrated art gallery, and the gothic glory of the city's cathedral La Notre Dame beautiful with its buttresses from all angles as the boat trip allows.

Adam Jacot de Boinod is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World, published by Penguin Books, and the creator of the iPhone App Tingo, a quiz on Interesting Words.

CULTURE The city's overriding image is one of baguettes and onion soup, Edith Piaf and the Can-Can, elegant women disdainful of whomever is sartorially negligent, the insouciant shoulder shrug of uncooperative taxi drivers, the berets and squeezeboxes, the stark demonstrations of romance and it’s all true, it’s all there!

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Things to do in MALTA there is so much to do on this small island of ours that visitors often fee l like they must be missing out on something. We’ve rounded up a few of the things to do and see that are such an intrinsic part of our daily life. 04

Organise a 'Fenkata' and sample the very traditional dish of fried rabbit.

09 Explore Valletta, one of the most historic cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wonder at the magnificent St John’s co-Cathedral.

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Take a walk along the Sliema and St Julian’s seafront and enjoy a wonderful Mediterranean meal at one of the many restaurants along the way.

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Visit the Ggantija temples – said to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

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Browse for traditional delicacies and local crafts at the Victoria Market in Gozo.

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Organize a boat trip, and enjoy the views of the islands rugged coastline from out at sea.

Buy Maltese pastizzi – a local pastry delicacy and eat them in the sun.

06 Explore the tiny island of Comino and swim in the stunning Blue Lagoon.

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07 Go swimming at Golden Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in Malta.

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Take in the view from Calypso’s Cave above Ramla Bay in Gozo.

12 Catch a play at the Manoel Theatre, one of the oldest working theatres in Europe.


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The Malta Experience

13 Pay a visit to the Mosta Church, famous for having one of the largest domes in the world.

Located in Malta’s Capital City, Valletta, housed within what was once the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of Malta is “The Malta Experience”. This audio-visual spectacular is one of the largest attractions in Europe in terms of duration, system and language commentaries. It is also the only show that retraces seven thousand years of Maltese history. The forty-five minute presentation can be listened to in one of seventeen languages.

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Take in the views of the breathtaking Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

Go to Marsaxlokk quaint fishing village for markets, fresh fish and authentic fishing.

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15 Look out for village Festas ( the season begins in May), when the whole town organises parades and fireworks extravaganzas and a good time is had by all.

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Visit the atmospheric underground chambers at the Hypogeum, which were created thousands of years ago.

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Hop onto a ferry to Gozo and head to Dwejra to admire the Azure Window which is undoubtedly one of Malta’s highlights. Malta is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving offering fantastic diving courses and the opportunity to see some incredible underwater wildlife during your holiday.

In a purposely built auditorium, with a panoramic screen, sensational vision and a gripping commentary, The Malta Experience brings 7000 years of history back to life. The show is undoubtedly worth a visit for anyone interested in Malta’s unique history. Moreover it is an ideal reference guide to the island’s places of interest. So why not make it your first stop and let Malta’s treasures unfold before your eyes.

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20 Trek along the rugged coastline which provides a backdrop to Malta’s beautiful beaches and crystal clear seas.

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AN underwater world Walking through the tunnel gives you a sense of an underwater adventure

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ocated in one of Malta’s most picturesque promenades, the Malta National Aquarium is one of the leading visitor attractions in Malta. This popular and fascinating place is home to over a hundred different species of fish including sharks, rays, seahorses and eels. Here visitors will find a selection of fish exhibits ranging from local Mediterranean species to exotic species from the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. Besides the tanks housing this impressive collection of fish species, the Malta National Aquarium also includes the Cafe del Mar reef club, a landscaped belvedere, a merchandise outlet and outstanding catering facilities all set within an idyllic location.

The star exhibit is the large aquarium situated in the middle of the attraction as you walk round, this large display houses a walk through acrylic tunnel. Walking through the tunnel gives you a sense of an underwater adventure and discovery as you mingle with Cownose Rays and Black Tip Sharks, to the ever-popular Dragon Moray Eels. As part of its research commitment, The Malta National Aquarium teamed up with the ilearn Biology Team to prepare high level educational programmes in line with the new Maltese National curriculum. Currently the aquarium is also undertaking a project in conjunction with Sharklab Malta. Sharklab is about the protection

and conservation of shark species throughout the Mediterranean. The dedicated team retrieves various shark and ray eggs that are still alive within the dead rays and sharks arriving at the market. They then carefully remove the egg cases and transfer them here to the aquarium. The egg cases are then placed in a specialized exhibit that is temperature controlled until they hatch. In this exhibit you can see the live embryos within the exhibit wiggling away like something you would see on an alien film. Once these eggs have hatched they are kept for around six months so they are at a good survivable size for releasing following which they are released into protected marine sites around Malta.

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Sailing in Malta

Fair Winds and Blue Seas... With a location slap bang in the middle of the Mediterranean, the Maltese Islands are a superb sailing ground – and the world is taking notice. Robert Carry

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rom the fabled shipwrecking of St Paul in 60 AD to the legendary naval battles waged in its waters in World War II, Malta drips with nautical history. Today, though, the Ottoman galleys and British destroyers that once skirted the islands have been replaced by the trademark white triangle sails of pleasure crafts. It's easy to see why Malta is acting as a beckon for sailing enthusiasts. The gnarled limestone islands of Malta, Comino and Gozo are fringed with secluded bays, ancient fishing harbours and dramatic cliffs. With a near-perfect climate and a long sailing season, Malta works well as a sailing location both for experienced 'salties' as well as those just starting out. Sailing is one of the best ways to explore

the country. As well as offering views of Malta, Comino and Gozo regular land-lubbers will never get to see, the government permits pleasure crafts to anchor for the night in any of Malta's bays and inlets (with the exception of the protected Filfla Island). That means you can pull up to catch a sunset or sunrise with the sound of turquois water rolling beneath you. "There is a lot to see here for sailors," explains Gino Cutajar of yacht services company Fraser Yachts. "If you want to find a nice secluded bay, you'll find it. We have stunning cultural sites that many people in Europe are not yet aware of and it you want night life, we have that too." Malta has been working hard to bring itself to the attention of would-be

Find out more... If you are new to sailing, then a great place to get started is at Sailing School Malta. The school runs a range of short and long courses with an emphasis on fun. Find out more here: www.sailingschoolmalta.com There are a number of yacht charter companies operating on the islands offering a range of vessel sizes, crew configurations and prices. Some of the best include www.boatcarelimited.com, www.fairwindsailing.com.mt and www.charteryachts.com.mt.

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sailors and its maritime infrastructure is well developed. The islands boast scores of marinas of various shapes and sizes as well as a well established yacht club. A number of charter companies are based out of inlets around the Central Harbour; one of the world's largest and most beautiful natural deep-water harbours. It means visitors get to set sail from among the imposing 16th century bastions built by the Knights of St John, and the towers of Fort St Angelo from which the Knights fought off the Saracens during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. As well as being an attraction in its own right, Malta is also becoming increasingly popular as a base for exploring the Central Med. Many one and two-week sailing packages include visits to places like nearby Sicily (58 nautical miles) or Lampedus (95 nautical miles). For serious sailors, Malta also plays host to top end sailing competitions. Events

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to look out for include the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Malta-Syracuse Race, both of which are held annually. Opting to see Malta by boat also means easy access to a range of water sports and activities. Malta is home to a number of superb dive sites featuring curiosities like natural sea caves and wreck sites. Dolphin sightings are common and travelling by boat puts the country's complement of beaches within easy reach. Malta offers a massive range of boat hire (charter) options. You can rent anything from a state-of-the-art catamaran or a miniature cruise ship, to a Turkish gulet or a 35 foot super yacht (although you'll need a skipper's certificate to take out one of the larger boats on a bare-boat basis). That said, you can also hire a crew as part of most packages. If you do, they will both take care of all the work for you, and negate the need for you to have a licence.

01. View from Valletta to Sliema bay | 02. One of Gozo's caves in the rocky coastline of the island at Dwejra

Plot Your Route: A Sample Sailing Itinerary Beginning on Malta's main island with its ancient temples, Baroque cities and Unesco World Heritage, island hop to its quieter sister island of Gozo – reputed to be the origin of the myth of Calypso. After taking in Gozo's sights, set sail for neighbouring Sicily with its historical and cultural remnants of ancient Greece. Next up is Pantelleria, a volcanic speck in the blue of the Med. Finally, circle back to take in the coast around Comino, with its quiet setting and implausibly clear waters.

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OLD MALTESE CAFES

THE MALTESE ‘TEA’ ROOM Charlotte Stafrace Photos by Pierre Stafrace 01

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Coffee shops abound in Malta these days. Many of them are relatively new, transformed from a grocery or a clothes shop into a marble and steel outlet where you can pop in for a cup of tea or a cappuccino served in a branded ceramic cup, while you nibble on a tasty cake from a neat selection in the glass-fronted counter. However, I remember a time when bars-cum-cafes poured hot tea in a pyrex glass tumbler and the only milk came from a tinned can. These bars were in their heyday till the late 70’s and early 80’s. Most of them are gone now, but a few do remain. You can enjoy a glimpse of days gone by in some of these still-standing Maltese bars. 02

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he cafes of bygone days were predominantly a male oriented affair. They served as pit stops for a quick coffee before or after hunting in the early hours of the morning or before effecting vegetable deliveries to the local market. You could share a wooden table with others and swing on rickety woven chairs, rubbing shapes with your feet in the sawdust which covered the patterned floor-tiles. You could fill up on cheap cheesecakes, fresh straight out of the oven followed by splendidly brightcoloured and sugary pastries. Because of their quirky opening hours, some cafes in the 80’s started attracting a generation of party revellers looking for a warm snack before returning home at dawn (a tradition which lingers on till today!) Here was a place where you could discuss politics, bird hunting and horse-racing as well as all the goings on of family life and of course catch up on all the gossip! Today,

at any one of these cafes, you can still catch up on the days’ news before all the town comes to life. These cafes were the life and soul of the village. Today, most of them are gone or have been altered beyond recognition in the name of ‘renovation’ but, if you linger long enough in some of the towns, you can still ask about an ‘authentic’ drinking spot. A few have held on to the original décor, which typically consisted of a marbletopped high bar, multi-coloured chairs, a mirror behind the bar and advertising plaques and posters of Maltese drinks and beers on the walls, which were usually coloured in bright glossy shades, as was popular at the time. One of the most iconic, and still going strong one hundred years later, is called Crystal Palace Tea & Coffee Bar in the main square in Rabat (opposite Mdina’s Gardens). Martin Azzopardi, known as

‘Tas-Serkin’, currently owns the bar. Also from Rabat, he took over from his father Ninu. The bar used to serve British soldiers looking for a drink around the clock. There’s nothing grand or palace like inside, but if you stop here you will be rewarded with a look at a time gone by. The place is open practically all day and night so you can just pop in for some of the tastiest and freshest cheesecakes and pea cakes. Your tea is still served in a glass tumbler but these days you will get asked if you want milk out of a can or out of a carton. If you look behind the counter, you will notice a tea kettle always bubbling away, constantly brewing its next batch of tea leaves. The Crystal Palace is also a good place to people watch. As the hours drift by, different crowds gather, with the earlyrisers giving way to students on the way to school, who are in turn replaced by a cross-section of Maltese society. Of course, this is not the only reason to visit

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Rabat. Rabat is one of the oldest towns in Malta, full of catacombs, interesting houses, museums and splendid churches. You can get lost in the town for hours. Winding through its narrow roads, you will surely come across a few other bars which have not given in to refurbishing. Another small gem which I recently stumbled upon is in Floriana (in a side street opposite the main Argotti Gardens) in a street call The Mall. It is called Bros Bar (short for Brothers) and welcomes visitors through a saloon type swinging wooden door. The bar, I am told by the sister of the Xuereb Brothers, has been in the family for around 75 years and hasn’t changed much. It was very popular and frequented regularly by the British Army and Navy staff when they were stationed in the vicinity. One side of the tiny interior is occupied by a beautiful old bar complete with original marble top and wooden stools, with a large mirror on the wall behind it. A billiard table dominates the centre of the bar, with tables, benches and chairs all around it. The walls are painted in the original glossy cream paint and the wooden bench on the side has seen many different characters in its long history. You won’t get food here but you can buy a selection of confectionery items, as well as enjoy a tot of whisky at a good price. They also serve tea and coffee from 8.30 in the morning, and from around 5.30-10.00. These days its small clientele consists of a group of regulars from the vicinity who come here to while away the time. The conversation is often animated, covering various topics from local politics to cinema to more philosophical aspects of life. Ms. Xuereb told me that the family was adamant not to modernise the place as it would lose its old world charm. Many tourists bypass Floriana on their way to Valletta but it is worth a stop as it boasts an interesting slice of history, with its magnificent views and gardens, architecture, cemetery and centuries old churches still standing. It is safe to say that you will not get silver service at any of these cafes. But what you will get by choosing to visit these ‘forgotten’ bars and cafes is a way of linking Malta’s rich past and present history. You might even get to hear a story or two to take home!

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"You won’t get food here but you can buy a selection of confectionery items, as well as enjoy a tot of whisky at a good price"

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Sliema Gems

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Much of the literature that considers the architecture of Sliema laments the irrevocable demolition that took place mostly in the 1980s when countless historical buildings were destroyed. But since it is a truism in architecture that what is lost can not be recovered, a more fruitful project is to celebrate and showcase the architectural gems that remain.

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invited conservation architect and founder of the Sliema Heritage Society, Edward Said on a walk through Sliema to learn about the history, the architecture, the architects, the styles, and the stories behind some of the finest buildings. Said grew up in Sliema and vividly remembers watching buildings crumble around him. Although the majority of the homes on the seafront are gone, there are still many architectural treasures to be found along the back roads of Sliema. Said describes early Sliema as a fishing village, centred mainly around the Ferries, with the earliest records dating back to the late 1700s. Many historical accounts attribute the name of the village to the church. In Maltese, the

first words of the Hail Mary prayer are “Sliem Għalik Marija” and it is said that the fisherman going out to sea would say a “Sliema,” praying for good weather and fruitful returns. Said counters, however, that like most names in Malta, Sliema is derived from the ancient Arabic name, Salama. In the mid 19th century, the population of Sliema rose rapidly as wealthy Valletta residents sought refuge from the heat during the summer months, building their second homes in the seaside village. In addition, Said notes that most of the rich English servicemen stationed in Malta bought property and retired in Sliema; the Britishness of this town is a hallmark of its history.

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I meet Edward Said at Dingli Circus, one of my favourite spots in Sliema — a beautiful repose from the busy thoroughfare of Sir Adrian Dingli Street. We walk along Triq Karm Galea and Said points out the predominance of classical designs in Sliema, mostly done by Francesco Zammit, a popular architect of the time who was blessed with exceedingly wealthy clients. Although not part of our walk today, Said tells me about some important buildings in the outskirts of Sliema: a trio of houses

archways over the entranceways and apertures shared by each.

"Stella Maris is known for its

Said and I make our way to Stella Maris Street, nestled between the wider roads of Amery and Dingli Streets. Said describes Amery and Dingli as showcasing a “battle of styles” wherein architects of the time would inject the local character with architectural styles in fashion in England, Belgium, France, and Italy. Stella Maris Street, however, is different.

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that are both perfectly at home in their setting while also wildly different from the surrounding architecture. Pax, Alhambra, and Alcazar at 104-106 Rudolph Street, built in 1870 and designed by Emanuele Luigi Galizia (once the Chief Architect of Malta) are iconic Moorish houses, representative of the style for which the architect became known. Galizia was knighted by the Sultan of Constantinople as a show of appreciation for the architect’s excellent work on the Turkish cemetery in Marsa. “Alhambra” — a name which also pays homage to the Spanish influences of the design — was built as Galizia’s summer residence, a pastoral escape from his busy working life, and commanded impressive views of Valletta and St. Julian’s. The dramatic, yet whimsical design of these houses sets them apart from their neighbours; perhaps most enchanting are the repetition of circular

Said likens Stella Maris to an old country lane, a narrow winding street that could easily be mistaken for one found in the villages of Balzan or Lija. Stella Maris is known for its classical architecture, most by the hand of Francesco Zammit, a leading architect during the end of the 19th century. The Number 15 house is no exception and is the epitome of classical architecture in Sliema. The home is owned by a 95-year-old piano teacher whose son is the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The intricately cut limestone sculpture which presides over the entranceway is positively Roman and a stunning sight to behold.

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A few steps down from Number 15 is a corner house undergoing refurbishment; a workman covered in dust seems to be sanding away old paint from the facade. He directs our attention to the street sign adorning the edge of the building. Blink and you would miss it, but Said’s

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keen eye uncovers the patinated remnants of an original street sign from the 1930s (with a ceramic plate sign from the 1950s fixed below). The Sliema Heritage Society sought to encourage the Sliema Local Council to uncover the original street signs showing the British names, such as Victoria Gardens, (which is now Triq Gino Muscat Azzopardi). Said explains that under both political administrations, there was a crusade to eliminate anything to do with Britain; possibly as a misguided means to bolster national identity and independence. Further along during our walk, Said points out another old street sign, reading Triq Irjali (or “Royal Street”) which was replaced with Triq Il-Kbira (meaning “High Street”). Said explains that “Irjali” was used by the Knights of St. John, dating back to the 11th century and is not a product of British influence whatsoever. If you continue down Stella Maris, you will come across another trio of homes which diverge from the classical architecture of the street. Lydia, Mary and Chully at 46-48 Stella Maris Street were designed by Giuseppe Psaila, who is perhaps best known for designing the Art Nouveau Balluta Buildings in St. Julian’s. Lydia, Mary and Chully boast outstanding sculptural details, which became trademarks of Psaila’s work — the lovely circles in the glass windows; the geometric wood panelling of the doors; the bold names. The style could only be described as eclectic, says Said, a mix of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Italian Liberty. Cutting across Il-Palazz Capua to Victoria Avenue, or as it is now called, Gorg Borg Oliver Street, we find two sets of houses built in 1895, which Said describes as “quintessentially British.” The castellations that line the roof make the buildings look like castles in miniature. The original owner, Marquess Alfred Mattei, lived in Capua Palace only a few yards away. A wealthy landowner and businessman, Mattei commissioned Zammit to build the twin houses as an investment to be sold upon completion. The overriding style of the buildings is classical — typical of Zammit — but there is an attempt to break away; Said categorises the houses as “sham gothic.” There are only a dozen buildings in this style on the island, which makes them all the more precious. Two of the houses nearest to the sea boast a small front garden, a rare feature — along with the castellations — meant to indicate luxury. Making our way back from where we came, cutting across Stella Maris, we arrive at the corner of Amery Street and Howard. Said introduces me to Tarka and Sophie, two homes on either side of the corner, built in 1928 as indicated by the Roman 34


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Numerals on the facade. While much of the design of the houses in Sliema is influenced by various traditions — Gothic, Classical, Nouveau — Said characterises these buildings as Maltese Art Deco. The architect, Gustav Vincenti, was an early developer, buying land and building homes (as opposed to the typical process of development which involved noble landowners engaging architects). Vincenti was a businessman and this is evident in his style — his work is simple and functional, less ornamental and decorative than his contemporary, Psaila. Vincenti’s simplicity, however, did not damper his innovation — Tarka and Sophie showcase the architect’s break from classicism. The balconies in particular are his unique adaptation of the traditional Maltese balcony. In the clean lines and careful details of these homes, it is evident that Vincenti employed excellent masons who were

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well paid and passionate about their work, Said concludes. Although it is typically only the architect who is acknowledged for these historical buildings, Said notes that it is imperative to acknowledge the skill of the craftsmen and masons who communed intimately, working the limestone with their own hands, to engender the vision of the architect. We arrive back on Dingli Street, at house Number 10, the verifiable gem of the street. Said describes it as quite possibly the most impressive house in Sliema. Number 10 is subtly beautiful and the details become even more lovely upon closer inspection; the limestone seems to glow softly in the afternoon light. An air of mystery surrounds this house, as neither the original owner nor the architect has ever been verified, although it is commonly attributed to Psaila. When viewing the house from the street, to the left there is a classic Vincenti home — abstract Deco designs that find repetition and order under his expert supervision. Number 10, however, is more sculptural, floral, even mechanical, suggests Said, who himself finds beauty in the gear-like details adorning the upper facade. “Someone was really having fun with the design,” he explains, his appreciation for the architect’s talent written across his face. This house is a prime example of the Maltese interpretation Arts & Crafts style, one that originated in England in reaction to the drastic changes brought upon by the Industrial Revolution.

Although my stroll with Said has largely been a commemoration of the beautiful homes and buildings that reside throughout Sliema, walking home it is difficult to ignore the influx of new developments under way. With new rules from MEPA designating that the facade of historical buildings must be retained, with flats permitted above, there are a number of what Said calls “cheap imitations” — new constructions that are copy-and-pasting the style of the historical facade and feigning an appear of “old.” Architecture that fails to distinguish the old from the new is disappointing and uncreative in Said’s mind and I find myself in agreement. What would he put instead? I ask, to which he replies, “Something utterly contemporary, but using Maltese stone.” Said envisions architecture that is inspired and creative, just as the architects who originally built Sliema tried to foster new styles. Before parting ways, we find ourselves on the topic of integrity and ethics; how to resolve creative vision with limitations, or commercial enterprise with historical preservation. Said imparts the following anecdote: “Once, I was asked to be the architect by someone who owned a house in Sliema and wanted to knock down and build flats. I refused. That would defeat the point.” Said’s point is commemoration and preservation; the importance of remembering the buildings that once stood and appreciating the ones that remain.

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alta is so small that all its wonders and sites are easily accessible. Wherever you stand you can rest assured that, barring a few traffic jams on the way, you can be at any destination on the island in under an hour. This is the beauty of being small, of having the opulence of Valletta of the Knights just 20 minutes away from Mdina, a medieval city of mesmerising beauty.

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If you wish to see the world’s oldest free-standing stone structure hop on to a car, or bus, get yourself to the Gozo ferry and feast your eyes on Ġgantija, a marvel that predates the pyramids and Stonehenge by quite a stretch. And that Gozo visit will only add another hour to your meanderings. Because Malta is small, it lacks vast areas of open spaces, which is the corollary of

the beauty of everywhere being easily accessible. A big portion of Malta is built up because so many of us inhabit these tiny islands, but with so much on offer this is a small price to pay. On the way to Gozo you pass through, or close to, Mellieħa, a lovely village perched on a hill with stunning views of the sister island and the even smaller island of Comino.


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"It stands proudly alone, cut off from all other villages and surrounded by ample open spaces to enjoy nature at its greenest." The Mellieha Parish Church

Mellieħa is one place that is different to the rest of Malta. It stands proudly alone, cut off from all other villages and surrounded by ample open spaces to enjoy nature at its greenest, particularly during these spring months. Green is also a rather relative term on these islands. Unlike countries further up north we do not have unlimited rainwater so our greenery is hardly limitless and even our open fields are never just greenery. Rock, our limestone rock which fuses beautifully with the shimmering sun, makes up a good part of our countryside, providing a truly interesting vista. Mellieħa probably derives from Punic times from the word for salt, melħ. The people of Mellieħa are called Melleħin and one of the all-time favourite songs

in Malta is Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa, a ballad dedicated to the beauty of the sea surrounding Mellieħa. Mellieħa has a lot to offer all year round. In the balmy summer it is one of the islands’ most visited villages, with some gorgeous beaches including Għadira. The place is popular with locals and visitors alike not just for swimming, watersports and sunbathing but also for barbecues, ħobż-biż-żejt (Maltese bread covered with tomatoes, oil and seasoning), restaurants, bars and pure summer lazing. And these warm spring days, with the promise of summer just round the corner, offer opportunities to walk around the village and beyond, enjoying the breathtaking views from different vantage points and

discovering the endemic rock, wild flowers and fauna. Mellieħa is rich in folklore, history and beautiful and historic buildings. It has been inhabited since early Neolithic times with several remains found in the area and beyond. Troglodytes also seem to have inhabited Mellieħa caves. The village boasts gems like the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa built by the Knights of Malta, the baroque parish church in the main square and wartime shelters hewn out of rock. The wildlife sanctuary is another good reason to visit this northwestern place of tranquillity and surprises. Go north and enjoy Mellieħa and all around it.

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SIMSHAR

SIMSHAR: A SURVIVAL STORY Annabel Hili

Photos by Kukumajsa Productions

In the summer of 2008, the fishing vessel Simshar was lost at sea with four men and an 11-year-old boy on board. After the authorities took to the sea and the sky in search of survivors, it became apparent that there was only one: Simon Bugeja. His father Karmenu and two other fishermen, Noel Carabott and Abdulrahman Gedi lost their lives in the tragedy. Theo, his son, was never found. 42


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his spring, six years later, a film inspired by these events will be gracing cinema screens both here and abroad. 30-year-old director and co-scriptwriter Rebecca Cremona says she was on a trip home to Malta from Los Angeles, where she was studying film, when the idea was born. She met up with Bugeja and was immediately struck by his harrowing story.

meeting Bugeja, Cremona began to identify interesting elements that surrounded the story: a traditional Maltese fishing community facing inevitable changes brought about by progress. “For instance, Malta’s accession into the EU has brought with it a wave of new regulations and quotas to follow. Marsaxlokk is the perfect microcosm of a community which is very traditional, yet experiencing pressure to change its ways.”

Cremona is quick to point out that the film is not an attempt to recreate the tragedy. “It’s not a documentary, it’s not a retelling. Simshar is a fictional story inspired by real events,” she explains. “The actors did meet the survivor and his family, but this was to capture the essence of the subjects that were relevant to the story, rather than to mimic them.”

She says the topic of change felt particularly relevant within a Maltese context, given that many local traditions are disappearing. “Simshar tries to capture what is unique about our island and in a sense it’s also about preserving something before it’s too late.”

Simshar actually has two parallel plots which develop simultaneously. Whilst the fishermen aboard the Simshar are struggling to survive at sea, a group of African migrants is crossing the Mediterranean, risking life and limb in the hope of finding a better life. “The stories unfold in the same sea. They’re both about survival, in different ways, which ultimately turn out to be quite similar. Both deal with the human tragedy of having to fight for one’s life,” says Cremona.

“It’s a good showcase of life on the island, without being clichéd. It’s very contemporary,” continues Cremona. However the themes that run throughout will resonate with an international audience. The juxtaposition of tradition and change, migration, the value of human life and discrimination are all universal issues echoed the world over. “It’s a film about survival,” she says. “After all, migration is not just a Mediterranean concern.”

“When it happened, the Simshar tragedy resonated with a lot of people. We live on an island; The sea is a part of our lives.“ After

Whilst it is not the first Maltese feature-length film, according to Cremona, Simshar is the first of its kind. “In Malta there is no

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"My faith in humanity was both lost and restored"

precedent for this kind of production, for a film of this scale and scope. For instance, post-production took around a year to complete, which although common in the industry at large, is unusual for a local production. Making a film is already tough, never mind when you are navigating uncharted territory,” she says. Malta has a long history of film servicing, playing host to hundreds of international productions over the past sixty years. However these are usually foreign stories, told by foreign film makers, for an international audience. On the other hand, local productions are aimed primarily at the Maltese market. Simshar seems to sit somewhere in between the two. “We hope to bring different audiences together because of the nature of the film. It should appeal to many different people, and this was

reflected in the making of it. It’s very local and at the same time very universal.” The film is in Maltese, with English subtitles, and the production company is Maltese. The crew was made up of people from over 20 different countries. Although it was filmed entirely in Malta, in over 21 locations across the island, some of the post-production work was done abroad, in Croatia, Ireland and the US. “It’s an international melting pot in a Maltese package,” says Cremona. There's a saying within the film industry. "If you want to retain your sanity, don’t shoot in the water, don’t shoot with kids and don’t work with animals. In the making of Simshar we did all three,” she laughs, adding that in spite of this they were overwhelmed by the help and support they received along the way.

“We were shooting in Bormla one night, at around 11:30pm. We had a bright light on a cherry picker, shining down this alley, and we were quite worried about disturbing the residents. But they came out of their houses, offered us tea, and brought plants out to make the street look nicer… a real community feeling.” “My faith in humanity was both lost and restored in the process of making this film,” she smiles. Simshar premiered on 27th April at the Empire Cinema in Bugibba. It will be showing from 30th April onwards at the Empire in Bugibba and the Embassy in Valletta. Visit www.facebook.com/SimsharTheFilm for more information.

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Parma has an atmosphere of gentility permeating the air. There’s an aura of affluence ….which is not surprising, as Parma is considered one of the most prosperous places in Italy. This achievement is reflected with a glory of architecture and a heritage second to none: merely touching the surface some of the most significant and interesting buildings to visit include the Cathedral with its Romanesque Basilica dating back to the 12th C. crowned by a vast fresco of the ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ by Correggio and the Baptistery - an impressive octagonal building built with pink Venetian marble.


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ne of Parma's primary landmarks is the Palazzo della Pilotta, the 16th C. grand Palace, owned originally by the Farnese family. The building now houses Parma's major Art Gallery…the Galleria Nazionale. The extensive collection is well worth a visit to see works by Correggio, Parmigianino, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci and Canaletto. Whilst there, wander the delightful Teatro Farnese, an extraordinary wooden theatre built in the 17th C. and rebuilt after bombing in the Second World War.

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If visiting the city during the Opera Season do pay a visit to the Teatro Regio with its graceful neoclassic façade and famed for its ties to Verdi. Tickets sell fast so it’s a good idea to check out on line at https:// teatroregioparma.it for the latest updates. It’s not all classical culture in Parma. ‘Modern’ nightlife is good - dance the night away, listen to live Indie bands, or check out the early evening ‘happy hours’ in wine bars who serve scrummy snacks. Café and restaurants abound showcasing some of the delicious produce from the surrounding countryside. Indeed whilst I’m sitting here writing this copy on Parma I’m actually eating some utterly gorgeous Parma Ham - Prosciutto di Parma - wrapped around breadsticks. Don’t forget another of the area’s most famous products is Parmesan Cheese, the delicious Parmigiano Reggiano, produced here. This wonderful and versatile cheese is thought to have been produced in this region for at least the last 700 years. Team the ham and cheese with a glass of local sparkling Lambrusco or one of the local Reds grown on the surrounding hills and relax…. perhaps reviving memories of a past visit to the elegant city, or adventures to come!

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As expected in a chic city, shopping is excellent with a great selection of designer shops, lovely art galleries and bargains galore at Ospedale Vecchio (Old Hospital) market.

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Business Conference

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lternative residence and citizenship, visa restrictions and freedom of movement have become increasingly important for internationally active entrepreneurs and investors seeking to optimize their business, investment and leisure activities. All over the world, more and more wealthy individuals are considering becoming a citizen or a resident of more than just one country.

The Malta Individual Investor Programme (IIP) is the newest Citizenship-byInvestment program in the world and is aimed at ultra-high net worth individuals and families globally. It offers citizenship in an EU Member State that is stable, neutral and highly respected; an efficient application process; and the world’s strictest due diligence standards.

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With all eyes on Malta now, the annual Henley & Partners Forum will take place in Malta on 28th May and 29th May 2014, on the occasion of the launch of the Individual Investor Program. The Forum provides an update on the latest developments and opportunities in the field of citizenship, residence and investor immigration planning. Following a pre-conference networking cocktail reception on the evening of 28th May, a full program will provide the latest updates, trends and first-hand information from leading professionals and key officials from the Government of Malta to a large number of delegates who will come to Malta from all over the world for this unique event. The Forum program will focus on the latest developments in residence and citizenship planning. In recent months there have been some important changes worldwide with far-reaching consequences. Will the new Malta IIP really be a game-changer? What will the Canadian Government’s decision to terminate their Federal Immigrant Investor Program do to the industry? Will the U.S. EB-5 program benefit or could it possibly be closed as well? What is the future of the Caribbean Citizenship-byInvestment programs in view of increased regional competition? Will Switzerland become more attractive for UHNW individuals

and families following the vote to impose restrictions on immigration and potentially cancel the agreement on free movement with the European Union? Government officials from Malta, including the Prime Minister, will attend the Forum at the Westin Dragonara Resort, one of the leading conference venues in Malta, along with academic leaders in the field. The program will include a high-level panel discussion on the future of investor immigration and citizenship in Europe. Confirmed speakers include the Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; the Hon. Manuel Mallia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security; the Hon. Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis, Professor Dr. Dimitry Kochenov, Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen/ Netherlands; and Julia Onslow-Cole, Global Head of Immigration, PwC. The forum is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the field of residency or citizenship today, and for anyone who simply wishes to expand their horizon. More information on the programme and how to book tickets can be found on henleyglobal.com/malta14.

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MEDICAL TOURISM

High-Flying Dentistry

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rs B has been wearing dentures for many years. She vividly remembers the time when she had to help her grandmother put in her false teeth. She thought that would never happen to her, but by her mid-30s she had already lost several teeth due to gum disease and illadvised extractions. She has given up on any food which is hard, chewy or uncomfortable to eat. Her many sets of dentures, as good as they are, have limited her diet to soft food. She uses tons of denture adhesive but they still do not offer her the comfort and security that she needs. Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic removable devices constructed to replace missing teeth.

"The solution to a movable denture is the insertion of implants allowing the placement of fixed teeth" A dental implant is composed of a titanium screw inserted in the jaw, that once healed, is capable of attaching a tooth onto it. The healing period can take several months as the bone grows around the implant, securing it. Then a replacement tooth, or crown, is screwed or cemented onto the implant. Implants can also be used to anchor bridges spanning a full arch of teeth. As with any surgery, the main risk is infection, though it is not common. Patients’ concerns mostly lie with how much pain are they going to feel. However having undergone implant surgery they tend to agree that removing their teeth was more traumatic

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than having their implants. Dentists say that if a tooth cannot be saved, an implant is the next best thing. Implants are considered better than bridges in most cases, partly because they are stronger and do not involve filing down the neighboring teeth. As materials and techniques have improved, so has the success rate. Infact implant dentistry has among the highest success rates of any medical procedure. However, the success depends on the integrity of the patient’s own bone, and the ability to build new bone if needed. Success rates of implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed, ranging from about 96 percent in simple individual implants with good bone structure underneath, to about 85 percent in some cases where bone grafts are needed. However today there are so many modalities in bone grafting and implant technology that you can find a solution for nearly every patient who has a suitable medical history and is motivated to take care of their implants. A successful implant is defined as one that lasts 10 years or more however many last a lifetime. Still, implants are not for everyone. Patients’ health and medical history may preclude them from being good candidates for implants. Implants have however come a very long way since their early history. It’s all about quality of life. Make the most of what’s out there, discover your options and ask your dentist to advise you.

Dr Jean Paul Demajo Dental and Implant Surgeon Trained in London working in private practice in Malta.


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PROPERTY

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An Excellent Place For Business Malta is an important tourist resort in the centre of the Mediterranean, the climate has been a major factor for this together with the rich history, culture and the warmth of the Maltese people, a wonderful combination which entices tourists from all around the world, many of them returning to Malta many times. But it is not only tourists who are flocking to Malta. During these past 40 years, the country has notched up an impressive record in attracting foreign investors to Malta, and who continue to re-invest in their production and service facilities on the island. Today, Malta is home to more than 200 world-class companies which employ over 30,000 people and account for more than 85% of Malta’s business output. These operate predominantly in five target sectors: • Healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical devices • High-precision engineering • ICT and Electronics • Front and back office knowledge-based operations • Logistic-based services Malta’s favourable industrial climate and pro-business policies have been the pillars on which foreign companies have built their success. Direct labour costs also hold up well, at a competitive 30% to 50% of those in the older EU Member States. However, when labour costs, productivity and working hours are factored together, the picture is even better. Malta’s workforce then becomes cheaper than all established EU economies The Maltese industrial relations law follows the British system of industrial relations Strikes and stoppages are rare occurrences. The legal structure, accounting practices and trading environment run along UK lines as does the education systems. There is a wide range of quality office and industrial space available in Malta, both from the private and public sectors.

Commercial office space in purpose-built development or standalone blocks is readily available, at costs dependant on the location and size of the premises. Malta also has 10 industrial zones while a number of industrial clusters are being developed, enjoying state-of-the-art infrastructure. In Malta there are no restrictions on foreign direct investment, so companies do not need to partner with a local company. Malta’s pro-business approach has also seen the introduction and implementation of favourable fiscal measures, which include:

Reduction in tax rate for expatriates Non-Malta-domiciled individuals resident in Malta who earn qualifying employment income from activities carried out in Malta, or from any period spent outside Malta in connection with such work or duties, may opt to be taxed at a flat rate of 15%. The 15% flat rate applies to qualifying individuals working in the financial services and (as recently enacted with retroactive application to 1 January 2010) online gaming (I-gaming) industries.

Corporate tax in Malta is 35%. Malta has a single imputation system that avoids double taxation on companies and share holders respectively. In fact, individual share holders receive a refund of 6/7th on any tax paid in Malta upon distribution of dividends. This makes the effective rate of tax in Malta at 5%. Moreover, tax liability can be further reduced through a mechanism of tax credits that Malta Enterprise grants to enterprises in selected sectors.

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PROPERTY

Property in Malta? ...Makes perfect sense So here you are, seated on a plane either coming home or simply visiting this island we like to think of as the Mediterranean’s best kept secret. Wherever you are and whichever place you visit, either for business or for leisure, I am sure most will agree that there is no place like 'home'. It's a special place, a place with a connection and a sense of unexplainable relief when you get there. Could this little island be your home? Property is what we do and over the years, it never ceases to amaze me how people from different walks of life have that same reaction or connection when they walk into a property they feel could be their home. This is why Malta is so different. When that special connection is made it's not just with the property but with the whole island and its way of life. Yes it is small and naturally not perfect. But one thing is certain, almost everyone is amazed at the activity and the buzz. It's all happening here. People are friendly and helpful and the lifestyle is vibrant and full of energy. Perhaps we've been blessed and this is what makes Malta so special. It's easy to feel at home and once that connection is made it all makes perfect sense. And what's more, local legislation encourages foreigners to live in Malta under favourable fiscal conditions. With the introduction of various incentives programmes, non-residents may benefit from attractive tax structures among numerous other benefits all of which make an investment in property more attractive. The Maltese property market is active and fast moving and whether one decides to buy or to rent depends largely on the individual. Either way, the right company and the right agent can

offer a selection of properties to fit your requirements. A property which cannot only be a good investment but also a place that you can call home. If you opt to rent your first property, the major advantages are that you don't need a huge capital outlay or a loan to finance your purchase. It also gives you the opportunity to settle in without committing yourself on a long-term basis. On the other hand, buying a property in Malta – as opposed to the fluctuating property markets in other countries – is considered to be a wise choice and a sound business investment. Even in the worst of times we have seen positive growth in property. So if you're thinking of a solid business opportunity, why not consider investing in a property in Malta? Should you decide to go for it, it’s always best to speak to a real estate agency which offers the necessary experience and expertise to deal with all your requirements, including all the assistance you need. Belair Property can offer just that. And who knows? This could just become your home. Perhaps it will all make sense, after all, we've been 'Putting People in Space Since 1967'.

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BASTIONS MALTA BUSINESSOF ROUND UP

Mediterranean Ceramics:

Preserving Local Artisanship Through Ceramics and Volcanic Stone “Mediterranean Ceramics strives to revive the craft of ceramic-making in Malta and promote it as part of the Mediterranean cultural identity.”—Brian and David Grima, brothers and founders. Visiting the Mediterranean Ceramics showroom at the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village is an inspiring and enriching experience. The retail shop is a celebration of colour, with shelves upon shelves of stunning ceramic and volcanic stone designs and creations. You will find handcrafted dishware, home decor, small furniture, souvenirs, and gifts. If you are interested in learning about the craft of volcanic stone and ceramics, feel free to spend some time in the artists’s studio, where every work of art is designed and produced. The studio boasts a large open space, with fresh sunlight cascading from large skylights, spilling over the local artisans working on their latest creations. When you buy one of our original pieces, you are not only buying a work of functional art, but a little gem of history, as each creation holds the tradition of Mediterranean craftsmanship within.

One of the crowning achievements of our collection is the volcanic stone tabletops. Volcanic stone is found in the same quarry as granite and marble and yet its properties are unparalleled. Volcanic stone can withstand any weather condition and is very durable, resistant to oil, wine, acid, or scratches. It is the perfect material for daily use. We have spent many years refining our process — crafting the raw stone into an artistic piece — and this process is exclusive to Mediterranean Ceramics. The charm of these stone tables lie not only in their durability, but also in their beauty. Hand-crafted, hand-painted and completely one-of-a-kind, our tables feature splendid colours and traditional designs, all within a high quality product. Whether you are looking for a traditional design or have a completely new idea, our artists and craftsmen can customise the table to meet your needs

and tastes. Our design philosophy is, “If you can dream it, we can create it.” Mediterranean Ceramics are thrilled to announce that we have been invited to participate in the Chelsea Flower Show, the most celebrated and important garden show in the world. Dating back to 1862, the show is hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and held at the beautiful grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London from the 20th to the 24th of May. This will be the second time Mediterranean Ceramics have attended; last year was our debut show and it will remain a memorable experience as founders, Brian and David Grima were introduced to Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The team of Mediterranean Ceramics look forward to the Chelsea Flower Show this year, as well as some exciting new opportunities in the works. Stop by for a visit, we love to show off our work.

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Hedva Ser presents the Tree of Peace to the Republic of Malta On the 4th of March 2014 the UNESCO Artist for Peace, Hedva Ser, a French artist born in Israel, presented a sculpture to symbolize peace between nations and to commemorate the end of the cold war to the president of Malta, Dr. George Abela. The sculpture, entitled Tree of Peace, will remain in the Verdala Palace, as an honour to the people of Malta. The

artist describes Malta as a crucial meeting point for different cultures in the Mediterranean, it is a symbolic place for her sculpture. Madam Irina Bokova, general director of UNESCO, congratulated the President of Malta upon his decision to celebrate peace through art, and for giving UNESCO the opportunity to transmit a message of peace to humanity.

The Gocco Spring Summer collection heralds in a burst of colour With the arrival of the warmer seasons, the new GOCCO collection unveils the same explosion of colour that flowers and plants bring in spring. On this occasion, and precisely for this reason, some plant species have been chosen to name the various lines, and so names like palm, tamarind, acacia, jacaranda, ombĂş and magnolia, are bandied around in presenting this vibrantly colourful Spring/Summer

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collection. From bright blended florescent tones moving through to romantic pastel colours this is a beautifully designed collection and includes the palette that so represents Gocco as a brand such as indigo, strawberry, navy or white. The SS2014 GOCCO collection is diverse and extensive. There are polo shirts, blouses, shirts, skirts and shorts, as well as

a wide range of dresses in both classic and modern styles. And to complete any outfit Gocco also offers a choice of accessories and swimwear complete with towels and beach bags. This season also sees the return of the smart line of clothes perfect for those elegant occasions such as Holy Communion parties and all other special occasions.


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A Culture of Infinite Possibilities Loosely defined, culture is ‘a shared set of principles governing the actions of individuals in a society, community, club, or organisation’. Culture is, of its essence, very soft. Not easy to define, and surely, not easy to communicate. The fundamentals to any organisation – especially one predicated on competing fully with much bigger and better-budgeted rivals, is to make sure that each and every team member – new and old – has ingrained in his/her being the fundamentals of what makes them unique. Values on Paper Define your culture. This may sound like squaring a circle to some, but it is essential that organisations document their value-systems to themselves and to others; they need to create an organisational memory; a way to reference back to ‘the essence’ – not just for branding purposes, but for conduct, for new recruits, and for growth. That which is defined is understood. Hire passionate people Team members - irrespective of their seniority or role - are communicated with and given the space they require to develop their passion for their role. Passions are ingrained; but also learned. When you have the space to work, the tools, the perspective and the impact, you develop passion for the role. This is what we do at Bit8. Culture for growth We are growing at breakneck speed! Developers work on tasks that millions of indirect customers use. This happens on a daily basis. Malta does have a cultural gap in this sense: the perspective we afford to developers in terms of scale and impact

of their work is second to none; we are – through our superior platform, and our clients – reaching millions of users, globally. Cultures don’t always scale well. We are constantly vigilant about this to make sure that with scale, our values do not dilute. Space Ownership is healthy Ownership brings responsibility. We give each and every employee the responsibility, the space, the freedom to take risks, to learn, to hack, to implement and to be. Challenges abound, and this mentality in our organisation helps us to go head-on at full speed. We cultivate entrepreneurs from within: intrapreneurs are given space and the remit to make a difference. New recruits will find themselves having fun, challenged daily, and growing their abilities constantly, while contributing to the team, the company and our clients from the get-go! Transparent for all to see Strategies are communicated to all. The building housing us is made of glass. We are honest, clear and focused through and through. Since inception in 2010, we have acquired a significant amount of the top casinos in the world; our technology is used globally – reaching millions of customers – and we have the best gaming platform in the world, using patent-pending AI-powered technology. All this is thanks to our employees.

Visit: www.bit8.com / or email us on careers@bit8.com

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EVENTS

Dates to remember in...

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What You Will - A Sea Dogs Tale St James Cavalier (Theatre) 1st - 4th May Young Will Shakespeare tries to convince a band of Sea Dogs to let him sail away with them, and in the course of an evening he is told a tale of love and intrigue, disguise and song, dukes and fools, shipwrecks and plots. Using ropes, barrels, storytelling, shadow-theatre and anything else that comes to hand, the actors will conjure the audience into the heart of a storm where twins are torn asunder and shipwrecked sailors are tossed upon a foreign shore. This captivating and imaginative retelling of Twelfth Night is sure to enthrall and entertain audiences with its dynamic representation. The talented cast Simone Ellul, Chris Galea, Sarah Clough and Phil Coggins, tell a tale that explores Shakespeare's source of inspiration. The production is certified as 12+ and is partly funded by the Malta Arts Fund. For more details please visit their website http://sjcav.org/page.asp?n=Eventdetails&i=5337&z=3

UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship

Spring Rikotta Fest

National Stadium, Ta' Qali 9 - 21 May

Ħal Kirkop 11th May

For the first time in the history of Maltese football, Malta is hosting the

The traditional Maltese soft, fluffy

UEFA European Under-17 Championship between 9th and 21 st May. seven

cottage cheese is the star attraction

other elite round group winners will join he Maltese under 17s team in the

at The Irkotta Fest organised in the

last eight-team final tournament. It is also the first time the Maltese team

rural village of Hal Kirkop by the

will represent our nation in any UEFA final tournament.

Local Council. Dig into a cheesy variety of savoury and sweet pies

For more information please visit www.uefaunder17.mfa.com.mt/

and sweet delicacies typical of the Maltese kitchen such as the cheesecake. The manufacturing and production of the local version of cottage cheese will be another main attraction. This event is being organised with the collaboration of the Ministry for Tourism, The Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights. For more information please visit www.kirkop.gov.mt

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Malta Design Week Fort St Elmo 17 - 24 May After the success of last year's event, Malta Design Week is back and this time the stage is set in the perfect backdrop of Fort St Elmo. The event now offers over 40 exhibitions by local and international designers flaunting their creative talent. Participate in lectures and discussions (Design Dialogues), workshops, satellite events and a design shop. This is a week where designers, companies and institutions work together to bring to life the meaning of innovative, good design. For more information visit www.maltadesignweek.com

Great Spring Horticultural Show San Anton Gardens 17 - 18 May This National Show of exhibits of floral designs, fruit, vegetables, pot plants, and agro- industry products, is held in the San Anton Historic gardens and in the halls of the Presidential Palace. The Malta Horticulture Society is hosting the event which starts on Saturday 17th May from 2 pm until 10pm and continues on Sunday 18th May from 8am until 9pm. Fine exhibits by flower designers, craftsmen and artists, together with exhibits by school children, makes this

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta Pjazza San Gorg, St.John’s Stairs , Casino Maltese, Pjazza Regina – St. Elmo’s fortress, Mediterranean Conference Centre and Upper Barrakka 24th – 31st May This year’s edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta will be attracting much more attention within international fashion circles, thanks to a stunning campaign image that has been shot by world renowned fashion photographer Alan Gelati. Mr. Gelati’s work features

annual show a unique opportunity to appreciate local talent.

regularly on the covers of top fashion

This year special guest Ms Riho Miyamoto, an Ikebana floral designer from Japan, will hold

Elle, Vanity Fair, Instyle, Marie Claire and

master classes in Ikebana floral arrangements. You can also view an exhibition of her work set

magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour whilst several a-list celebrities

up inside the garden.

such as Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Lily

The San Anton garden provide the perfect setting for two days of delightful local entertainment,

grace his extensive portfolio.

including dance shows, Jazz bands, folk music and a village brass band. Food and beverages will

Allen, Janet Jackson and Lindsey Lohan

also be available for the whole family to enjoy.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta takes

For more information please visit the Malta Horticulture Society

31st May. More information may be found at

www.themaltahorticulturesociety.webs.com

place from Saturday 24th May to Saturday www.fashionweek.com.mt.

ALARME Re-enactments St John's Cavalier, Birgu 18th May ALARME is a military re-enactment that portrays the historic and turbulent tenure of Malta by French troops, following Napoleon’s landing and conquest of the islands in 1798-1800. The 50 minute depiction of the French troops' invasion of the island is followed by their subsequent attempt to administer Malta and the Maltese rebellion against the French. The re-enactment culminates with the surrender of the French troops to the British. For more information or ticket bookings call the Tourist Information Office on +356 22915440/1/2.

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Revisiting A Revolution

All For A Great Cause

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta 23rd May

Since the start, almost fifty years ago, id-Dar tal-Providenza has been supporting its residents to participate in and enjoy the quality of life within the community. Today Id-Dar tal-Providenza is made up of

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to three of the

five residences: Villa Monsinjur Gonzi, Villa Papa Giovanni, Villa Papa

greatest Russian masters who revolutionised the musical world. From

Luciani and two other residences, Żerniq in Siġġiewi and Akkwarell

Russia with Love features the grand repertoire of Russian masters

in Qawra. These homes currently cater for around a hundred persons

Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, under the direction of

between the ages of fourteen and eighty years. It also offers respite

Alexander Cherushanko, Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State

services on a regular basis to families of persons with disabilities,

Capella Symphony Orchestra. Each have their own unique vision that

thus offering them support to enable the disabled family member to

compliments each other. Their brutally intense sometimes melancholic

continue to live within their family.

music with joyful outbursts is the voice of their generation and generations to come.

One of the main fund raising events is the annual BOV Volleyball Marathon which this year will be held between the 4th and 6th of July. As in past years, over 300 volunteers will again be involved in its organisation. The 53 hours non-stop volleyball marathon has a number of aims. Foremost is the important aim of collecting funds so that Dar talProvidenza can continue to provide and improve the service it gives to its residents. Secondly it aims to promote voluntary work, while the third aim is that

Eco Gathering

of encouraging sport. Last but not least, this marathon also reinforces an

Creativity Vortex, Mgarr 23rd May - 25th May The third edition of The Eco Gathering is back and this year it's promising to be a weekend bursting with yoga, meditation, holistic therapies, instrumental jamming, environmental events, talks and much more. The Why Not? Crew have organised a weekend of community living, camping and a variety of workshops to interest all ages, nations and beliefs. The camping site is equipped with composting toilets, a bush kitchen and rainwater well as well as a 70 square meter bamboo dome, art studio and more. This is no ordinary camping trip, so don't miss out! For more information, please visit The Eco Gathering 2014 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/502925696432963/?fref=ts

important social message; to respect people with disabilities, treat them with dignity and offer them the opportunities and choices that everyone has a right to enjoy. We are therefore banking on some of your generosity and this is why during the flight, our cabin crew will be distributing envelopes which will be donated during the marathon. Your support to continue our work will be immensely appreciated. Have a safe trip!

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EXHIBITION A Maltese in Paris Brussels, Belgium 23rd April - 23rd May On the occasion of his exhibition at the Gallery Canal 05 entitled You’re a Poser!, the Maltese emerging artist, Matthew Attard presents a body of work representing his obsession with the human body and publicised intimacy. Attard’s forms metamorphose into space, arising from a thick black line, halfway between drawing and sculpture as a means of expression to which this young artist is deeply attached. The young artist designs the space, creating architectural forms from black metal wires that pierce sheets of Plexiglas. Matthew Attard is also represented by Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice. A show entitled In Between is dedicated to him and runs through 18th March till the 25th of May 2014. This show was partially supported by the Malta Art Funds.

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GĦANAFEST 2014

Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival Argotti Gardens Floriana, walking distance from Valletta 30th May – 1st June Photos by Stephen Buhagiar There are old men, certainly, plenty of them –

Running between 30 May – 1 June, Għanafest

This is a festival which is not just a series of

their voices brimming with soul and emotion. But,

aims to celebrate the diversity of Mediterranean

concerts – there is also a series of workshops

contrary to popular impression, għana (Maltese

folk music, bringing together a rich programme

on traditional instruments as well as a special

folksong) is not just about old men. More and

of għana, Maltese music bands and foreign folk

programme for children. Għanafest is also

more, there are women, young men - even a six-

bands. This year’s theme is “Gypsy, Klezmer”

complemented by traditional Maltese food and

year-old boy who performs with his grandfather.

and musicians from Spain, Croatia and Israel

Maltese crafts, on display in an artisans’ market,

Then again, with its upbeat rhythms, stirring

(with the support of the Israeli embassy) will

making this an event for the whole family where

tunes and mix of nostalgia and innovation, għana

take audiences on a musical journey at the

young and old can mix in a friendly and fun spirit

is changing - and Għanafest is one festival which

Argotti botanical gardens, where the festival is

of celebration.

celebrates that change, while respecting the

held annually. GĦANAFEST – Malta Mediterranean Folk

music’s roots in the past. The Maltese bands, too, bring their own rich mix of

Music Festival 2014 is supported by the

Previously the domain of humble village

traditional and contemporary. And then of course

Malta Council for Culture and the Arts and

bars, għana is even becoming hip. Perhaps

there is the għana itself, which will run throughout

the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local

it is because, set against the transience of

the festival. Sometimes poignant, sometimes

Governemnt under the auspices of FCN in

contemporary culture, these songs - or chants

mournful, often funny - it’s not exactly wailing,

collaboration with V18. Sponsors of the

- speak about the human condition, about

though it’s not exactly singing either. The best

festival include MSV Life and the Phoenicia

problems and struggles that do not change

għannejja sing not just for themselves, but for us,

Hotel. The Festival will be held on 30 May -1

through the generations. Or because they are

for our past, with the strength and depth of our

June at 7pm, Argotti Gardens, Floriana – within

a celebration of that which has gone before. Or

ancestors. This is music that resonates, with the

walking distance from Valletta. Tickets: €3 and

perhaps it is because they often touch on the

past, with the concerns of people – and Għanafest

€7 for a three-day block ticket available at

lives of ordinary people, their sorrows and joys,

offers a unique opportunity to experience the

the door. Parking available at the Floriana Boy

making folk both ancient and modern.

different styles of għana.

Scouts headquarters, right next to the venue.

For more information visit www.maltafolkmusicfestival.org

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GOZO...

A SPRING SENSATION

Burgundy carpets of red clover fields which run down to the Mediterranean.

Long coastal walks at this time of the year are ideal, as the temperatures

Golden stretches of landscape made almost surreal as they reflect sunlight

are comfortable and the scenery impressive. Rainbows of blossoms, and

and beautiful locations where you can still enjoy the stillness and the

colourful vegetation carpets the island’s terraced landscapes and cliffs.

sounds of nature. It is springtime and this is Gozo at its best.

A walk accompanied with a lunch or dinner at one of Gozo’s restaurants offering a variety of local and Mediterranean cuisine would be the ideal

Spiringtime can provide you with the perfect break as Gozo will be

epilogue to a day in contact with nature. Gozo’s tranquil life will do the rest.

vibrating with colurs and pulsating with life all along its beautiful countryside and coastline. The atmosphere is inebriating as the festa

For the diving enthusiast Gozo is a real delight. With its 13 dive centres and

season marks its start during the month of May.

its amenities like the hyberbaric chamber Gozo is well geared for the diving sector. Apart from scenic highlights, like the Blue Hole, Gozo also offers

Just thirty minutes away by ferry from the main island of Malta, Gozo is a

some wrecks that are great for diving, as a number of dive wrecks such

true and exceptional experience during spring time.

as the MV Karwela were professionally scuttled around Gozo. Gozo has a remarkable number of dives accessible from the shore and many more that

Apart from the all-year round attractions including its baroque Churches,

are just a short boat ride away. The small size of the island means that you

the Azure window and the varied museums, Gozo in spring time provides a

spend little time travelling between sites and if there is wind on one side of

truly authentic experience.

the island you are only minutes from an alternative dive-site.

The lush countryside, is an open invitation, for people to experience

May also marks the beginning of the festa season as the small village

Gozo through walks or other sporting activities. The wind which

of Munxar celebrates the feast of Saint Paul Shipwreck. Feasts are

caresses the greenery on Gozo’s hills is a sign of the spring time re-

an integral part of life in Gozo and is evidence of the island’s rich

awakening of nature.

Mediterranean culture.

More information about Diving in Gozo can be found at www.visitgozo.com

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Places to visit

Places to isit ...the best way to describe what you can discover while strolling down any of the charming lanes of Malta and Gozo’s towns and villages. Here’s a look at what you’re likely to find... For a more comprehensive look at places to visit and for opening times, go to www.visitmalta.com As opening times may vary, phoning ahead of scheduled visit is advisable.

Valletta

Located on the northeastern shore of Malta, Valletta was built by the Order of St John, after the Turks of the Ottoman Empire invaded the island during the 1565 Siege of Malta. With its old world splendour and magnificent baroque architecture, it is no wonder that Valletta is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Valletta got its name in 1566 from the Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette, the year the city was founded. It was one of the first cities in Europe to use a grid street system. After the war, much of the economic development occurred in the suburbs, leading to a population drain that has left Valletta with a population of around 7,000 today. The small city remains the capital and administrative centre of the island.

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Places to visit

St John’s Co-Cathedral The simple, sober façade of St John’s gives no hint of its lavish interior. It was built as the conventual church of the Order and the Knights spent enormous sums of money embellishing the chapels of their langues. The Co-Cathedral was built between 1572 and 1581 by Geralomo Cassar, and his training as a military engineer accounts for the sober exterior. Nearly a century later, the prolific Italian artist, Mattia Preti, transformed Cassar’s severe interior into a glowing showpiece of Baroque art. His greatest task, which occupied him for five years, was the decoration of the vault. St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum and Oratory Of all the artistic treasures in the church, the piece-de-resistance is generally considered to be Caravaggio’s painting of The Beheading of St John. This huge, vigorous work of art dominates the oratory.

Auberge de Castille The Auberge de Castille was the official seat of the Knights of the langue of Castille, Leon and Portugal. Today it serves as the office of the Prime Minister.

Palazzo Ferreria Palazzo Ferreria is found opposite the ruins of the Royal Opera House. Its façade resembles that of a Venetian St John’s palace.

Auberge D’Italie The Auberges of the Knights are the inns (or officers’ quarters) where knights of a particular ‘langue’ used to reside.

Sacra Infermeria Valletta’s Sacra Infermeria, built in 1574, was the best-equipped hospital of the Order. In its day, it counted among the finest hospitals in Europe. The Infermeria had six wards; the largest measured 161 metres and is still the longest, and one of the most impressive halls in Europe.

Casa Rocca Piccola This small palazzo, built in 1580, was the private home of the 9th Marquis de Piro. It contains over 40 rooms and a delightful courtyard giving you the opportunity to see how a patrician household lived. Fort St Elmo Fort St Elmo guards the entrances to both Grand and Marsamxett Harbours. It was the scene of a heroic defence during the Great Siege of 1565. Hastings Gardens Hastings Gardens, in Windmill Street, has splendid views of Manoel Island and Msida Creek. Lower Barrakka Gardens This garden commands a superb viewpoint of the harbour mouth, and over to Fort Ricasoli, Bighi Palace, Fort St Angelo and the creeks of Vittoriosa and Kalkara.

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St James Cavalier As a millennium project, St James Cavalier was transformed into a Centre for Creativity, adapting internal spaces for modern use, providing a backdrop for numerous exhibitions, recitals, concerts, festivals and cinema shows. The Casino Maltese Originally used ad the Treasury of the Knights of St John, today the exclusive Casino Maltese retains most of its original 16th century features. A truly outstanding venue with a history of noble visitors.

National Museum of Archaeology Housed in the Auberge de Provence - the museum contains the more important finds from the many prehistoric sites across the islands.

The Great Siege of Malta This walk-through show is an irresistible, entertaining spectacular on the four month long Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565, a siege that shaped and changed Malta for ever. This 30-minutes audio-visual journey, quality assured by MTA, is located at Republic Square (Piazza Regina).

National War Museum Located at Fort St Elmo this museum has a permanent exhibition of relics and personal memorabilia of World War II including Gloster Gladiator - christened Faith - and the George Cross.

The Manoel Theatre and Museum The Manoel Theatre, built for the `honest entertainment of the people’, by Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena in 1731, is one of the oldest theatres in Europe, still in use.

The National Museum of Fine Arts This splendid palace, known as Admiralty House during the British period, was originally erected in 1570 and restored in the 1960s. The Saluting Battery The old Saluting Battery, at Upper Barrakka, was originally established to provide in-depth defence of the Grand Harbour. It is also doubled as a ceremonial platform providing artillery salutes to visiting dignitaries and shipping. A noon-day gun is still fired daily, recreating the age-old tradition. The Siege Bell Memorial Inaugurated in 1992 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Siege Bell Memorial is a monument to the fallen of World War II. The bell is rung each day at midday. The Upper Barrakka Gardens The Upper Barrakka Gardens are situated near Auberge de Castille offering visitors unrivalled views across one of the world’s largest and deepest natural harbours, Grand Harbour, and over to the Three Cities. Toy Museum Located in Republic Street, it showcases toys from the 1950s onward. Valletta Living History This innovative 35 minute audiovisual show, at The Embassy Complex in Valletta, chronicles Valletta’s major milestones taking you on a journey through time and history revealing the facts and figures about Malta’s capital city.


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Valletta Waterfront The Valletta Waterfront is an award-winning landmark on the Island of Malta. There are nineteen beautifully restored 18th century warehouses built during the Baroque period, stretching along the water’s edge with a backdrop of historic bastions and fortifications. The gemstone buildings were originally constructed by Grandmaster Pinto to be used as stores by the Knights of St. John. Today, ushering in a modern era, the iconic doors have been revived with an artistic impression of colour, representing the storage of goods from days past, with blue for fish, green for produce, yellow for wheat and red for wine. The heritage buildings have been transformed into a variety of lively restaurants, retail outlets and office space as well as a host of services ranging from banks to tax-free shopping, Wi-Fi connection to a tourist information service and various transport services.

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The Three

Cities On the other side of the Grand Harbour, opposite Valletta, lie the historical fortified towns referred to as the three cities. Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, built by the Grandmaster Fra Nicholas Cottoner, have a unique charm and character that distinguish them from all other towns in Malta, including Mdina and Valletta. Older than Valletta, the three cities were home to the first knights. Fort St Angelo, which was built around 12th century AD, was the headquarters of the Knights until Valletta was built.

Fort Rinella Kalkara

Maritime Museum Vittoriosa

The fort was built by the British in 1878 to

The museum is housed in the former British na­val

protect the eastern flank of the Grand Harbour.

bakery, built in 1842 over the site of a slipway

It is home to the world’s largest cannon – the

where the Order of St John repaired their war

monstrous Armstrong 100-ton. The fort was

galleys. On show are exhibits of expertly-made

built very low to protect it from bombardment

model ships, paintings, nautical instruments,

The Malta at War Museum Vittoriosa

from sea. It consists of many underground

weapons and traditional Maltese boats.

The Malta at War Museum entails a rich exhibition of original war time artefacts and

chambers and galleries all of which are Fort St Angelo Vittoriosa

memorabilia from a civilian perspective, a 40

Fort St Angelo is the jewel in the crown of Malta’s

feet deep wartime underground air raid shelter

Inquisitor’s Palace Vittoriosa

military heritage. According to tradition, it stands

and an interesting wartime documentary –

The Inquisitor’s Palace was erected in the 1530’s

on the site of a fortified Roman settlement. In

‘Malta G.C’ completes the visit.

as the civil law courts of the Order of St John. This

medieval times, the fort was occupied by the

architectural gem is now home to the museum of

Aragonese and the Angevins. In 1530, when the

Safe Haven Gardens Senglea

Ethnography. Careful historical reconstructions

Knights arrived on the islands, the fort became

Safe Haven Gardens are at the tip of the

of the palace display areas such as the tribunal

the seat of the Grand Master of the Order. It was

peninsula of Senglea. From here one can enjoy

room and the prison complex, as well as a

to play a heroic role in the Great Siege of 1565,

wonder­f ul views of Valletta and the Grand

permanent exhibition on the impact of the

when, against all odds, it managed to repel a

Harbour. The watchtower in the gardens is

Inquisition on Maltese society.

formidable Ottoman army.

known as the Gardjola.

accessible for the public to see daily.

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Northern

MALTA

Malta Classic Car

The Sanctuary of Our Lady Mellieha

Selmun Palace Mellieha

Collection Museum Qawra

This is considered to be the oldest

The majestic 18th century Selmun Palace is the

A museum featuring a ‘living’ collection

sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady. According

largest and the last castle built by the Knights

of a large selection of automobiles

to tradition the apostles Paul and Luke

of St John, in 1783.

spanning over 50 manufacturing years.

visited this sanctuary.

The Red Tower Mellieha

Sweethaven Village Mellieha

Wignacourt Tower St. Paul’s Bay

Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris built St

This is where the musical Popeye, the story of

Wignacourt Tower, serves as a small

Agatha’s Tower, popularly known as the Red

the much-loved sailor starring Robin Williams,

museum dedicated to Malta’s rich military-

Tower, in 1647. It served as a signal post for

was filmed in 1980.

architectural heritage.

communication with Gozo.

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Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum Previously known as ‘The Norman House’, Palazzo Falson is one of the very oldest medieval buildings in Mdina dating back to the 13th century. It contains a remarkable collection of antiques, including paintings, furniture, jewellery, armour and much more and is open for public viewing.

Mdina Mdina is one of the few great architectural treats in Malta that did not result from the activities of the Knights of St John. The oldest city on the island, going back to pre-historic times, the word Mdina derives from the Arabic word ‘medina’ which means ‘city’. Mdina was fortified in medieval times, but its protection in early times must have been its high location on a rocky crag. It is certain that either during the Byzantine or during the Arab occupation of Malta, the fortifications were retracted to the present proportions, perhaps for better defensibility. It is during this time, when the city was refered to as the ‘medina’, that Mdina got its name. The Arab legacy continued even though the Arabs were officially expelled from Malta in 1250, when the islands were under Christian rule. Thus the name ‘Mdina’ survived even though the city was referred to as Civitas (city in Latin) or Citta Notabile.

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Vilhena Palace Vilhena Palace has a fine Baroque façade and an impressive entrance courtyard, both of which one notices on the right when entering Mdina, through Notabile Gate. In 1973 this beautiful palace was converted to host the Natural History Museum. The most interesting of the exhibits is a chip of the moon given to Malta by President Nixon in 1979. Casa Testaferrata This house was the seat of the old noble family Testaferrata. Historians believe that in Roman times on the site of this building there was a temple dedicated to Apollo. Carmelite Church and Priory Museum The Carmelite Church and Priory Museum offers a unique and innovative experience as the only monastery in Malta that has opened its doors to the general public. This 17th century priory has recently been restored back to its former glory. Walking around the cloister, one is led into the different areas of the priory, which now form part of the museum.


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Xara Palace The Xara Palace is a small Relais & Chateaux hotel. The history of the late 17th century Xara Palace is inextricably linked to that of Mdina, its walls forming part of the city walls that make up its impressive bastions. PALAZZO DE PIRO The magnificent 18th century Palazzo de Piro, located in Malta’s silent city, Mdina, has been restored to create a unique venue of cross-cultural, artistic and social dialogue. Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre, operated by Infinitely Xara, features a program of various collections held by the

Mdina Cathedral Museum

Metropolitan Cathedral Museum, offering an outstanding setting to

Originally a seminary, the museum today is one of the most outstanding religious museums in Europe. A small chapel is found on the second floor exhibiting church vestments. It also exhibits an impressive cross-section of sacred art, famous paintings, a coin collection, Roman antiquities and original documents from the time of the Inquisition.

with panoramic views over Malta, also includes the Xpresso Cafe by Infinitely Xara which works with local producers to provide visitors with local dishes. Cathedral of St Paul

Palazzo Gatto Murina Palazzo Gatto Murina, one of the earliest ‘Siculo-Norman’ structures (i.e. built between 1100 and 1530), was erected during the latter part of the 14th century. An audiovisual show “ Tales of the Silent City” is housed inside the Palazzo.

showcase, promote and sell independent contemporary art. The venue,

The skyline of Mdina, with its Baroque cathedral, bastions and palaces, is an imposing landmark visible throughout central Malta. The Cathedral is the archi­t ectural heart of this elegant, walled city, and lies on the site of a much earlier Norman church destroyed by a violent earthquake in 1693.

Rabat Howard Gardens Howard Gardens are one of the biggest public gardens in Malta. These gardens form a natural border between Rabat and neighbouring Mdina.

St Paul’s Catacombs The Maltese islands are rich in late Roman and Byzantine burial sites. St Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta.

Casa Bernard in St. Paul's Street A late 16th Century historical Maltese Palazzino, a hidden gem recently restored to its former grandeur now open for guided tours daily Monday to Saturday from 10.00a.m. to 16.00p.m. Step into the past and enjoy the experience of visiting this Europa Nostra award-winning house still lived-in today. The Roman Domus The mosaic pavements in the `Roman house’, rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period.

Attard

Villa Bologna Attard Situated in the heart of Attard, across the street from the grand San Anton Presidential Palace, Villa Bologna is a Grade 1 Listed National Monument. It has known many distinguished residents, foremost among which, Prime Minister Sir Gerald Strickland, the only Maltese politician to have been a member of the House of Commons and later the House of Lords. Positioned within a large working estate, Villa Bologna offers its visitors a number of small distinctive ‘secret’ gardens with enchanting characteristics and provides a feeling of a calm and welcoming Mediterranean oasis as they stroll through vast expanses of flowering beds into shady niches around tinkling fountains or sparkling ponds. Opening hours 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 1pm Saturday.

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Comino

With a coastline of 43km, Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago. Forever immortalised as The Island of Calypso, this name originated from the Greek mythological location of Ogygia referred to in Homer’s Odyssey. In this epic poem, the fabled island was controlled by the nymph Calypso, who had detained the Greek hero Odysseus for seven long years as a prisoner of love. Gozo’s history is entwined up in the general story of its sister island of Malta. As a result, Gozo shared the same influences of cultures bestowed on by the number of dominators and events that touched the Maltese islands during the last seven thousand years.

The Blue Lagoon Comino The Blue Lagoon, a sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water, is the main attraction on the tiny island of Comino and popular for day trips. The Lagoon and the isle’s other bays with their crystal clear waters, make Comino the ideal choice for most kinds of water sports, especially diving and snorkelling.

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Gozo & Comino

Dwejra Dwejra is perhaps the archipelago’s most spectacular natural landmark. Here, geology, time and sea have worked together to produce some of the most remarkable scenery on the islands - The Azure Window, the Inland Sea, Fungus Rock, sheer cliffs and a rocky coastline yielding fossilised remains of sea creatures dating from the Miocene period. The Citadel Victoria Gozo’s Citadel rises steeply above the surrounding countryside, its impressive bastions commanding a superb view of the island. The Citadel owes its roots to the late medieval era.

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Museum of Archaeology Victoria Housed in Palazzo Bondi, this museum showcases archaeological finds from the 11 phases of prehistoric Gozo, as well as the Classical World to the Middle Ages. A section of the museum includes items discovered at sea, off the Gozitan coastline. Ggantija Temples Xaghra The Ggantija Temples (“place of giants”) are thought to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world. They are among the best-preserved temples on the Maltese islands. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the complex comprises two Neolithic temples dat­ing from the third millennium B.C (3600 to 3000 B.C.).

The Xewkija Rotuna Xewkija Xewkija village is dominated by a huge rotunda church built in 1971. It is Gozo’s answer to Malta’s Mosta Rotunda. The dome is larger than that of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The church has capacity for a congregation of 3000 - the entire population of Xewkija. Gharb Folklore Musuem Gharb This privately-owned museum in the village’s main square depicts depicts the past daily life in Gozo. This museum is a showcase of traditional life and includes the printing press used for Gozo’s first newspaper plus a collection of old tools and clothes.


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Gozo Cathedral Museum Victoria This museum has more than 2,000 items on display including the Cathedral’s archives, some magnificent paintings, clerical vestments and a silver vault. Among the paintings are several by well-known local artists Giuseppe Hyzler, Michele Busuttil and Tommaso Madiona. Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary Gharb The origins of the Basilica of Ta’ Pinu go back to a day in June 1883, when a peasant woman heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in an old chapel. In 1931, the church (as it is today), was consecrated and a year later Pope Pius XI raised it to the status of Basilica. The original 16th century chapel was fully integrated into the new church. Gozo Cathedral Victoria The Cathedral, built early in the 17th century, is small but graceful. Its floor is made up of a mosaic of marble tomb­stones and ecclesiastical emblems, while its ceiling has a remarkable trompe l’oeil painting depicting the interior of a dome that was never built. Folklore Museum Victoria The museum, housed within the Citadel, contains a wide range of exhibits depicting the domestic, rural and traditional ways of life in the agrarian economy of the Maltese and Gozitans. Pomskizillious Museum of Toys Xaghra This museum of toys is an Aladdin’s cave full of whimsical treasures. Some toys on display are 200 years old.

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Restaurant Guide

In the best Mediterranean tradition, the Maltese Islands are packed with fabulous restaurants. With everything from Maltese traditional fare to Japanese sushi, from Italian pizza to Korean kimchee, served in a variety of beautiful settings, dining out in Malta is an experience not to be missed. BUGIBBA

Granny’s Fusion Triq il-Korp tal-Pijunieri, Bugibba T: 2157 5501 Situated in Bugibba’s main square, Granny’s Fusion is a quaint, family run restaurant that focuses on continental and Maltese traditional dishes. Granny’s Fusion offers a truly authentic experience with original Maltese cuisine, served by friendly hospitable staff in a warm atmosphere. Some of the traditional dishes are rabbit, bragioli, stuffed calamari, fresh fish and charcoal grilled prime cuts of fillet, all fresh and prepared by our local Maltese chef. This accompanied by a crisp bottle of local wine creates a wonderful dining experience at a great price. We serve fresh fish daily. Granny’s Fusion also offers Indian dishes prepared to perfection by our Indian chef. Both exterior and interior dining available.

Paulus Restaurant Plajjet Bognor, Bugibba M: 7755 1102 • E: info@paulusdining.com • W: www.paulusdining.com A fish-lover’s haven, Paulus is situated in the most picturesque area of Bugibba. At Paulus, we believe that “if you give love to the food, you will get it back”. This is certainly evident in our choice of only the freshest catches, prepared exclusively using seasonal ingredients. Boasting a menu dedicated to the freshest seasonal offerings, we offer typical local favourites with a twist – look out for the likes of the Cioppino, a Tuscan version of our fish soup, our Calamari Fritti, and especially the chef’s take on the daily fresh catch of fish. Meat-lovers need not worry, as they will find something to suit their tastes too. Paulus prides itself on its Mediterranean-style cuisine that gives more than a nod to Malta, with your local hosts, Luke and Byron making sure your dining experience is a memorable one.

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Ciappetti Restaurant 5, St Agatha’s Esplanade, Mdina T: 2145 9987 Grapevine covered courtyards, home-grown herbs, multi-coloured lights and myriad chimes give a flirtatious wink of what’s to come. Your hosts, Peter and Mary Louise, have created a “classic with a twist” menu of intense flavours and textures which hint at their sublime ingredients, yet are still based on traditional local dishes. Dining beneath the orange trees to the sound of running water transports clients to a peaceful place – something that we easily forget still exists in Malta. As for costs, they are very reasonable. Ciappetti’s motto is “Quality, Character, Consistency”. Definitely worth a visit! We cater for a gluten-free diet. Booking recommended.

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de Mondion Restaurant The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina T: 2145 0560 • E: info@xarapalace.com.mt • W: www.xarapalace.com.mt or www.demondion.com Set atop Mdina's centuries-old bastions, within the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, awarded the runner-up for the best boutique dining hotel in the world, the de Mondion offers a unique fine dining experience, enhanced by truly spectacular panoramic views of the island from the terraces and charming features served in elegant surroundings. Consistently rated amongst the top restaurants in Malta for its cuisine, refinement and excellence, the de Mondion promises discreet yet impeccably attentive service allowing patrons the time and privacy to savour the cuisine, the company and the view. With an exquisite cuisine combining the finest seasonal produce with innovation and expertise to create tantalizing dishes, the ‘award winning’ Kitchen Brigade have and continue to delight the palate of a multinational clientele. Group Lunches are available on request. We also welcome enquires for Private Functions and Special Celebrations. Bookings recommended.

Palazzo De Piro – Xpresso Café And Bistro Address: Palazzo de Piro, 3 Triq is-Sur, Mdina MDN 1131 T: 2010 0560 • E: events@palazzodepiro.com • W: www.palazzodepiro.com Set within the magnificent 18th century Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre, located in Malta’s Silent City, Mdina, Xpresso Café and Bistro is an elegant spot for casual dining, snacks , coffee, afternoon tea or simply a get together with friends. Our talented Brigade of Chefs makes use of the fresh produce from nearby valleys and slopes when producing our seasonal menus. Through close co-operation with local growers and producers, Xpresso Café and Bistro seeks to showcase the freshest and best the region has to offer through a menu of healthy dishes. With magnificent views of the Maltese Islands, fine architectural heritage and a passion for culture and art, Xpresso Café is the perfect place to enjoy the history of Malta, its rich culture and its culinary delights.

Trattoria AD 1530 The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina T: 2145 0560 • E: info@xarapalace.com.mt • W: www.xarapalace.com.mt  The Trattoria AD 1530 at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux in Mdina is a charming eatery that prides itself in serving traditional and tasty food typical of the word ‘Trattoria'. Strategically situated in one of the old squares of the Silent City, with the beautiful and imposing Vilhena Palace directly opposite and the magnificent 17th Century Palazzo of The Xara Palace on the other side, the Trattoria's idyllic location is simply perfect for indoor or al fresco dining. The Trattoria AD 1530 is the ideal restaurant for every occasion and is open for coffee, lunch, dinner, snacks and afternoon tea.

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Ta’ Marija Restaurant Constitution Street, Mosta T: 2143 4444 • F: 2141 8181 • E: info@tamarija.com • W: www.tamarija.com Ta Marija has been awarded Best Maltese Restaurant for the last 9 years. A stone’s throw away from the majestic Mosta Dome is the superb Ta’ Marija Restaurant, run by a charming family who hasn’t just got the recipes in the kitchen right, but has also succeeded in concocting and mastering a unique recipe of running a top-notch eatery. Every Friday night, Ta’ Marija organises a Maltese traditional extravaganza night. Maltese singers and musicians entertain patrons with roving mandolins and guitars, singing traditional songs and encouraging patrons to join in. After dinner, a Maltese folklore show with six dancers in traditional 18th century costumes starts. Following dinner, most evenings also offer live music by the resident DJ where one can also dance the night away on the unique dance floor. Transport from and to your holiday accommodation can be arranged directly with Ta’ Marija. By the way, the Ta’ Marija smile is infectious...you’re sure to leave Ta’ Marija with a full, satisfied stomach and a broad smile. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

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Arzella Il-Menqa, Marsalforn T: 2155 4662 • M: 7940 9924 • E: bookings@ristorantearzella.com TASTE - A culinary fusion of Malta’s history FEEL - The warmth of an island and its people BREATHE - A pure sea breeze from the blue depths of the Mediterranean

Chez Amand Seafront Qbajjar Bay, Qbajjar T: 2156 1188 / 2155 5179 • M: 9942 3775 / 9949 2970 • E: cactus@link.net.mt • W: www.chezamand.com The renowned “CHEZ AMAND” is located in a unique spot on Qbajjar Seafront and the must seen Roman Saltpans. The restaurant lays beyond the hustle of Marsalforn. Its cosy, laissez-faire atmosphere invites you to linger on. Try a little bite of the Bistro menu or the specials of the a La Carte. During winter game platters are a must to sample. The fresh Lobster nights are a gastronomic delight, [every Friday & Saturday] booking recommended. Belgian beers available. Your Belgian Hosts Amand & Caroline look forward to spoiling you and make sure you will want to return! Official restaurant for the Alliance Francaise de Malte on the island of Gozo. Open daily for lunch & dinner [always check in the low Winter season]. Closed on Wednesday.

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Il Galeone Tigné Seafront, Sliema T: 2131 6420 • E: Galeone@maltanet.net Il Galeone, located on the Tigne Seafront, is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sliema. This quaint, family run restaurant, established in 1983, borrows its name from the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ Galleons that proved their worth in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. A beautiful array of naval memorabilia together with friendly staff, helps create a wonderful and cosy dining experience. The chef is fervent about his use of only the freshest ingredients ensuring that patrons receive nothing but the highest quality dishes. The chef and proprietor, Victor Bezzina, welcomes you to IL Galeone for an unforgettable dining experience.

Ta’ Kolina 151, Tower Road Sliema T: 2133 5106 • M: 9942 4877 • E: takolina@gmail.com Ta’ Kolina is a quaint, family run restaurant on Tower Road (one of Sliema’s most popular spots) and has been opened since 1974. Ta’ Kolina is a typical Maltese restaurant with its traditional Maltese limestone interior and décor. A set menu comprising of traditional Maltese food offers a choice of local (5) starters; (5) main courses; dessert & coffee etc. for €20.00. A unique a la carte’ menu with some 20 starters from €4.50 to €7.50 & 20 main courses from €11.00 to €24.00 to choose from. Ta’ Kolina offer a variety of fresh fish, rabbit, steak and many more traditional dishes. A wide selection of best Maltese wines are available ranging from €6.50 to €25 per bottle. All in all this restaurant provides its guests with the true taste of Maltese cuisine at a reasonable price.

Ta’ Kris Restaurant & Maltese Bistro 80, Fawwara Lane, Sliema T: 2133 7367 M: 9984 7713 Tucked away in a quite narrow street of Sliema, Ta’ Kris is the perfect location for a tranquil evening, in a warm atmosphere. Specialising in Maltese dishes, Ta’ Kris offers genuine food at very reasonable prices. The menu boasts a variety of meat dishes including rabbit, pork, chicken, veal and beef, as well as authentic Maltese dishes such as ‘bragioli’ (thin slices of beef rolled and stuffed with minced pork, ham and seasoning, seared in tomato and wine sauce). Sea bass stuffed with a tuna risotto, covered in Maltese caper sauce, is yet another delicious item which Chef Kris graces his patrons with. With an excellent service, dish selection and atmosphere, Ta’ Kris Restaurant & Maltese Bistro offers a unique culinary experience.

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The Plum Tree Bar & Restaurant Triq l-Imhar, Qawra T: 2157 5970 • W: www.the-plumtree-malta.com Established since 1995, John and Joan Mc Bride have strived to make The Plum Tree a place where mouth-watering food, value for money and a friendly service combine into a single venue. The bar area is a cross between an old Maltese wine bar and a British pub, while a separate dining area has a Mediterranean feel to it. There is also a patio for dining al fresco, especially during the summer months. The menu contains breakfast, lunch and dinner sections so one can opt for an English breakfast or a scrumptious dinner meal. Caters for small groups. Opening hours 10:00 - 00:00 from Tuesday to Sunday October - June and from July September daily from 17:00 - 00:00.

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The Avenue The Avenue, Gort Street, Paceville, St Julain's T: 2135 1753 / 2137 8731 • W: www.theavenuemalta.com This award-winning restaurant has been a household name for over a decade and remains a regular favourite. Its versatile menu, friendly service and well-pitched prices all contribute to The Avenue’s strong appeal. Best known for pizza, freshly prepared pasta or grill or maybe opt for succulent poultry and fresh fish – the menu is not only versatile but portions are generous. The Avenue started off 20 years ago as a snack bar and today encompasses three different sections, all with different character and décora rustic-styled room, the elegant ‘Valentino’ section and the more informal and colourful segment. This venue is popular with locals as it’s good value for money. In fact, looking through the large, glass windows, one can see the place is always bustling with people and life. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Includes two hours free parking at the Portomaso car park all week. Delivery service to the surrounding areas.

Dubliner Bar & Restaurant Gorg Borg Olivier Street, St Julian’s T: 2136 7106 This cosy, traditional Irish pub in St Julian’s, invites all to a casual and friendly atmosphere to kick back and enjoy a jovial treat straight from the green lands of Ireland. The weekday menu served on the second floor restaurant boasting exceptional views of the bay, covers everything from traditional Irish and British pub food to international cuisines. Alternatively, visit The Dubliner simply to enjoy the atmosphere of the surrounding bar whilst indulging in a hearty pint of Guinness with friends. The Dubliner provides patrons with a haven from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area, where one can sit back and have a great meal or simply relax with friends.

Waterbiscuit Intercontinental Malta, St. George’s Bay, St Julian's T: +356 2376 2225 • E: info@waterbiscuit.com.mt • W: waterbiscuit.com.mt Waterbisuit is at the forefront of the Maltese culinary experience with delicious and innovative dishes for all to enjoy. Waterbiscuit, stylishly set on two floors, offers a gastronomic experience that will delight all with healthy, delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. It is a truly contemporary location ideal for a business rendezvous, social gathering, casual dining or a night out. Breakfast promises to provide a wakeup call with a creative à la carte menu boasting six different types of Egg Benedict, the signature dish of Waterbiscuit, ideal for those who wish to indulge in a truly unique breakfast experience. Waterbiscuit also allows patrons to lounge at the bar throughout the day and night with a variety of coffees, cocktails and wines that will tease the senses; the atmosphere is relaxed and offers a delightfully glamourous feel. For reservations, kindly give us a call.

Zest Hotel Juliani, 25, St George’s Road, St Julian’s T: 2138 7600 • E: Info@zestflavours.com • W: www.zestflavours.com Zest... where east meets west in both dining and décor. The chic restaurant is a point of encounter between Continental and Asian cuisine in a contemporary ambiance, oozing relaxed elegance. The menu boasts a selection of dishes from Thai curries, Indonesian noodles, Singaporean seafood laksas, continental pan fried lamb to Japanese teppanyaki. Attractive features include an open wine cellar and a sushi bar on the restaurant floor, where patrons can sit around the chef and enjoy the art of preparing Japanese sushi. Located on the first floor of the Hotel Juliani, using the transformed town house’s original entrance and external staircase, the restaurant enjoys the added bonus of an open-air, terrace bar, overlooking romantic Spinola Bay and ideal for pre-dinner drinks. 84


Bars & Nightlife

Malta is known for its vast number of bars and clubs catering to all ages and to all tastes in music. Try out one of the following for a great night out.

ST JULIAN'S

Saddles Pub & Wine Bar Main Street, St Julians W: www.saddlesmalta.com Situated in the heart of St.Julians, Saddles has been established for over 38 years. Considered as a central meeting place. Start your evening on a perfect note in a friendly atmosphere. A big screen is available for sports and enjoy an ice cold pint of GUINESS in the terrace. The first floor is a cosy wine bar popular for organised parties and enjoy a tasty cocktail or a genuine glass of wine in the balcony with views. Welcome to MALTA...Saddles always ready to PARTY! Open all day long. Wi-Fi available all day!

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Club Twenty-Two Level 22, Portomaso Business Tower, Portomaso T: 2310 2222 • E: Info@22.com.mt • W: www.22.com.mt Already the mecca for Malta’s most discerning and hedonistic crowd, Twenty-Two has also managed to attract a big number of international VIP’s and celebrities from the world of music, film, television, fashion, sports and business. Twenty-Two established itself from day one as Malta’s only real exclusive venue with its stunning surroundings and breathtaking views with impeccable VIP table service found nowhere else on the island – Twenty-Two is luxury and comfort found only in the major fashion capitals around the world! Twenty-Two combines the comfort and exclusivity of a stylish wine lounge and is situated on the 22nd floor of the Portomaso Business Tower – Malta’s tallest building!Open from Wednesday to Sunday, caters for private events.

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NEWS Events and news about Malta's national airline

Workshop for Foreign Sales Agents Air Malta has recently held a networking workshop for its sales agents from countries which do not have an Air Malta office; Russia, Czech Republic, Algeria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Greece. The one-day workshop saw the agents discuss sales targets, marketing plans, flight schedules and their respective performances. This was the first time such an event was held for these sales agents.

Air Malta’s Head of Sales and Regions, Charles Cilia addressing the workshop.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our agents to present the airline’s progress in their respective countries and seek ways of collaborating or learning from each other’s experiences,” said Air Malta’s Head of Sales and Regions, Charles Cilia.

Summer 2014 Schedule Launched Air Malta unveiled its summer 2014 flight schedule offering customers a selection of 165 weekly flights to 33 destinations around Europe, northern Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. This summer the national airline added two new routes to its network; Venice (Marco Polo Airport) and Parma (Giuseppe Verdi Airport). This season it will again operate to Algiers and has changed airport in Istanbul to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the world’s fastest growing airport. “Air Malta’s strategy is to operate a conveniently timed flight schedule to a

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number of central airports which are conveniently located to access the cities they serve. We have a wide network of routes to hub airports which also allow for good connections with our partner airlines beyond our network. We pride ourselves of offering competitive allinclusive prices while offering a full service treatment on board,” said Chief Commercial Officer Philip Saunders. This summer Air Malta is operating direct scheduled flights to Algiers, Amsterdam, Athens, Benghazi, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Catania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Istanbul, London – Gatwick, London – Heathrow,

Lyon, Manchester, Marseille, Milan – Linate, Milan – Parma, Moscow Domodedovo, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Munich, Paris – Charles De Gaulle, Paris – Orly, Prague, Rome, Sofia, St. Petersburg, Tripoli, Venice, Vienna and Zurich. Air Malta will also operate regular charter flights to seven regional airports in the UK that can be booked by the Maltese public. These airports are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Newcastle and Norwich. For more information visit www.airmalta.com, call Air Malta’s sales office on +356 21662211 or log onto www.facebook.com/AirMalta .


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Flying the Pride of Malta Every day, we experience the wonder of being Maltese - the crunch of a Maltese loaf of bread, the gorgeous hues of a summer sunset, the unique texture of our stone – in all that forms the intricate puzzle of our national identity. Air Malta is one of us. A proud member of our community that breathes the same air that we do, that greets millions of passengers with that winning Maltese smile. We will be an airline fit to succeed in the 21st century.

Every member of our team is trained to be expert to make sure our flag flies proudly to over 35 destinations. Then our team goes a step further. We are naturally Maltese and are projecting our national spirit at every one of these destinations. Time has shown us that while we are happy to embrace our history, we should also look forward to a bright, new future. A future in which our airline carries the true Maltese spirit everywhere it goes. And this is clearly shown in our new identity. Our colours, our patterns, our character and our cross are always displayed with a great sense of pride. Join us as we continue to transform the airline of the Maltese Islands into a proud ambassador for everything that being Maltese stands for.

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Retro Livery Aircraft To Mark 40th Anniversary Air Malta kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations with the arrival of an aircraft freshly repainted with the airline’s original 1970s livery. Prior to landing, the aircraft performed two low flypasts on runway 31 and flew over the Grand Harbour, Sliema, the northern coastline of Malta, Mosta, Qrendi and Birzebbugia. The aircraft 9H-AEI operated flight KM 40, appropriately selected for the occasion, and arrived in Malta after being repainted in Ostrava (Czech Republic). It was previously being used in Mexico on a long-term lease to Interjet. The aircraft was welcomed at Malta International Airport during an event attended by Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis and Air Malta CEO Louis Giordimaina. The aircraft was then blessed by the airport chaplain, Fr. Donald Bellizzi.

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Present for this inauguration were ambassadors of the countries where Air Malta started flights in 1974 and the cabin crew of the first two inaugural flights. Also in attendance were various personalities who helped the airline in its first years, ex-Air Malta chairman, current Air Malta staff and other VIPs from the local aviation community. Following a number of speeches to mark the occasion, guests were invited to a reception at the airline’s maintenance hangar, where a photographic exhibition of Air Malta’s formative years was set up that also included TV footage of the inauguration of KM 40 years ago. A number of staff members also wore different uniforms used throughout the past four decades by the airline. Air Malta’s first flight was held on April 1, 1974 when a Boeing 720B flew from Luqa to London Heathrow.


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We're flying to Parma Air Malta will start flying to the northern Italian city of Parma from June 2nd. This is the first time the Maltese airline will be operating scheduled service to the city. This was announced during a press conference held in Parma addressed by Edwin Caruana, Air Malta’s Country Manager for Italy and Simon Kamsky, Director Marketing and Promotion Sothern Europe from Malta Tourism Authority.

travellers, diving enthusiasts, English language students and those interested in our diverse cultural history. This route will support the growth of tourism to Malta from Italy, which since 2009 is the second most important tourist market with over 235,000 Italians visiting Malta in 2013. Parma has a lot to offer and represents a new destination that the Maltese can discover. "

Air Malta will be flying to Giuseppe Verdi Airport (PMF) twice weekly, every Monday and Thursday. Guiseppe Verdi is one of the four Milan-area airports alongside Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo.

These summer flights will compliment the recently announced three-times weekly service to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport as from June 2. Prices range from €110 for an Economy return ticket and €424 for a Club Class return ticket.

Speaking at the conference Mr Caruana said, “This is the first time Air Malta is flying scheduled services to Parma. We are planning to carry 11,000 passengers with a seat factor of 70-75%. This route offers new opportunities for us and our clients and will contribute to increased tourism trade between the two countries.”

Parma forms part of the of the Emilia-Romagna region famous for its contributions to world gastronomy that include ham, cheese, architecture and its beautiful surrounding countryside. Parma has also been revered by opera lovers (who flock to its Teatro Regio) since the days of Verdi, who was born in nearby Roncole. Parma’s many historic monuments include the 11th-century cathedral and its baptistery which is considered one of medieval Europe’s most important buildings. Other famous attractions in Parma include the Teatro Farnese, Camera di San Paolo and Parco Ducale.

Mr Kamsky added, “Air Malta’s new route to Parma is welcome news. We expect that the two weekly flights between June and October will generate new traffic from the region of Emilia Romagna. Together with Air Malta we will have the opportunity to attract groups of tourists, both from the incentive and leisure business, as well as weekend break

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More information on the destination can be found on http://turismo.parma.it.

The flight schedule will operate as follows: Day/FLIGHT

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Monday KM 656/7 1215 1410 1500 1650 Thursday KM 656/7 0845 1040 1130 1320 Flights can be booked on www.airmalta.com

01. Picture shows from left to right Simon Kamsky, Director Marketing and Promotion Sothern Europe - Malta Tourism Authority, Guido Dalla Rosa Prati, President of Parma Airport and Edwin Caruana, Air Malta’s Country Manager for Italy during the press conference. | 02. Duomo of Parma with its bell tower ( Wikipedia). 89


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Air Malta will start flying to Venice, one of the world’s most romantic cities. This summer the airline will fly to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport (VCE) three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 2nd June. Speaking during a press confernce held at Venice airport, Edwin Caruana, Air Malta’s Country Manager for Italy said, "Our decision to start operations from/ to Venice Marco Polo Airport with a 3 weekly frequency, clearly demonstrates our continued commitment towards the Maltese and Italian markets. We are very confident that we will attain our projections of carrying 13,000 passengers on the route and this augurs well for the future growth of the Venice route.” Simon Kamsky, Director Marketing Southern Europe of the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) added, "The new Air Malta route between Malta and Venice Marco Polo is excellent news and

augurs well for the continued growth in tourism from Veneto as well as the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. This route will continue to assist with Malta’s tourism growth, which since 2009 is the 2nd most important market for tourism to Malta with over 230.000 Italians visiting Malta in 2013. Together, we will have the opportunity to attract group business, both leisure and MICE as well as increase weekend break, diving and English Language visitors. Emillo Bozzolo, Commercial Director and Marketing from Venice Airport said, "We’re very proud to see Venice again on Air Malta’s network map. Since the first season operated in Summer 2007, we worked in close cooperation with the airline to buildup the bases of a successful return. The traffic to Malta, from Venice Airport catchment area, has grown tremendously over the years with more than 47,000 O&D

(Origin and Destination) passengers achieved in 2013. Besides boosting the point-to-point traffic, the new direct service operated by Air Malta will come as a new opportunity for passengers interested to connect to the carrier’s network destinations in the Mediterranean area. Situated in north eastern Italy, the whole city of Venice along with its lagoon are listed as a World Heritage Site. It is known for its beautiful canals, architecture and art. The most famous is the area comprising the 118 islands in the main districts that are called ‘Sestieri’ where the main monuments and sights are located. Other main attractions are Isola Della Giudecca and Lido di Venezia, and the islands of Murano, Torcello, San Francesco del Deserto and Burano. The city is a major tourist destination, receiving roughly 50,0 0 0 tourists every day. 03

The flight schedule will operate as follows: FLIGHT DepARTURE ArrIVAL KM638 Malta 0810 Venice 1010 KM639 Venice 1110 Malta 1310 Flights can be booked on www.airmalta.com

01. & 02. Venice (Photo: Stephen Gauci / Air Malta) | 03.Island of Burano (Photo: Stephen Gauci / Air Malta)

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Air Malta And Air France Celebrate First Joint Flight Air Malta and Air France celebrated an inaugural flight, following their code-share agreement, through a ribbon-cutting event at Malta International Airport. The agreement sees Air France placing its code and flight numbers on flights operated by Air Malta between Malta and Paris-CDG, Malta and Paris Orly, and also between Malta and Lyon. Air Malta travelers will now benefit from 18 weekly services between Paris, Lyon and Malta. The flights to/from Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly Airports will connect travelers to Air France’s domestic and extensive global networks, making it easier for those who wish to venture off to more exotic locations to do so without the added hassle of sorting out connecting flights separately. “We are excited about this collaboration with Air France because it brings

The flights will be operated by the Maltese airline with Airbus A319/A320 aircraft and were on sale since last month.

together two very strong brands to create added value to passengers. Through this combining of our flight offerings, customers will be able to access to many European and intercontinental destinations operated from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly hubs,” said Philip Saunders, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer on this agreement. Both airlines’ customers will benefit from new services, including checkin for passengers with connections. Moreover, Air France passengers will be able to earn Miles with the Flying Blue loyalty programme. "This agreement significantly strengthens our flight offering to and from Malta. Air France is expanding its network in a region with high tourism potential and offers its customers new travel opportunities allowing them to connect to almost 200 destinations worldwide” declared Bénédicte Duval, General Manager Air France-KLM Italy and Malta.

The airline has been instrumental in opening up and connecting Malta to the rest of the world, diversifying and presenting new tourism market opportunities to and from the islands.

Call center Air Malta: 082610222 (from France), 21662211 (from Malta) Cal center Air France: +39 02 38 59 12 72 Air Malta website: www.airmalta.com Air France website: www.airfrance.it

About Air France Together with its regional airline Hop! Air France operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide. Its fleet comprises 389 aircraft in operation.

About Air Malta Air Malta’s first flight took off on 1st April 1974.

Since 2004, Air France and KLM have been major players in the air transport industry. The two airlines

Flight schedules Every day KM478/AF3040 : leaves Malta at 6:35, arrives at Paris-CDG at 9:25 KM479/AF3041: leaves Paris-CDG at 10 :15, arrives in Malta at 12:55 KM466 /AF3042: leaves Malta at 13:25, arrives at Paris-Orly at 16:10 KM467/AF3043: leaves Paris-Orly at 17: 00, arrives in à Malta at 19:35

Saturdays KM476 /AF3044: leaves Malta at 15:50, arrives at Paris-Orly at 18:35 KM477/AF3045: leaves Paris-Orly at 19:30, arrives in Malta at 22: 05

Sundays KM476 /AF3044: leaves Malta at 17: 00, arrives at Paris-Orly at 19:45 KM477/AF3045: leaves Paris-Orly at 20 :30, arrives in Malta at 23: 05

Thursdays and Sundays KM454/AF3046: leaves Malta at 7:10, arrives in Lyon at 09:20 KM455/AF3047: leaves Lyon at 10 : 05, arrives in Malta at 12:10

operate the leading long-haul network on departure from Europe. Today Air France and KLM carry more than 77 million passengers. Both airlines now offer their customers a network covering 232 destinations in 100 countries from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Their loyalty programme Flying Blue is the leader in Europe and has over 21 million members. Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance, which comprises 20 airlines and provides access to a global network of more than 15,500 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 178 countries.

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IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO Andrew Spiteri

Andrew (left) with his colleagues at flight operations

Flight Operations “I am first of all proud to be Maltese, but I am also very proud to have been part of Air Malta, our national airline. I am proud to have been there since its very first operation, to have been part of its history and its people. I hope that the next 40 years will be as exciting as the last ones have been.� How long have you been working with Air Malta? I have been with the company since 26th March 1974, when I was just 18yrs old. What other roles did you hold within the Company? I started in Space Control and reservations (the offices were in Floriana) and in 1979 applied for a position as a flight despatcher in the Flight Operations Department and eventually a Flight Operations Officer. My present position is Operations Controller in the Operations Control Centre. Besides planning the routes

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and calculating the fuel required for the safe execution of a flight, taking into consideration weather conditions, ATC restrictions, weight constraints, crew duty limitations, etc. We also monitor the progress of the flight so that any crew requirements and any problem that arise are tackled in the safest and most expedient way. Are there any experiences throughout your employment with the Company that you would like to share with us? When I started in Flight Operations we used to work out the routes and fuel calculations manually after looking at the weather charts. Now this is mostly computerised. I remember going to the MET Office to get the weather briefing and to the Flt Planning Office to file the ATC Flight Plan. The courses and visits to Toulouse Airbus Aviation Centre were also a very nice experience and my role as Treasurer of the local Flt Despatch Association which entailed

organising two meetings locally for this international association with participants from all over the world and also attending these meeting overseas. What is the best thing about your current role? My current role is a challenging one since it entails quick decisions following any sort of flight disruption during the tenure of my duty. From a technical problem, to a volcanic eruption, weather enroute and at the destination, re-routing due to ATC constraints or strike acitions, we try to get the flights on time and in the safest and most economical way. Three words that describe your job Challenging, Diverse, Professional. What is the biggest challenge of your job? Safety first. Although we try to operate flights on schedule in the most economical way, but foremost is the safety and peace of mind of our crew and passengers.


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INFO Flight and Company information

Alcohol consumption

Electronic devices

Smoking

Alcohol consumed at high altitude can have a stronger effect than usual. Cabin crew are legally empowered to refuse serving any alcohol to an intoxicated passenger and to anyone under the age of 18. In extreme cases, crew may also temporarily confiscate the passenger‘s own drinks so that the passenger would not become a nuisance to the other passengers and crew. Furthermore, Air Malta is bound by international regulations which prohibit embarkation or the carriage of drunken passengers. But once you are reading this article, Air Malta‘s Flight Safety Committee is confident that you are a law-abiding and exemplary passenger. Indeed, the cabin crew may need your assistance to restrain another passenger in the unlikely event that he or she may act irresponsibly during the flight. The consumption of one’s own alcoholic beverages in-flight goes against Air Malta policy.

All electronic devices must be switched off for take-off and landing.

Smoking is prohibited from when you leave the terminal building until you arrive to the terminal building. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Smoking is not allowed during any phase of the flight and in any area of the aircraft.

Electronic devices such as laptops, electronic games, video cameras, DVDs, etc. can be used only from the time the ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ sign is switched off after take-off until advised by the crew before landing. Mobile phones and other devices able to transmit and receive signals must be set to Flight Mode for use in-flight. You may ask the cabin crew for more information should you wish to use your electronic device during the flight.

Should you be aware of a passenger who has smoked in the toilet during the flight, please inform the cabin crew immediately, so that they can check for any undetected fires. The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is also not allowed on board Air Malta flights. Similarly, the use of naked flames on and around the aircraft is also prohibited.

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In-Flight Bar Service We are pleased to offer you a great selection of soft and alcoholic drinks available on board your flight today.

£

$

CHF

Alcoholic Beverages: Teachers Whisky

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Bells Whisky

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Gordon’s Gin

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Smirnoff Vodka

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Camus Brandy

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Bacardi Rum

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Havana Club

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Campari

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Noval Port

4.00

Averna

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Baileys

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Tia Maria

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Wines: Pjazza Reġina Red

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Pjazza Reġina White

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Champagne: Drappier Carte D’Or Brut

10.00 8.50

16.00 16.00

Beer: Heineken

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Cisk Lager

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Minerals and Mixers:

Bar Prices We accept bank notes in Euros, Sterling, Dollars and Swiss Currencies, Coins only accepted in Euro and Sterling. Unfortunately we are unable to accept Credit or Debit Cards. The correct change would be very much appreciated.

Safety Excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited to the extent that the bar service may be refused, thus ensuring safety and comfort to other passengers on board.

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Sprite

2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00

Diet Coke

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Coca Cola

2.00

1.50

2. 00 2.00

Fanta Orange

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Kinnie

2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00

Tomato Juice

2.00

1.50

Bitter Lemon

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00

Tonic Water

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Ginger Ale

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Soda Water

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Sparkling Water

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Still Mineral Water

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Apple Juice

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Orange Juice

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Beverages:

Charter Flights We are pleased to offer complimentary juices and water. All soft and alcoholic drinks are against a charge.

Scheduled flights We are pleased to offer you complimentary soft drinks, juices and water with your meal, all other beverages will be charged for.


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AIR MALTA Fleet

DID YOU KNOW? Facts about Malta 1. Malta might be the easiest place in the world to f ind a place of worship… there are around 365 churches in Malta, one for ever y day of the year.

Enhance your Travel experience At Air Malta, we want our passengers to get everything they need to make the travel experience comfortable in one place. Here are a number of services that we offer that you might not have known about: Join the Club Upgrade to Air Malta’s Club Class for priority service. Members can make use of the special check-in counters for a more leisurely and efficient boarding, enjoy access the La Valetta Lounge at Malta International Airport, and get more privacy with a separate in-flight cabin area. Kindly ask at the check-in desk for further details.

AIRBUS 319

AIRBUS 320

Qty: 4 in fleet Number of seats: 141 Engines: 2 CFM56-5B6/P Maximum take-off weight: 73.5 metric tons Overall length: 33.84m; Wingspan: 34.1m Cruising speed: 834 kph Range: 4,815 km

Qty: 6 in fleet Number of seats: 168/180 Engines: 2 CFM56-5B4/P Maximum take-off weight: 77.0 metric tons Overall length: 37.57m; Wingspan: 34.1m Cruising speed: 834 kph Range: 4,055 km

2. During summer, the Maltese population triples with the arrival of nearly 1 million tourists from all over the world.

from different languages such as Italian, French, Spanish and A rabic, and is the only Semitic language in the world that is written in the Latin alphabet.

3. In Malta we drive on the left side of the road like the British, so if you are planning to drive, please do keep this in mind.

5. Malta is one of the 10 smallest sovereign states in the world.

4. Malta has a unique language spoken by over 1 million people worldwide. It has evolved

Carry more with you Are you worried about not being able to fit everything you need into your suitcase? Stop stressing out and check out our extra baggage service. Simply book your extra baggage online and get the most out of your trip!

Web check in Skip the line and check-in before you get to the airport. You may check-in online before you get to the airport up to 24 hours prior to departure up until 2 hours before your flight.

Fly in comfort Enhance your comfort with extra legroom during your flight. This option gives you more space to relax in preparation for your trip!

Your Air Malta boarding pass now gives you access to great discounts Find out how to make your ticket go the extra mile by visiting our website or our Facebook page. You can use your Air Malta boarding pass to get special discounts during your stay in Malta at many hotels, museums and more. All you have to do is present your boarding pass when purchasing the services listed on airmalta. com or at Air Malta Facebook page and you will be entitled to a special discount for your Air Malta boarding card. Make sure to mention that you wish to use this discount when making a booking, and have your boarding pass with you in order to redeem these offers.

Get sportive Are you passionate about a sport? We make it easy to travel and take your specialized equipment with you at very minimal cost. Visit www.airmalta.com for more details. Groups We also cater for large groups who want to travel together. If your group is larger than ten adults, contact our Group Bookings team for special rates that you can’t get anywhere else!

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NORWAY SWEDEN • Oslo

Arlanda Stockholm

RUSSIA ESTONIA

LATVIA UNITED • New Castle KINGDOM REP. OF IRELAND

DENMARK

• Moscow Sheremetyevo

LITHUANIA

• Copenhagen

• Moscow Domodedovo

• Manchester

BELARUS • Bremen • Hamburg

London Heathrow • • London Gatwick

• Amsterdam HOLLAND

• Brussels BELGIUM

• Berlin • Hannover GERMANY

• Düsseldorf • Frankfurt

Paris Orly •

• Dresden

UKRAINE

CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

• Munich FRANCE

• Warsaw POLAND

• Zurich SWITZERLAND Linate Milan •

• Turin

• Vienna HUNGARY

ROMANIA

SLOVENIA CROATIA

• Otopani

• Verona

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

• Bologna

SERBIA

• Istanbul F.Y.O.M.

• Rome • Olbia

SPAIN

BULGARIA • Sofia

MONTENEGRO

ITALY PORTUGAL

MOLDOVA

AUSTRIA

ALBANIA

• Naples

TURKEY

GREECE • Cagliari • Athens SICILY • Catania

MOROCCO

ALGERIA

CYPRUS

• Larnaca

Malta

TUNISIA

• Tripoli

• Benghazi

LIBYA

EGYPT

VT

NH

MA

Airport Weekly Flights Algiers 2 Amsterdam 5 Athens 2 Benghazi 2 Berlin 3 Birmingham 2 Bristol 1 Brussels 7 Budapest 2 Catania 10 Cardiff 1 Düsseldorf 6 Exeter 1 Frankfurt 7 Glasgow 1 Geneva 1 Hamburg 2 Istanbul 2 London Gatwick 7

Code-shared Routes

Airport Weekly Flights London Heathrow 15 Lyon 2 Manchester 5 Marseille 2 Milan Linate 7 Moscow Domodedovo 3 Moscow Sheremetyevo 2 Munich 8 New Castle 1 Norwich 1 Sofia 2 St Petersburg 2 Paris Charles de Gaulle 7 Paris Orly 9 Prague 2 Rome 10 Tripoli 8 Vienna 7 Zurich 7

NY

IRAN

CT

PA New York (Newark) • NJ wv

• Abu Dhabi

MD DE VA

SAUDI ARABIA

OMAN

Intra-European Flights operated by Air Malta: Athens-Sofia-Athens (2 weekly flights) Munich-Catania-Munich (4 weekly flights) Flights code-shared: Meridiana Lufthansa Austrian Airlines

Emirates Etihad Airways SN Brussels

Abu Dhabi Arlanda Berlin Bremen Catania Dresden Düsseldorf Frankfurt Hannover Munich New York (Newark) Oslo Stockholm Larnaca

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via Heathrow, Manchester and Brussels with Etihad Airways via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich and Frankfurt code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich and Frankfurt code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich and Frankfurt code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich with Lufthansa code-shared via Munich with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Emirates

Bologna Cagliari Naples Olbia Turin Verona Budapest Otopani Prague Sofia Warsaw Brussels Copenhagen

via Catania code-shared with Meridiana via Rome and Milan code-shared with Meridiana via Catania code-shared with Meridiana via Catania, Rome and Milan code-shared with Meridiana via Catania and Rome code-shared with Meridiana via Catania code-shared with Meridiana via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared wit Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Catania code-shared with Brussels Airlines via Brussels code-shared with Brussels Airlines


Il Bizzilla – May 2014  

Air Malta’s in-flight magazine

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