Il-Bizzilla January 2015

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Contents Local p. 8 Maltese Infographic – Interesting, quirky facts about Malta that you may not know. p. 10 Malta Life – Even during the coldest month of the year, there is so much to enjoy in Malta. p. 14 Gozo Life – Despite its small size, Gozo is home to two opera houses. p. 16 Fashion – Browse high street brands or pick up something special from an up-and-coming local fashion designer.

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p. 18 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. p. 65 Culture – Malta’s mild weather lends itself beautifully to a Plein Air painting club. Mel Vella talks to Anthony Weitz about the one he's just set up here. p. 68

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

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

Places p. 7 Around the World – The world welcomes in the New Year with a number of traditional and colourful celebrations. p. 12 Travel Hot Spots – Adam Jacot De Boinod lists five of his top things to see, eat and do in Manchester.

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p. 48 Destination – The fashionable financial hub of Milan is still one of Europe’s most exciting metropolises.

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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 spots.

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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.


A stunning shot of one of Malta's most beautiful churches.

p. 36 The Month of the Citrus – We are in the midst of citrus season and with such a glut, regular contributor Lea Hogg shows us new ways to enjoy them. p. 80

Restaurant Guide – Malta has countless restaurants catering to every taste. We've listed some of our favourites.


Spreading its Wings p. 24-25

Features p. 20

Luxury Travel – Travelling by private jet is becoming more popular.

p. 22 Baroque Festival – The annual Baroque festival, which serves to celebrate Valletta’s baroque identity, is back with a wonderful programme for 2015.

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p. 24 Aviation – Rebecca Cachia explores the animated fervour the Maltese have for all things aviation-related. p.26 Maltese Language – Maltese is the only Semitic language to have adopted a Latin-based writing. 
 p.28 Gozo Getaway – Gozo offers an inner peace which can only be experienced away from the hustle and bustle of our daily existence. p.32 Churches – Don’t miss the impressive array of imposing cathedrals, ornate churches and humble chapels that the Islands have to offer. p.40 Travel UK – With Lancashire only an hour away from Manchester, Helen Raine went on a witch’s trail in the beautiful old town of Whalley. p.44 Upper Barrakka – Mike Bennett takes us on his most recent stroll around the popular Upper Barrakka Gardens, perched just above the Grand Harbour.


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Business p. 53 Medical Tourism – Malta is fast becoming a popular destination for those seeking professional dentistry services and a holiday away. p. 54 Business Profile – Remax is one of the most successful businesses in Malta, and has risen to the top of the local property scene. p. 56 p. 44


Business Round up – A look at what is going on on the local business scene.

p. 59 Local Economy – Malta’s development as a financial services centre of repute has served the country very well.

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Around the world in...

JANUARY Epiphany 6th January Italy The Feast of the Epiphany is a national holiday all over Italy and, together with the tradition of La Befana, is a big part of the Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas, when the three wise men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The Christmas holiday season in Italy lasts through Epiphany. Italy's traditional celebration includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of 5 January and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children, but gives lumps of coal to the bad ones.

Dinagyang 11th till 28th January Philippines Join this dazzling, dizzying celebration of colour and movement that welcomes all with warm hearts and dancing feet.

Carnival of Venice 31st January till 17th February Venice, Italy Venice may be sinking, but the Venice Carnival is elevating in its latest incarnation. It's

Sundance Film Festival 22nd January till 1st February Utah, USA

amazing that this festival, full of nostalgia, is just a few decades renewed after going dark for

North America’s most famous film festival is

two centuries. Both this city and this celebration are about getting lost and wandering. The

a compelling combination of show, snow, and

meandering maze of alleyways is a metaphor for one's mind, soul and identity. Wearing a mask

showbiz, equally popular with intellectuals and

allows both reflection and fantasy to arise.

the pop-culture paparazzi.


MALTESE Infographic

Interesting facts


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




sq km Size of Malta

04 A traditional form of Maltese music is known as Għana. It is comprised of folk guitar music, usually played by men who take it in turns to debate in a sing-song voice. The lyrics are improvised and the result is 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 is Malta's national dog. In Maltese, the breed is called Kelb tal-Fenek.


Malta was previously known as Melita by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. They called it ‘island of honey’. 10



In 2008, the Euro became Malta's official currency, following the Island's accession into the EU in 2004.

The temples at Gġantija can be traced to an era even older than that of the Pyramids of Egypt.

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



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.


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 harbours in the world.

The two main symbols synonymous with Malta and its people are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese boat (known as 'luzzu'). The Maltese cross was used by the Knights of Malta.








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January There’s an old Maltese saying that goes 'Qabel il-Milied, la bard u lanqas ksieh'. Roughly translated it means 'There’s no cold before Christmas' which is very true of our weather. It’s only just after Christmas that the weather really starts to bite. And even then, if its stormy, the bad weather rarely lasts more than a few hours, which means one is never stuck inside for too long. The storms and the winds also make for some spectacular views of the coast, as the waves of a stormy sea crash against the rocky coast - so make sure you take a walk along one of the coasts and enjoy the spectacle.

Spotlight on The Hypogeum is one of the oldest and most impressive monuments that Malta has to offer. With an extensive underground shrine spread over three levels, this incredible necropolis consists of halls, chambers and passages. Estimated to have been built between 3600 and 2500 BC, the Image taken from

Did you know? • Malta ranks as one of the top 10 smallest sovereign states in the world with an area of just 314km2. • T hat Malta is home to approximately 60 tree species, many of which are rare and protected. The oldest trees in Malta are olive trees found in Bidnija and they date back to around 2,000 years ago.


• T hat Maltese, spoken by less than a million people worldwide, was recognised as an official language of the EU, beating out the Catalans who didn’t make it even with 11.5 million speakers. Read more about the Maltese language in this issue of Il-Bizzilla on page 26. Image taken from

Hypogeum, located in Hal Saflieni, Paola was discovered in 1899. Early excavations revealed the remains of 7,000 bodies, together with artefacts such as stone necklaces and the famous Sleeping Lady figure (which is currently on display at the National Museum of Archeology in Valletta).

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MANCHESTER WORDS: Adam jacot de boinod

Manchester is a bit like Naples: a bustling, honest and engaging city. It began as a wooden fort built by the Roman army, who named it Mamucium (meaning breast-shaped hill) and the locals are confusingly called Mancunians. By 1620, the city grew as a result of the textile trade, caused by the start of fustian weaving and The Industrial Revolution, which brought with it the import of cotton. In 1894, the Manchester Ship Canal opened and turned the city into an inland port. But tourism only became an important industry here in the late 20th century, with the 1969 opening of the Museum of Science and Industry, followed by the Museum of Transport in 1979. THE SHOPPING To avoid the rain, for which Manchester is proverbially famous, I found all I was looking for under one roof at the Manchester Arndale. It’s one of Europe’s biggest shopping centres and is home to 240 stores, including flagship branches of Next, Domo, Topshop and Oasis.

WHAT TO DO For things to do and see, take a ride on the 60-meter high Wheel of Manchester in Piccadilly Gardens and enjoy the view of the city. I visited Sea Life , which is home to over 5,000 creatures, including sharks, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and rays.

The restaurants Manchester is only two hours by train from London, and I decided to treat myself to a fine meal. And where better than Grenache? It was recently voted the best restaurant in the North-West and certainly one of the most talked about, despite its location out of town in Walkden, Salford. Chef Mike Jennings manages to source his own ingredients locally and combine it with his classically-assured technique. I can also recommend the more accessible James Martin's restaurant within a large old cast iron and brick Victorian railway goods warehouse.

THE ART As for art, my favourite spot, partly as it is discreet and not familiar to all, is the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in the Market Buildings on Thomas Street. There’s also the Manchester Art Gallery (which has recently been transformed ); it is particularly strong in pre-Raphaelite paintings and early 20th century British art. As with other British urban centres, there is an abundance of theatre life showing a mixture of extended runs from the successful shows in London.

THE FOOTBALL And then, of course, on every one’s lips wherever you go, there’s football. It is huge in this city with both of the teams, United and City, currently back on form and jostling for supremacy. It is fitting that the National Football Museum is based here. Admission is free and I was able to explore the world's finest collection of football artefacts and archives.

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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 iPhone App Quiz Game Tingo involving Interesting Words.


A Tale of Two

Opera Houses Despite its small population, Gozo is home to two opera houses, which are located not only in the same city, but on the same street. Veronica Stivala takes a look inside both. Along the main street in Victoria, the capital city of Gozo, stand two, yes two, grand opera houses: the Astra and the Aurora opera houses. Even though Gozo has a population of just 30,000 people, it is home to two popular opera houses which each lure substantial audiences from both the Maltese Islands as well as abroad for their grand fully-staged operas each year in autumn.

appertaining to the Leone Band club (Santa Marija’s parish). The names of the opera houses were chosen in order to allude to the two clubs: Astra is linked to La Stella’s symbol of the star, and Aurora has connotations with Our Lady, who is also referred to as the Morning Star. The two opera houses were inaugurated as overt, explicit manifestations of


1968, but staged its first opera 10 years later with Rigoletto in 1978. Both the Astra and the Aurora have seen equal numbers of internationally celebrated artists on the opera scene on their stages, such as the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, and Maltese soprano Miriam Cauchi, as well as big opera names like Rumen Doikov, Giuseppe Giacomini and Paolo Gavanelli. In addition to their operas, the two houses also host a number of concerts throughout the year, from dance shows, to band concerts and ballets. 03


the clubs' identities: each club was determined to express its supremacy and exhibit its grandeur; this has resulted in two of the largest buildings in Victoria. Admittedly the rivalry is not as rife as it was in the past but, while things have improved and the atmosphere is less tense, one certainly cannot say that it has disappeared altogether. 04

One cannot talk about the two opera houses without acknowledging the history of rivalry that exists between them. The two theatres in Victoria are known as ‘Astra’, which belongs to La Stella Band club (affiliated with St George’s parish), and ‘Aurora’,

The Aurora was built in the early 1970s and inaugurated on 9th October 1976 with its first production: Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. While the Aurora staged operas from its inception, this was not the case for the Astra. The Astra Theatre was inaugurated in January

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therapy Lift those January blues with a spot of retail therapy, and treat yourself to something cosy to chase away the cold. Whether you are a regular brand princess or looking for something bespoke and locally created, Il-Bizzilla highlights a couple of the many fashion brands in Malta An international success TERRANOVA was established thanks to the entrepreneurial skills of Vittorio Tadei, who started the company TEDDY S.P.A. in Rimini in 1961. In fact, it is one of the few companies to be present in 34 countries around the world and it has more than 50 years experience, as well as 571 stores. The first TERRANOVA shop opened its doors in Malta 14 years ago, offering up fashionable clothes at incredibly reasonable prices for both men and women, and, quite recently, children too have started benefitting from the trendy TERRANOVA style. The innovative designs of marketing and visual merchandising, together with a careful analysis of the business and a strategy for staff training, lead to the organisation of a quality/price ratio which is difficult to beat and it is this mixture which results in the achievement of TEDDY S.P.A.

Inspired by and made in Malta Winter is upon us and Carla Grima Atelier has been working on a new cosy collection combining bold colours and comfortable fabrics. The Malta-based fashion designer is inspired by organic silhouettes and the colours of the Mediterranean. Natural fabrics are transformed into unique pieces to treasure for summer, autumn, sea and sunset. Crafted through a combination of watercolour techniques, photography and digital printing, each garment is the collaboration of human hands, nature and machine. Carla Grima stands for cosmic harmony, the natural beauty of imperfection and effortless elegance.

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Things to do in MALTA there is so much to do on this small island of ours, that visitors often feel like they must be missing out on something. So We’ve rounded up a few of the BEST things to do and see, all of which are an intrinsic part of our daily liVeS. 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.


Visit the Ġgantija Temples – said to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world.


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


Organise 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 on foot during the quieter months.

11 Experience the nightlife in Paceville.

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



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.


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, and 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 7,000 years of Maltese history. The 45-minute presentation can be listened to in one of 17 languages.

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

Go to Marsaxlokk – a quaint fishing village known for its markets, fresh fish and authentic fishing techniques.


Visit Hagar Qim, Malta’s prehistoric freestanding Megalithic temples which are situated in Qrendi.

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


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, with fantastic diving courses and the opportunity to see some incredible underwater wildlife during your holiday.

Shows are every hour on the hour as follows: Monday to Friday: 11am till 4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11am till 2pm (Closed on Good Friday & Easter Sunday).



In a purposely-built auditorium, with a panoramic screen, sensational vision and a gripping commentary, The Malta Experience brings 7,000 years of history to life. The show is undoubtedly worth a visit for anyone interested in Malta’s unique story. 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?

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


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The Privilege of Private Aviation WORDS: Jake Schembri

Ownership of a private jet is something of privilege among the super rich. There are numerous advantages that go with the territory of private jet ownership, however the aircraft primarily serves to make travelling a whole lot more convenient and efficient than regular air travel.


or starters, passengers using a private jet and flying out of a busy airport, simply head to the airport’s Fixed Base of Operation, doing away with the need to go through a commercial terminal and enduring all the delays that tend to come with doing so.


If a private jet owner lives close to a small airport, he or she can also do away with larger airports entirely, and that means dealing with little to no traffic at all and getting in and out of airports very quickly. Prior to 2001, security checks for private jet passengers were minimal to non-

existent. For instance, an owner and his or her guests could drive straight onto a runway in order to board their waiting jet without interruption. Things have changed since, with passengers having to be ferried by an airport shuttle to their jet after they leave

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their own vehicle in a secure car park. Once they’ve been whisked away to their waiting jet, the shuttle driver can then do the honours and carry the passengers’ bags on board. The fact that passengers' luggage is with them during their entire transit means that the risk of it getting damaged, lost or put on the wrong plane is removed. Captains usually greet their passengers at the fixed base operator and ask them for proof of identification. They escort them to the waiting private jet, which brings us to yet another perk – if you’re late for your plane, your plane waits for you.

When a private jet is in transit and close to landing, its crew can guarantee that all transportation requirements are in place for when the aircraft lands, ensuring there is absolutely no waiting time once its passengers set foot on the runway. Last but not least, a private jet owner and his or her passengers can visit multiple destinations in a single day and adapt their flight schedule at will - wake up in Monaco, go and do some sightseeing and have a spot of lunch in Venice, fly to Zurich for a business meeting and be back home in time for dinner. All this in the comfort of one's own jet.

When it's time to eat, you can literally choose whatever you want – all you have to do is make a phone call in advance and have it on board. Wagyu rib-eye steaks and Dom Perignon at 2am it is! In addition, there’s no need to be seated reading a book, listening to music or looking out of the window on a private jet flight. Depending on how the jet is configured, satellite television, board meetings and even a refreshing slumber in a king-sized bed are all possible. The seating itself on board is usually fine leather or some other luxurious material of the owner’s choice, so even that is quite a step up from your regular commercial airliner.

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Valletta International Baroque Festival WORDS: Michael Mangion

January hosts one of Malta’s major cultural events, the Valletta International Baroque Festival. This year is the third edition of the Festival, which has gone from strength to strength and is now firmly established on the international cultural stage. This success is evidenced by the growing interest from tour operators who are bringing in more overseas visitors specifically for this event.


he festival is produced by Teatru Manoel, Malta’s national theatre. No visit to Malta is complete without a visit to this unique early baroque theatre and one of the oldest working theatres in Europe. The theatre is situated in Valletta, Malta’s capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.



Beautiful landscape and scenery at Baħrija

With 21 events over 15 days in seven venues, the 2015 Baroque Festival is dedicated to the memory of Maltese composer Geronimo Abos as 2015 marks the tercentennial anniversary of his birth. His music will be performed by Die Kölner Akademie, the Passacaglia Ensemble (which features some of the UK’s leading period instrument players) and the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble. 03

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment returns to perform the glorious Bach Passion according to St John in St John’s co-Cathedral, which will be offset by Michelangelo Falvetti’s magnificent 'Il Diluvio Universale', performed by the Cappella Mediterranea under the baton of Leonardo Garcia Alarcon at St. Publius Church in Floriana, a new addition to the list of venues for 2015. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Peter Stark, will present an innovative programme of 20th century works inspired by the baroque, which includes a flute concerto by Lukas Foss





performed by the Orchestra’s own flautist Rebecca Hall. The Festival programme also includes music ranging from baroque piano transcriptions of music by Bach, Handel and Gluck performed by Dmytro Sukhovienko, to sacred and profane baroque music from the Americas performed by Ensemble Villancico and Handel concert arias presented by Robert King conducting The King’s Consort and countertenor Iestyn Davies. Bach features strongly in this Festival; his Cello suites are performed by the world-


renowned Sigiswald Kuijken who will play on that rare instrument a violoncello da spalla and his Goldberg Variations by local pianist Joanne Camilleri. The EU Baroque Ensemble will perform music by Handel and his London friends, and the Festival’s resident ensemble, the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (VIBE), will perform at two concerts. The Festival runs from 10th to 24th January and also includes events specifically for children. It culminates with the Baroque Festival Ball which will be held in Teatru Manoel. 08



For further information and to book tickets go to or 1. Baroque Ball 2014 | 2. Joanne Camilleri performing at VIBF 2015 | 3. Daniela Valero and Kaj Sylegård, dancers | 4. Baroque Ball 2014 | 5. Teatru Manoel | 6. Concert Spirituel 4 (copyright Eric Manas) | 7. L'Acheron Ensemble performing at VIBF 2015 | 8. Passacaglia ensemble performing at VIBF 2015 | 9. Die Kolner Akademie 25


The Story of Malta Spreading its Wings


WORDS: Rebecca Cachia

Malta: the land of sun, sea, temples and… aviation enthusiasts? It might come as a surprise that, every so often, the Maltese diverge from their Mediterranean routines to fuel one thing: their zeal for the world of aviation. From the days of colonial military prowess to the modern commercial fleet, the 100-year history of aviation on the Maltese Islands has entrenched a sensibility that the country owes a lot to developments in aviation. Thus, the 40th anniversary of Air Malta is the perfect opportunity to understand why the history of this archipelago is intimately linked to those whirring motors up in the sky.


oys squinting up at the sky during the war grew into teenagers witnessing the expansion of Malta’s own national airline, who then became men with a buzzing desire to get their hands on their own pair of wings. Since 1971, the Malta Aviation Society (MAS), affectionately known as 'The Club', has dedicated itself to Malta’s aviation tradition. Fuelled by its aim 'to foster interest in aviation', the MAS has been organising the Malta International Air Show, Malta’s largest outdoor event, for the past 19 years. This annual event is a


spectacular display of aerial acrobatics, having previously welcomed such acts as the Red Arrows and even the German Air Force ‘Luftwaffe’ F-4 Phantom into the bright Maltese skies. Many enthusiasts are also members of the Malta Model Aircraft Association and spend their weekend afternoons in Ta’ Qali providing their own display of flying talent. Malta’s introduction into the world of aviation, however, stretches back to when Malta was a British colony and the first seaplane base was constructed


at Kalafrana in the south of Malta in 1916. The base is now hidden under the Malta Freeport Terminal, but many still reminisce about the days when Malta was of strategic importance en route to the rest of the British Empire. Moving forward, the interwar period was a time for long distance exploration. One such moment came in 1927 when English aviation pioneer Alan Cobham flew his Short Singapore flying boat into Marsaxlokk but proceeded to have one of the aircraft’s floats torn off by the


1. Malta International Airshow 2008- RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic Team Harriers on display 2. Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team during the Malta International Airshow on 25 September 2011 3. Supermarine Spitfire flies by during the 20th edition of the Malta International Airshow on 29 September 2012

rough waves. It was another two months before Sir Alan could once again depart; an unexpected but welcome delay on his record-breaking flight around Africa. The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 has become immortalised in Maltese memories as a time of steadfast bravery and aviation aptitude. The Royal Air Force had no defence aircraft in Malta at the time and had to rely on a few crated Sea Gladiators. They courageously faced faster and more modern Italian bombers, managing to keep the enemy at bay until Hawker Hurricane reinforcements arrived. The bravery of the Sea Gladiator pilots captivated the Maltese public, earning the aircraft the nom de guerre of Faith, Hope and Charity. Finally, on 21st May 1943, the Hal Far airfield was bombed for the last time – having been blasted by 2,300 tonnes of bombs during the wartime period. When the curtains fell on the war, air passenger movements increased and a new civil air terminal in Luqa was inaugurated in 1958. By 1 April 1974, Air Malta came into operation with its first scheduled routes to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli. With later developments in jet aircraft and the decrease in flight time, many more people started to travel to Malta by air. The Air Malta fleet increased in size and the current Malta International Airport opened its doors on 25 March 1992. Fast forward a decade or so and Air Malta is going strong, recently unveiling a new livery and logo for its entire fleet in order to promote the Maltese Islands internationally and to strengthen its position as the lead destination airline of the Maltese Islands. From war fighters and air explorers, to tourist carriers, model aircraft and skyhigh aerobatics, a lot of Malta’s past and present has emerged through moments in aviation history. The Malta Aviation Museum, located a five-minute walk from the Ta’ Qali crafts village, is therefore well worth a visit, even if it is just to absorb the animated fervour the Maltese have for all things aviation-related.



Maltese language

A Nation’s Tongue WORDS: Ray Fabri

Maltese, known locally as ‘il-Malti’, together with English, is the official language of the Maltese Islands. It is spoken by the majority of Maltese in Malta and Gozo, as well as by a substantial number of people who emigrated from Malta and established communities in Australia, the UK, the US and Canada.


altese is also one of the official languages of the EU, which means, among other things, that EU laws and official documents have to be translated into Maltese and that Maltese citizens can write to EU institutions and obtain a written reply in Maltese.

History Historically, Maltese developed from Arabic, possibly from a variety of Arabic spoken in Sicily around the 11th century. From about 1245 onwards, when the Arabs were expelled from Malta by the Normans, the Maltese language developed independently of mainland Arabic, and was influenced through contact, first by Sicilian and standard Italian, and, after the 19th century, increasingly by English. The Sicilian, Italian and English influences on the language have mainly involved the vocabulary through the borrowing of words and expressions. Modern Maltese still borrows profusely from English. In 2004, the The National Council for the Maltese Language (Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali ta' l-Ilsien Malti) was established by law to promote the use of Maltese. The work of the Council is based on the principle that the Maltese language is 'a fundamental element of the national identity of the Maltese people.' Browse for more detailed information.


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Dialects Maltese has a number of regional varieties or dialects, with the most obvious differences between the varieties mainly in pronunciation. Standard Maltese is spoken in certain urban areas, while other varieties are spoken mostly in rural areas.

Literature Modern Maltese has developed into an independent language with a rich literary tradition of its own. The first known 'literary' work in Maltese is a short poem by a certain Pietru Caxaro, dating back to about 1450. Since the 1960s, the number of literary works in Maltese has been steadily increased, notwithstanding the disadvantage of a relatively limited market – a sure sign that the language is still very much 'alive'.

Speaking Maltese Maltese is the only Semitic language to have adopted Latinbased writing. The alphabet has 30 letters, including the combined letters (digraphs) ‘għ’ and ‘ie’, as well as special symbols, namely, ‘ġ’ pronounced ‘dge’ as in ‘bridge’, ‘ż’ pronounced like ‘z’ in ‘zebra’, ‘ċ’ like ‘ch’ in ‘church’, and ‘ħ’ pronounced like ‘h’ in ‘house’ but more ‘throaty’. The letter ‘z’ is prounounced like ‘ts’ in ‘hits’, ‘x’ like ‘sh’ in ‘she’, ‘j’ like ‘y’ in ‘you’ and ‘q’ is pronounced like ‘tt’ in the Cockney pronunciation

of ‘bottle’ (represented by the symbol ). Finally, ‘għ’ and ‘h’ are generally silent, (not pronounced) and ‘ie’ is a longer version of the ‘i’ in ‘bit’. Now, you should be able to read and pronounce the following local place names: Għajn Tuffieħa (ayn tuf 'fiiha), Ħaż-Żebbuġ (huzzeb 'booch), Ta’ Qali (ta ' ali), Is-Siġġiewi (issidg 'dgeewe), iċ-Ċirkewwa (ichchir'kowwa).

Professor Ray Fabri is the president for Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti / National Council for the Maltese Language, and chairman for L-Istitut talLingwistika / Institute of Linguistics, at the University of Malta Images taken from 29

Gozo getaway

The Enchanting Allure of Gozo WORDS: Victor Calleja

Food gives most of us a kick. We do not just love eating it, we think of it, read about it and watch programmes about it on any device available. We fantasise about recipes, super-chefs and eating at the best-starred restaurants. And we consume alcohol to enjoy our food even more, or to add some gloss to anything not too enticing. 01


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But do this day-in, day-out and it all turns rather hollow. Most of us are now out of the grip of Christmas festivities and we feel oversated, over-fed, and over the top with laughs and films that are repeated every year. Board games, parlour games and any family-games are truly enjoyable but prolong them as usually happens in December and we all turn into bored Scrooges. Some friends, foes or family grate and are avoided like mobile plagues the rest of the year, but the jolly season evokes a glossy sheen to anything. And so we plough on with painted smiles for all. January is when enough is enough and when the body and the spirit need serious detoxing. There is one place, one great spot which can do this for all of us. This place is Gozo – land of mystery, mystique and quiet; a land that offers anybody, however maltreated, the chance to revive, to get re-energised. Gozo is the second island of the Maltese archipelago. It’s smaller and less populated than the mainland, Malta, and is reached by a very efficient ferryservice. The trip takes about 20 minutes and, except for a day or two a year when the sea is too rough, the ferry plies the Malta-Gozo channel frequently. Trips from Malta leave from Ċirkewwa in the north of the island and arrive at the Mġarr Harbour in Gozo. The island of Calypso, or Ogygia, is greener than Malta and exudes an aura of mystery that goes back a few millennia. When exploring Gozo you can immerse yourself in all its wondrous vistas or just laze away in country lanes and fields. It also boasts ancient, time-stood-still villages with beautiful churches and enchantingly-pretty, narrow streets. Malta – and Gozo – sometimes have Januaries blessed with temperatures in the 20°C range, so a dip, even if a little cold, is still possible, especially if the sun is in its glory. 03

1. Landscape countryside scenery in Gozo | 2. Gozo landscape | 3. Salt evaporation ponds, also called salterns or salt pans located near Qbajja, Gozo 31

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Once there, admire all there is to see, from the oldest free-standing temple in the world at Ġgantija to the views from the high ramparts of the Ċittadella in Victoria. Walk at a leisurely pace to emulate the locals – unless you want to burn off the calorific excess from the festive days by walking briskly. You could opt to drive, cycle or take the bus around this land that is a true boon of all things nice. Gozo’s countryside is a good tonic for weary souls. Just meander or sit and

stare and enjoy the colours, the ease of life, the farmers toiling away. If you still want to feed yourself after the month of indulgence there are various places in Gozo which will give you a good – even healthy – fill-up. And, to experience Gozo fully, stay on for a few days for an unforgettable break. Gozo offers an inner peace which can only be experienced away from the hustle and bustle of our daily existence.

Image (left): Gozo countryside | Images (Top): Ġgantija Temples, Gozo 33


Big on Churches WORDS: Charlotte Stafrace

It is said, that in Malta there’s a church for every day of the year. Although I have to admit that I haven’t yet counted them all, I don’t think that this is an exaggeration. Whether you are a Catholic churchgoer or not, missing out on the vast array of imposing cathedrals, ornate churches and humble chapels would mean missing out on some rich gems which Malta offers. 01




he mix of churches in Malta is eclectic, especially bearing in mind the Islands’ size. Some are imposing baroque structures with magnificent architecture, commanding spectacular views from their portals. Others are smaller, and perhaps more modern, but still hold rich ecclesiastical treasures.

Valletta and holds the first stone of the city laid on the 28th March 1566. Its splendid baroque façade is matched by the marvellous decoration throughout the interior.

A good introduction to the vast selection of fine churches in Malta lies, of course, in its City – its heart! - Valletta. And the first place to start has to be Our Lady of Victory Church, right next to the Auberge de Castille. This was the first building of

One of my personal favourites, and always worth a visit, is the recently restored Church of St. Catherine’s, just opposite Our Lady of Victory. It is small and baroque in style. The church was built in 1576 by the Italian knights of St John but underwent many changes in its time. Sit back in the pews and feast your eyes on the grand tableaux of The Martyrdom of St Catherine. This is the work of renowned painter and knight Mattia Preti,

whose magnificent works adorn St John’s co-Cathedral. Here you can view, close up, his intricate style in an early commission. You can also catch lunchtime concerts on some days; the acoustics are magical!

Walking further down Merchants Street you will soon come to St John’s co-Cathedral in all its opulence. A building which commands attention, it is a fusion of two styles – its exterior is Mannerist and its interior oozes Baroque. It was built by


1. St. Catherine Church, Zurrieq | 2. St John's co-Cathedral, Valletta 35



the Knights between 1573 and 1578, and is dedicated to St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order. There is often a queue of people waiting to get in but I would recommend not giving up – it is truly worth a visit. Its dark, cool interior is covered in intricately-inlaid marble, punctuated by gilded highlights. Mattia Preti’s marvellous works adorn the vault and a number of chapels, and his remains lie interred in this holy ground. Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette’s remains too can be found in the crypt. And, of course, then there are the Caravaggio paintings. You’ve seen them on websites or books, but only


when standing in the same room as these masterpieces can you truly appreciate the stunning effects of the ‘chiaro scuro’. Once you’ve explored all the other unique churches in Valletta, have a look at Mdina, where you will find another grand masterpiece - St Paul’s co-Cathedral. It was built in the late 17th century but stands on the site of the old Norman cathedral that was destroyed in a massive earthquake. It stands tall and impressive with a magnificent dome that dominates Mdina’s skyline. Mattia Preti was at work here too, on the altarpiece painting of the Conversion of St Paul.




Right in the centre of the Island, not far from Mdina, in Mosta, lies the biggest dome you will find in many countries. It’s a massive multi-tiered structure, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, facing a busy road these days. It must have looked truly magnificent with no buildings around it in the past. It was built between 1830 and 1860 and was quite an architectural feat in that the church was built over and around the smaller existing one, which was then demolished. One of the most important factors linked to the Santa Marija Church is that in 1942, during World War II, it took a direct hit from a German bomb with a congregation

of 300 in attendance. Miraculously, although the bomb pierced the dome, it fell to the ground but failed to explode, sparing all. The church is in its splendour on its feast day on 15th August and equally boasts one of the best Easter processions in Malta. There is more baroque further afield on the sister island of Gozo, at the cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija) and built from local limestone by Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa. Its foundations were built on the site of a Roman temple, and the church was constructed between 1697 and 1711. This church has no dome,

but a clever painting, a masterpiece of perspective, which fools many a visitor into thinking there is one. What is also unique visiting Gozo’s Cathedral is that the whole building is enveloped within a Citadel; a remarkable heritage site. There are other interesting, old and historical churches to explore wherever you venture during your stay. The best way to discover them is to just enter through their doors and immerse yourself in the beauty that you'll find there. And, very often, they are also havens of peace; silent places to rest, meditate and recharge the batteries before hitting the busy streets to carry on with your tour of the Islands.


1 & 2. Images of St Paul's co-Cathederal, Mdina | 3. Santa Marja Church, Mosta | 4. Cathedral, Gozo 37

Local Food

The Month of the Citrus WORDS: LEA HOGG

The kitchen is the heart of every Mediterranean home. It is a place where all the family gathers, where so much happens and it is also the most utilised room in any house. In January the smell of cinnamon still lingers from weeks, days and hours of Christmas and New Year baking mingled with the aroma of citrus and tangerines. Here on the island we use grated orange peel nearly as much as lemon zest in other cuisines.


his is an Island that is blessed with so much. In January, when all around the world people live mostly in darkness, our days are bright and we still see plenty of sunshine and bright blue skies. Many established gardens are flecked with bright yellow, green and different hues of orange and red. We are in the midst of citrus season and there is so much citrus that we think of new ideas


every day of how to use them, preserve them and keep them for use when they are no longer available. It is amazing that land which is quite arid on an island that has limited rainfall produces the juiciest of fruits. The blood red oranges nearly taste of raspberries, the sweet oranges are unbelievably sweet with the natural juice even better than adding sweeteners. There is no

need; it is best consumed as nature intended it to be. Cultivation of Mediterranean citrus goes back thousands of years. It was around 200 BC when the Romans introduced citrus to our Islands, and then during the Moorish invasion the lemons followed together with Sevilles and'lumicell'. Portuguese oranges arrived with the Knights of St John and the British were

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responsible for the introduction of tangerines, clementines, pumelo and kumquats, and even grapefruit. Over the centuries hybrid seedlings emerged to produce superior qualities of blood orange, seedless lemons and the 'lumicella of La Valette'. In 1915 it was documented that there were at least 150 varieties of citrus on the Islands. Between 1530 and 1796, during the rule of the Knights of St John, the population grew rapidly from 15,000 to 110,000, and it was necessary to improve the growth of vegetables and fruit. The Wignacourt Aqueduct was constructed to deliver water streams to Valletta and many gardens around the villages of Attard, Lija, Balzan, Qormi, Żebbug and Siġġiewi benefited from this clever engineering, with many gardens in these areas providing the best fruit today. Some agricultural experts on a recent visit from Italy explained that the citrus diversity of the Islands makes Malta unique, not only in the Mediterranean region but worldwide. From Malta, citrus varieties have been introduced around the Mediterranean and

to North Africa, as well as to Florida and other North Americans tates. After World War I, the agricultural sector in Malta experienced a setback during the growth of the manufacturing industry. It was not until the 70s and 80s, under a Labour government, that a new interest was raised and thousands of citrus trees were imported and planted in public gardens around the Valletta Harbour and Mdina. Our divine citrus starts to appear in early September and ends around the end of March. The natural sugar in citrus is digested quickly by the body and is an excellent source of energy, a natural way to boost the immune system. And what do we do with all the surplus citrus? Bitter Sevilles make the most wonderful marmalade and after British rule, a jar of marmalade, features on most breakfast tables here. Marmalade does not need to be boring. The colour, the texture must be perfect, not burnt, the rind cut to the right size and cooked to the correct consistency, not too hard and definitely not mushy. It is all about personal preference, dark and chunky or delicate and rindless.


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I have many good memories of making marmalades and jams as a family in my childhood. Small artisan producers here on the Island make good marmalade in small batches and each producer has a guarded secret about the setting method, achieving the right texture, taste and aroma. Formulas and recipes are enthusiastically whispered to me in corners and I must not divulge! Jars need correct tops; pretty labels help but at the end of the day it is the taste that matters, the flavour and what has gone into it or rather what has been left out in the way of artificial additives. A simple spread of home-made marmalade on a slice of toasted Maltese bread is ravishing with a cup of tea. This is part of our heritage and it goes back to more than merely spreading jelly on toast; it concerns

where our food comes from, what we eat and drink and the transparency of the food chain of local produce. Many claim that the Mediterranean diet is the best lifestyle choice in the world today. Here in the heart of the Mediterranean we are blessed with natural produce that defines the Mediterranean way of life. Many experts these days confirm that the natural Mediterranean resources ensure a longer life filled with energy and strength. This is an island with an abundance of many good things in life - with olive and citrus groves, with sunshine and fresh air. The special qualities of our soil make a big difference to the taste of our produce. This month, citrus is at its peak and if you are a visitor do not leave without trying it.

Lea Hogg is a food columnist specialising in the Mediterranean region. Her works also includes TV and radio broadcasting. You can find her recipes on With thanks to Carmelo Briffa at the Agriculture Directorate of the Government Farm, and to Pix by P for photography.



Where the Witches Were WORDS: Helen Raine

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There’s an ancient crossroads in the centre of Whalley village, in Lancashire, and clustered nearby are four pubs. The De Lacy Arms, the Dog Inn, the Swan Hotel and the Whalley Arms are housed in solid local buildings; they’ve been there for time immemorial. In the winter, when the snow collects on the sandstone lintels, there are roaring log fires inside and little nooks to curl up in. Sample a different bitter beer in each one as the locals do and the rest of the day will become a genial fog.




hat’s alright because Whalley lends itself to ambling around. The high street has an engaging mix of ancient cottages interspersed with Georgian and Tudor buildings. There’s a draughty stone warehouse called The Garage jammed with everything from old cartwheels, to full-sized models of sheep or grandfather clocks. Their slogan is 'We buy junk and sell antiques'. The shops here are mainly locally owned and full of unusual gift ideas or quirky clothes. After you’ve scoured the stores, revive yourself in Benedicts Café on George Street, which won a national award for its coffee and serves wholesome soup and afternoon tea. It’s the picture of what a little village café should be. Whalley might seem like a contented backwater now, but it has a big history. The name is thought to mean 'The Field of Wells' and certainly, water was an important part of its attraction to various civilizations. Bronze Age jewellery has been unearthed here under the prehistoric Portfield Hillfort; the settlement dates back to 4,000 years BC. The village was used too in Roman times and was first mentioned in an Anglo Saxon chronicle in 798, when a battle was fought here. Nearby, Ribchester has an excellent museum covering the archaeology of the region. Things really took off for the village when, in 1308, a group of monks laid the foundation stone for a massive Abbey. Take Church Lane and you’ll skirt past several houses from the 15th century (still occupied today) until you come to The Sands, where the ruins of that Abbey lie. It was the perfect spot; a locus benedictus or blessed place according to the monks. The land was fertile and the Abbey prospered. The river provided fish and a weir was built which allowed the monks to divert water and power a mill (a water wheel still turns today; it’s tucked away under a new block of flats but you can find it if you ask a local). The best place to view the weir is from the medieval bridge; stand in one of the recesses where pedestrians used to step

The Historic Norman Castle at Clitheroe



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aside for packhorses and imagine a time when the bridge was gated and tolls were taken for entrance to Whalley. Henry VIII put an end to the reign of the Abbey; all monastery lands passed back to the crown and the Abbott himself was hung for high treason after taking part in the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ (a Yorkshire uprising against Henry’s break with the Catholic Church). Stones from the Abbey were scattered far and wide; if you look closely, you’ll find some acting as door frames in barn conversions or wedged into the walls of cottages, engravings still intact. There was more drama in the 1600s. Whalley is nestled in the shadow of Pendle Hill, made famous in The Lancashire Witches, a novel by Ainsworth serialised in the Sunday Times in 1848 (you can download the book for free at It follows the true story of a group of women who were executed in 1612 for witchcraft; Ainsworth used the original court clerk’s records extensively. During that time, the whole county became possessed with a kind of collective madness, with almost every malady or mishap being put down to witchcraft. Whalley was not immune. Mother Demdike, who was baptised and married in the village, was taken to Lancaster along with 10 others and died in the dungeons below the castle. The trials

became infamous because so many women were convicted and executed at the same time. Witches were also routinely ‘floated’ just above Whalley weir. They were thrown into the water with their left hand or thumb tied to their right foot and vice versa. If they sank, they were innocent and were pulled up with a rope. The guilty floated and were hung. After the witch trails, the village drifted slowly into genteel obscurity. This means that development has not damaged the quintessential heart of this northern English village and even the railway, which passes over an incredible 48-span red brick viaduct to reach Whalley Station, didn’t bring the industrial changes that came elsewhere in the region. It’s a wonderful place to wander along the river Calder or take a walk in the crisp winter air to ancient Spring Wood, over stiles and bubbling brooks that freeze when it’s cold enough. You can take an old carters’ track to Great Harwood, following the steps of peasants who will have lugged their produce to market that way; it’s not even all that far to walk to neighbouring Clitheroe, a bustling market town with an exciting castle and interactive museum to explore. Public footpaths are well marked; just take a warm jacket and, when the going gets muddy, think of the fire and a good dinner in one of those four pubs.

Whalley is connected to Manchester, an Air Malta’s destination, by direct hourly trains. The journey takes around an hour. Photo: Whalley Abbey, complete with ruins of the abbey 45





We'll Meet Again WORDS: Mike Bennett

The Upper Barrakka Gardens are perched high on the edge of the capital city of Valletta, overlooking the Grand Harbour. On a bright winter's day I took a stroll around the gardens and terraces of that special place. This is what I saw.


ix young men dressed in first World War-style khaki uniforms, handing out leaflets. One of them, a skinny, bespectacled teenager, shouting with an incredibly loud booming voice. Impossible to ignore or understand.


A solitary, finger cactus leaning awkwardly against a stone wall. Before it, a three-dimensional pattern of flowerless, grass-like plants and irrigation pipes filling a flowerbed.



On the east terrace, 20 or more schoolchildren decked-out in red, white and blue track suits and sitting on the flagstones with their backs to the sea. They chattered and squealed, offering crisps and bits of their sandwiches to strutting pigeons and seemingly indifferent stray cats. The cats and birds seem oblivious to each other as they forage around and stalk the visitors for handouts. In the gardens, Birds of Paradise flowers steal the show their orange spiked crowns striking in the watery sunshine. Across the path in the shade, a bust of Sir Winston Churchill frowns upon them. Flower beds are planted in symmetrical patterns with multi-coloured blooms and the ubiquitous irrigation pipes. A famous statue, 'La Gavroches', depicting three life-size street urchins, is framed by an hedge. Another statue is protected by the bars of a semi-circular railing, behind


1. Arches at the Upper Barrakka Gardens | 2. St Joseph students on an outing | 3. 'La Gavroches' statue | 4. Arches at the Upper Barrakka Gardens | 5. De La Salle Students on an outing | 6. Beautiful flowers in the Upper Barrakka Gardens








which a tabby cat sleeps tranquilly, a somnolent prisoner. In the central terrace area a group of schoolboys, wearing striped black and maroon blazers with matching ties, gather about on the plinth of the giant stone obelisk. A young blonde woman in white jeans is cajoling them to get closer so she can take their picture. They jostle for position, thumbs up, waving at her, smiling and shouting. Several people take a picture of her taking the picture. The woman joins the boys and several people take a picture of her with them, including me. Nearby a small lad in a red pullover, sitting alone with hands on head, clutches a shaggy toy dog. From the terrace above Fort Lascaris, the Grand Harbour comes into view glorious in the sun. Across the water the Three Cities and the south of Malta stretch into the distance. In the shipyard over by Parlatorio Wharf, three monster ships' cranes look like real cranes, long steel beaks pointing sharply down. On the Valletta side of the harbour, two gigantic cruise liners are moored up at the Waterfront. The biggest has a yellow funnel with a big letter C on it. Hemmed in between the liners, a British Navy Frigate is tied-up at the dock, tiny by comparison and looking dull in it's warship-grey coat. Out in the harbour four men are bobbing around in a small metal dinghy, holding yellow fishing rods. A green-decked Pilotboat heads towards them, its bow-wave

impressive on the calm waters. Below me on the Fort Lascaris terrace, three soldiers in ceremonial red uniforms with white pith helmets, are clearing up after the firing of the midday day gun, a ceremony that takes place each day. Two manicured lawns decorate the Fort's terrace and, at each corner, cannonballs are stacked, pyramid fashion, on black metal trays. Fourteen cannons point across the Grand Harbour towards Birgu, where five super yachts are moored up at the mouth of the marina that sits adjacent to Fort St Angelo. Scaffolding covers the walls of the Fort. Back in the gardens, a white stone plinth bears a legend that the tree behind it was planted to honour the Diamond Anniversary of HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. A small boy is wandering about on his own, drinking a milkshake through a straw. Another bunch of about 30 pre-teen kids, all wearing green school uniform jumpers, are sitting on the steps by the outdoor cafe. Four women are standing to one side, counting them. I wave at the kids and they all wave back, every single one.

About Upper Barrakka The origins of the Upper Barrakka Gardens go back to 1661, when it was a private garden of the Italian Knights, whose inns of residence (auberges) lay close by. It was not before 1824 that it was opened as a public garden and, during WWII, the garden suffered much destruction. The paths are lined with busts, statues and plaques that chart various personalities and other significant events in Maltese history. Of special interest is the bronze group, known as ‘Les Gavroches’ (street urchins), by an early 20th century Maltese sculptor. Depicting three children hurrying forward, the idea behind this statue was the extreme hardship faced at the turn of the 20th century. For a wonderful panoramic view, take the Upper Barrakka lift that links the Grand Harbour to the Upper Barrakka Gardens and Valletta city centre. It is located on the original site where its predecessor, which was dismantled in 1983, operated between 1905 and 1973. The lift is 58 metres high and can carry 21 people at a time, for a total of 800 per hour. The journey takes around 25 seconds, making it the quickest way into the city from the Valletta Waterfront.

The cruise liner with the C on the funnel blasts out a deafening farewell on it's foghorn; the cat skid-addled and the boy dropped his milkshake. And all the while, playing very softly in every corner of the gardens, on every terrace, by each statue, was the sound of Vera Lynn singing that most haunting refrain 'We'll meet again...'

1. Saluting Battery with cannons below Upper Barrakka Gardens | 2. Upper Barrakka Gardens

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Must-see Milan Milan is the home of beauty: whether it's one of Europe’s most striking cathedrals or some of the most jawdroppingly gorgeous fashion stores. Veronica Stivala lists some of the top reasons to fall in love with this fashionable metropolis. The majestic gothic cathedral is reason enough for anyone to visit Milan. This grand church is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe (it is often compared to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Cathedral of Seville in Spain) and has an imposing presence on both the piazza on which it stands, as well as the whole city of Milan. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (Saint Mary Nascent), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The history of the cathedral is impressive too, as it took a whopping 500 years to complete – from 1386 until the 19th century when Napoleon Bonaparte ordered that the cathedral’s façade be completed. The cathedral contains a staggering 3,500 statues and 135 spires, which can be viewed up close on the roof, which you can access from the stairs or lift. In addition to the cathedral, there are numerous attractions to entice you to the city. Here are some of the best reasons to go to Milan:

Music to your ears The world’s most famous opera house has been known simply as ‘the home of the opera’ for over 200 years. La Scala a grandiose neo-classical building was inaugurated in its present form in 1778 with Antonio Salieri’s opera L’Europa Riconosciuta, and became a symbol of Italian resistance to Austrian rule in the 19th century. Probably as famous as the opera house itself is its musical director: the Israeli Argentine genius pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. The museum next door is also worth a visit as charts the theatre's rich history.

Fashion haven You can’t think about Milan without thinking of high-end fashion. Milan is internationally recognised as one of the

world’s most important fashion capitals. This luxurious city has an equally rich fashion history which dates back to the late 19th century when the Lombard capital was a major production centre, benefitting from its status as one of the country's salient economic and industrial powerhouses. Milan today is especially renowned for its role within the prêt-à-porter category of fashion. Which brings us to the Gucci shop. Via Monte Napoleone, the most famous street in Milan's 'rectangle of fashion', is home to Gucci's flagship store, along with Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Prada, Valentino and Versace. And if you really want to treat yourself after a shopping spree at Armani's superstore, why not check yourself into his new luxury hotel on the same street too?

Canals This may come as a surprise, but there are canals in Milan. And not only are there canals, but one of them was actually designed by the great Leonardo da Vinci. The Navigli district of Milan has two canals and, in the summer months you can take boat tours on them. The Navigli is admittedly not one of the most sophisticated areas of Milan but, in the

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last few years, it has become something of a haven for artists, so you can expect to find sweet shops, small art galleries and charming restaurants. And, it is also known for its nightlife, so do make it a point to visit after dark.

Escape to nature If you need a break from the busy city life in Milan, it is easy to escape to one of the good-sized parks in the city centre where you can enjoy a bit of relaxing greenery. The most accessible park for most tourists is Parco Sempione, which sprawls around and behind the imposing Castello Sforzesco. You might also wish to investigate the pretty public gardens (Giardini Pubblici) to the northeast of the historic city centre, beyond the Quadrilatero d’Oro.

Let’s drink to this Camparino in Galleria is Milan’s most celebrated bar and was a popular stop for music greats Verdi and Toscanini. Found at the Piazza del Duomo entrance to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, it has been there since the Galleria opened in 1867. Its interior, listed as a historic monument, drips with belle époque detail: the mosaics, the wrought-iron chandeliers and the carved bar itself.

Photo (left): Glass dome of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Photo (top): Milan Canal 51

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A new guide from Perry Estate Agents Ever since its inception in 1999, the Perry Limited Real Estate magazine has featured a work of art on its front cover forsaking the coveted prime advertising position to promote Maltese culture. Today the magazine has established itself as a true melitensia item, having many real estate enthusiasts as followers and collectors. The artists featured have been varied, with the likes of Edward Lear, the playwright Noel Coward, Paul Carbonaro, Girolamo Gianni and Giuseppi Cali all featured. The Perry publication offers readers an unrivalled selection of the finest homes for sale and for rent around the most sought after locations in Malta. It is no wonder, therefore, that the magazine has proven to be a huge success among both those selling quality properties and those seeking something special for a home. The publication has also, over the years, served as an excellent vehicle to better service the company’s clients by giving exposure to quality property. With over 80,000 copies distributed twice yearly as a supplement of the Sunday Times and throughout strategically placed company offices, as well as through Perry's stand situated in the arrivals lounge at the Malta International Airport, the publication is guaranteed to reach the hands of everyone interested in local real estate. Every

publication is sought after for its real estate information, such as new developments and prestigious properties for sale and for rent – all beautifully photographed. Perry Limited’s leading letting department is also pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved version of its hugely successful 'Guide to Renting Property in Malta' to complement the Perry magazine, which is available free in all Perry offices. The publication comes laden with a number of very interesting articles, including valuable tips on renting the ideal home or office in Malta , as well as articles covering the salient points of the residential lease agreement and the five main steps to the rental process – which is essentially a quick list of what

to expect as a prospective tenant during the leasing process as a preliminary guide. All the articles have been compiled by some of Perry’s top letting consultants, all with years of experience behind them. Perry properties and the best lifestyle developments are also showcased in the property section of the publication, along with a section on premium office spaces providing a comprehensive overview of the property market. This latest version also includes pull-out maps of Malta and separate detailed maps of Sliema, St Julian's and Valletta, which are the most popular localities for rental properties. As a result of the success of this publication, a new publication entitled 'A Guide to Buying Property in Malta' is due to be published in the coming months.

Prospective buyers and tenants can order their free copy of any of Perry Ltd’s recent property publications online by emailing The Perry administrative staff will mail you a copy right away. The publications will no doubt be a valuable resource whether you are looking to buy or rent property locally. Words by Robert Spiteri Paris | Perry Estate Agents | 53

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High-Flying Dentistry

Life changing decision It is common to hear family and friends deciding on New Year resolutions. But how often does it have to do with dental health? Your dental health has a lot to do with your quality of life, so it is of paramount importance that you address it as soon as possible. Here’s how it may be tackled! The first move would be to book a dental consultation with a dental surgeon. That dental surgeon will assess your current situation and list a number of issues, which must be tackled. This is more like an interview as the dentist listens to what you have to say. It is important to mention your personal aims and objectives, namely what you like and dislike about your teeth. Expect questions like… • Do you wish to straighten your teeth? • Are you happy with the colour of your teeth? • Do you wish to replace your missing teeth • D o you wish to replace your missing teeth with a fixed or removable prosthesis? • What is your budget? • H ow long are you willing to carry on the treatment for; do you want a quick fix or a long-term comfortable solution? • What are your fears? The dentist will make notes on all of the above and come up with a plan. This plan may include a number of external dental practitioners involved with braces, dental implants and other specialties. Complex 3D radiographs are then taken to aid assessment and planning, as well as possible impressions for lab study models. Photography is often utilised to visualise up close the patient's likes and dislikes. Photographs may also be used to design one’s smile and superimpose it onto the existing teeth, allowing patients to briefly view the potential of their smile. The decisions are often heavy to digest. The timeframes are often too long drawn out and the five figure price-tag may be just too much. This is always the initial reaction but, for those who do take the plunge, the results speak for themselves. You

will be back to your confident self, capable of going out to eat without having to worry about not propping your lip up too high exposing your missing teeth, or whether your denture adhesive will hold out throughout the meal. Patients having undergone the treatment are immediately forgetful about how uncomfortable they once were and tend to comment on why they did not do this sooner.

Ask your dentist!

Dr Jean Paul Demajo

Dental and Implant Surgeon Trained in London, working in private practice in Malta.



Celebrating 10 YearS of Success RE/MAX Malta is the largest real estate company in Malta and Gozo, with more than 17 offices and over 220 sales and letting associates. The company has grown exponentially over the last 10 years and plans to open another three offices in 2015. Bizzilla caught up with Kevin and Jeff Buttigieg, CEO & COO of RE/MAX Malta: Before bringing RE/MAX to Malta, you managed a leading letting company – JK Properties. When you decided to aim higher, what made you choose RE/MAX from all the international franchises available? We did our research on quite a few international brands but we felt that RE/MAX was easily the best fit for our vision. We saw that they had good training systems in place - including online - they were the largest international network, and found they were more approachable. The business model of the company is excellent. Every year there are two main conferences, while, on a quarterly basis, we also have European meetings. We absorbed all the ideas and implemented them in Malta. What factors do you think gave you an advantage when you brought RE/MAX to Malta? Since the brand is international, both the brand name and logos – such as the RE/MAX balloon (the 5th most recognised emblem in the world) – are very recognisable which provided us a boost with foreign clientele but also gave us credibility with locals. We already had JK Properties, which had established itself as a leading letting agency in Malta, so we were already accustomed to dealing with foreign clientele. We hired the right people from the start and continued to recruit top candidates for our franchise partners. Getting the right people on board was fundamental to developing RE/MAX in Malta. We also had passion, we were bolder and we were more ambitious. We adopted a good business expansion plan, and we stuck to our goals. We rolled out annual marketing campaigns and built the brand; we grew exponentially


and soon, before we knew it, RE/MAX became a brand of excellence in Malta. What challenges did you encounter along the way, and how did you deal with them? There were definitely a few doubters, but we never questioned ourselves. In fact, from day one, we did not look back. The conferences we attended abroad were extremely motivating and we made it a point to implement what we learnt to the letter. We’ve since cemented our place in the market and have been ruthless with ourselves, in the sense that we will not be complacent and certainly won't forget about our values, work ethic or passion. The values that we started out with will continuously be adopted. What moments really stand out in your past 10 years of success? There are quite a few, but it all comes down to seeing our agents do well. We’ve had a number of agents join us with little or no experience in real estate that have grown into our top sellers, and that’s something that gives us an enormous sense of pride. Others have grown to the point where they have bought a RE/MAX franchise, and these are the people who are extremely passionate about the brand – something we instil in our team. We’ve also won quite a few awards within RE/MAX Europe, namely the Award for Excellence, as well placed first for most transactions within Europe for three years in a row now. What’s the current state of the market, and how do you see it changing? The current market is extremely solid. We were delighted to hear that the Government extended the first time buyers scheme until the end of June, which waives stamp duty up to €150,000. This has given a boost to the market, but there are other factors to consider. According to some national statistics,


2014 should end with a positive increase of 15-20% in promises of sales, which is huge for our economy. Malta is also already seeing the fruits of the residence programmes, as applications are getting approved. In general, property prices have increased over the past four quarters. This has been a constant for the last two years. Locals prefer to buy rather than rent property. By the time this article is out, RE/MAX Malta would have closed the year with a 20%–plus increase over 2013, and we’re expecting a better year in 2015! You’ve recently become the first real estate agency to launch a charity foundation – RE/MAX & Friends. How does this fit in with your plans? We’re thankful to have experienced a 10-year period of success and we’d like to share this with the community. A few months before we celebrated our 10 year anniversary, our company was hit by tragedy when one of our colleagues succumbed to a serious illness. This sparked our interest to build the foundation and we set up RE/MAX & Friends. The foundation is primarily funded through donations from every sale or letting transaction concluded at RE/ MAX Malta. Through RE/MAX & Friends – which is chaired by Mr. Albert Mamo – we give to people in need, especially to children with chronic diseases, but also to other noble causes. What are your goals for RE/MAX Malta? Within three years we would like to see 30% of our listings as exclusive. These listings are selling within 55 days, far quicker than the average which is over 200 days. We’ve also been nominated for Top Region of the Year at the International RE/MAX Convention in Las Vegas for three successive years – this year we want to bring the award home!

To contact Kevin or Jeff Buttigieg, please send an email to, or call on +356 9966 3322. Alternatively you can visit their website on



The Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta Henley & Partners was awarded a Public Services Concession by competitive tender with regard to the design, implementation and international promotion of the Malta Individual Investor Programme (IIP). The IIP is a modern citizenship-by-investment programme aimed at ultra-high net worth individuals and families worldwide. It offers citizenship in an EU Member State that is stable, neutral and highly respected, with an efficient application process, and the world’s strictest due diligence standards and vetting of applicants, thus ensuring only highly respectable clients will be admitted. Furthermore, the programme is capped and only 1,800 applications will be admitted. The IIP has been introduced with the aim of complementing the existing talent pool in Malta by attracting intellectual and financial capital that will further support inward investment to Malta. It allows for the grant of citizenship to duly qualified, reputable foreign individuals and families who make a significant contribution to the economic development of Malta. The legal basis regarding citizenship-by-investment is contained in Articles 10 (9) (b) and 24 (1) (i) of the Maltese Citizenship Act, Cap 188, and the Individual Investor Programme Regulations of the Republic of Malta, 2014. Furthermore, an agreement reached between the EU Commission and the Maltese Government on 29 January 2014 confers upon the IIP a unique legal status with explicit EU treaty protection acknowledged and approved by the EU Commission. The IIP requires a person to make an economic contribution to the country. In return, and subject to a very thorough application procedure including detailed due diligence and background verification checks, the applicants and their families are granted full citizenship. To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must be at least 18 years of age, meet all of the application conditions, make a non-refundable contribution to the National Development and Social Fund, and meet certain other requirements.


The contribution amount is required to be paid by the main applicant in the sum of €650,000, with additional contributions required from the spouse and for each child under the age of 18. An application may include children between the ages of 18 and 26 years if they are financially dependent on the main applicant and are not married. In addition, parents over the age of 55 years may also be included in the application as dependants, if they are living with and are fully supported by the main applicant. Due diligence fees are payable for all applicants, as well as fees to cover the passport application and bank charges. Additionally, the following investment requirements and other obligations must be met: • Property – either the purchase of a residential property in Malta with a price of at least €350,000, which must be held for five years, or the lease of a residential property with a rental of at least €16,000 per annum, also held for five years • I nvestment – €150,000 in a prescribed investment, details of which are published from time to time by the Identity Malta Agency, which must be held for five years • I nsurance – the holding of a valid global health insurance policy with medical expense cover • Residence – the applicant must have been legally resident in Malta for one year prior to issuance of certificate of naturalisation • O ath of Allegiance – all applicants aged 18 years and over are obliged to visit Malta in person to undertake the Oath of Allegiance.


All applicants must have a clean personal background and no criminal record. A person who is deemed a potential national security risk, a reputational risk or is subject to criminal investigation, will also be denied citizenship. Malta has developed a four-tier due diligence system which is considered the most thorough in the world for this kind of programme. The names of successful applicants will be published annually, along with all other naturalisations granted by the Government.

Government, all relevant information provided and the background of the applicant and any dependants are verified by one or several due diligence agents. All required due diligence fees, passport fees and bank charge fees as well as a non-refundable deposit of €10,000 against the Government contribution, must have been received, the source of all funds must have been verified and a risk weighting procedure carried out. Within a four month period and subject to the application being approved in principle, the applicant is required to:

Applications must be made on the prescribed forms and be accompanied by the appropriate fees and specific documents which, in addition to the usual personal documentation such as passport copies, birth certificates etc., include a medical certificate confirming that the main applicant and any dependants are not suffering from any contagious disease and that they are otherwise in good health; and a police certificate confirming that the applicants have no criminal record. Highly detailed due diligence checks are carried out and an application will be declined if it turns out that it contains false information or omissions.

• R emit the contribution (less the deposit already paid)

The Regulations stipulate that the process to achieve the issuance of a Certificate of Naturalisation under the IIP shall be a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years from the date of submission of the application. This includes the time taken to fulfill the property and investment requirements, as well as the one year residence requirement. Before the submission of an application to

• U ndertake the Oath of Allegiance in person in Malta, together with all dependants aged 18 years and above.

• Demonstrate compliance with the property requirement • S how proof of residence for one year • M ake the prescribed investment • B e in possession of a valid health insurance policy for the entire family with the requisite level of cover

Having satisfied all of the above requirements, a certificate of naturalisation can be issued, enabling successful applicants to become citizens of Malta.




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Local economy

Stability and growth Malta’s highly educated workforce, excellent infrastructure and efficient regulatory regime put the Island in the spotlight, write Fabio Axisa and Norbert Vella at PwC in Malta. Over the last few years, Europe has faced several economic challenges, including a crisis of confidence in European businesses and a struggling banking industry. In the wake of the current economic slow down in Europe, it is probable that conditions for the European banking industry will not improve significantly over the next few years. Although there is an expectation of higher revenues, due to expected increases in trading activity and, eventually, the effect of record low interest rates, this will probably be accompanied by increased costs, which will roughly offset the expected rise in revenues. European banks are therefore well-advised to make strategic adjustments to their business models in order to survive in this changing competitive environment. Likewise, as banks focus on restructuring their balance sheets to suit regulatory requirements, entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to build businesses which are more flexible and responsive to market needs. Carrying out business through Malta may be a solution for both. Malta’s development as a financial services centre of repute has accelerated since membership to the EU in 2004, and the adoption of the Euro in 2008. The financial services industry is an important pillar of the economy and is one of the faster growing sectors, taking advantage of a number of key attributes that

Malta offers – including a highly-skilled workforce, excellent service, competence, technical infrastructure, and robust legislative and regulatory frameworks. Malta’s upbeat and dynamic environment is proving ever-more attractive to financial institutions and many in the industry expect Malta’s rapid pace of expansion in this area to continue to accelerate. Since its accession into the EU, Malta has benefited from the harmonisation of EU financial services regulations, which allow financial institutions to conduct business across Member States and, today, it has acquired a reputation as a respected and well regulated financial services hub, on a level playing field with other EU members. As a result, a number of financial institutions have set up shop and now conduct part or all of their European business from Malta. Malta has weathered the economic recession very well, and its economy has in fact grown at a faster pace than the rest of the Euro area since the Euro adoption in 2008. The drivers of such growth include Malta’s financial services industry, which equates to around 12% of the Island’s GDP. Opportunities in Malta also result from the liberalisation of the payments industry in Europe. The world is swiftly moving towards online payments and

contactless technology built into mobile devices to ‘tap and pay’ at merchant terminals. Paypal, Starbucks and Google have, in fact, all embraced e-wallet functionality and Facebook has also announced that it will soon be launching its own e-wallet solution. With this in mind, Malta was quick to become the first Member State to allow standalone e-Money institutions to operate in Europe, offering a regime which imposes far less onerous supervision than that applicable to banks, and is today home to a number of key market players in the European payments industry. While the industry is still in its infancy even in the US, with the increasing use of smartphone and tablet technologies, one can only expect a rise in consumer demand for these services. In this fast changing competitive environment, business leaders need to recognise and respond to opportunities and risks. Financial services is the fastestgrowing sector of the Maltese economy. The creation of the MFSA as a single regulator was part of Malta's long-term strategy to become a mainstream finance centre, and companies have benefited from streamlined procedures, lower fees and compliance costs, and consistentlyapplied standards. These, together with Malta's EU membership, make Malta an attractive alternative location for financial institutions.

About the authors: Fabio Axisa is the leader of PwC Malta’s advisory and business assurance practice for banks and financial institutions. With 18 years, experience within PwC, and reaching partner status in 2006, his client responsibilities consist of a wide portfolio that includes various credit and financial institutions together with other major local groups of companies operating in diversified sectors.

Norbert Vella is a manager within PwC Malta’s banking and financial institutions practice. He works with several regulated entities in the areas of governance and risk management, and provides ongoing business advice. Norbert also supports banks and financial institutions with licensing applications and has, throughout his career at PwC, also been involved in systems implementation, treasury and credit transformation projects.



Dates to remember in...


Circus on Ice Marsa Crossroads 6th December to 4th January Premiering in Malta, the International Martino proudly presents Circus on Ice. This promises to be a breathtaking blend of music, colour and vibrant costumes as dancers, trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobatics, comedy, magicians and buffoons come together for an unforgettable experience. For more information please visit



Merry Poppins The MADC pantomime Malta Fairs and Conference Center, Ta Qali 20th December to 4th January Enjoy the last few days of the Christmas Panto, with the notoriously bombastic Alan Montanaro fuelling up the fans as Mary Poppins, a dame with a difference and a magical twist. This year’s show promises to deliver a good mix of humour for the kids and satire for adults. Tickets are available from

Bethlehem F'Ghajnsielem Ghajnsielem, Gozo 6th December to 5th January The last weekend of the Christmas celebrations will see the closing of ‘Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’. This live nativity village brings the Christmas spirit to life, quite literally, in a natural environment. Farmland in Gozo is transformed into Bethlehem, with an animated nativity village reproducing the nativity story, using 150 actors. The village is situated a mere five-minute walk from the Mgarr Harbour. For a detailed schedule of when the village is animated, please visit

Pinocchio: The Panto Teatru Manoel 2nd to 4th January FM Theatre Productions present their Christmas pantomime Pinocchio, the tale of a wooden puppet who dreams of turning into a real boy. This classic story is staged at the stunning Manoel Theatre for a fun-packed, laugh riddled Christmas adventure for all the family. For ticket information please visit



The Twilight Sad – Live in Malta St James Cavalier 9th & 10th January Alternative music lovers are in for a treat this January as Scottish band 'The Twilight Sad' present a much-anticipated performance in the intimate setting of the round theatre at St James Cavalier. The Twilight Sad are renowned for their intense performances. Their 2007 debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, drew widespread acclaim from critics with music internet site 'Drowned in Sound' revering a performance last May as 'one of the most incredible shows of the entire weekend.' For tickets and information please visit

Maltese Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition Auberge D’Italie 15th December to 6th January Savour the spirit of Christmas with a visit to the Maltese Cribs and Art Exhibition, and experience the age-old Maltese tradition of handcrafted cribs and statues. Admission is free. For more information please visit

Handel’s Messiah by the Goldberg Ensemble Malta St Paul’s Anglican Pro Cathedral 11th January The newly formed group, Goldberg Ensemble, sees the coming together of Malta’s leading musicians and choristers under the leadership of Maestro Michael Laus, a first of its kind in Malta. The Goldberg Ensemble’s performance of Handel’s Messiah is amplified by collaboration with established Maltese soloist Gillian Zammit, Claire Massa and Albert Buttigieg, and internationally-renowned tenor Nicholas Mulroy and others. Handel’s Messiah has been described as ‘one of man’s grandest musical achievements’ and is usually performed over the Christmas period. For more information please visit



Passionate Turmoil From 11th to 24th January 2015 Monday to Saturday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm Sundays from 10:00am till 12:00pm

Razett Tal-Markiz Mallia, Mosta 11th to 24th January Local artist Franco Navarro presents Passionate Turmoil, an art exhibition centred on human emotions of love, loss, delusion and rebirth. The works are all on canvas with warm, blended colours. The mostra depicts the human form, mainly the female figure, and portraits in charcoal and pencil. The National Cultural Centre opens its doors to the public, free of charge, Monday to Saturday from 6pm until 8:30pm, and Sundays from 10am till noon.

National Cultural Center Razzett tal-Markiż Mallia Tabone Triq Wied il-Għasel, Mosta

Celebrating Elvis’ 80th Birthday Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), Ta Qali 17th January If Elvis Presley was still alive he would have turned 80 this month on the 17th. To commemorate this day, the MFCC is turning back time to the 50s, 60s and 70s, embracing the style and bringing back elements of swing, twist, jive and rock’n’roll. So don your shiny shoes and twirl out your sleek locks to celebrate the legend that is Elvis Presley, together with talented local musicians and singers. Tickets start at €10. For more information please visit



Game Over 2015 feat. Marcel Dettmann Liquid Club 30th January Shift and Disorder present the first edition of Game Over for 2015, bringing back the techno giant Marcel Dettmann. Dettmann’s sounds are rough, rugged and raw with remixes for the likes of Fever Ray, Junior Boys, Modeselektor and Scuba. For ticket info please call on +356 99 909 808.

Up Next Month

Vienna in Valletta Teatru Manoel 4th Feburary World-renowned musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic join forces with members of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme includes Mozart: Quartet in D major for flute and strings K 285, Haydn: Quartet in C Major Op 76 no. 3 'Emperor' and Beethoven: Septet for strings and winds op 20. For ticket information please visit



A Stroke of

Fresh Air WORDS: Melanie Vella

While running on the seafront early one Saturday as the sun was still creeping up behind the Valletta skyline, I noticed a scattered stream of easels mounted by the sea with men and women painting the dreamy landscape unfolding infront of them. Anthony Weitz is breathing vivacity into painting by introducing a plein air painting club to Malta. Anthony Weitz, South African, has lived in Malta since 2008. He discovered plein air painting back in 1987 through a book by the British artist Trevor Chamberlain on the subject. “At that time I was kneedeep in advertising art, storyboards and deadlines, and this delightful vision of juicy oil paintings done on location in the bucolic English countryside just struck a chord with me.” he says. As a younger man, Weitz entertained romantic notions of sitting on some far-off quay, idyllically painting scenes of sailing boats and crumbling medieval vistas ala Edward Seago, one of his heroes. “I tried my hand at it and, although the first results were decidedly forgettable, I was hooked on the experience. And so it came to pass – all these years later, I find myself in sunny Malta doing what I always dreamed of.” Malta is the perfect location for the dedicated plein air painter. The climate allows one to paint virtually all year round in surprisingly comfortable temperatures. The harsh summer sun motivates the artist to rise early to make the most of the sunrise before it gets too hot, and again to paint plein air towards evening, catching the sunset and the boats silhouetted as the sun disappears behind the hills of Xemxija and

Mellieha. “There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of escaping your studio to paint out doors - painting under pressure, to capture a moment in time and space.” The Island is small enough to make the best locations accessible within a halfhour’s drive from any point. “Malta also has a wealth of material to work with, from glistening marinas filled with titanium-white sails, to rustic harbours like Marsaxlokk with its gailypainted fishing boats, to the romantic olde-world alleyways of the capital and the Three Cities.”

Weitz and his group of plein air painters together promote the practice of Plein Air painting, painting outside on location, as an excellent way to enjoy the best that Malta has to offer. Working directly from nature frees one from the limitations of the studio, the omnipresent distraction of the internet, and is a perfect way to mix a creative challenge with the outdoors and the camaraderie of likeminded artists.

The excellent light and colour provided by virtually six months of cobalt-blue skies give us the same qualities that drew the French Impressionists to Provence, in the search of colour and warmth.

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Made In Malta

made in Malta Even in such a globalised world there are still some products that uniquely reflect a country’s characteristics.

And Malta is no exception to that. So here are a few things which are exclusively Maltese and made in Malta, which would make great gifts or keepsakes as a reminder of a great holiday here.

Cisk Lager – Malta’s Award Winning Lager Simonds Farsons Cisk is today synonymous with a beer brewing tradition rooted in quality. At the very base of this tradition are its long-established skills of selecting nature’s best ingredients. The finest imported malt and selected hops are coupled with the adoption of the best brewing methods and expertise of skilled and dedicated brew masters who give constant attention to detail to ensure that a high standard of quality is maintained at every step in the brewing process. Every single batch of their beer is thoroughly tested and tasted. Over the years since 1928, this dedication has consistently contributed to creating the award-winning brews, that so many have grown to appreciate time after time. Cisk Lager a a golden-coloured, bottom-fermented lager with a distinctive and well-balanced character. Its rich hop aroma and pleasant bitterness, combined with a mild astringency, make it an outstanding thirst-quencher. Alcohol content is 4.2%. Today Cisk Lager has developed and progressed considerably since its launch in 1928 and the range also includes Cisk Export Premium Lager – a smooth, well balanced and exceptional beer with a 5% alcohol content, Cisk Excel – a low carbohydrate beer, Cisk Chill – a lemon flavoured lager, and Cisk XS – an outstanding extra-strong premium lager with a 9% alcohol content. Cisk lager is now available online at


Kinnie Kinnie is a unique tasting, alcohol-free, bitter-sweet beverage. Made from a secret blend of oranges and mediterranean aromatic herbs, Kinnie is best enjoyed ‘neat’, with a slice of orange and lots of ice. Highly refreshing, it is also an excellent mixer and goes well with a number of alcoholic drinks and a variety of cocktails. These distinctive characteristics have made Kinnie Malta’s own favourite soft drink, loved by the local population and tourists alike ever since it was launched locally in 1952. Over the years, in keeping with evolving trends in lifestyles and health awareness, a diet version was introduced. Diet Kinnie now forms part of the Kinnie brand, while in 2007, Kinnie Zest was added to the portofolio – a sugar-free variant with an added touch of orange. The full Kinnie range is now available online at with free home delivery being offered to UK residents. Never has ordering Kinnie been more convenient and user friendly, so place your order now for Malta’s very own favourite soft drink! Go on – Have a Kinnie!

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 log on As opening times may vary, phoning ahead is advisable.



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 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. This small city remains the capital and administrative centre of the island.

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Places to visit

Inside St. John's Co-Cathederal 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, and led by Geralomo Cassar; his training as a military engineer accounts for the sedate 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 pièce de résistance’ 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. Auberge D’Italie The Auberges of the Knights are the inns (or officers’ quarters) where knights of a particular ‘langue’ used to reside. Casa Rocca Piccola This small palazzo, built in 1580, is 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 the 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, as well as over to Fort Ricasoli, Bighi Palace, Fort St Angelo and the creeks of Vittoriosa and Kalkara. National Museum of Archaeology Housed in the Auberge de Provence, this museum contains the most important finds from the many prehistoric sites across the Islands. National War Museum Located in Fort St Elmo, this museum has a permanent exhibition of relics and personal memorabilia of World War II, including a Gloster Gladiator – christened Faith – and the George Cross. 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. 72

Sacra Infermeria Valletta’s Sacra Infermeria, built in 1574, was the best-equipped hospital of the Order. In its day, it was 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. 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 as 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. 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 the MTA, is located on Republic Square (Piazza Regina). The Lascaris War Rooms The Lascaris War Rooms are Malta’s best kept secret from WW2 in being the British combined War Headquarters from where both the defence of Malta and attack on Axis – controlled Europe were conducted. The LWR consist of a massive underground labyrinth of tunnels and chambers which houses different operation rooms and supporting facilities. They are located just under the Upper Barrakka Gardens. They can be accessed from Battery Street, Valletta, or from the Valletta Bus Station into St James Ditch following directional signs.

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, and is 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 Saluting Battery is Malta’s 500 year-old ceremonial platform from where gun salutes are fired to greet visiting dignitaries and ships, and from where the passage of noon is signalled everyday by gun fire. An evening gun is also fired at 4pm daily. The battery can be reached through the Upper Barrakka Gardens or Battery Street in Valletta. 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, the Grand Harbour, and over to the Three Cities. Toy Museum Located on 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, and revealing facts and figures about Malta’s capital city.

Places to visit

Places to visit

Valletta Waterfront The Valletta Waterfront is an award-winning landmark on the Island. There are 19 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 spaces, 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. Valletta Waterfront at night

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Places to visit

The Three


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 distinguishes 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 [2]

Maritime Museum Vittoriosa

The Malta at War Museum Vittoriosa [1]

Fort Rinella is a late-19th century British coastal

This museum is housed in the former British na­

The Malta at War Museum combines a modern

fort still armed with its monstrous Armstrong

val bakery, built in 1842 over the site of a slipway

museum dedicated to Malta's second siege

100-ton gun. Using a quarter of a ton of gun

where the Order of St John repaired their war

in World War II and a visit into a massive

powder, this gun fired a one-ton shell up to a

galleys. On show are exhibits of expertly-made

underground air raid shelter located under

distance of eight miles to pierce nothing less than

model ships, paintings, nautical instruments,

the same museum. This museum is located

65cm of iron armour. Today this fort is Malta’s

weapons and traditional Maltese boats.

just a short walk away from the Vittoriosa bus shelter. Access is from Couvre Porte Gate or Sir

only live-museum where history is recreated daily


Paul Boffa Street.

through different historical re-enactments and

Fort St Angelo Vittoriosa [3]

living-history displays. These include live-firing of

Fort St Angelo is the jewel in the crown

cannon and musketry and cavalry displays.

of Malta’s military heritage. According to

Safe Haven Gardens Senglea

tradition, it stands on the site of a fortified

Safe Haven Gardens are at the tip of the

Inquisitor’s Palace Vittoriosa

Roman settlement. In medieval times, the

peninsula of Senglea. From here one can enjoy

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

fort was occupied by the Aragonese and the

wonder­f ul views of Valletta and the Grand

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

Angevins. In 1530, when the Knights arrived

Harbour. The watchtower in the gardens is

architectural gem is now home to the museum of

on the islands, the fort became the seat of

known as the Gardjola.

Ethnography. Careful historical reconstructions of the

the Grand Master of the Order. It was to play

palace display areas such as the tribunal room and the

a heroic role in the Great Siege of 1565,

prison complex, as well as a permanent exhibition on

when, against all odds, it managed to repel a

the impact of the Inquisition on Maltese society.

formidable Ottoman army.

Places to visit



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 of a

sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady. According

largest and the last castle built by the Knights

large selection of automobiles spanning over 50

to tradition the apostles Paul and Luke

of St John, in 1783.

manufacturing years.

visited this sanctuary.

The Red Tower Mellieha [4]

Sweethaven Village Mellieha

Wignacourt Tower St Paul’s Bay

Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris built St Agatha’s

This is where the musical Popeye, the story of

Wignacourt Tower serves as a small

Tower, popularly known as the Red Tower, in 1647. It

the much-loved sailor starring the late Robin

museum dedicated to Malta’s rich military-

served as a signal post for communication with Gozo.

Williams, was filmed in 1980.

architectural heritage.


Places to visit

View of Mdina

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 Arab occupation of Malta, the fortifications were retracted to present proportions, perhaps for better defensibility. It was 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.


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 moon chip 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, the site of this building housed 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 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.

Places to visit

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, with its walls forming part of the city walls that make up its impressive bastions. PALAZZO DE PIRO The magnificent 18th century Palazzo de Piro, has been restored to create a unique venue of cross-cultural, artistic and social dialogue. The Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre, operated by Infinitely Xara, features a programme of various collections held by the Metropolitan Mdina Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum, offering an outstanding setting to showcase,

Originally a seminary, this museum is now one of the most outstanding

promote and sell independent contemporary art. The venue, with

religious museums in Europe. A small chapel is found on the second floor

panoramic views over Malta, also includes the Xpresso Cafe by

exhibiting church vestments. It also exhibits an impressive cross-section

Infinitely Xara, which works with Maltese producers to provide visitors

of sacred art, famous paintings, a coin collection, Roman antiquities and

with local dishes.

original documents from the time of the Inquisition. Cathedral of St Paul Palazzo Gatto Murina

The skyline of Mdina, with its Baroque cathedral, bastions and

Palazzo Gatto Murina, one of the earliest ‘Siculo-Norman’ structures

palaces, is an imposing landmark visible throughout central Malta. The

(built between 1100 and 1530), was erected during the latter part of

Cathedral is the archi­t ectural heart of this elegant, walled city, and lies

the 14th century. An audiovisual show 'Tales of the Silent City' is housed

on the site of a much-earlier Norman church destroyed by a violent

inside the Palazzo.

earthquake in 1693.


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

St Paul’s Catacombs [1] The Maltese Islands are rich in late Roman and Byzantine burial sites. The 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 This late 16th century historical Maltese Palazzino is a hidden gem recently restored to its former grandeur and now open for guided tours daily Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. 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 this '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.


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 them the Prime Minister Sir Gerald Strickland, the only Maltese politician to have been a member of the British 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.


Places to visit

Gozo &


Places to visit


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 in the general story of its sister island of Malta. As a result, Gozo shared the same influences of cultures bestowed on it by the number of dominators and events that touched the Maltese Islands during the last 7,000 years.


The Blue Lagoon Comino [1] 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.


Places to visit

Gozo & Comino

Maltese Church


Dwejra [1] 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.


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 [2] The Ġgantija 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 BC (3600 to 3000 BC).

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 the capacity for a congregation of 3,000 – the entire population of Xewkija. Gharb Folklore Musuem Gharb This privately-owned museum in the village’s main square depicts authentic 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.

Places to visit

Valley in Gozo


Gozo Cathedral Museum Victoria This museum houses over 2,000 items 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 This 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 of whimsical treasures. Some toys on display are over 200 years old.

St Anne Chapel in Dwejra

Il-HaGar | Heart of Gozo Museum Victoria Il-Ħaġar Museum merits the ‘one of a kind’ description. It is state-of-the-art, constructed to combine a medieval building in a modern design, drawing on the latest museological technology and offering all essential visitor facilities. The museum illustrates the making of the people of Gozo through the succession of cultures, civilisations and religions that visited the island. Most of its historic and artistic exhibits belong to nearby St George’s basilica and some of them are still used, which makes of Il-Ħaġar a living museum.


Restaurant Guide


Restaurant Guide

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


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! They also cater for a gluten-free diet. Booking recommended.


Ta’ Marija Restaurant Constitution Street, Mosta T: 2143 4444 • F: 2141 8181 • E: • W: Enjoy the folklore evenings and feast yourselves on a sumptuous dinner with a colourful touch of history. A night of Maltese song and dance... for an evening of culinary delights sprinkled with a lot of liveliness, come for their special folklore evenings, which start with strolling musicians playing mandolins and guitars, who belt out the sweetest of Maltese songs with assured merriment in the making. After your delicious dinner, the charming Maria Muscat will present the folklore show in a variety of languages, featuring six dancers who lure you into a jovial story of Maltese history told through dance. At some point, you or your special guest could be hand-picked to make their moves on the dance floor so that, you too, can make history on your own unforgettable night! Well, and it is not quite over till it’s over… after the show Ta’ Marija’s dance floor remains lit up so that you and your party can dance the night away to all-time favourite songs. Locals enjoy it every time too, so this night is aimed for our esteemed foreign guests as well as our ever-loyal local friends. Who says you can’t dine, dance and sparkle all in one place?


Restaurant Guide


The Plum Tree Bar & Restaurant Triq l-Imhar, Qawra T: 2157 5970 • W: 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 10am-midnight from Tuesday to Sunday in October - June, and from July September from 5pm-midnight.


Ta’ Kolina 151, Tower Road Sliema T: 2133 5106 • M: 9942 4877 • E: 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 five local starters; five main courses; dessert & coffee for €20. There's a unique à la carte menu with some 20 starters from €4.50 to €7.50, and 20 main courses from €11 to €24 to choose from. Ta’ Kolina offer a variety of fresh fish, rabbit, steak and many more traditional dishes. A wide selection of the 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 on a quiet, 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 a 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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Restaurant Guide


The Avenue The Avenue, Gort Street, Paceville, St Julain's T: 2135 1753 / 2137 8731 • W: 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 grills, or you could 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 décors: the arustic-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 is available.

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 and 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: 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 them a call.


Bars & Nightlife

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


Club Twenty-Two Level 22, Portomaso Business Tower, Portomaso T: 2310 2222 • E: • W: Already the mecca for Malta’s most discerning and hedonistic crowd, Twenty-Two has also managed to attract a big number of international VIPs and celebrities from the world of music, film, television, fashion, sports and business. Twenty-Two established itself from day one as Malta’s only really exclusive venue with its stunning surroundings and breathtaking views, and with impeccable VIP table service found nowhere else on the island – Twenty-Two is luxury and comfort usually located 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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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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NEWS Events and news about Malta's national airline

Air Malta Expands its Web and Mobile Check-In Services Air Malta has expanded its web and mobile check-in services and is now offering these services at 17 international airports. With immediate effect, Air Malta passengers will now be able to check-in on web and mobile at most destinations, up to one hour prior to the scheduled time of departure. Passengers using these services can start to check-in for flights 24 hours prior to departure, choose their seat on board the aircraft and receive their bar-coded boarding pass immediately. The service is now available at the following airports: Malta, London Heathrow and Gatwick, Vienna, Athens, Sofia, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Catania, Zurich, Lyon, Geneva, Manchester, Moscow Domodedovo and Marseille. In the coming weeks these services will also be offered in four other airports: Rome, Milan, Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle. “Through services such as web and mobile check-in, we are facilitating airport formalities and assisting passengers to save time and avoid airport queues. Such services offer passengers the flexibility of being able to check-in while travelling, or from the comfort of their home or office. We are currently working hard to offer other improved services to our customers,� said Matina Massa, Chief Information Officer at Air Malta.

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Air Malta names Britannia Top Travel Agent for 2013/2014


Britannia is Air Malta’s top travel agent for 2013/2014. The travel agency was presented with this award during a recent event in the presence of the local Travel Trade.

During the event it was highlighted that Air Malta is committed to continue supporting the local Travel Trade and it has also strengthened its Malta Sales Team.

continued to work with local agents who have been supporting the airline all along,” said Air Malta’s Deputy Chief Commercial Officer Joe Galea during a short speech held to present the award.

This event was not only an occasion for Air Malta to thank and express its appreciation and gratitude for the continuous support and loyalty shown towards the National Carrier along the years, but it also served as an opportunity to network and catch up with the local Travel Trade.

The Trade was also informed that as from April 2015 Air Malta will be increasing the frequency on its Brussels route through the introduction of two weekly day trips.

During the reception Air Malta named Britannia Services, the Top Travel Agent for 2013/2014 for individual, group and charter bookings whilst FCM Travel Solutions was awarded with the Best Year on Year Sales Achiever Award 2013/14 and Kirton Travel with the Top Corporate Seller Award for 2013/2014.

‘’Travel agents are a key component of our business. Over the years we have

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Photo (left): Britannia Services staff together with Managing Director Mr Noel Farrugia. Photo (Top): FCM Travel Solutions Managing Directors Mr Edward Papps and Mr Michael Gatt being presented with the award by Joe Galea, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer in the presence of Air Malta Sales staff. Photo (Bottom): Kirton Travel Managing Director Mr Nicholas Grech being presented with the award by Joe Galea, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer in the presence of Air Malta Sales staff.


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100,000 Fans for Air Malta’s Facebook Page Air Malta has just reached 100,000 Likes, on Facebook, keeping its place amongst the most popular Maltese brands on local social media. “This is fantastic news and we would like to thank all our fans who keep following us. We’re grateful to have such loyal customers who, from time to time, benefit from competitions promoted exclusively on our Facebook page,” said Air Malta's Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Galea.

Air Malta’s Facebook page, is regularly updated with the airline’s latest videos, images, blog posts, special offers and competitions offering free flights on selected destinations. Air Malta’s followers also contribute regularly, sharing their experiences with constant feedback about Air Malta flights and services.

John Rhys-Davies Travels on Air Malta Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies recently travelled on Air Malta’s KM116 from Malta to London Gatwick. Mr Rhys-Davies is best known for playing the dwarf warrior Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and for playing Sallah in the Indiana Jones films, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He also played in the 1993 remake of TV series The Untouchables and in the James Bond film The Living Daylights. In addition, he was the voice of Cassim in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves and Man Ray in SpongeBob SquarePants. Commenting on Malta and Air Malta Mr Rhys-Davies said, “Great Island, great people, and an airline I enjoy travelling on because of the staff. Warm, welcoming and generous!” In-flight manager, Joseph Aquilina added: “We were really surprised to meet Rhys-Davies onboard our flight. He was extremely kind and we were proud to be offering the airline’s renowned hospitality and services to him. Such unexpected encounters make it fun and enjoyable to be a member of the cabin crew on Air Malta's flights.”


Picture shows (from left) cabin crew Shirley Jobson, in-flight manager Joseph Aquilina, John Rhys-Davies and Vanessa Buhagiar.

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IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO Carmen Penza Coordinator Ground Services

How long have you been working with Air Malta? I have been working with Air Malta since July 1999. What is the best thing about your job? Having been deployed in different sections Cargo, Holiday Malta, Engineering and Ground Services, I gained experience and knowledge of work related to each section and this made my work more understandable, primarily to know better and communicate closely with staff, to work in a team environment and perform my work more professionally. Three words that describe your job? Professional, Responsiblity, Skillfull. What is the biggest challenge of your job? I recently moved to the Ground Handling Service Standards section whereby I have new responsibilities in addition to my previous duties as Ground Services Coordinator. The biggest challenge is to ensure that Air Malta policies are adhered to by ground handlers at all airports Air Malta flies to. Moreover, we

must ensure sterling service to our customer when using Air Malta services abroad and most of all maintaining a professional relationship on a daily basis with all suppliers. Do you have any hobbies? Travelling abroad and going for walks in the countryside. Which is your favourite destination and why? India. Life in India is simple, close to nature and God. Most amazing thing that struck me was the fact that in Kerala people of different religions live together in harmony and tranquillity. What are your favourite spots or tips for anyone visiting Malta? Wied iz- Zurrieq for its clear blue sea. It also brings back memories of my grandfathers and uncles who were fishermen. Nowadays it is an ideal spot for scuba diving, swimming and the only place from where one can catch a boat trip to visit the Blue Grotto nearby in a colourful small boat known in Maltese as ‘kajjik’.


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RULES FOR USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs)

connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi shall be disabled. These devices must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing since they could hinder an emergency evacuation.

Any devices that can send or receive data by wireless means, such as mobile-phones and tablets, may be used during all phases of the flight provided their transmit/receive capabilities (e.g. Bluetooth and Wi-fi) are switched off. Alternatively, if the device has ‘Flight Mode’1 capability, this shall be enabled. Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices (e.g. laptops) shall be switched off and stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing. Accessories, such as headphones, must not obstruct access to the aisle. If the data transmission capability cannot be switched off (whilst the device is operating), the device itself shall be switched off for the duration of the flight.

Are there times when I cannot use my electronic devices? Under certain circumstances, your Flight Crew or Cabin Crew may ask you to switch off all Personal Electronic Devices. This may happen during automatic landings, low visibility takeoff or landing, or during emergency situations. Can I use headphones? Personal headphones can be used during all phases of the flight. However, we ask you to remove your headphones during the safety briefing. For safety reasons, customers sitting at an emergency exit row must refrain from using headphones during taxi, take-off and landing.

Non-Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs)

I should inform the cabin crew when … … a passenger notices that his/her device is overheating. In such a case, the Personal Electronic Device must be switched off immediately and a member of the crew informed.   If you require more information, please refer to the table below which includes a list of Personal Electronic Devices which can be used onboard Air Malta flights by phase of flight. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our cabin crew if you have any further questions.

These could include, but are not limited to, items such as DVD players, electronic games, music players and personal cameras. Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices shall be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.

Laptops and notebooks Such devices may be used during boarding and during flight but not during taxi, take-off and landing. Any built-in data

(e.g. smart phones and tablets)

Larger PEDS

(e.g. laptops and notebooks)


Wi-fi, text and phone call functions






Extended Ground Delay (when instructed by Flight Crew or Cabin Crew)





Taxi-out for Take-Off





During Safety Briefing Demonstration















Circa 10 minutes to landing (Cabin Crew PA)










Taxi to Stand






Hand Held PEDs

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INFO Flight and Company Information

Alcohol consumption


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.

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. 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.




Alcoholic Beverages: Teachers Whisky



5.00 5.00

Bells Whisky



5.00 5.00

Gordon’s Gin



5.00 5.00

Smirnoff Vodka



5.00 5.00

Camus Brandy



5.00 5.00

Bacardi Rum



5.00 5.00

Havana Club



5.00 5.00


4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Noval Port



4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00


5.00 5.00


4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Tia Maria



5.00 5.00

Wines: Pjazza Reġina Red



5.00 5.00

Pjazza Reġina White



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



5.00 5.00

Minerals and Mixers:

Bar Prices We accept bank notes in Euros, Sterling, Dollars and Swiss Currencies. Coins are 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 bar service may be refused, thus ensuring safety and comfort to other passengers on board.



2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00

Diet Coke



2.00 2.00

Coca Cola



2. 00 2.00

Fanta Orange



2.00 2.00


2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00

Tomato Juice



2.00 2.00

Bitter Lemon



2.00 2.00

Tonic Water



2.00 2.00

Ginger Ale



2.00 2.00

Soda Water



2.00 2.00

Sparkling Water



0.00 0.00

Still Mineral Water



0.00 0.00

Apple Juice



0.00 0.00

Orange Juice



0.00 0.00


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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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 Valette 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.



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 including 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 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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Arlanda Stockholm





• Copenhagen

• Moscow Domodedovo

• Manchester

BELARUS • Bremen • Hamburg

London Heathrow • • London Gatwick

• Berlin • Hannover GERMANY

• Amsterdam HOLLAND

• Brussels BELGIUM

• Düsseldorf

• Paris Charles de Gaulle Paris Orly •

• Frankfurt

• Dresden



• Munich

Linate Milan •

• Turin

• Vienna





• Warsaw POLAND




• Otopani

• Verona


• Bologna




• Rome • Olbia






• Naples


GREECE • Cagliari • Athens • Algiers


SICILY • Catania

• Djerba



• Larnaca









Weekly Flights

Algiers 1 Amsterdam 4 Athens 2 Berlin 2 Brussels 7 Catania 9 Djerba 3 Düsseldorf 3 Frankfurt 5 Hamburg 2 London Gatwick 7

Flights code-shared:


Code-shared Routes


Weekly Flights

London Heathrow 14 Manchester 4 Milan Linate 5 Moscow Domodedovo 2 Munich 7 Sofia 2 Paris Charles de Gaulle 4 Paris Orly 4 Rome 7 Vienna 4 Zurich 5




PA New York (Newark) • NJ wv

• Abu Dhabi





Intra-European Flights operated by Air Malta: Athens-Sofia-Athens (2 weekly flights) Munich-Catania-Munich (4 weekly flights) Amsterdam-Brussels (2 weekly flights) Brussels-Amsterdam (1 weekly flight)

Etihad Airways

Austrian Airlines

SN Brussels

Abu Dhabi Brisbane Melbourne Perth Sydney Arlanda Berlin Bremen Catania Dresden Düsseldorf Frankfurt Hannover Munich New York (Newark) Oslo



via Heathrow, Manchester and Brussels with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi 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

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

via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Emirates 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

Gozo, beautiful through seasons