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THE AIR MALTA IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE

GAME OF THRONES p. 13 We take a look at the locations where it all started in preparation for the final season. TA L K O F T O W N p. 62 We get to know the beautiful city of Senglea and all it has to offer.


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#75 MARC H 2019

CONTENTS

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10 . A N I M AG E O U T AT S E A

The Victor Pasmore gallery explores the late artist’s relationship with Malta and the sea.

12 . M A LTA & G O Z O I N N U M B E R S

Facts and figures about the Maltese Islands.

13 . G A M E O F T H R O N E S

We check out the destinations in Malta that featured in Game of Thrones.

1 6 . F E S T I VA L S

An exciting look at the Festivals Malta programme for 2019.

20 . P O R T R A I T O F A N A R T I S T

We catch up with Maltese artist Ä ulja Holland.

2 5 . O F F T H E B E AT E N T R AC K

We explore the hidden wonders of Marsascala.

3 0 . F U N N Y S I D E U P

Veronica Stivala checks out a play which explores a modern interpretation of Maltese society.

3 8 . A M A LT E S E C H A M P I O N

Dayna Clarke sits down with boxer Claire Ciantar as she gets ready for a big fight.

40 . G O Z O - A P E R S O N A L P E R S P E C T I V E

French national, Charlotte Lombard talks about her reasons for moving to Gozo.

45 . A M T R AV E L F E AT U R E

We head to the Belgian capital, Brussels.

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54. A FISHERM AN’S VIEW We explore Malta’s relationship with the sea from on-board a

fishing vessel.

60 . M A LTA E X PAT

We sit down with Maltese expat, author James Vella-Bardon.

62 . TA L K O F T H E T O W N

Six sights to see in Senglea.

64. ISL AND HIGHLIGHT S

Here’s what not to miss while visiting the Maltese Islands.

6 8 . E X PAT I N M A LTA

Expat Tsvetan ‘Kenny’ Tsachev, originally from Bulgaria discusses his life and why he moved to Malta.

70 . T O CO N Q U E R THE ‘ U N CO N Q U E R E D CIT Y ’

The Cugó Gran Macina is the ideal place from which to explore Senglea, the three cities and beyond.

74 . T E C H N O L O G Y

Why Malta is the perfect place for emerging technologies.

76 . F I S H I N G AG A I N S T T H E T I D E

Why fishing and the sea holds such an important place in Maltese society.

7 9. R E C I P E

Chef Sean Gravina gives us a Maltese-inspired twist on Fish and Chips.

8 1 . R E S TAU R A N T & B A R G U I D E

Hungry? Here are this month’s top restaurant and bar picks.

8 4 . A I R M A LTA N E W S

A round-up of this month’s news.

92 . F L I G H T A N D C O M PA N Y I N F O R M AT I O N

All you need to know about flying with Air Malta.

9 4 . D E S T I N AT I O N I N F O R M AT I O N

Planning a trip? Take a look at all of Air Malta’s flight routes and code-sharing routes here.

9 6 . E L E C T R O N I C D E V I C E I N F O R M AT I O N

All the information you need with regards to phone, laptop and tablet usage onboard.

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AN IMAGE OUT AT SEA WORDS GIULIA PRIVITELLI

“DOESN’T IT SEEM TO YOU,” ASKED MADAME BOVARY, “THAT THE MIND MOVES MORE FREELY IN THE PRESENCE OF THAT BOUNDLESS EXPANSE, THAT THE SIGHT OF IT ELEVATES THE SOUL AND GIVES RISE TO THOUGHTS OF THE INFINITE AND THE IDEAL?” GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, MADAME BOVARY

As you read this, there is probably (almost definitely) a

Victor Pasmore (1908-1998) out from the conventional stream

vast expanse of restless water beneath you, but you are too

of painting in the 20th century. “The whole Renaissance

high up to know exactly how restless it is. A great blue body

tradition was now finished,” he once said, “and if I was to move

of water floats beneath in seemingly perfect harmony, in

forward, I would have to start completely again.” And start

stillness and silence, while its waves swell, rise, and fall with

completely again, he did.

perfect ferocity and thunderous roars. The sights, smells and sounds of the sea are all at once alluring, liberating, and

Surrey-born Victor Pasmore began his artistic career

captivating, almost familiar; they reach out to embrace you

“as a landscape painter…painting like the old masters”.

with the yearning, nostalgic arms of an old childhood friend.

Atmospheric landscapes, rivers, beaches, caves, inland seas,

But the sea is as much a stranger, inconceivable, and too vast

sea-side and coastal views, were all part of his painted world

to contain or even comprehend. And we, the sense-driven

- an observed world which never, really and truly, left his

humans that we are, are helpless to its hypnotic hold; we

sight. For even when, in an epiphany-like moment, it became

are shaken to a state of euphoria at one time, and to a state

clear to him that the way forward for his art was in what lies

of despair, at another. For the sea is a metaphor with many

beyond the figurative and the visible – that is, the limit of

names; an image that awakens others; a sight that opens the

our known world – the emotional impulses evoked by nature

floodgates of memory. And often, the sensation it evokes – be

were still a fundamental part of his creative process; they were

it of bliss or terror – is impossibly elusive to words.

certainly essential for teasing and triggering the imagination: “…to get beyond dimension in terms of strictly dimensional

I suppose, these are a few of the reasons why so many artists,

material poses a paradox which, in reality, can only be

poets, writers, architects, and composers have been, and still

solved in subjective terms, that is to say, by stimulating the

are, so helplessly drawn to this great, opposing, and ever-

imagination. To do this within the terms of surface-bound

changing force – the “unrenderable” sea. There is nothing

painting has been and still is my problem,” he explains in an

quite like a close-to-insurmountable challenge to whet the

interview, back in 1968.

appetite of an unsatisfied artist. For who, over these hundreds of years, has managed to accurately capture the spirit of

By 1968, two years had already gone by since Pasmore moved

the sea and the emotion it instils within whoever views it,

to Malta, where he would continue to reside until the end of

through an image, a verse or melody? Turner? Coleridge?

his life, thirty years later. These were years throughout which

Debussy? They came undeniably close, as have a few others,

his preoccupation with space, the relationship between art

but surely not as close as they would have liked to get; the sea

and the environment, and the topological and psychological

and its horizon remain elusive as ever – a symbol of a limit yet

quality of his “abstract” creations, never ebbed away. If

to reach. This too was the “symbol” that called British artist

anything, his interests increased. In an interview with Jasia


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Reichardt, who was keen to find out the impact the “earthcoloured cubical buildings, yellowish dust, and sky and sea which surround the island with blue” were having on the artist, Pasmore admits: “What, perhaps, is relevant to my new painting in Malta is that the close and constant proximity of the ancient, mythological and Neolithic past has reinforced my orientation from the physics of art to its biological and psychological content.” In his own handwritten notes, he describes the Island with its views of the sea as seen from the cliffs, as if it were itself a setting extracted from Homer’s Odyssey; a poetic lure trickled out of the Island, connecting it to a mysterious and remote past. This newfound past – a newfound beginning – emerges somewhat naturally in the simple, “primitive” aesthetic of his work, which he developed in the late ‘40s, and continued to reinforce and experiment on during his years in Malta. Ironically, it was the past that Pasmore wanted to explore with the modern language he was developing. He did not seek to represent nature or its effects, nor did he seek to abstract it: “If people want to think they look like stars, that’s perfectly OK, but not for me. I have no interest in representing any external object. My ideas come in the form of line, or tone, or colour, or form.” This “language” was considered rather radical, especially in the British mid-20th- century artistic circles Pasmore was active in; in Malta, it was anything but the norm. Figurative work was still very much in high demand, and work like the one Pasmore produced was indiscriminately categorised under the loosely-defined term “abstraction.” “I think abstract is a very bad word for the kind of work I do,” protests Pasmore, “but I suppose it’s the only we’ve got. I prefer to call them independent paintings.” Indeed, very much like the sea – the embodiment of uncontrolled, unrestricted, and independent Nature. “And as when the land appears welcome to men who are swimming,” as Homer puts it in The Odyssey, so too would be the sight of the sea to those whose feet have grown weary of beating the same earth, the conventional path that leads to nowhere. Walking along the cliffs, with his eyes desirously scanning the unrestrained surface of the sea and Homeric images inevitably pouring into his mind, Victor Pasmore thus takes his place among his fellow artists – contemporary and not – who each, in their own way, faced and attempted to overcome their own artistic cul-de-sac, at least within their lifetime.

The Victor Pasmore Gallery is managed by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti with the support of the Central Bank of Malta and the Victor Pasmore Foundation. Open Mon-Fri, 11.00am3.00pm; entrance is free. For more information visit www. victorpasmoregallery.com or follow on social media platforms.

Figurative work was still very much in high demand, and work like the one Pasmore produced was indiscriminately categorised under the loosely-defined term “abstraction”

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MALTA: BIRTHPLACE OF GAME OF THRONES WORDS HELEN RAINE

AS GAME OF THRONES FANS ARE ALREADY PAINFULLY AWARE, THE NEW SEASON STARTING IN APRIL WILL ALSO BE THE LAST. MALTA AND GOZO HOSTED THE FILM CREW FOR THE VERY FIRST EPISODES; THE ISLANDS’ MOST ICONIC SITES WERE THE BACKDROP TO PIVOTAL SCENES IN KING’S LANDING AND THE DOTHRAKI HOMELAND OF ESSOS. SO, TO MARK THE END OF THIS BELOVED SERIES, WE GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND THE LOCATIONS IN MALTA AND GOZO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. SPOILER ALERT - IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THE SHOW, YOU MAY WISH TO SKIP THESE NEXT FEW PAGES BUT IF YOU ARE READY TO ENTER GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S MAKE-BELIEVE WORLD, WALK THIS WAY.


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Photo: Mdina, Malta's old Capital City

Photo: Verdala Palace overlooking the Buskett woodland

H A R D L A NDING IN MDINA

of a Royal Navy base in the Second World War. Manoel is

Malta’s silent city was chosen to represent King’s Landing,

being restored and you can’t get in to see it currently, but it’s

and you are following a mounted Ned Stark when you cross

possible to see the outside from the sea. Hire a water taxi or

the bridge over the moat and pass through the medieval walls.

dgħajsa (traditional timbered boat) to give that a try.

Catelyn Stark lays eyes on her husband for the last time just outside this same moat. You won’t have any trouble imagining

ETER NA L LOV E AT A TEMPOR A RY A ZUR E W INDOW

all of this - the absence of cars in Mdina makes it easy to evoke

Sadly, like Khal Drogo, the Azure Window is no longer with

the fictional stronghold of the Lannisters.

us. However, you can get all nostalgic over the geological feature and the Dothraki warlord at Dwejra Heritage Park.

Deeper into the city, Mesquita Square saw Jamie Lannister

Daenerys and Drogo married here, and the arch appears

attack Ned and his guards.

behind them as he gives his wife the gift of a white horse. The production company got into hot water for dumping ‘sand’

Later in the series, filming moved to Croatia, with scenes

all over this sensitive protected area to make it look like the

of Kings Landing shot in the walled city of Dubrovnik. For

Dothraki camp was in a desert. The powdered stone hardened,

loyal fans, however, Mdina will always be the capital of the

damaging the delicate ecosystem and fossil-rich area.

Seven Kingdoms. There’s an unusual geological feature called the ‘inland sea’ LOV E AT FIR ST SIGHT IN V ER DA L A

here; you can snorkel from this water body through the cliff

Not far away from Mdina, Verdala Palace nestles in Buskett

tunnel that leads to the ocean, or take a boat if you don’t want

Gardens, an ancient hunting ground for the Order of the

to get your feet wet.

Knights of St John. The President of Malta uses the palace as a summer retreat but it was transformed into Illyrio’s Mopatis’s

SE A TO SA ND AT MTA ĦLEB

mansion in Episode 1, as Daenerys sees Khal Drogo for the

On the west coast of Malta, you’ll find the wild beauty of

first time. Buskett Gardens also appears when the Starks come

Mtaħleb cliffs; their stark grandeur was used to shoot the

across a stag killed by a dire wolf. The palace itself is closed

scenes of Dothraki riders crossing limestone bluffs in Series 1,

to the public, but it’s a pleasure to wander through Buskett’s

Episode 9. It’s easy to miss the cliffs on screen because Filfla

citrus groves and semi-natural woodland of Holm Oak,

island has been spirited away and the pounding waves have

Aleppo Pine, Olive and Poplar.

become a CGI desert. You can play ‘spot the difference’ when you take a walk here.

HIGH DR A M A IN FORT M A NOEL From the beauty of Mdina and Buskett, the show moves to the

Mtaħleb’s big break came when the cliffs were used to shoot

brute strength of Fort Manoel on Manoel Island. This classic

Drogo falling from his horse, the beginning of the end for the

defensive structure is built in the shape of star, although not

Great Khal. And it’s here that Daenerys is found after walking

a particularly lucky one for Ned Stark. When Fort Manoel was

into Drogo’s funeral pyre holding three dragon eggs… and

used as the Great Sept of Baelor, Joffrey accuses Ned of being a

reappearing sooty but unscathed with three feisty baby dragons.

traitor and one of the most dramatic scenes in TV history ensues. As these locations prove, Malta got the show off to a The fort dates back to 1723 and was built by the Knights

phenomenal start… and we can’t wait to see how they wrap up

to defend Valletta’s northern bastions. It was also the site

the final season.

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FESTIVALS MALTA:

AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD WORDS JO CARUANA

AS FESTIVALS MALTA – THE DYNAMIC ORGANISATION BEHIND MANY OF THE TOP ARTS FESTIVALS ON THE ISLAND – ANNOUNCES ITS NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTORS, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE MANY EXCITING EVENTS YOU CAN ATTEND IN THE MONTHS TO COME. Malta is an island of festas and festivals. Our festas are famed

announced, with six new people taking on positions this year.

throughout the world – vibrant events in every village, held

“Our artistic directors are absolutely fantastic and will bring a

in celebration of the local patron saint, and complete with

wealth of knowledge to Malta’s festival circuit,” says Festivals

beautifully-decorated streets, marching bands, colourful

Malta Director Annabelle Stivala.

religious ceremonies and impressive fireworks displays. Each artistic director is responsible for conceiving, developing Our festivals, meanwhile, are just as dynamic. From jazz festivals

and implementing the artistic vision and focus of their

to events celebrating our local music, and even full-blown arts

festival, and for handling on-going decisions taken about

festivals that showcase the best of international talent, there is a

the development of its aesthetic values and activities. “We

vast range to look forward to over the months to come.

give our festivals a truly global outlook but nonetheless stay rooted in local character,” continues Ms. Stivala. “So our

FESTI VA LS M A LTA

selection of artistic directors was mostly based on this, and

The majority of festivals in Malta are organised by Festivals

the willingness of the applicants to immerse themselves in the

Malta, a new national entity dedicated to creating fantastic

social and cultural fabrics of our island, and the commitment

events for the public to enjoy. As part of Malta’s Arts Council

and vision that the festival deserves. They are all incredibly

strategy Create 2020, Festivals Malta is helping to facilitate

talented people and they each bring something very particular

the growth of more than 180 cultural activities across seven

to the development of our festival programme as a whole.”

festivals and five national events, all thanks to the team of 20 talented professionals and eight artistic directors.

With this in mind, Festivals Malta will present no less than

Many of those artistic directors have recently been

six festivals throughout this year, namely Carnival, Għanafest,


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the Malta International Arts Festival, the Malta Jazz Festival,

to what audiences enjoy most about the existing festivals, and

Notte Bianca, and the Three Palaces Festival.

how they can be further improved. “Our strategy is to keep what works and continuously develop on that to make our

Now, with the new artistic directors in place, as well as an

festivals even better, so that they appeal to as many people as

enthusiastic new marketing team, Festivals Malta is set to

possible – from local families, to city break travellers, and even

make substantial strides forward, by attracting more people

international arts professionals. There’s a lot more scope for

than ever to its myriad events, and even creating more

putting Malta’s festivals firmly on the global map.”

collaborations between it, other cultural organisations, and the Finally, yet another major milestone for Festivals Malta was

private sector.

announced recently, with all of the festivals receiving the “Looking to the future, Festivals Malta will continue to make

EFFE label under the European Festivals Association (EFA)

festivals an integral part of Maltese social life, while offering

initiative for 2019-2020. “EFFE is Europe’s quality stamp for

a platform to local performing talent – and particularly our

remarkable arts festivals, and it shows their engagement in

young people – to nurture its growth,” Ms. Stivala explains.

the arts, as well as community involvement and international

“We will also enable cooperation between events and festivals,

openness,” Ms. Stivala continues.

regardless of their source, to promote artistic and democratic expression. It is this that is at the heart and soul of the

“ERA unites distinguished music, dance, theatre and

creation of Festivals Malta.”

multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond, and has done so since 1952, so it is a great honour for us to be

Even its marketing will be reaching out to new people, with

part of that. We are certainly proud to be flying the flag for

plans in place to kick-start surveys that will provide real insight

festivals in Malta internationally.”

FESTIVALS MALTA TO L AUNCH NEW WEBSITE Eager to learn more about what festivals you can look forward to in Malta in the months to come? Later this month, Festivals Malta will launch its newly revamped website – www. festivals.mt - promising an enhanced user experience, lots of information about each activity, and a fantastic calendar of events. “Users will be able to glance at our Events page and discover what’s on that day, week or month,” says Festivals Malta head of marketing Alice Azzopardi. “Visitors will also be able to link to the ticketing website and interact with our social media platforms where they will find easy-to-digest news about the festivals and receive quick support through Messenger.”

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A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST WHEN IL-BIZZILLA CAUGHT UP WITH MALTESE ARTIST ĠULJA HOLLAND WE LEARNED ABOUT HOW HER EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT CREATIVE FIELDS AS WELL AS PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS CONTINUES TO AFFECT HER BEAUTIFUL ARTWORKS. ON THE LOCAL SCENE, SHE IS KNOWN FOR HER VIBRANT AND EXPRESSIVE PORTRAITS INSPIRED BY THE HUMAN PSYCHE. RECENTLY HOWEVER SHE HAS BEEN EXPLORING ILLUSTRATIVE SKETCHES OF SCENES ON MALTESE BEACH SCENES.  WORDS MATTHEW BUMFORD


ART

ĠULJA CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT

painting. I had my first solo exhibition shortly after completing

YOUR WORK?

my degree at Leeds Arts University and I think that was a real

My main practice is concerned with representing the human

turning point for me. It gave me the confidence to assert myself

psyche. Through my paintings, I engage portraiture and

as a professional artist and to start accepting commissions. I’ve

abstraction by using colour and form to create emotionally

been working as a full-time artist more or less since then. No

charged re-imaginings of the familiar. I want to express as

matter how many times I stray away from painting for whatever

much of the inward parameters of the self as much as the

reason I always end up coming back to it because I find it the

outward appearance. I often merge photography and paint

most satisfying mode of expressing myself.

to achieve this dual realistic-expressive representation of my subjects. At the moment, I’m working towards a new body

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?

of work which I hope to exhibit at a solo exhibition sometime

A need to express my understanding of the human experience

this year.

I suppose. And as a visual person, the best way to do that is by creating images. Painting gives you the utmost freedom. It was

My illustrations are entirely different in style and involve

always easier for me to express the intangibility of emotions

ink sketches which are much more whimsical in nature and

and/or heightened response to colour and form in pictures than

touch upon the idiosyncrasies of Maltese ‘village’ life. I shall be

words. In short, being a hypersensitive person and wanting to

exhibiting several of these works alongside those of photographer

share that sensitivity with others.

Inigo Taylor at La Bottega Art Bistro, Valletta from the 5th of April-5th of May as part of the MCC Creative Circuit.

Also again, growing up seeing so many great artworks of artists who helped change the way we see the world and relate to one

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE

another. My favourite artists range from Picasso and Andy

AN ARTIST?

Warhol to De Kooning and Gerhard Richter.

I come from a creative background and had a lot of exposure to art from a young age. I remember pouring over reproductions

WHAT’S YOUR ST YLE AND HOW HAS IT CHANGED?

of famous painting for hours as a child and wanting nothing

My style is expressive, figurative and painterly. Stylistically my

more than to someday be as skilled at painting. It was definitely

paintings reflect all of the other creative fields I have dabbled in. My

encouraged by my family, and if I'm perfectly honest it was the

interest in textiles and photography, for instance, comes through in

only thing I excelled in at school.

my incorporation of fabrics and photographs within my paintings. The slow shutter speed aesthetic of photography can be seen in

HOW DID YOU START YOUR JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST?

the movement conveyed in my portraits while in my illustrations

I started my artistic education by pursuing a Foundation course

I notice that that the iPhone photos I draw from influence the

in Art and Design at Loughborough University in England and

composition of my drawings. I am at the beginning of my career and

although I ended up specialising in Fashion Design and went

hope my paintings will continue to reflect a personal maturation of

on to study graphic design, I eventually found my way back to

thought and execution.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR

This time of the year is great for hiking too. Head to Dingli

ASPIRING ARTISTS?

Cliffs and Marfa Ridge for some of Malta’s most scenic routes.

To paraphrase Elizabeth Gilbert, do art if it’s what you love

If you’re looking to explore some of the best local artistic

doing so much that the words ‘failure’ and ‘success essentially’

talents I would recommend Lily Agius Gallery in Sliema as

become irrelevant. As cliche as it is, I recently read her new book

well as Valletta contemporary, Blitz, and studio 84 - all are

‘Big Magic’ and it really helped me reframe my relationship to my

located in Valletta.

practice. I’d especially recommend it to any aspiring or professional artist who believes in the myth of the suffering artist. AND FINALLY, ARE THERE ANY PL ACES YOU

You can follow Ġulja on facebook.com/guljahollandartist and view

WOULD RECOMMEND OUR READERS TO VISIT

her latest collections at www.guljaholland.com.

WHILE IN MALTA? Yes everyone must visit the Megalithic temples of Malta which

To find more information on the MCC Creative circuit visit

are claimed to be the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

http://www.maltacreativecollective.com/events/


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Il-Karnival ta’ Malta

Malta Jazz Festival

Notte Bianca

15 - 20 July

5 October

Għana Fest 21 - 22 June

Malta Summer Carnival

The Three Palaces

Malta International Arts Festival

Gozo Cultural Weekend

1 - 5 March

29 June - 13 July

23 - 25 August

12 - 14 September

1 - 10 November

2019 CALENDAR #festivalsmalta instagram.com/festivals.mt facebook.com/festivalsmalta

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LOCAL

OFF THE BEATEAN TRACK

MARSASCALA WORDS DAYNA CLARKE

FOR MAXIMUM RELAXATION AND ACCESSIBLE BEACHES, IT IS HARD TO BEAT THE COASTAL TOWN OF MARSASCALA. THE SEASIDE TOWN (ALSO REFERRED TO AS WIED IL-GĦAJN LOCALLY) LIES IN THE SOUTH-EASTERLY TIP OF MALTA, VERY CLOSE TO THE MORE WIDER-KNOWN SCENIC FISHING VILLAGE OF MARSAXLOKK.

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Built around a small natural harbour, Marsascala has

is dedicated to St Anthony of Padua and was built in 1675.

been popular with fishermen for centuries. During

The feast of St Anthony is still held annually on June

summer the main beach of St Thomas Bay, is usually

13th and small loaves of bread are distributed among the

dotted with sunbeds and loungers; you can choose

congregation on this day.

whether to take a dip in the refreshing turquoise waters of the Mediterranean or hike to the coastal path to the

If you head inside, there’s a small statue of St Anthony

neighbouring beauty spot, St Peters Pool.

which used to be taken out to sea by Maltese fishermen. They lowered the statue into the sea praying and hoping

Interestingly, the name Marsascala is derived from two

for a good catch. Local farmers also used to lower St

words: Marsa, meaning port in Arabic and Scala, a word of

Anthony inside their wells during droughts!

Italian origin referring to people from Sicily. Presumably, this was because Sicilian fishermen would take shelter in

M A LTA’S ONLY “PAY IT FORWARD” CAFÉ -

this natural harbour when the sea became rough.

JACOBS BREW After a day of sightseeing and exploring the offerings of

The bustling locality is home to around 12,000

Marsascala, head to Jacobs Brew Café along the harbour.

inhabitants; and a very popular location amongst the

The pretty café provides a new concept to Malta, “Pay

locals for summer residences. The town is by no means a

it Forward”. For every coffee bought in the café, you are

tourist hotspot and still remains relatively quiet during

provided with a voucher to pass on to someone else in

the peak months, so allow us to take you to Marsascala for

need, to enjoy a free hot drink.

this month’s “Off the beaten track”. The business came as a result of the dream of local young ŻONQOR POIN T SA LT PA NS

resident Jacob Cachia. Jacob survived a rare infection

All along the coast of Marsascala salt pans are a common

on the brain, where part of his skull was rebuilt with

sight, especially at Żonqor Point and also towards St Thomas

titanium. His story and incredible recovery gripped the

Bay. These historic salt pans, called Salini by the Maltese,

hearts of locals, as well as hitting news worldwide. Find out

have been carved into the top layer of rock in a squared

more about the cafe via their Facebook page.

formation. When filled with water, these salt pans make for an ethereal sight to behold, especially at dusk.

ST THOM A S TOW ER At the end of the bay, you will notice the impressive St

THE THR EE CROSSES MONUMEN T

Thomas Tower. The eighteen-metre high tower, which was

The origins of the Three Crosses monument is shrouded

named after a small chapel dedicated to St Thomas, bears

in mystery. Situated in the countryside before leaving the

four small bastions, one on each corner. The imposing

Bidni road, the memorial is unique and to date there are

walls are five metres thick and a wide dry ditch runs

many different interpretations as to why it was built.

around the perimeter of the tower. A small window in the basement looks over the front battery which was armed with

Among the popular theories, it is believed that three

cannons towards the sea.

monks were killed by Turks and buried there. A second theory has it that a man died of the plague and was

The Watchtower also has an interesting tale. In 1614,

buried at the site by the people of the nearby town of

Grand Master Wignacourt commissioned the building of

Żejtun and while yet another theory maintains that

St Thomas Tower out of his own pocket, building it on

an elderly hermit was buried three times in the area,

a plot of land he purchased. It cost him 12,000 skudi, a

after rising from the dead. Another less sensational

vast sum for the time and is considerably bigger than

theory suggests that the Monument of the Three

other towers built by the Order of St John. The reason

Crosses was built around 1615 to indicate the confines

is that, apart from guarding the bay, it was also used for

between Żejtun and Żabbar. While history can’t tell us

storing weaponry.

exactly how this monument came to be, it surely is an interesting sight to behold.

Marsascala is steeped in history, local wives’ tales and a beautiful coastline. Along with a plethora of bars, cafes

THE CH A PEL OF ST A N THON Y

and lively nightlife, there’s plenty to see and do in this

Originally within the limits of Żejtun, this ornate chapel

pretty harbour town.


OLD CHARM,

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FUNNY SIDE UP ‘COME TO SUNNY MALTA’ IS A PHRASE TRADITIONALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ISLAND, REFERRING NOT JUST TO THE WEATHER BUT ITS FRIENDLY PEOPLE. BUT CAN THE NATION BE SUMMED UP SO SIMPLY? VERONICA STIVALA FINDS OUT.


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Warm weather and friendly people are probably the most

start – who can be very funny and recognisable ... everyone in

popular description of the Maltese islands and their

the audience will somehow know someone who reminds them

inhabitants. Dig a little deeper and you will hear close-knit

of each character - only to slowly dismantle them as the play

families, big weddings, village festas, and politics. These are

moves forward. “And as we laugh at them, hopefully, we realise

certainly correct descriptions; but how truthful can they be

that laughing at them is essentially laughing at us,” observes

when applied to the nation as a whole? A new play attempts to

Spiteri. “…because we are all guilty of partaking in at least one

answer the difficult question of what truly defines the Maltese.

aspect of what happens in the play. Myself included. And I find that to be a very sobering thought.”

Repubblika Immakulata, a satirical comedy penned by awardwinning Maltese writer Simone Spiteri, recounts the story

Spiteri, 35, set up her own theatre company, Dù, in 2004.

of four siblings who live under one roof. Everything unfolds

To name just a few of her achievements, two of her written

within twenty-four hours: a national poll booth day for a snap

works Appuntamenti (2009) and Kjaroskur (2011) won first

general election, the village feast and Petra’s wedding. David

prize in the National Francis Ebejer contest for playwriting.

is running for office for the first time. Franklin – a fireworks

Both Appuntamenti and Lacuna (2006) were chosen as one

enthusiast – leaves the house for the traditional festive march

of the 120 best plays for the European stage in the European

and is accompanied back home by the police. Petra, who’s been

Theatre Convention’s (ETC) bi-annual publication. She

planning her wedding for three years, will have to navigate the

has written for ŻiguŻajg International Children’s Festival

winning political party’s street carcades on her way to church.

to sold out performances. She also often collaborates with other theatrical companies on the main Maltese stages.

“I think what we're trying to do in the play is try and examine what we, as a nation, think defines us as Maltese – in itself an

While usually a fast writer, Spiteri admits this play took

already subjective perspective – and where all this subjectivity

her a while to write – for a number of reasons. In hindsight,

intersects,” muses Spiteri. Her play looks at the sunny, 'nice',

she thinks it's because she was “too angry, too cynical,

sometimes too genuine, good, always ready to help people

too jaded, too wound up by the many things that were

we always say we are when we are collectively, nationally, put

bothering [her] in the arts, and everywhere. Maybe in

on the spot to describe or sometimes defend our identity as a

herself. So [she] didn't have the razor sharp focus [she]

nation. “And it's not to say that there aren't many individual

needs to let things meet and concretise on paper for a long

people who actually are all those things. But as a nation I

time.” Then last summer it was like the penny dropped and

think we are way more complex than that,” she notes.

all the disjointed pieces solidified and came together.

Despite our millennia-rich history, Spiteri sees Malta as a still,

As a Maltese person, I am curious to know where Spiteri

very young republic. To think of our collective independence

sees herself. She confides how while writing, there was one

as a nation and compare it to the milestones in a human's life

particular character she felt was acting as a spokesperson for

she says we are now just about to embark on early teenage-

what she thinks and feels about the matters at hand. But, she

hood when everything changes quickly, things get a bit

admits, she already started doubting that during the rehearsal

confusing and occasionally rebellious, you're constantly

process and is seeing herself in places she consciously didn't

defining and redefining your identity, tough lessons are learnt,

intend while she was writing.

there is a lot of hard hot/hard-headedness and there is very little wisdom of foresight.

Surely, many Maltese will be curious to see this take on their society. And those who are not Maltese too… although they may

So who are the Maltese? While her play does not try to define

need to bring an interpreter along, as the play is in Maltese.

with authority any of these things, it does try to examine the experience of being smack in the middle of the whirlwind of change. It asks more questions rather than makes any conclusions. “Perhaps it would be an interesting exercise for me to revisit this play when I'm 90 years old – who knows what

Repubblika Immakulata plays at Spazju Kreattiv Theatre,

I'd think about it then?” quips the playwright.

St James Cavalier, Valletta on 29 - 31 March and 5 - 7 April at 8p.m. For more information and tickets visit:

Repubblika Immakulata is a tragi-comedy because it tries to

https://www.kreattivita.org/en/event/repubblika-immakulata/

set up a group of people we might define as archetypes at the

and https://www.facebook.com/dutheatremalta/

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E V ENTS T H I S M O N T H

21st February - 5th March FILIGREE MASKS EXHIBITION BY KEVIN ATTARD Courtyard, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

An exhibition of Traditional Maltese Filigree by Master Filigree artist Kevin Attard focusing on masks. The exhibition is taking place at Malta’s oldest art institution, the Malta Society of Arts’, in the Courtyard of its Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta. For opening hours please check the website of the Malta Society of Arts below. www.artsmalta.org

7th - 10th and 13th - 17th March APOTHEOSIS St James Cavalier, Valletta

Penned by John Baraldi and directed by Marc Cabourdin, Apotheosis charts the politically-charged story of a fictional Maltese female Prime Minister and the tragedy of her life. Apotheosis promises to be a ground-breaking and controversial theatrical event inspired by politically-motivated violence; a piece that is bound to have audiences enthralled. www.kreattivita.org

8th March to 7th April GAULITANA FESTIVAL Various locations in Gozo (and some in Malta)

Gozo’s main Classical music event is a cultural dream. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Women in Society’ and it will explore the importance of female engagement in the arts and the wider socio-political perspective, by presenting female composers’, artists’, and performers’ works and stories to the public. The month-long festival concludes with a grand opera festival highlighted by the production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. www.gaulitanus.com


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8th - 28h March WHERE I LAY DOWN - VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION BY RITTY TACSUM Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

An intimate and personal body of work focusing on the glaringly contrasting ‘spaces’ and places which are the sea and the bed. Seemingly unrelated poles, lying at opposite ends of a spectrum, these two contexts have been constants in the artist’s life and have repeatedly dominated much of her previous work. www.rittytacsum.com

14th March LECTURE BY JAMES HOLLAND: MALTA - AN ISLAND UNDER SIEGE (1940-1942) The Ballroom, Phoenicia Hotel, Valletta In a one-off event in aid of Save Valletta Skyline, celebrated author and broadcaster James Holland will give a fascinating talk in the beautiful Ballroom of the Phoenicia Hotel in Valletta. Titled Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege (1940-1942), James will tell the island’s incredible story of defiance, bloody mindedness and bare-faced courage, followed by a short meet-and-greet with guests. petragd@guisthall.com

15th - 17th and 22nd - 24th March AN INSPECTOR CALLS Blue Box Theatre - MSpace Msida

MADC brings J.B. Priestley’s thriller, considered a major classic of mid-20th century English theatre, to the local stage with a stellar cast directed by Michael Mangion. The play centres on Inspector Goole’s interrogation of the Birling family, following the death of a young girl called Eva Smith. Are they to blame? www.madc.com.mt

16th March LEJL IMKEBBES Ċittadella, Gozo

Lejl Imkebbes (Mediterranean Diwali) is a festival of lights. Over 30,000 candles will light up the narrow streets of the Cittadella creating a wonderful magical atmosphere offering breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Gozo’s hills and valleys, villages and churches and a view right across the sea to Malta. The night also offers numerous activities for everyone with historic re-enactments, extended and cheaper museum entrances and children’s activities. In addition, food stalls offering both Maltese and other cuisines. www.visitgozo.com/events/lejl-imkebbes


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16th March MAHLER’S FIFTH Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

Under the direction of Michalis Economou, the MPO presents a night of great music from the late Romantic period, with renowned Isreali violinist Guy Braunstein performing Brahms’ violin concerto. The programme features Mahler’s Fifth Symphony – starting with a funeral march and ending with a cheerful finale. Its Adagietto may well be the composer’s most well-known work. www.maltaorchestra.com

29th March ‘PASTIZZI’ BY KEVIN ATTARD Courtyard, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

We've eaten them long enough - it's time to immortalise them in traditional Maltese filigree to show our appreciation. Kevin Attard helps us question issues surrounding pastizzi - whether it be culture, cholesterol or your own charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent through the art of Silver Filigree. Join us for this oneevening only event exhibiting filigree jewellery and more, at the Malta Society of Arts. Entrance is free. www.artsmalta.org

29th March to 7th April REPUBBLIKA IMMAKULATA Spazju Kreattiv Theatre

A play where the action unfolds over a 24-hour period covering wide ranging topics from politics to festas to wedding vows. This play, performed in Maltese, explores the Maltese identity in the 21st century and is a co-production between Spazju Kreattiv and Dù Theatre. www.kreattivita.org/en/event/repubblika-immakulata/

31st March FREEDOM DAY Birgu, Floriana and the Grand Harbour

Celebrate the day commemorating the anniversary of the withdrawal of the last British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta. The main events take place at the Freedom Day Monument in Birgu and at the War Memorial in Floriana. www.www.visitmalta.com


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50 YEARS YOUNG Many firsts were set for the real estate industry by Frank Salt Real Estate; it was the first estate agency to do away with type writers and computerise its system, it was the first to have its own property website, to introduce the use of mobile phones, to launch a branch network, to publish a dedicated property magazine and to introduce professional property management and home Interiors services. The 21st century brought with it new challenges and opportunities as the firm transformed itself to better cater for the market’s needs. The founder Frank Salt transferred the company and its management over to a new, younger generation of family and non-family, which resulted into new blood and ideas being pumped into the business, whilst keeping the company’s time-honoured tradition of excellent customer service. An investment was also made towards the company’s corporate social responsibility and social conscience towards the country’s environment and heritage. 2019 sees Frank Salt Real Estate turn 50 years young! A 50year reputation of being the leading independent real estate

Holding the reign as a market leader for 50 years in such a

agency in Malta. How did a venture that started with a single

competitive environment is no small achievement, but the

visionary operating from a small outlet in Paceville, become

firm boasts of a strong team of agents, backed by a strong

a family business with a staff complement of just under 200,

team of professional and dedicated managers, agents and

and with 17 branches spread across Malta and Gozo, selling

support staff, constantly working hard to deliver a service

and letting homes to thousands of Maltese and foreigners

like no other.

over the span of five decades? Throughout the last five decades, thousands of people have It all started in 1969, when Frank Salt opened a small office

found their homes with the help of the company and many

at 20, Paceville Avenue in St Julian’s, and decided to look

more will continue to do so in the future. They have and will

around for a secretary to help him run the new venture.

always receive the very best service that can be provided.

A strong-minded young lady joined him, who helped the

‘That’s because we drive our business with passion and

company start on its epic voyage with a staff of two and its

integrity. We treat our clients’ property needs as if they were

own shop window, bravely showing photos of properties the

our own,’ believes Frank Salt. ‘The relationships we build

company wished to sell. The first apartment was sold and

with our clients are based on trust and a world-class service.

there was no turning back from then on! The sky was the

This will make sure that Frank Salt Real Estate not only holds

limit, and the business gradually bloomed with more staff

its standing in the field but continues to strive and remain

continually coming on board.

Malta’s real estate agency of choice.’

The first years were not easy, but with determination, good business acumen, Frank’s charisma and commitment to offer an exceptional service, the company and its headcount of property consultants started growing. Internal rules and procedures were set out, and the firm’s culture and vision clearly defined: a service promise built on integrity, honesty and a personal and reliable service to clients – values that are still at the forefront of each activity or property dealing that

This article was brought to you by Frank Salt Real Estate

the company takes up and concludes to this day.

Tel: +356 2379 4794

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CLAIRE CIANTAR HAS BOLDLY GONE WHERE NO MALTESE WOMAN HAS BEEN BEFORE- INTO THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL BOXING. THE JOURNEY HASN’T BEEN A SMOOTH RIDE FOR CLAIRE, WHO HAS WORKED IMMENSELY HARD TO BE MALTA’S ONLY FEMALE BOXING CHAMPION, WITH RELENTLESS TRAINING AND HARSH CRITICISM ALONG THE WAY. WE CAUGHT UP WITH CLAIRE TO HEAR HER INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF SUCCESS.

PU NC H LI K E A GI R L WORDS DAYNA CLARKE

CL A IR E, W H AT INSPIR ED YOU TO GET IN TO

year in Malta, as well as one of 100 inspiring women in Malta

BOX ING ? H AV E YOU A LWAYS BEEN IN TER ESTED

at a ceremony at San Anton Palace. I also participated in a

IN THE SPORT?

scheme for the Karl Vella Foundation, in which I often visit

That’s a good question! I only became interested in boxing

local schools and deliver talks to students.

when I was in my late 20’s. A few of my younger friends suggested we try a fitness class and I was keen to keep up

W H AT WOULD BE YOUR A DV ICE TO A N YONE

with them. After the first session I said “Same time, same

THINKING OF STA RTING THIS SPORT?

place next week?” and nobody was interested! I guess I

Boxing is fun and a great way to stay fit. It can also cross

really got bitten by the bug then, I decided to stick with it

over into many areas of your life, for example now I am

especially once I realised during one-to-one training sessions

really good at multi-tasking and remain calm in stressful

that it was an excellent way to tackle sress. I kept going

situations. I feel that I can also step back and view other

and going and wanted more than general classes so then I

situations much more objectively now, as you would

decided to embark upon the path of a competitive boxer.

do during a post-fight analysis. There’s also a huge component of creativity to the sport, to come up with

DO YOU FACE A LOT OF STIGM A OR NEGATI V IT Y

original sequences to surprise your opponent, and not

BEING A WOM A N?

be predictable. I believe what people see in the ring

Unfortunately, yes. Many people just can’t comprehend

is just 10% of the work that goes into being a boxer, I

why I would be interested in something so aggressive,

practice mindfulness and yoga stretching as well. If you

or believe that I am capable of it. This kind of mentality

go into a fight not fully focused and not thinking clearly

along the way only made me more determined to work and

you cannot connect with your actions. You need to be

train harder, proving them wrong. I also work in catering,

100% focused. There’s also a hugely theatrical element to

full-time as a manager and colleagues are always surprised

boxing, the character you are in the ring, and the drama of

when they find out my passion is professional boxing! I

the live events!

believe I am an athlete who trains hard, just like as with any other athlete. I have a really great coach, Quendar Pena, and

HOW DO YOU PR EPA R E YOUR SELF FOR A FIGHT?

the support of the Carribean Boxing Club, which I am truly

I follow a busy training schedule; I wake up at 5 and start

indebted to for this journey.

right away with a run. I then undergo 3 more training sessions throughout the day (I work around my full-time job)

DO YOU SEE YOUR SELF A S A ROLE MODEL?

and do my best to eat well. Aside from the physical training,

I have a teenage daughter who is very supportive of my

I concentrate a lot on mindfulness and relaxation strategies

rigorous training schedule, I would like to think I motivate

to mentally prepare myself. Of course, there is an element of

her to regard health and fitness as a priority, as well as

studying your opponent as well!

instilling in her the fact that if you work hard you can reach your goals. As for others, people reached to me for advice

You can catch Claire in action on the 2nd March at the

on how to start this journey. I am always happy to offer the

Intercontinental Hotel, St Julian’s as she fights for the UBO

experience and knowledge I have gained over the past 7

International Boxing title. For more information follow Claire

years. I have also been nominated as sportswoman of the

on www.facebook.com/ClaireCiantarBoxing’

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Charlotte Lombard at her Victoria home


GOZO

WHY I CHOSE GOZO W O R K , L I V E , P L AY

WORDS VISITGOZO / MINISTRY FOR GOZO

WHY I CHOSE GOZO, IS A SERIES OF PERSONAL RECOUNTS FROM PEOPLE WHO CHOSE GOZO TO GIVE GREATER SENSE TO THEIR LIFE. SM ALL, YET FULL OF OPPORTUNIT Y, THERE ARE OFTEN RECURRING WORDS ABOUT GOZO FROM THOSE WHO ARE STRUCK BY AN ISL AND TH AT C ATCHES THEM BY SURPRISE – RUGGED, BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE. C AN LIFE GET BET TER TH AN GOZO? Charlotte Lombard, of French origin, visited Gozo more than ten years ago and never left. Life, the simple way, is still possible on Malta’s sister island – an unassuming haven that offers artists and business persons a fertile ground to develop ideas and initiatives, to work and enjoy life in an intimate environment where one can still count the stars at night and enjoy the sounds of nature at daytime. Here is Charlotte’s recount… “It took me seven countries to find the one I call home. Originally from France, I was moving around Northern Europe for my work as a curator and as a cultural manager. Mother of two young children, tired of watching them I was stuck inside the house because of the constant bad weather, and exhausted by the city pace, I was

determined to make a drastic change. I opened the map of Europe in search of a sunny English-speaking country. I came to Malta to scout around and immediately fell in love with Gozo. It took me by surprise! At first, maybe it seemed a little small and restricting, but I can now say that moving here was one of the best decisions of my life. I came for the weather and stayed for the people and their land. This is such an inspiring island, with ample possibilities for creative people. Businesses are easy to start up, and there are plenty of new concepts to develop and a choice of funds to help you get started. In my first year, I opened a small organic and fair trade shop. Twelve years later, I am running a fair trade art gallery, Lazuli ART, in the heart of Victoria, which is my third

venture. I am also a house hunter, and a consultant for entrepreneurs who wish to establish their business in Gozo. This is a discerning land. I like the rural mindset that the route to success is to show respect to the value of work itself and to be driven by something genuine. This is a land of perspective. You can’t drown in stress here because everybody takes things philosophically, and at their own pace. And the majestic landscape and presence of the horizon offer you a frame of reference, and a space, to develop your vision. And after work, we all go to the beach! Life is simple. I am so attached to my little rock, which fulfils the promise of its name in Castilian: JOY.”

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BEST PLACES TO WATCH A SUNSET IN GOZO WORDS VISITGOZO / MINISTRY FOR GOZO

Blessed with amazing weather that mimics the glorious summer days, spring in Gozo offers added benefits like the lush, green countryside and cooler temperatures. Against this amazing backdrop of unspoilt land, spring promises a veritable show of inspiring sunsets. It is perhaps one of the greatest treats of living on a small island, that you can enjoy some glorious sunrises and even more impressive sunsets. Capturing an amazing Gozo sunset photo is as easy as pointing the camera at it. The colours are so intense that you’d need no Photoshopping skills to impress your friends and family back home, as nature presents itself magnificently perfect. Our favourite sunset spots are on the western side of the island. Sunsets can be witnessed along the coastal areas on the western side of Gozo like Xlendi, Dwejra and Xwejni. But equally suggestive are the sunsets from the higher points of the island like the southern side cliffs, and the hilltops like Xagħra, Nadur, Żebbuġ and the Citadel, where you can witness the rolling landscape of hills and valleys, hit by the last light of the day in an amazing play of light. While you’re in Malta, do allocate some days to explore the island of Gozo, and experience the magic of a sunset. Keep your camera handy and tag us on Instagram with your best captures – use #visitgozo or tag our account @insta_visitgozo. And if you can’t be in Gozo, you can still enjoy live sunsets, streamed on the www.visitgozo.com through our panoramic webcam. However gloomy the weather may be elsewhere, we will bring you the warmth of sunsets, live from Dwejra!


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BRUSSELS

A TO U R I S T D ES T IN AT IO N T H AT ’ S B LO OMIN G WORDS DAVID BAKER / AIR MALTA

When Brussels comes up on the news or in general

There are countless other parks to admire including Parc du

conversation, the subject matter is invariably the city’s role as

Cinquantenaire, Parc Léopold, Bois de la Cambre, Parc de la

the centre of the EU, especially in the current climate!

Woluwé, Parc de Tervueren and Parc of Laeken.

But after a visit, I’ve realised that tourism needs to be added to the

Beauty though is not only confined to nature’s offering.

agenda, especially as spring and summer loom on the horizon.

Brussels arguably contains the world's most beautiful square. The Grand Place framed by the Town Hall and opulent

Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Belgium. As days get

guildhalls is lined with restaurants and lively cafes. It is at the

longer, it’s never too cold or too warm. It is also the time when

heart of city life and was once a market, bombarded in the

nature awakes after its long winter sleep, bursting with colour

17th century (and then rebuilt). Today it is a major convening

and fragrance.

point of Brussels tourists and a ‘must-stroll’. In 2010 it was voted the world’s most beautiful square, ahead of Moscow’s

While many tourists head to the Netherlands to admire the

Red Square and Place Stanislas in Nancy.

tulip fields, few know that Belgium is a flower lover’s paradise as well and that Brussels is one of the greenest European

Having highlighted the city as an alternative to Amsterdam

capitals, with a multitude of parks, each one with its own

in the floral stakes, the city can also challenge France in the

history, architecture, trees, plants and flowers.

food stakes.

First to show off its glory is Floralia Brussels from 6 April to 5

The standard of cooking in Belgian restaurants is very high

May 2019, at the Groot-Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens. This

with some commentators saying you can eat better here than

is an amazing flower exhibition, which takes place in the park

over the nearby border – even though the style of cuisine is

and in the greenhouses of the 12th-century castle. Wander in

essentially French.

the 14-hectare park, admire a sea of colourful blossoms and get lost in the labyrinth of tulips.

The Belgians themselves have a highly developed nose for good food: they like it to be seasonal, based on good-quality

Just outside the city, at the same time, you can find Hallerbos,

ingredients, cooked with fine judgement, and good value for

where millions of bluebells blossom to create a magical blue

money – and they won’t stomach pretension.

carpet that covers the floor of this beech forest. To best experience it, pay a visit early in the morning or at night when

But all said and done the country still offers its classic

the smell of the blossoms is at its strongest.

indulgences. Clichéd maybe but… waffles, frites and chocolate. Regardless of whether you have a sweet tooth or not, Belgian

In a slightly different vein Hasselt’s is the largest Japanese

waffles are so good that they will make you consider not just

garden in Europe. It is an ideal place to walk around, meditate

travelling to Brussels but maybe even moving permanently!

and contemplate nature. In the spring, the garden takes on a

When you breathe in, the air smells like waffles all around the

magical feel thanks to its 250 cherry trees in bloom.

city centre, so it is practically impossible not to give in. Make sure to look out for the little yellow waffle trucks or head

Spring is also the time to visit the Royal Greenhouses, which

directly to Maison Dandoy for the best gaufres in town.

are open to the public only for few weeks every year (midApril to early May). An outstanding example of 19th-century

Just like Belgian waffles, the famous frites are almost as

architecture, they occupy an area of 2.5 hectares.

addictive. Sure, they’re not the healthiest or fanciest snack

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out there but they’re crispy, tasty and indeed cheap like chips!

tap and more than 2,000 more from the bottle. Or you

Sold in small stalls around the city, they’re fried twice in beef

can also go directly to the source and visit some of the

tallow and come with different sauces. Spotting the best frites

local breweries like the Brussels Beer Project, Brasserie

is a serious affair in Brussels and everyone has their favourite

Cantillon, En Stoemelings.

“fritkot”. Be prepared to wait in a line as there’s always a queue, but it’s part of the charm!

Aside from food, drink and flowers there’s also a lot more to Brussels.

If waffles and frites don’t tempt you, then I’m sure you won’t be able to avoid Belgian chocolate. Almost everywhere

The city has a wealth of museums, but the Musée de la Ville

you turn the enticement will be confronting you from the

de Bruxelles, on the Grand Place, should be visited to lay eyes

windows of countless chocolate shops. You’re on holiday

on early versions of Brussels’ mascot, the Manneken Pis - the

so indulge.

statue of the little boy doing what his name suggests, which lies a short walk away, to the west.

Browse too through the creations of famous chocolatiers (Laurent Gerbaud, Pierre Marcolini and Frederic Blondeel.

You can also visit the spot where Napoleon was vanquished.

Having let yourself go with the food (and you will give in),

The site of his final defeat in 1815 is about nine miles south

never shy away from a tipple in Brussels.

of Brussels, three miles south of the small town of Waterloo. The battle site has a number of interpretive exhibitions and

Belgian enthusiasm for the amber nectar is no secret, so a

museums. With a little background research you can make

visit to the capital must in some way pay homage to the hops,

much more sense of the landscape and people with your

weiss, Flemish or otherwise. Many of the city’s best beers are

imagination. Once brought to life in this way, it becomes a

brewed by Trappist monks. There’s a beer for every taste and

compelling place to visit.

countless bars around town where you can get a pint. From serious to wacky, another ‘must visit’ place is the Try Moeder Lambic on Place Fontainas, a ‘kind of shrine

Atomium, a weird and wonderful building that was

to beer’ or Delirium Cafe which offers some 30 beers on

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proud at 102 metres in height, the nine 18 metre diameter

the city, so no matter the day or area you are in the chances

stainless steel balls are connected in such a way that the

are there will be one to explore. Some are noisier (e.g. the

shape, as a whole, is the same as the unit cell of an iron

Marché du Midi on Sundays), others younger and livelier (e.g.

crystal magnified 165 billion times. (Impress your friends at

the Chatelain market on Wednesdays) and then there are

a dinner party with that fact!)

those that are simply a foodie’s (e.g. the Flagey market or the gourmet market in the Sablon) or vintage lovers heaven (e.g.

Each sphere hosts an exhibit or public space, while the top ball

the flea market in Place du Jeu de Balle).

is home to a restaurant with panoramic views over Brussels. At these flea markets you are sure to find lots of comics as While the Grand Place is ‘classic’ and the Atomium is wacky,

comics in Belgium are serious business. With hundreds of

Brussels doesn’t stop there, for it is also the capital of Art

comic book authors and famous characters like Tintin and the

Nouveau. This is where architects Victor Horta and Paul

Smurfs, the country has a rich tradition when it comes to the

Hankar designed the first Art Nouveau buildings in the

so-called ‘bandes dessinées’.

world: Hotel Tassel and the Maison Hankar. Besides visiting the Horta Museum, you can also admire many beautiful Art

You can get your fix from the flea market, at specialised

Nouveau buildings like the Maison Cauchie and MIM just

shops and the Belgian Comic Strip Centre or why not try the

walking around the city. What is perhaps lesser known is

comic strip route, a great way to see the city while admiring

the Art Deco heritage of Brussels. Luckily, the Van Buuren

beautiful murals. The project started back in 1991 and is still

Museum, the Flagey building and Villa Empain are vivid

being enriched with new paintings.

reminders. And if you have a thing with architectural details make sure to pay attention to Brussels’ beautiful doors.

In summary Brussels is so much more than the sum of its diplomats and in many respects – culinary, cultural,

They say that visiting a flea market is the best way to get

architectural – it remains one of Europe’s most underrated

a local flavour of a city and this is very true in the case of

places to visit. Small and compact, with an incredibly

Brussels. There are many great markets organised around

decadent centre, a visit won’t disappoint .

Air Malta operates daily flights to Brussels, with fares starting from €33 each way including taxes and charges with the Go Light product. Visit www.airmalta.com for more info.

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TRENDING RIGHT NOW

MALTA: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN A CHANGING L ANDSCAPE

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n a world with a constantly shifting economic and regulatory landscape, Malta is seeking to be a stable and trusted rock in raging waters. The country has always sought to embrace change, and grow as time evolves. It is a flexible approach which ensures that Malta has a firm grip on a sustainable trading future, and a name that is recognisable on a global scale. Whether it is regulating innovative technology such as Blockchain or supporting modern industries like remote gaming, the island has maintained a pro-business strategy and has emerged as an international centre for direct foreign investment. Eager to convert new opportunities into real value-added business and incorporate novel frameworks within an evolving market, Malta has nurtured the substantial growth and optimisation of its industries, and allowed its economy to gain further autonomy enjoying the highest growth of GDP within the eurozone in recent years.

FRIENDLY RELATIONS: A FORWARD-LOOKING APPROACH Building upon its membership in the European Union and the Commonwealth, the island has continuously sought to create a future strategy that will provide an infrastructure that generates value through investment. The island already offers foreign companies the prospect to employ skilled workers from all around Europe who can live and work on the island as part of the island’s place within the EU, as well as an English-speaking workforce of Maltese professionals and labourers. More recently, the Maltese Government

also announced measures that entitle UK citizens to a ten-year residency permit, as opposed to the usual five-year timeframe, as well as revealed talks surrounding a preferential track for arrivals coming from Britain. Such measures will facilitate UK citizens to continue to live and work in Malta, as well as provide UK-based companies looking to expand to Malta the opportunity to retain its workers.


M A LTA : E X P L O R I N G O P P O R T U N I T Y W I T H I N A C H A N G I N G L A N D S C A P E

M A LTA : E X P L O R I N G O P P O R T U N I T Y W I T H I N A C H A N G I N G L A N D S C A P E

A HOME FOR OPPORTUNITY: FISCAL FINANCIAL INCENTIVES IN MALTA

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The island has also consistently worked to provide measures that attract business, such as adopting favourable tax measures and financial grants. Within the financing sector, Malta has already directed efforts towards reduced set-up fees and licensing costs. The island offers an EU compliant tax regulation, as well as boasts a vast double tax treaty network with around 70 countries. Within the context of a post-Brexit strategy, a Brexit Taskforce for commerce has been set up that, amongst incentives to foreign investors, includes financial grants or refunds on certain qualifying expenses connected with setting up shop in Malta.

PROFESSIONAL OUTLOOK Steve Muscat Azzopardi manages Chetcuti Cauchi's corporate division and has supported several organisations in setting up corporate operations in Malta. Steve advises clients on the full process when expanding or relocating to Malta - from corporate structuring to regulatory requirements, or intellectual property rights, taxation and employment immigration concerns.

THE GLOBAL LEGISLATION

CONTEXT:

STRUCTURES

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The island’s substantial growth within several key sectors is a direct result of Malta’s constant effort to adapt legislation and streamline processes within a changing environment. The island seeks to adapt its legislative framework to a global context, such as the implementation of the “Bolar” Exemption that originated in the US, whereby pharmaceutical organisations in Malta may exercise experiments for research purposes, even if a patent exists. Similarly, within the manufacturing industry, the island has set up a structure that enables cost-effective means of importing, assembling and exporting parts. Malta offers companies research grant schemes and attractive investment structures in a number of booming sectors, including a number of manufacturing industrial parks, a high-value Life Sciences Park and heavy investment in research in bioinformatics, as well as an Aviation Park. An EU-compliant jurisdiction and a country with a pro-business framework, Malta is a prime location for corporate growth which continues to welcome foreign investment.

“The economic framework is changing, and Malta encourages businesses to explore and monetise new opportunities. Since Brexit negotiations began, we have seen a considerable number of UK-based companies looking to Malta, not only for its market access into the EU, but also for its innovative legislation and regulatory incentives to foreign businesses.”

Chetcuti Cauchi is an international firm, with offices in Malta, Cyprus, London, Zurich and Hong Kong, advising high net worth international families and their businesses on residency & citizenship, property, corporate, tax, financial services, fintech, yachts and jets.

Steve Muscat Azzopardi Senior Manager Corporate and Fintech Direct Tel: +356 2205 6608 Email: asksma@cclex.com

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OUR VIEW ON THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE markets in Europe and our market and the way in which we do business at Perry, is regarded as the gold standard for investors looking for a safe haven for their capital. Our primary goal is for our established residential and commercial sales and lettings departments to remain at the forefront of the quality property industry and to ensure that we continue to offer the best advice to clients from around the globe who are looking to invest or simply settle in Malta. All indications point to 2019 being another strong year for the local real estate market. There are various reasons to expect the local market to continue to steam ahead in We have had an outstanding 2018 and great start to 2019 at Perry estate agents, as the Maltese property market remains buoyant, underpinned by a strong economy and government incentives. We firmly believe that our great achievements are also a ref lection of the success of our strategic investment in people and technology over the past years and is a tribute to the quality of our affiliates. Our clients appreciate the depth of experience and knowledge our property consultants provide. We are also well known for our personal approach and unparalleled work ethic, backed by almost forty years of service to the real estate industry. Last year was a particularly exciting year as we successfully launched Malta’s leading real estate platform for quality property in Malta – www.perry. com.mt, showcasing some of the finest real estate that Malta has to offer. Another great achievement was the publication and distribution of our newly revamped Perry f lagship publication now in its 57th edition. Going forward, we plan to continue to capitalise on Malta’s healthy property market and reach out to more prospective clients whilst continuing to adopt new technologies and methods to best service our client’s requirements. We have been the lead advisors for the acquisition of some of Malta’s most sought-after trophy properties over the years and we plan to continue to build on our quality portfolio of property that we are so well renowned for, as a major priority. It is clear that Malta is regarded as one of the pre-eminent property investment

2019. Malta has had a consistently strong market over the past years however recently the rate of house price growth has left other European cities trailing in its wake. It’s a hot and exciting market characterised by quick sales and high competition for properties. One of the key factors underpinning recent price growth is the imbalance between supply and demand. Malta also remains relatively affordable, you still get a lot for your money, prices remain lower than many other European cities. Whilst there has been stagnation in other European markets with prices reaching the limits of affordability, Malta is still some way off this point, with more room for prices to rise, we are confident that the current upward trend in Malta house prices will continue in 2019. Putting market factors and government incentives aside, another reason for Malta’s property surge is due to its increasing popularity as a place to live generally. When it comes to quality of life and safety, Malta ranks one of the top in the world. Malta may not be as vast as many other destinations however its small size works in its favour, everything is within short driving distance, add to that a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene, good business links, 300 days of sunshine and proximity to beaches, and it’s easy to see why many professionals are looking to relocate south of the continent to Malta, as are some of the most discerning retirees. A recent report by the Financial Times of England also highlighted Malta’s healthy property market and concluded by stating that demand seems set to continue at a steady pace with the only constraint being a lack of available stock.

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F ISH I NG FOR LIGH T “BUT WHY ARE YOU HERE, WITH US, ON A SATURDAY NIGHT, WHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS ENJOYING THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY… AND YOU, YOU’RE HERE INSTEAD, WITH US ON A BOAT, FISHING IN THE DARK?” WORDS SARAH CHIRCOP / PHOTOGRAPHY GILBERT CALLEJA

This is what they asked Gilbert Calleja when he first set out to

accurate because the actual act of fishing takes place in the

document the lives of these fishermen and the world of small-

night, using a lamp to attract the fish to the surface, where

scale fishing in Marsaxlokk. “Because I want to know what it’s

a net awaits their fate.

really like out there on the boat, what is really going on.” Gilbert follows life onboard the "Joan of Arc", a 45-foot Gilbert is a documentary photographer who has been

boat holding a 9-member crew. The boat is owned by

working on this project for over five years, building up a body

family Abela, Antoine being its present-day boss who comes

of work which he has called Lampara. I asked him to tell me

from a family of 4 generations of fishermen. “The set of skills

about the inception of this project, how it all started but

that are inherited from one generation to the next offer

more importantly, why. “I wanted to do something related

many interesting observations on board. But what was really

to the sea, particularly with people whose work and lives

interesting in this case is that Antoine’s grandfather used

are directly connected to the sea. The world of fishing

to keep a diary for over 40 years, documenting details about

was always an intriguing one, one I completely don’t

the catch, the dynamics of the crew… even the arguments.”

belong to, and I was particularly curious about this type

This was why he decided to remain focused on one boat. For

of fishing called Lampara.” He explains that this kind of

him to visually explore this world, it required time; time to

fishing involves the use of 3 boats and plenty of seafaring

understand where his place was onboard, where he is safe

knowledge; of the sea, its currents, the wind and the habits

from the action and could not disrupt the work - difficult no

of the fish themselves. All these things need to be quite

doubt in such a restricted space.


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Quite the challenge for a photographer I thought, to set out at sea and document the action in the absence of light. However, Gilbert explains how it was never solely the visual element that attracted him to this project, his principal interest was more an anthropological one. “My camera was just my passport onto the boat. If I didn’t have my camera, it would have been difficult for me to convince these fishermen why I wanted to get onto their boat and enter their world.” The work that Gilbert does is not work that could be done from a distance, from the bank-side (ix-xatt) for example, and he stresses how important it was for him to be onboard, whilst the crew was working; “for me that’s the value of the work. I was interested in the dynamics between the crew on the boat - a space dominated by men - and the hierarchies between the captain and the crew.” On land, the women played a very important role of selling the fish once they’re brought to shore, a supporting system that was, however, much more significant some 30/40 years ago. Fishing is a living trade, in evolving and changing with time. There are aspects that are changing but there is also a very strong cultural element that relates to Maltese identity - we are island people. “This also really interested me, so I posed the question how can we be people who live on an island and don’t know how to fish or at least understand the sea? To fish is to understand the sea, it’s to understand what is surrounding you.” The fact that we have a long, complex and rich history itself ties us to the past but it should not be an excuse to remain living there - the past is only a background to the life we live today. This rich history does work against us at times; it allowed for stereotypes and a certain ‘hiddenness’ to take place; “it’s very easy for me to stay on land and take pictures of the men fixing their nets, but that means nothing to me. I have a problem with those images because they are very stereotypical, they feed the stereotype that these people have fallen victim to.” Moreover, when one looks out at the bank-side, it is very evident as to which industry dominates it: tourism, and this, amongst other things, has damaged the sustainability of small-scale fisheries. Small-scale fishing operations are after all highly environmentally conscious, whose goals are long-term and not for short-term profit. Gilbert’s fascinating project has uncovered a labyrinth of many rippled layers of anthropology and sociology as he continues to inhabit this world, documenting it through photography, film, and also sound. However, he does not simply inhabit this complex world but has become very much a participant: “today I do feel part of a community, to a certain extent, but maybe more than a community, part of a family.” He continues to shine his own light and create awareness about what could very quickly become a tradition of fishing in absolute darkness.

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EVERY MONTH WE CATCH UP WITH A M ALTESE NATIONAL WHO LIVES AND WORKS ABROAD. THIS MONTH, WE CHAT TED TO DEBUT NOVELIST JA MES VELL A-BARDON.

A M A LT E S E E X PAT WORDS MATTHEW BUMFORD

historical thriller. The protagonist is of Maltese origin, a plucky, never-say-die sniper named Abel de Santiago. ‘Santi’ suffers a grave injustice when he is illegally sold as a galley slave to one of the captains of the Spanish Armada. Following his galley’s shipwreck, Santi finds himself a castaway in Tudor Ireland, fleeing the mounted troopers of a brutal sheriff who wants him tortured and killed. Q - HOW HAS THE NOVEL BEEN PERCEIVED ABROAD AND IN MALTA?  To date, thousands of copies have been sold worldwide and the feedback has been excellent both from Malta and overseas. I think my London-based publisher still likes it, since they’ve submitted it for four literary awards in the US and the UK. Last month it picked up a cover design award in the US and its YouTube trailer was nominated for the 19th Golden Trailer Awards in Los Angeles. In September 2018 I became the first Maltese author to break Agenda Bookshop’s bestseller list in English fiction. It’s an amazing feeling, unreal. Q - ARE THERE ANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN READERS IN MALTA AND ABROAD? 2018 was a breakthrough year for Maltese novelist James

Nothing too discernible, although there was a strong Maltese

Vella-Bardon when his debut novel ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ was

hook in my case because of my background and because the

released by UK publisher Unbound on 15 March 2018. It’s been

novel has broken new ground for Maltese fiction in English.

a rollercoaster ride since, becoming the first Maltese national to

I’ve also received a flood of compliments from Malta and many

break Malta’s bestseller list in English fiction, climbing to third

aspiring Maltese authors have since got in touch with me to ask

place just behind the likes of Ken Follett and Dan Brown.

for tips which is wonderful.

Q - HI JAMES, SO TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND

Q - HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AWAY FROM MALTA

YOUR LIFE AND WORK.

AND HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU COME BACK?

I’m a writer who supports himself by working as a risk manager

I’ve been away for 12 years now but it’s always a great feeling to be

in funds management in Sydney, Australia. I moved down under

back and see all the changes. I just love the fact that the country

for work in 2007 after a brief stint spent working with the EU in

keeps kicking on in so many ways and so quickly too!

Brussels. For most of the last decade I’ve burned the midnight oil practically every day, working on a five-novel series called ‘The

Q - ARE THERE ANY ASPECTS OF MALTESE LIFE

Sassana Stone Pentalogy’. My debut novel ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ is the

OR CULTURE THAT FOREIGNERS JUST

first instalment and was published in the UK on 15 March 2018.

DON’T ‘GET’? The fact that they think we are arguing when we are

Q - CONGR ATUL ATIONS ARE IN ORDER ABOUT THE

actually just having a normal conversation! Not to mention

NOVEL. C A N YOU TELL US A LIT TLE A BOU T IT?

how we’re embracing each other one minute and fiercely

Thank you. The Sheriff’s Catch’ is a rollicking, red-blooded

squabbling the next.


E X P AT I N M A LTA

Q - W H AT IS THE M A IN DIFFER ENCE BET W EEN

a fresh Ċerna / Red Snapper or Lampuka and European club

LI V ING IN S Y DNE Y A ND M A LTA?

football in the evenings. Not necessarily in that order.

I haven’t lived in Malta for over a decade so my comparison might be dated. But what I found when I moved to Sydney in

Q - ANY TIPS YOU CAN SHARE WHEN FLYING

2007 was that I had transitioned from a densely populated

Try to get the aisle seat next to the emergency exit for added leg

place where community is everything and extremely tight-

room. A great read also helps: books like The Kite Runner, 1984

knit to a far less populated place where it’s all about the self

and To Kill A Mockingbird have made fourteen hour flights seem

and is highly transient. Like the rest of Europe, the Maltese

too short for me!

are generally obsessed with politics and culture whereas in Sydney the main obsession is financial and personal

Q - FAVOURITE PL ACES IN MALTA?

wellbeing. It was hard to get used to in the beginning but then

I particularly love all the fascinating historical sites, ranging

it became the propellant which got me to where I am now,

from the bastions in the three cities and Valletta to the beautiful

wherever that is.

silent city of Imdina and the catacombs. The Neolithic temples are from another planet, particularly Ġgantija in Gozo and the

Q - WHAT MALTESE THING DO YOU MISS THE MOST

Hypogeum in Ħal-Saflieni. Not to mention that some of the

WHEN AWAY?

weapons in the Palace Armoury in Valletta are incredible.

The Maltese humour is wicked. Just side-splitting and I get as much of it as I can through social media or by watching Maltese

Q - WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE PERCEPTION OF

programmes on YouTube or from friends’ text messages. Don’t

MALTA ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE?

get me wrong: Australian humour is also brilliant, but Maltese

If the general perception of the Maltese in Australia is anything

humour is on another level in terms of how it mixes the profane

to go by, then it’s top drawer. As a people we’re regarded as a

with the sacred, it literally makes me weep sometimes while my

wholesome, switched on, law-abiding, hard-working, peaceful

Irish-born wife looks on at me in bafflement. Oh and let’s not

bunch with big hearts who assimilate seamlessly into society,

forget pastizzi, goats cheeselets with water crackers, Cisk Lager,

while doing our best to get ahead.

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LOCAL

TA L K O F T H E TOWN WITH SO MANY CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES ON OUR LITTLE ISLANDS, IT’S HARD TO DECIDE WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE TO GO. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE’LL BE HIGHLIGHTING OUR TOP LOCATIONS FOR THE SEASON. THIS MONTH IT'S SENGLEA.

BRIDGE TO BIRGU

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF VICTORY

Birgu is the neighbouring city

Originally built in 1580 to commemorate

A beautiful garden situated in

to Senglea and one of the three

Malta’s defence of the Ottoman siege of

the northern tip of Senglea. It was

cities. You can take a shortcut to

1565 this church was destroyed in the

planned in 1551.You can get a beautiful

Birgu from Senglea by crossing

Second World War. It was rebuilt in the

panoramic view of Valletta,Marsa, the

the bridge. You can find this

1960s and boasts amazing artwork and

Grand Harbour and Fort St Angelo

bridge not far from the border of

an impressive dome. You can find a

from here.The guard tower called “Il-

the two cities.

THE GARDJOL A

memorial dedicated to those who lost

Gardjola” is located within the garden

their lives in the Second World War and a

and has various symbols engraved on

beautiful wooden statue of the Virgin Mary

it. You might find this popular icon in

which is encased in silver.

many brochures in Malta.

STATUE MADONNA TAN-NOFS

HAMMET 'S M AĊINA

ST PHILIP'S CHURCH

This Statue was erected as a

Originally built by the Knights

First built in the 15th century

thanksgiving to the Virgin Mary for

of Malta in 1554, the Macina

and rebuilt in 1561, this church

protecting the people of Senglea

was used for the hoisting and

was damaged in the second

from a devastating plague that hit

lowering of masts onto ships.

world war. It has subsequently

the island in 1813.

It has been recently renovated

been repaired and is a popular

and is the perfect spot for you

venue for weddings and boasts

to enjoy a wonderful meal after

a beautiful domed ceiling with

exploring Senglea.

amazing paintings.

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TOP SPOTS

ISL AND HIGHLIGHTS DESPITE ITS DIMINUTIVE SIZE, THE M ALTESE ARCHIPEL AGO IS BURSTING WITH HISTORIC SITES, IDYLLIC SPOTS, CULTURE AND TRADITION. THE M ALTESE ISL ANDS ARE LIKE NOWHERE ELSE. HERE YOU’LL FIND FOSSIL-STUDDED GEO FORM ATIONS, PREHISTORIC TEMPLES, INTRIGUING DIVING OPPORTUNITIES, AND A RICHLY WOVEN HISTORY OF REM ARK ABLE INTENSIT Y. HERE’S A HANDY GUIDE ON WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR DURING YOUR STAY.

PACEVILLE, ST JULIAN’S, MALTA Swarming with clubs and bars, Paceville is the party area that will have you dancing till the early hours of the morning. If you’d rather a more relaxed evening, then a pub or restaurant in the area could even hit the spot.

THE RED TOWER, MELLIEĦA , MALTA Fort St Agatha, more commonly known as The Red Tower due to its brightly coloured walls, was built in the middle of the 17th century and served as a bastion watchtower in its days. It is also the sixth addition to the Lascaris towers.


ÄŠITADELL A , GOZO This small fortified city is also known as the Citadel and can be found in the heart of Victoria in Gozo. With all its fortifications, including the medieval epicentre infact, this historic area hosts a number of prime locations which are a must see on your Gozo trip.

VALLETTA , MALTA Fresh off the back of its successful stint as Europe's Capital of Culture, Il-Belt as it is colloquially known is full of modern and neoclassical architecture, bars, restaurants and experiences for any traveller.

DINGLI CLIFFS, DINGLI, MALTA A romantic spot where the sun and sky meet and the ever-crisp air grazes against your cheeks. The majestic sight that the cliffs provide gives an unobstructed view of Filfla, a member of the Maltese Islands and a protected location.


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INĦAWI BOUTIQUE HOSTEL Inħawi Hostel is located in St Julian’s. It offers the charm of a boutique hostel which features an outdoor pool with panoramic views of Balluta Bay and the Mediterranean Sea. The hostel is located in a restored 19th century building with a modern décor. The rooms are spacious and comfortable each featuring free air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with one or two showers, a toilet and a sink – a luxury for most hostels. All rooms feature either sea view, garden / valley view or pool view. Triq Telgħet, St Julian’s, Malta

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PAPARAZZI 29 CLUBHOUSE Set on the beautiful location of Manoel Island - Paparazzi 29 Clubhouse is a family run restaurant offering a large and mouthwatering range of delicious meals. From homemade pizzas and pastas to juicy steaks, ribs and fresh fish. Manoel Island Bridge, Triq il-Forti, Manoel Island, Malta

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M A LTA E X P AT

EACH MONTH WE SIT DOWN WITH AN EXPAT LIVING IN M ALTA ABOUT THEIR LIFE HERE ON THE ISL ANDS. THIS MONTH, BULGARIAN-BORN TSVETAN TSACHEV GIVES A RUNDOWN OF HIS STAY IN M ALTA AND HOW ONE SHOULD GO ABOUT LIFE HERE, THE PL ACES TO VISIT AND ADVICE ABOUT TRAVELLING.

EMBRACING MALTA’S EASYGOING LIFESTYLE WORDS MATTHEW BUMFORD

Q - TELL US A BIT A BOU T YOUR SELF

Q - W H AT BROUGHT YOU TO M A LTA?

My name is Tsvetan Tsachev also known as Kenny, I moved to

It all started, 16 years ago, when I was a student in one of the

Malta four years ago simply because I needed a fresh start in

language schools on the Island. I was already familiar with

my life.

the country and when deciding which country to relocate to, Malta was on top of my list. It is also close to home and

If you’re wondering how I got the nickname Kenny. It all

has a fantastic climate! The reason I decided to relocate to a

started when I was 18 at university in Hawaii on a scholarship.

different country was simple: I needed a fresh start and a new

I received the most warm welcome there. On every student's

page in my life.

dorm room a picture is attached to the door to make you feel warm and invited. For instance, mine was a fish made out of

Q - HOW IS THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT HERE

paper. Anyway, I shared my dorm with a Hungarian guy who

DIFFERENT COMPARING TO WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE?

was raised in Canada and who, to this day, is still one of my best

I have worked in many companies in different countries but

friends. He is a child of the world like me.

based on my experience it is not where your office is located but the people within the organisation.

For the first few days at University there were lots of activities and social events. When I would introduce myself people would

Colleagues are a vital part of my life, not to mention the fact

somehow always mispronounce my name. During a particular

that practically I spend half of my life with them! Therefore,

night my roommate and I were chilling in the balcony and my

understanding each other, listening to each other, laughing

friend got a glimpse of my South Park Kenny character doll and

together and helping each other to progress, is what

jokingly they decided to start calling me Kenny.

contributes to a healthy working environment.


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Q - IS THER E A N Y A DV ICE YOU WOULD GI V E TO

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Q - W HICH A R E YOUR FAVOUR ITE PL ACES YOU

EX PATS MOV ING HER E?

V ISITED IN M A LTA?

Yes, there are a couple of lines which I can share.

There are a number of places which I really like for example Gozo as it differs from Malta – it is more calm, relaxed and still very

LI V ING

rural with some great areas for BBQs and off-roading. Another

At the beginning of your stay, I recommend you share a flat

favourite location is Birgu as I find the superyacht marina

with expats and get familiar on how things work in terms of

surrounded by the historical fortifications truly inspiring and an

housing and living conditions. As a note, always be careful

ideal place to relax.

when signing a rental agreement and make sure you read the Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION?

contract thoroughly before you commit.

Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii! It is amazing how nature is protected and TR A NSPORTATION

the inhabitants are really friendly. For me, the place is absolutely

Use the bus! For me, I simply do not see why one should buy a

mesmerising! Hawaii is a special place for me due to the fact

car in Malta. Spending money on insurance, parking and so on

that I basically grew up in this country. Even though I had my

is pointless.

ups and downs it was an excellent opportunity to learn how to live independently. This kind of a milestone in somebody’s life is definitely a tool that helps you succeed in life.

LIFEST YLE Embrace it! The lifestyle here is typically Mediterranean, However, if you immerse yourself into the Maltese culture,

Q - A N Y THING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO A DD?

you will definitely enjoy and embrace the Maltese way of life.

Yes, to whoever is reading this interview, it is vital to stay

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your life. Life is too short and now is the time to explore, so

Go hiking, climbing, anything! Malta has amazing places for outdoor activities!

unique, be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you how to live test whatever is on your mind and grab the world to the fullest! Embrace life!

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EXCLUSIVE AGENTS! New state of the art finished and fully furnished 4th floor luxury APARTMENT measuring 180sqm, situated in a smart luxury block and in a quiet residential area in the vicinity of Mensija Chapel having good open views from a lovely front terrace. Layout consists of enormous hall, living/dining/kitchen, leading to terrace, laundry room with drying area, 3 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite shower rooms, main bathroom and spacious interconnecting 1 car garage with remote control door. Freehold and EPC in hand.

EXCLUSIVE AGENTS! One of the largest APRTMENTS in the Pender Developments measuring 340sqm being sold furnished enjoying large terraces with communication ready for Hydro-pool. Layout comprising of hall, fitted kitchen/dining/sitting, 3 double bedrooms one of which has bath/shower en-suite and larg e terrace overlooking the pjazza, guest bathroom, laundry room, study room and spare toilet. Property includes very well-situated underlying car space, private facilities such as 24hr security, 2400m² of private gardens, use of communal swimming pool, fitness centre and underlying supermarket. FANTASTIC RENTAL INVESTMENT!

54, Mensija Street, St. Julians STJ 1960 Tel: 2134 3730 MOB: 9949 4494

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TO END A JOURNEY AND BEGIN AN ADVENTURE WORDS MATTHEW BUMFORD

THE THREE CITIES ARE OF TEN STREWN TOGETHER, IN GUIDEBOOK-FASHION AS THOUGH THEY WERE A SINGLE ENTIT Y, EACH SIMPLY A PART OF A GREATER WHOLE. IT IS HOWEVER, SOMEWHAT UNFAIR TO SIMPLY THROW EACH OF VIT TORIOSA (BIRGU), SENGLEA (ISL A) AND COSPICUA (BORML A) INTO THE SA ME HAT AS EACH CIT Y HAS A LIFE AND AN ESSENCE OF ITS OWN WITH PLENT Y TO OFFER IN EACH.


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Senglea is now our focus and notably the Cugó Gran Macina -

Maltese limestone of the surrounding walls and ceilings, the

a former bastion, now a hotel which dates back to 1554. Part of

combination of light and dark balances brilliantly and again

the international community of Design Hotels, whose hand-

serves as an invitation to enjoy all that surrounds you.

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picked collective is informed by creativity and culture, the Cugó Gran Macina is filled with character. In fact, the hotel is

21 SUITES

the only exclusive design hotel on the whole island and it is a

The rooms, of which there are only 21, are suites of varying

magical venue for private events and weddings alike.

size. All have been designed to maximise the natural aesthetics of the bastion itself. It is always positive when

The imposing structure of the bastion was designed to service

properties commit to including original elements in their

the ships of the Order of St John, helping to maintain Senglea

design and even more encouraging when they are absorbed

and the island’s defences and no doubt contributing to the

into an overall guiding principle rather than dominating

city’s Latin name of Civitas Invicta or ‘unconquered city’. The

the experience. Outside room 201, for instance, one can see

design of the bastion aided the defence of Malta during the

and feel the steel of the Macina supports and appreciate its

great siege of 1565 where Senglea succeeded in protecting the

towering strength. In fact, the original supports had been

harbourside of Vittoriosa as well as being a place from which

changed by the British in the 1880’s after the previous two

to counter-attack the invading Ottomans. The ‘Machina’ from

wooden ones had collapsed into the sea. It is these structural

which the name of the hotel derives - was added in the early

supports that one can see throughout the building today.

16th century as an enormous crane which was able to lift heavy loads or even parts of ships onto dry land.

Each suite is minimalistic but not sparse, inviting but not in your way. Again, ‘balance’ is the key word to use here. The

Today, the hotel is less concerned with keeping invaders out

beds, firm but comfortable are as welcome for a businessman

than it is with keeping guests inspired and relaxed - a job

after a long trip as they are for a couple on a romantic getaway.

it performs exceedingly well. The hotel serves as a base to

Each of the suites has a sense of purpose, with several

explore the three cities and Valletta across the bay but also

elements - from Trussardi toiletries to heated bathroom floors

to simply relax and unwind within the hotel’s walls. Worthy

- adding to the sense of tranquility and refinement.

of note is the fact that the ferry that crosses to Valletta is a stone’s throw away from the hotel’s entrance.

The majority of rooms, whether in the old or new wing, have excellent views of the Grand Harbour too making the suites

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themselves something of a destination of their own accord

As you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel of this

whether you opt for a smaller or a larger suite.

nature, the attention to detail is second to none. As you arrive at the property, the scene is already set of what is to come

The suite I recently experienced, room 202 has all the

from the relaxing hum of life by the banks of the harbour.

amenities a visitor could hope for with a mezzanine floor,

The hotel’s fantastic position, right on the water’s edge of the

making excellent use of the already ample space. Vaulted

marina, lends itself well to an enchanting atmosphere and

ceilings give off the impression of warmth and, that word

great views.

again, security. This is a place for weary souls to rest and revitalise themselves for the next stage of their journey.

Entering the spacious hotel lobby, you are met with the juxtaposition of the modern and the classic, with the two

For business travellers too there are business facilities

forms intertwining and balancing with each other.

available such as a boardroom where one can hold meetings, making the hotel an ideal base for a business trip.

The digital screens to the left of the reception area are a playful nod to the thought process that has gone into the

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hotel’s aesthetics. They provide an immediate sensory

The restaurant, Hammett’s Maċina, is a partnership between

experience that is perhaps unexpected but serves as a delicate

long-time restauranteur and entrepreneur Chris Hammett

statement of intent. This is a hotel that has not rested on the

and IBB Hotel Collection. The restaurant’s fare is local

laurels of its location but has put clear thought into providing

produce done well, with the kitchen having the inspiring aim

a welcoming, yet unobtrusive experience.

to sustainably source all of its products by the end of the year.

There are several design contrasts elsewhere within the

The menu is deep without being intimidating with dishes

hotel too, seen most dramatically in the main staircase.

from the earth and the sea allowing you to build your meal

Crafted from lava stone and therefore different to the

to complement your personal palette. One can choose from


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the changing tasting menu or from the a la carte menu with

warmth, understated wonder and pure relaxation. All

specials changing depending on the season and what is fresh

elements of the hotel blend together perfectly and, in better

at that particular moment in time.

weather, the rooftop pool is a must see. As winter turns gradually into summer, the rooftop will be seen in a whole

Hammett and his Spanish chef Francisco Carrasco Cortes

new light and is a fantastic place to soak up the sun as well as

have designed a menu which speaks to the heart of Malta and

to experience the hotel’s wellness programme. Also, the view

the Mediterranean with fully-modern and intriguing tests

from the rooftop of the Grand Harbour and neighbouring

on tried and tested. Both have excellent hospitality pedigree

Cospicua is breathtaking.

with Francisco, for instance, having previous Michelin star restaurant experience. So expect the unexpected but nothing

The hotel is truly a place from which to conquer the

so avant-garde as to affect your enjoyment of the meal itself.

‘unconquered city’ as well as explore beyond of what the island has to offer. However you choose to enjoy your stay you will

Food is supported by a very healthy wine list or else

find it welcoming and engaging and want for nothing at the

accentuated by cocktails from the tightly-arranged menu - if

Cugó Gran Macina.

you are willing to experiment with your cocktail, ask the bartender, Amadeus to create something unique and you will not be disappointed. More than one visit here will surely be required in order to try all of the delicious offerings.

For more information head to www.cugogranmalta.com +356 2711 2711

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CH A I N R E AC T I O N WORDS GADGETS

THIS ARTICLE SPEAKS ABOUT THE REASONS WHY M ALTA IS THE PERFECT GROUND FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES.

Over the past few years, Malta has been positioning itself

as well as being practically the manufacturing capital of the

as a technologically forward-thinking country. Not only

world for consumer electronics.

was Malta the first to regulate Blockchain in the world, and provided a platform for companies to flourish, but Malta is

Now, you might argue that these are both extreme examples

now also looking to do the same with artificial intelligence,

from economic superpowers. You could even make the

aiming to be proactive rather than reactive.

argument that we might be mistaking correlation with causation, and these companies had nothing to do with the

To understand why Malta is making this push, you only

economic growth, but rather were a result of the economic

need to look as far as other regions that made technology

boom. But just look at the growth these companies are enjoying

and innovation the centre of their economic plan. The Bay

now, simply by being located there, such success is undeniable.

Area in San Francisco, where Silicon Valley is located, on its own, is the 19th largest economy in the world as of 2018.

Malta has a knack of being ahead of the technology curve,

Shenzhen in China is also enjoying a similar trajectory, being

being even more digital-savvy than our continental

the headquarters of Huawei, OnePlus, DJI, and many more,

counterparts. Between 2012 and 2013, Malta had what was


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considered to be the best eGovernment in the EU with a

guidelines for companies to operate, but it also helps to instil

score of 94 on the Digital Agenda Scoreboard, compared

market confidence for both the company and the consumer,

to the EU average of 70. Malta also invested heavily in

knowing that they can be protected.

deploying technology in educational settings. A good number of classrooms come with smart whiteboards, tablets

This, in turn, has made Malta a proving ground for

and laptops, and digital literacy is slowly being considered as

companies wanting to research, and launch Blockchain

important as traditional literacy.

technologies. This brings talent and investment that comes with companies relocating to our shores. Professionals from

Malta became one of the main hubs of iGaming worldwide,

abroad move to the island, which in turn can increase the

with state of the art iGaming facilities growing rapidly

standard of training for those that wish to work in this field.

on the island, attracted by the implementation of an industry-specific infrastructure. This has attracted a deep

Malta is now aiming to repeat this winning formula with

pool of talent to Malta’s shores, and boosted the economy

other emerging technologies, in the near future, and

tremendously, proving that nurturing the online industry is a

specifically with Artificial Intelligence. Realising the

profitable move.

potential of this sector, Malta aims to encourage businesses to relocate to Malta with forward-thinking regulations, and

Malta then positioned itself as a pioneer when it set up the

provide incentives. It has already encouraged numerous local

first regulatory framework for Blockchain in the world. This

start-ups, some of which are already expanding and opening

was significant since, at the time, Blockchain was operating

offices in other European countries.

in relative grey areas. This meant that if you were looking to invest in Bitcoin or similar technologies, it was mostly a

Once again, it is clear to see that the future is bright for new

case of “anything goes�. This framework not only gives legal

technology in Malta.

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FISHING AGAINST THE TIDE WORDS ALESSIA CARUANA

It’s no secret that Malta is surrounded by

while only eleven per cent are aged

past popular picturesque bays like

beautiful blue seas. Situated in the middle

under twenty-five. The same can be said

Marsaxlokk and St Paul’s Bay or any

of the captivating Mediterranean Sea, this

for unregistered fishermen providing an

souvenir shop locally, you’re bound

little island offers some of the most idyllic

indication of the rapidly aging profile of

to have spotted a colourful looking

bays and fishing sites in all Europe.

the local fishing community.

boat by the sea or on a postcard. This boat has now become synonymous

Malta has been home to many fishermen

Overfishing has also become severe

with the image of Malta, much like

who have lived and raised families by

with over ninety per cent of fishable

the gondola has for Venice. The luzzu

our shores, bringing up their young ones

species in the Mediterranean becoming

is the Maltese traditional fisherman’s

to do the same with great success for

overfished, and it’s the small-scale

boat. This colourful vessel will usually

years. Fishing has always been a very

fisherman who is bearing the brunt

have a mythical eye known as Osiris'

important part of the Maltese trade

of the collapse in fish populations.

Eye painted on both sides of its prow.

industry however the value of smaller

The swordfish was another over-

The Osiris is believed to protect the

independent fishermen is slowly dying

exploited species over the course of

fishermen and their families from evil.

out as larger fishing companies continue

the past ten years. Therefore, in an

So while we’re tucked away in our beds

to grow and devour the smaller scale

attempt to rectify this abuse, a close

at home, these men are out on their

local fish market. It is a growing concern

season had been instituted by law in

luzzu’s for hours on end making sure

that in about forty years there will be no

March, October and November. This

they’ve caught enough fish to bring to

fishermen left on the island. Today, most

law prohibits fisheries from catching

shore and sell at the local fish market

of these postcard perfect fishermen

juvenile fish and therefore retains

to company buyers as well as locals.

that you'd imagine holding a rod by

the sustainability of this species.

There are still a number of villages all

Spinola Bay are retired, each having

The average fisherman stands no

over Malta where a fish hawker can be

children that unfortunately have very

chance when put up against these

spotted in the morning right up until

little interest in carrying on the family

large fisheries which directly employ

noon, gutting fish, cleaning them and

fishing trade. Fishing on the smaller

around one thousand four hundred

selling them to home makers looking

scale, like other activities in Malta, is

people in the primary and secondary

to serve up some fresh fish for lunch or

often perceived as a hobby rather than a

sectors including aquaculture.

dinner. The largest fisherman’s market and home of the Maltese fish hawker is

full-time occupation, making it fall within a touristic reliquary of tradition that has very

Having said that, this artisanal

Marsaxlokk on a Sunday. The colourful

little influence on financial trade margins,

practice has far from lost its allure.

village is synonymous with fishing,

pushing artisanal fishermen to the brink

The increasing rarity of it actually

with stalls and mouthy hawkers all

of economic failure.

makes it even more appealing to

lined up all along the glistening

tourists and locals alike because it’s

promenade ready to sell their catches

Over fifty-six per cent of registered

they who keep the harbour charm

of the day; definitely not a sight to

fishermen are over forty years of age

alive across Malta. While walking

miss for tourists or locals!

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FOOD AND DRINK

MoNTHLY RECIPE WE BRING YOU THE BEST THAT THE MALTESE KITCHEN HAS TO OFFER WITH RECIPES INSPIRED BY THE MEDITERRANEAN AND EUROPEAN CUISINE - ITS HERITAGE AND ITS TERRITORY.

Chef Sean Gravina The proprietor of Crust in St. Julians. A previous finalist of UK Masterchef, his ethos is quality cooking with the best ingredients. A straightforward concept cooked to perfection.

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Enjoy a very Maltese twist on this British classic as Cisk beer battered locally-caught fish meets crispy fried Maltese chips. Enjoy on any day, not just Friday!

FISH AND CHIPS INGREDIENTS Pea Puree

Fish

Tartar Sauce

4 Perch fillets about 180g each

3 egg yolks

25g butter

(or any meaty-white fish such as cod)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 shallot finely chopped

Sea salt to taste

4 teaspoons white wine vinegar

½ teaspoon sea salt

Lemon to serve

500ml vegetable oil

100ml vegetable stock

2 hard boiled eggs shelled and grated

1 tablespoon chopped mint

Beer Batter

1 shallot, finely chopped

350g defrosted frozen peas

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons finely chopped gherkins

4 teaspoons caster sugar

240ml Cisk lager

2 tablespoons capers in brine drained

350g self raising flour

and chopped

Chips

½ teaspoon bicarb of soda

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Thick fries using Maltese potatoes Vegetable oil for frying

METHOD Prepare the tartar sauce. Place all the egg yolks, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar in a food processor and blend until smooth. With the blender still running, slowly add the oil until the mixture thickens. Stir in the remaining ingredients and season. Cover and refrigerate. Prepare the pea puree. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over a low heat, add the seasoned shallots and fry, stirring occasionally, for at least 5 minutes until softened, but not coloured. Add the vegetable stock and mint and bring to the boil. Add the peas and sugar, return the stock to the boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the peas are tender. Strain the peas and shallots over a bowl to catch the liquid, then transfer them to a blender. Add 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid and blend until smooth, but not too thin. Adjust the seasoning with table salt, if necessary, then set aside and keep hot. To make the batter, mix the egg whites and beer together until fluffy. Mix the flour and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl and add the egg-white mix, season and place in the fridge. Heat the oil to 180C and fry the chips, once ready place them on a kitchen towel to absorb the extra oil, season to taste. Reheat the oil to 180C. Dip the fish into the batter, letting any excess drip back into the container, then add to the oil and fry for 3-5 minutes until crispy and golden. Drain on a kitchen towel and season. Serve the fish accompanied with the fries, tartar, peas & a lemon wedge.

M A LTESE POTATOES Usually, the star of the show of fish and chips would be the fish but Maltese potatoes are pretty special. The humble potato is an important staple in Maltese cuisine. Maltese potatoes are considered to be a top quality produce in mainland Europe, especially in the Netherlands because they contain little to no pesticides and barely any damage as they are picked by hand. Malta's porous and clay soil allow potatoes to "breathe" in the favourable Mediterranean climate which results in natural, damage-free produce and gives a sweetness to this tasty tuber.


B A R S & R E S TA U R A N T S

RestauraNt & BaR GuiDE

MARSAXLOKK

CAPO MULINI RISTORANTE Xatt is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk +356 9939 3996

info@capomulini.eu

www.capomulini.eu

/CapoMuliniMalta

Capo Mulini restaurant situated in the small and picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk and is located in the South Eastern part of Malta, specialises in fresh fish, meat and pasta while also offering delicious brick oven pizza. We select our food and its source carefully to provide an exquisite dining experience. Finished to high standards, Capo Mulini caters for everyone’s needs including all dietary requirements. We are ready to serve you… Come and join us at Capo Mulini.

MDINA

THE MEDINA MALTESE CUISINE RESTAURANT Holy Cross Street, Mdina +356 2145 4004

info@xaracollection.com

/themedinarestaurant

Lose yourself in all of Mdina’s tranquillity and dine in the romantic surroundings beneath the wild flowering Oleander tree in the vine-clustered courtyard during the summer, and by candlelight and an open log fireplace that keeps the restaurant warm and cosy during the winter months. The restaurant is a mixture of ingredients designed to please the most discerning clients. The foundation for our cuisine is solely based upon three principles: the sourcing of local produce, for every single dish to evoke the skill and talent of our chefs and to provide our clients with honest food. The Medina presents a selected à la carte menu based on Mediterranean and local cuisine, frequently changed to guarantee the pleasure of regular diners. Open for lunch from Friday to Sunday and open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.

MOSTA

TA’ MARIJA RESTAURANT – EST. 1964 Constitution Street, Mosta +356 2143 4444

www.tamarija.com

info@tamarija.com

Awarded Best Maltese Food Restaurant for more than ten years, Ta’ Marija doesn’t just serve Maltese cuisine, but creates dishes with what is locally traditional while adding their own signature flavours of sumptuousness. Head to their Folklore Dinner shows held every Wednesday and Friday evening for a touch of Maltese liveliness. Enjoy your dinner with musicians playing mandolins and guitars, and singers belting out Maltese songs while you enjoy the culinary delights of the evening. 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. Ta’ Marija is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Transport can also be arranged.

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SENGLEA

HAMMETT’S MAĊINA RESTAURANT Triq il-31 ta' Marzu, Xatt Juan B. Azopardo, L-Isla ISL1040 +356 2779 4171

www.hammettsmacina.com

Experience a taste of Malta’s History. Situated in a tentative UNESCO World Heritage site in a 16th century fortification, Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant is the perfect venue for dining. Like the Maltese language itself, the menu is a taste of history derived from the island’s Mediterranean-semitic roots, with a contemporary twist, created using only the finest local, seasonal produce.

SLIEMA

TA’ KOLINA 151, Tower Road, Sliema +356 2133 5106

info@takolina.mt

www.takolina.mt

Ta’ Kolina is a quaint, family run restaurant on Tower Road (one of Sliema’s most popular spots) and has been open since 1974. Ta’ Kolina is a typical Maltese restaurant with its traditional Maltese interior and décor. A set menu comprising of traditional Maltese food offers a choice of starter, main dish, dessert and coffee for €22 per person. There is also a vibrant a la carte menu and daily display of fresh local fish. Dining here is a true Maltese experience for a reasonable price. We are open for both lunch and dinner from 12:00 – 22:30hrs.

TA’ KRIS RESTAURANT & MALTESE BISTRO 80, Fawwara Lane, Sliema +356 2133 7367

+356 9984 7713

Set in one of Sliema’s oldest bakeries, Ta’ Kris is all about providing a genuine mix of affordable Maltese and Mediterranean dishes in a homely fashion and rustic surroundings. Ta’ Kris offers a varied menu of traditional Maltese food such as bragioli, rabbit, octopus stew, bebbux (snails), balbuljata (corned beef hash), baked lamb, two daily specials, pasta dishes, a selection of fresh fish on a daily basis and mouth-watering steaks. Ta’ Kris also offers take-away service and special menus can be designed for all occasions. Ta’ Kris opens from Monday to Sunday, from 12.30pm till 11pm. Booking is recommended.


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ST JULIAN’S

WATERBISCUIT InterContinental Malta, St. George's Bay, St Julian's, STJ 3310 +356 2376 2225 malta.fnb@ihg.com malta.intercontinental.com/gastronomy/waterbiscuit Waterbiscuit offers a gastronomic experience to delight all with a charming and contemporary atmosphere and enthusiastically accomplished cuisine, using the freshest Mediterranean ingredients. Meanwhile, at the Waterbiscuit Bar dining may be enjoyed throughout the day, though ultimately the cocktails enjoy the limelight and each creation seeks to exceed the wildest expectations.

DRAGONARA CASINO BRASSERIE Dragonara Palace, Dragonara Road, St Julian's +356 2209 2111

brasserie@dragonaracasino.com

www.dragonaracasino.com/brasserie.html Nested within the Dragonara Palace in St. Julian's, the Brassiere offers a vast selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes headed by Italian Chef Claudio Schiavone who brings to the table a variety of signature dishes to tantalise the palate of diners seeking an exquisite dining experience. Open Everyday for Lunch & Dinner.

VALLETTA

PORTICELLO 3, Boat Street, Marsamxett, Valletta +356 7723 5548

info@porticellomalta.eu

www.porticellomalta.com

Porticello restaurant, situated in Malta’s capital city Valletta, specialises in Fresh Fish and seafood while also caters to a variety of other mouth-watering dishes, to suit each and every customer. We select our food and its source carefully to provide an exquisite dining experience. Situated close to the water’s edge, Porticello offers a breath-taking view suitable for a romantic dinner for two or for an impeccable dinner amongst friends. Our exceptionally well-trained staff is available to address each and every need including all dietary requirements. So, if you’re looking for a remarkable dining experience… we’ve got a table for you at Porticello.

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EVENTS & NEWS

FROM MALTA'S NATIONAL AIRLINE The following pages will give you an insight on what’s going on at Air Malta. The behind-the-scenes and highlights of past months and forthcoming ones. Malta’s national airline tells it like it is, ensuring all Air Malta passengers are well-informed while soaring high in the sky.

ST MONICA’S SCHOOL ORGANISES EDUCATIONAL FLIGHT FOR ITS STUDENTS

Group photo of St Monica's School with the Air Malta flight crew.

One hundred and forty students from St Monica’s School of Birkirkara were hosted on an hour-long educational Air Malta flight. The flight saw the school f ly at an altitude of 16,000 feet to Sicily and back with a f lyby of Mount Etna. Many of the students had never boarded and travelled on a commercial aircraft.

Before the flight, the enthusiastic children were given brief talks on the formalities of the airport by both Air Malta and Malta International Airport personnel Upon arrival the children were taken to the airline’s Engineering hangar to visit Air Malta’s latest Nickelodeon themed Airbus A320neo aircraft. There, they met by one of


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Capt. Mark Micallef and Capt. Joe Maniscalco welcoming the children in the cockpit.

The school children boarding the aircraft.

The group visited Air Malta's engineering hangar and the airline's latest aircraft, the Nickelodeon themed Airbus A320neo aircraft.

the airline’s engineers who explained to them some technical features of the aircraft. The visit was organised by the school together with Air Malta’s Capt Mark Micallef and the airline’s Charter flights section. It was made possible with the assistance given by the teachers and guardians of St Monica School who also

accompanied the children, Malta International Airport including its Fire and Rescue Section and the Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd. Every year many local schools take the opportunity to organise similar educational Air Malta flights for their students.

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TRAVELLING WITHSPORTS EQUIPMENT? HERE ’ S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW! The idea of travelling with sports equipment can seem very

Skiing equipment

daunting to many, aside from the obvious hurdle of packing

Water skis

the gear, you may be worrying about how you can get your

Firearms have their own special rules

kit on board. Fortunately, with Air Malta’s sports baggage

Abseiling Equipment

vouchers, you needn’t let the stress of travel get in the way of

Football Equipment

an overseas competition, a ski trip with friends or a diving

Rock Climbing

holiday in Malta.

Tennis Equipment

Wherever you need to get to, and whatever you need to bring

If you are planning on taking Fencing and Archery equipment,

with you, rest assured Air Malta has got it covered. There’s just

it must be stored in a hard container to avoid damage and

one set fee per piece, and it is reduced for online bookings.

must be checked-in, not carried as hand-luggage.

The fee is €30 per piece per flight when you book online with Air Malta and €40 if you purchase at the airport.

OFF C YCLING? One of the most cumbersome pieces of sports equipment

HOW A ND W HEN TO BOOK

you could fly with is a bike. Make sure you pack your bike

First of all, you must ensure that you buy your sports

in a protective case or a bike bag; you can also pack it in a

equipment voucher online here. Conveniently enough,

large cardboard box. You’ll also need to remove the pedals

booking can be made up to 4 hours prior departure. The set

(or fix them inwards), fix the handlebars sideways and

fee applies only to sports equipment in the following list. It’s

deflate your tyres to reduce the risk of damage. Your case

worth remembering that all these items should be checked-in

or bag must be clearly labelled with your details on the

separately from the rest of the baggage in the proper sports

outside and inside (fastened to the bike frame). So don’t

equipment bag.

forget to bring a pump as well as all the other tools required to reassemble your bike!

Archery equipment

Bicycles

All baggage items that are not listed above are charged

Bowling balls - maximum four balls plus shoes

according to normal excess baggage charges. All in all,

Cricket equipment

whatever you plan to take, make sure you read the sports

Croquet clubs

equipment terms and conditions before you travel as some

Dance sports

items have their own special rules.

Diving equipment

Fencing

As you can see, it is really straightforward to travel with your

Golf clubs

favourite sports equipment. With Air Malta’s great sports

Hockey equipment

baggage vouchers, all the adventure seekers out there can

Kite surfing equipment

book flights to Malta, or any destination they desire, in a

Sailing kits

hassle-free manner and let the adrenaline rush kick in!

Source: Air Malta's Blog www.airmalta.com/destination/malta/blog


A I R M A LTA N E W S

A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME

Air Malta has presented a sneak preview of its new Business Class menu at the 6th edition of Mediterranean Tourism Forum. The event was held between the 14th and 15th February at the InterContinental Malta. The new menu will be launched on board Air Malta flights in the coming weeks. The changes that the airline will be launching in its Business Class section follow the improvements and the buy on-board menu introduced in the Economy Class last year. More information will be communicated shortly.

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AIR MALTA CHAIRMAN AT THE 6TH MEDITERRANEAN TOURISM FORUM

Photo: Air Malta's Chairman, Dr Charles Mangion making a point during the panel discussion

Photo: Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi addressing the forum

Air Malta took an active participation in the 6th

academy. The session was moderated by Ms Jill Hellman, a

Mediterranean Tourism Forum. Apart from showcasing its

strategy and innovation expert from the USA.

soon-to-be-introduced new Business Class menu on the airline’s flights, the airline’s Chairman, Dr Charles Mangion,

The Forum was also addressed by Minister for Tourism,

sat on the panel discussing, ‘Decoding the future of Travel and

Konrad Mizzi. He said that the Government is working

Tourism Experience’.

tirelessly to retain Malta's position as a leading economy in the Mediterranean region, and is strive to ensure that its economic

During the session he spoke about the importance of

growth will continue to increase so that it can be shared

connectivity, more tourism opportunities as air transport

amongst the community through positive social initiatives.

passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion by 2037, and the importance of improved customer centricity through

He also spoke about Air Malta and said that the airline is focusing

Information Technology investments.

on its core markets, as well as becoming a regional player in the Mediterranean partly by expanding its routes and having a vision

He also spoke about the possible collaboration with the

to fly to India, the US, Canada and Sub Saharan countries.

maritime sector by opening up a pilot training academy in Malta not only for aviation (which Air Malta already started

The Mediterranean Tourism Forum is organised yearly by The

working on), but also incorporating a maritime training

Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association.


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A I R M A LTA N E W S

IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO

Mariella Sammut REVENUE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO FOLLOW?

WITH AIR MALTA?

My favourite type of music is Latin which

I started working with Air Malta in June 1997 in the

originated from the Caribbean and South America

Revenue Accounting Department. After 10 years

regions. I also like to follow Italian singers

moved to the Commercial Department and worked

like Emma Marrone, Eros Ramazzotti and

in different areas such as booking office, pricing and

Laura Pausini.

now revenue management. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY? THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR JOB?

Without any doubt my favourite is Cuba. I went in

Challenging, analytical and exciting.

2016 and mainly stayed in Havana, but also visited Pinar del Rio and Viñales. In my opinion this country

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF YOUR JOB?

is totally different from any place in the world. It is

The biggest challenge nowadays is to maximise

like going back in the 1950s with all the vintage cars

revenue despite the high competition. One needs

and the old colourful buildings. What struck me most

to find the right balance between offering the best

are the people, as they are really happy and warm. It’s

competitive prices to customers and getting the most

a place full of vibrant colours, good music, salsa dancing,

possible revenue for the company.

mojito and of course, good cigars.

DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES?

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SPOTS AND TIPS FOR

Apart from going out with friends, I like watching a

ANYONE VISITING MALTA?

good movie and a reading a good novel. I also enjoy

I would without any doubt suggest a visit to

a long walk and try to keep regular attendance at the

the Xarolla Windmill in Zurrieq. It is the only

gym. But my favourite hobby is travelling.

working windmill in Malta. It was built under the administration of Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED MALTESE DISH?

in 1724. On Saturdays and Sundays there are regular

My favourite Maltese dish is snails, especially if

guided tours. Adjacent to the windmill are also

they accompanied with some good spicy sauce and

catacombs found during excavations to renovate

Maltese bread.

the area.

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FLIGHT INFO

FLIGHT & COMPANY INFORMATION SURVEY: Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance at Air Malta and we are always looking for ways to improve your experience. Visit our website to answer a few short questions. www.airmalta.com/wearelistening

NEWSLETTER: Subscribe to our newsletter or like our Facebook page to learn about our promotions, with fares starting from as low as €44 including taxes. Visit www.airmalta.com for more information.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

SMOKING

Alcohol consumed at high altitude can have a stronger effect than usual. Cabin crew are legally empowered to refuse serving any alcohol to an intoxicated passenger and to anyone under the age of 18. In extreme cases, crew may also temporarily confiscate the passenger‘s own drinks so that the passenger does not become a nuisance to the other passengers and crew. Furthermore, Air Malta is bound by international regulations which prohibit the embarkation or the carriage of drunken passengers. But since 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 inflight goes against Air Malta policy.

Smoking is prohibited from when you leave the departure terminal building until you reach the arrival 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 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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ENHANCE YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE At Air Malta, we want our passengers to have everything they need to make their travel experience comfortable in one place. Here are a number of services that we offer.

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AIR MALTA FLEET

JOIN OUR BUSINESS CLASS Upgrade to Air Malta’s Club Class for priority service. Members can make use of the special check-in counters for more leisurely and efficient boarding, enjoy access to the La Valette Lounge at Malta International Airport, and get more privacy with a separate inflight cabin area.

CARRY MORE WITH YOU

AIRBUS 319

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. Visit www.airmalta. com/excess-baggage-en-gb for more details.

QTY: 1 IN FLEET NUMBER OF SEATS: 141 ENGINES: CFM56-5B6/P MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT: 73.5 METRIC TONS OVERALL LENGTH: 33.84M

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. Visit www.airmalta.com/information/services-by-airmalta/seat-selection or more information.

WINGSPAN: 34.1M CRUISING SPEED: 834 KPH RANGE: 4,815 KM

GET SPORTY Are you passionate about a sport? We make it easy to travel and take your specialised equipment with you at a very minimal cost. Visit www.airmalta.com/excess-baggage-en-gb for more details.

AIRBUS 320 GROUPS We also cater for large groups who want to travel together. If your group is larger than 10 adults, contact our Group Bookings team for special rates that you can’t get anywhere else. Email groups@airmalta.com for more information.

QTY: 9 IN FLEET NUMBER OF SEATS: 168/180 ENGINES: IAE V2500 / CFM56-5B4/P / CFM LEAP-1A MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT: 77.0 METRIC TONS

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 one hour before your flight. Visit www.airmalta.com/information/check-in for more information.

OVERALL LENGTH: 37.57M WINGSPAN: 34.1M - 35.8M CRUISING SPEED: 834 KPH - 840 KPH RANGE: 4,055 KM - 6300 KM


DESTINATION INFORMATION


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AIR MALTA DIRECT FLIGHTS AIRPORT

WEEKLY FLIGHTS

Amsterdam 4 Berlin 2 Brussels 7 Cagliari 2 Casablanca 2 Catania 14 Düsseldorf 2 Frankfurt 6 Hamburg 1 Kiev 1 London Gatwick 5 London Heathrow 14 London Southend 1 Leipzig 1

IRAN

• Abu Dhabi

AIRPORT

WEEKLY FLIGHTS

Lisbon 2 Malaga 2 Milan 7 Moscow 2 Munich 13 Palermo 2 Paris Charles de Gaulle 7 Paris Orly 4 Rome 13 Tel Aviv 2 Tunis 2 Vienna 7 Zurich 7

OMAN

SAUDI ARABIA

INTRA-EUROPEAN FLIGHTS Catania - Vienna

2

Cagliari - London Gatwick

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CODE-SHARED ROUTES • BRISBANE

ETIHAD AIRWAYS Abu Dhabi Brisbane Melbourne Perth Sydney

australia

• Sydney

• Melbourne

ALITALIA via Brussels, Heathrow and Rome via Abu Dhabi via Abu Dhabi via Abu Dhabi via Abu Dhabi

LUFTHANSA Arlanda (Stockholm) Berlin Bremen Dresden Düsseldorf Frankfurt Hannover Munich Oslo

via Munich via Munich via Munich via Munich via Munich via Munich via Munich

BRUSSELS AIRLINES Brussels Copenhagen

via Catania via Brussels

CZECH AIRLINES Prague

• Perth

SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES Zurich

Barcelona Rome London City Frankfurt Pescara Alghero Cagliari Brindisi Ancona Bari Bologna Brindisi Cagliari Catania Florence Geneva Genoa Nice Milan Linate Moscow Palermo Paris CDG Pisa Reggio Calabria Tel Aviv Trieste Turin Valencia Venice Verona

via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Milan Linate via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome via Rome

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

australia

EMIRATES Larnaca

AIRBALTIC Riga Riga Riga Riga Riga Riga Tallinn Vilnius Vilnius

via Vienna via Munich via Brussels via Frankfurt via Amsterdam via London Gatwick via Amsterdam via Munich via Amsterdam

Budapest Otopeni (Buc) Prague Sofia Warsaw Tel Aviv

via Vienna via Vienna via Vienna via Vienna via Vienna via Rome

AIR ITALY Olbia

TURKISH AIRLINES Istanbul

via Rome


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ELEC TRONIC DE VICE INFO

USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON BOARD TRANSMITTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDS)

NON-TRANSMITTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDS)

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’ capability, this must 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, takeoff 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 must be switched off for the duration of the flight.

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.

L APTOPS AND NOTEBOOKS

ARE THERE TIMES WHEN I CANNOT USE MY ELECTRONIC DEVICES?

Such devices may be used during boarding and during flight but not during taxi, take-off and landing. Any built-in data connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi must be disabled. These devices must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing since they could hinder an emergency evacuation. 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 in an emergency exit row must refrain from using headphones during taxi, take-off and landing.

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.

I SHOULD INFORM THE CABIN CREW WHEN … … portable electronic device is damaged, becomes hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure. If safe to do so, the device must be switched off immediately.

If you require more information, please refer to the table below which includes a list of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) 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.

PHASE

Boarding

HAND HELD PEDS (e.g. smart phones and tablets)

LARGER PEDS

(e.g. laptops and notebooks)

HEADPHONES

WI-FI, TEXT & PHONE CALL FUNCTIONS

YES

YES

YES

YES

instructed by Flight Crew or Cabin Crew)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Taxi-out for Take-Off

YES

NO

YES

NO

During Safety Briefing Demonstration

YES

NO

NO

NO

Take-Off

YES

NO

YES

NO

Cruise

YES

YES

YES

NO

(Cabin Crew PA)

YES

NO

YES

NO

Landing

YES

NO

YES

NO

Taxi to Stand

YES

NO

YES

YES

Extended Ground Delay (when

Circa 10 minutes to landing

Safety Notice: The carriage of damaged, defective or recalled lithium batteries or devices is prohibited on-board Air Malta aircraft.


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