JUNE/JULY 2014 €3 The official visitors’ guide of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association
A SHOWCASE OF MALTA
What you can expect to find on your plate at this time of year
Identity Malta The Islands’ history through 100 objects
THE MALTA JAZZ FESTIVAL AND OTHER TOP SUMMER EVENTS your guide to events | fashion | eating & drinking | shopping
Fashion Trends Hot fashion for the hot season PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT ON THE PROPERTY MARKET IN GOZO
June & July 2014 12 Events
A list of the major events taking place in the months of June and July.
15 Cover Story
Top 10 Events to Attend This Summer – Martina Said rounds up the islands’ events that are not to be missed.
page 15 21 Lifestyle
Super-Charge Your Stay! – Jo Caruana recommends the must-do activities during your summer vacation in Malta.
37 Identity Malta
A Place to Call Home in Gozo – Several ex-pats have made the island of Gozo their home. Martina Said discusses the island’s developing property market.
Objects That Tell a Story – Sarah Micallef visits Heritage Malta’s interesting exhibition that recounts the islands’ history through 100 objects.
There may be many grand places, but there is only one true Palazzo… Visit Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar. A Unique 19th Century Maltese Aristocrat’s Private Residence & Gardens with a delightful Garden Restaurant, Luna which is open for lunch daily from Tuesday to Sunday.
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Luna - the Restaurant at Palazzo Parisio is open all day long, Wednesday to Saturday. Enjoy an Aperitivo with your friends or choose to savour an exquisite dinner in the unparalleled luxury of our Gardens.
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Hot Fashion for the Hot Season – Sarah Micallef reveals summer’s top fashion trends.
67 Where to Spend It
If you intend to shop in Malta, make sure to visit these shops.
79 Eating & Drinking
The Nightlife Explosion – Clubbers will not be disappointed this summer – Jo Caruana rounds up the top after-dark events.
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Fish Tales – Summer is the perfect time to savour freshly caught fish by the water’s edge. Chef David Darmanin tells Martina Said what visitors may expect to find on their plates at this time of year.
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Welcome to the Maltese islands!
recently came across a Maltese proverb which just about sums up the beauty of the beginning of summer – ma’ Ġunju, il-ġurnata titwal u s-siġra titqal (loosely translated to Come June, the day becomes longer and the tree heavier). I simply love this time of year – the longer days allow us to fit so much more into the day and the sunshine breathes life into everything we do, while the countryside is still lush and the trees are laden with a wonderful variety of sun-ripened fruit. During your stay I suggest you buy some local fruit to savour the genuine flavours of the Mediterranean and that you make the most of the long days… and nights!
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This issue of Guide Me seeks to help you choose the very best things to do and see among the vast options available on the islands. From picking the top 10 events happening in Malta and Gozo in our Cover Story (see page 15) to suggesting the must-do activities to get a true taste of the islands (see page 21) and selecting the season’s top clubbing events (see page 93), we have you covered. And those who want a quick summing-up of Malta’s 7,000-yearold history would do well to visit an interesting exhibition within the National Museum of Archaeology. The exhibition tells the story of the country’s history
in a very original way, through 100 objects that are intrinsically linked to one historical era or other. There’s more information about this exhibition on page 37. Guide Me also features other interesting reads including an overview of the property market in Gozo (see page 49), an insight into this summer’s top fashion trends (see page 55) and a tantalising look into what to expect on your plate during your stay if you are a fish-lover (see page 73). Enjoy your visit
Isabel Depasquale EDITOR
CA L E N DAR OF E V E N T S 2 0 1 4 JUNE 01 June Hedkandi Sundays Launch – Hedkandi, one of the biggest house music brands on the planet, has landed in Malta, now forming part of Hedkandi’s global residency circuit. Every Sunday, throughout the summer months, Hugo’s Terrace (the chosen venue for all 18 events), on the outskirts of Malta’s entertainment hub and flanked by St George’s Bay, will feature Hedkandi’s most exciting international line-up, supported by some of their hottest local DJs and dancers. The official launch will showcase the outstanding talent of Lucy Stone, resident for the Hed Kandi Bar in Clapham and Brighton, Smartie Partie and Kinkyfunk. www.facebook.com/HugosTerrace; www.facebook.com/hedkandimalta
01, 08, 15 June In Guardia Parade – The In Guardia Parade is a re-enactment that portrays an authentic event that took place regularly inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo. During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort’s garrison – some 55 re-enactors – are kitted-out in their finest uniforms and perform a military drill demonstrating to the Grand Bailiff the garrison’s state of readiness in the event of a military threat. The show starts at 11am and lasts 45 minutes. It will be held at St John’s Cavalier (close to Couvre Porte), in Birgu (Vittoriosa). www.visitmalta.com
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Malta – The Great Story of a Small Island-Nation Through 100 Objects – Explore the history of Malta from its geological formation, 35 million years ago, to the more recent EU accession through 100 objects. The story is told almost exclusively through objects: artefacts – things that humans have made and ecofacts – things found in nature. Venue: National Museum of Archaeology, Republic Street, Valletta. www.heritagemalta.org
A Night for Life – Soprano Lydia Caruana accompanied by pianists Yvette Maria Galea and Domenic Galea, and with the guest participation of Alex Manché, will feature in A Night for Life – the Helen Muscat Memorial Concert at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta. Proceeds will go to Action for Breast Cancer Foundation and the Research, Innovation and Development Trust of the University of Malta. Bookings: www. booking.teatrumanoel.com.mt
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Malta Men Expo – An event built exclusively around the modern man, bringing together thousands of men and addressing their specific lifestyles under four impressive pavilions: The Entrepreneur, The Athlete, The Adventurer and The Parent. The event will draw in and engage men on multiple levels through brands, entertainment and educational content. www.mfcc.com.mt
Victoria International Arts Festival – Malta’s longest-running festival features a number of concerts, including orchestras, choirs, big bands, chamber ensembles and soloists. Venue: Victoria, Gozo. M: 7970 2613; www.viaf.org.mt
07 June Sette Giugno – On the 7th June every year, Malta commemorates the tragic events of 7th June 1919 known as the Sette Giugno. This is in remembrance of the riots of 1919 when the Maltese people revolted against the British administration and demanded some form of representative government for the island. Four people died on that fateful day. A commemorative ceremony will be held at St George’s Square in Valletta organised by the National Festivities Committee. A similar commemoration will take place in Xaghra, Gozo. www.maltaculture.com
21 June Reflex ‘80s Party – For those who grew up in the 1980s, singing to Duran Duran’s Wild Boys or Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, and miss going to 1980s discos and dancing to Madonna and Depeche Mode, Reflex Party is the answer. Venue: Gianpula, limits of Rabat. www.reflexmalta.com
25 June Isle of MTV Malta Special – The annual Isle of MTV music event in Malta is an MTV Networks International (MTVNI) production. A world class line-up of artists will play in a free live concert on the Granaries in Floriana in front of a crowd which annually tops the 50,000 mark. Once again this promises to be one of the summer’s must-see musical events. While
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this year’s line-up has yet to be announced, previous attractions included Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, N*E*R*D, One Republic, Maroon 5, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, David Guetta, Snoop Dogg, Will. i. am, Nelly Furtado, LMFAO, Rita Ora and Rudimental, among others. www.isleofmtv.com
28-29 June L-Imnarja – This feast is one of the oldest to be celebrated in Malta, commemorating two important saints in Maltese religious lore, St Peter and St Paul. This feast has somewhat moved away from the traditional village festa style and has developed a different type of merriment, held in Buskett Gardens on the eve of June 29. Liturgical services are held in the Mdina Cathedral. In the late afternoon, numerous horse and donkey races are organised in a country lane situated just below and at some distance from Mdina. www.maltaculture.com
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14 July-02 August Malta Arts Festival – The ninth of this festival will feature, among others, a video opera where film and reality mirror each other mysteriously, a circus which brings together poetry and humour, and a film festival under the stars. This year, artists from Croatia, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, South Africa and Russia will join some of the best Maltese artists in a festival with 18 performances and a separate programme of workshops and master classes. Most of these events will be held in some of the island’s most prestigious historical venues, such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and the newlyrestored Fort St Elmo, bringing a layer of history to the festival’s already rich narrative. www.maltaartsfestival.org
17-19 July 06, 13 July In Guardia Parade – See opposite. www.visitmalta.com
09 July Met Opera Summer Encores 2014 Presents La Rondine – Puccini’s achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the ‘swallow’ of the title), who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. But their idyllic life comes to a premature end as she is haunted by the fear that her chequered past will ruin his future. Opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray
Malta Jazz Festival – Now in its 24th edition, the Malta Jazz Festival has helped raise the profile of jazz locally from a fringe festival to one of the most-awaited musical events in Malta’s artistic and cultural calendar. Organised in the open-air setting of Ta’ Liesse, contemporary music comes together with a sense of history, setting the backdrop for high-calibre performances. This year, the festival will host some of the biggest names in jazz, including Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream and Brecker Brothers Band Reunion ‘The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour’. www.maltajazzfestival.org
18-20 July Marsovin Summer Wine Festival – Marsovin Summer Wine Festival is set to be a wine festival with a difference. Hastings Garden in Valletta lends itself perfectly to a walk-through whilst enjoying the majestic views from the bastions. Malta’s leading bands, live acts and chill-out music are among the various attractions that are lined up for each night of this event. www. marsovinwinefestival.com
25 July-03 August The Farsons Great Beer Festival – With over 13 bars, 60 draught installations and 14 local and international awardwinning beer brands, the Farsons Beer Festival, Malta’s largest outdoor event of the year, is truly a celebration of the best beers on the island. This year’s edition promises another 10 days of the best in local and international awardwinning beers and Malta’s best line-up of musicians and artists. Organised at Ta’ Qali Park, the festival opens at 8pm every night. Entrance is free of charge with free parking available in the vast parking area outside the park. www.farsons.com/beerfestival
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here is far more to the Maltese islands than beautiful beaches and endless sunshine – although we can never get enough of both. Martina Said rounds up a varied list of the top 10 events to attend over the next two months, which should certainly make it to your to-do list while holidaying in Malta.
➓ 10. Café del Mar This popular hotspot is relatively new to Malta’s clubbing scene, having only opened its doors to the public last year. However, it ticks all the boxes for a great afternoon and night out – gorgeous views of St Paul’s islands, a crystal-clear infinity pool to party and dance around with a cocktail in hand, and an all-round great summer vibe. As the afternoon heat begins to subside and the sun starts to set, the Café del Mar Afternoon Live Sessions gain momentum. A live DJ gets the crowd going every Sunday, starting from 3pm till late at night, for the whole summer season, making Sunday afternoons that much more adventurous and exciting, somewhat redefining the term ‘lazy Sundays’.
Photo: Café del Mar Malta / viewingmalta.com
9. Patches Market For a truly authentic artisan market, you needn’t look any further than Patches Market. This one-day event showcases some of the best local talented artisans around and the products they create by hand are available for purchase, such as jewellery items, home ornaments, wearable items as well as authentic food. The event is made that much more unique thanks to its location – held at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, one can enjoy a stroll through the gardens while observing the items on display and catching sight of the stunning view of Malta’s Grand Harbour as well as the old cities of Isla and Birgu. The event will take place on 27th July from mid-afternoon to late evening.
➑ 8. Earth Garden This three-day festival is one-of-a-kind – it voices care for the environment through the arts, music and culture in a holistic way, also teaming up with the Environment Ministry to come up with this year’s theme, Our Environment, Your Wellbeing. Held between 6th and 8th June at Ta’ Qali National Park, Earth Garden celebrates innovation and creativity, whereby a host of artists and performers come together to share in the experience of living in harmony with the environment around them. Be sure to stroll around the Open Village, which is the heart of Earth Garden, and visit the ethnic garden, jamming area, holistic area, the Smiley Fun Park and Moroccan Shisha chill-out area. Entrance is against payment. Visit www.earthgarden. com.mt for the full list of events. ➜ 15
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7. Kinemastik International Short Film Festival The Kinemastik International Short Film Festival (KISFF), now in its 10th year, is the culmination of a year-round cultural programme based around film screenings, talks, exhibitions and concerts related to the world of film and cinema. NGO Kinemastik collaborates with international festivals and filmmakers to bring to the island a selection of incredible film directors, also helping to link up-and-coming Maltese filmmakers to the world of cinema. The festival will end with the official international short film competition, on 26th and 27th July at several venues around Malta, with the highlight being the open-air screenings held at the Valletta and Floriana bastions, overlooking the Grand Harbour. For the full programme of events, visit www.kinemastik.org. 16
6. Sliema Street Art Festival For one exciting weekend in July, between the 18th and 20th, the Sliema promenade is transformed into a colourful canvas that celebrates the talent of a number of local and international street artists. A variety of installations, blank canvases and easels are set up along the promenade inviting artists to let their imagination run wild, and the resulting artworks remain on display for the rest of the summer. This year marks the second edition of this festival – although still in its infancy, it attracts scores of visitors eager to witness true creative geniuses in action. Among the impressive list of guest artists are MTO, French artist Antoine Stevens, Telmo Miel, Steve Locatelli and Smates. Live painting, live musicians, food, dance and entertainment make this festival a true celebration of art and creativity, and surely one to attend.
5. Bedouin Bar If you’re after a stylish do on a Friday night, Bedouin Bar at the Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julian’s might be just the right spot. By day, it forms part of the Reef Club Lido, and members can lounge around and work on topping up their tans. By night, however, it transforms into a chill-out bar where guests can either kick back and enjoy a drink or two by the water’s edge, or hang up their heels and dance the night away to the music set of a renowned DJ. Hosted by Privé, the bar’s unique seaside location makes it immensely popular during the summer months, and attracts just the right crowds who know how to enjoy their Friday nights. Bedouin Bar opens at 10pm till the early hours until mid-September, weather permitting. 4. Malta Jazz Festival For jazz aficionados, this festival is a dream, although the spectrum of artists performing at the event could certainly be enjoyed and appreciated by most music lovers. This year marks the 24th edition of the Malta Jazz Festival, a three-day event held between 17th and 19th July, hosted within the open-air setting of Ta’ Liesse in Valletta, which provides a stunning historic backdrop for contemporary music. This festival has played a significant role in raising the profile of jazz music at a local level, and this year, musicians will be raising the bar even further by intersecting jazz music with other music genres. One of the most hotly anticipated performances, for instance, is that of Mehliana, featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, mixing jazz with electronica, creating tranceladen music. This festival is the perfect picture of a laid-back summer vibe – a glass of wine, beautiful scenery and music for the soul. View the full programme on www.maltajazzfestival.org ➜
➌ 3. Isle of MTV This is without doubt one of the most popular and energetic events of the year. Now approaching its eight successive year being held in Malta, the Isle of MTV open-air music concert draws crowds in the thousands each time, and entertains locals and tourists of all ages with a fantastic line-up of world-renowned music stars. Previous editions included performances by Rita Ora, Jesse J, David Guetta and Lady Gaga, and were filmed by MTV and broadcast a month later across over 20 MTV channels throughout Europe. It will be worth your while to think ahead and beat the crowd in order to secure a spot that is not too far away from the stage. This year’s edition will be held on 25th June and for the full line-up, tune in to www.isleofmtv.com 2. Farsons Great Beer Festival The beer festival has been a fixture in our calendars for many years, and continues to be as popular as ever. Held over 10 days at Ta’ Qali grounds, this festival is probably one of the most diverse and suitable for people of all ages and interests, and makes for a great family outing too. A host of talented local musicians and artists entertains crowds which flock to one of the different stages of their liking, while enjoying a refreshing beer from the Cisk range, including 18
➋ Cisk Lager, Cisk Export and Cisk Excel, or one of the classic beers, such as Hopleaf and Blue Label. A variety of international beer brands are also available, as well as food vendors to keep the public’s appetite satisfied. The full programme may be viewed on www.farsons.com/beerfestival
1. Malta Arts Festival The Arts Festival is possibly one of the largest and widest arts-related events held on the island, during which a range of local and international artists perform side by side, enhancing local artistic development on the islands.
The festival’s programme is incredibly diverse, so there’s sure to be one display or other that appeals to the culture vulture in you, including dance shows, theatre productions and music ensembles. This event, which will be held between 14th July and 3rd August, is a highlight in Malta’s cultural calendar – seeing as it takes place in summer, it enables most performances to be held outdoors, and a number of unused or exclusive venues are opened up especially for this event, such as Argotti Gardens in Floriana. View the full programme of events on www.maltaartsfestival.org
Ir-Ritorn, a production based on Homer’s Odyssey by Teatru Anon, promises to be a quirky good old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure during the Malta Arts Festival
Super-charge your stay! D one lazing by the pool? Get active! As Jo Caruana finds out, there is absolutely loads to see, do and experience while taking a holiday on the Maltese islands.
Birgu Marina - Photo: viewingmalta.com
Whether you’re the sort of traveller who bounds out of bed at the crack of dawn eager to hunt down an adventure, or the type who likes to laze in bed until the afternoon and then see where the rest of the day takes you, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Malta. You see, despite its modest size, Malta is a treasure trove of options for enthusiastic holidaymakers. For starters, no summer holiday here is complete without a jaunt out to sea, and it’s your call whether you take the ‘relaxation’ or ‘all-action’ route. If you do fancy injecting a fast-paced adventure into your holiday, then check out which water sports are offered at your hotel or the nearest lido. There’s often a choice of jet-skiing, wake-boarding, speed boating and paragliding, as well as the obligatory banana-boat ride! Alternatively, it’s always a treat to hire a sailing boat (or even a paddle boat!) to explore
beautiful example of a Mediterranean the coast at a more leisurely pace. garden and stay for one of their If you prefer to make the most of delicious cakes and a coffee. the marine life on offer, why not book Then, up north, in Mellieħa and a scuba diving course or test-dive? near Golden Bay, there are lots of The Maltese islands were recently opportunities for a fun-filled time. voted the third best dive destination For something that all the family will in the world by a top international enjoy, spend a couple of hours at the magazine, proving that there is plenty Mediterraneo Marine Park, where to be enjoyed below the surface of you can swim with dolphins, visit the the Mediterranean. Top spots for reptile enclosure and interact with more experienced divers include the the parrots. Later, take a walk along Blue Hole and the wreck of Umthe rugged cliffs or hike through the el-Faroud, while those who prefer countryside; both are also ideal if ➜ something more shallow will enjoy snorkelling off Comino, Ramla Bay in Gozo and St Paul’s Bay in Malta. If you’re more of a landlubber, then there is plenty to keep you entertained. Those who enjoy being behind the wheel would do well to hire a car (an open-topped jeep is always fun) or a vespa, and see where the wind takes you. “It’s always Stop by Palazzo Parisio, in a treat to hire a Photo: Steve Talbot / viewingmalta.com Naxxar, to discover a truly sailing boat (or even a paddle boat!) to explore the coast.”
Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu Photo: Aaron Briffa / viewingmalta.com
Street in Valletta Photo: Mike Watson / viewingmalta.com
you are a photography enthusiast and want to snap some fabulous shots. Of course the history trail is also a must. Get your energy with breakfast in Sliema, and then take the ferry over to Valletta to start your tour here. Wander through the backstreets and pop into the museums on the way (our favourites include the Grandmaster’s Palace and the Museum of Archaeology), before heading down
(via the Barrakka lift) for lunch on the waterfront. Then, take a dinky boat over to the Three Cities, where you can meander through the back streets and stop by the Inquisitor’s Palace, or just stroll along the marina and take snap shots of the super yachts. Finally, be sure to set aside some time in Gozo. Malta’s littler sister island is bursting with charm and opportunities, and it’s worth
Photo: Paolo Meitre Liberatini / viewingmalta.com
spending a whole day here, or even more. Jump aboard an open-top bus to get your bearings and stop by the sites that interest you most – we recommend the prehistoric temples, the shrine and church of Ta’ Pinu and the Azure Window. After all that activity, nothing beats watching the sun set over Ramla Bay, or heading for a dinner of freshly-catch seafood in picturesque Xlendi or Mġarr Bays. ➜
Photo: Markus Kirchgessner / viewingmalta.com
“There’s often a choice of jet-skiing, wake-boarding, speed boating and paragliding, as well as the obligatory banana-boat ride!”
Photo: Markus Kirchgessner / viewingmalta.com
The Biblioteka, Valletta - Photo: viewingmalta.com
I love to while away a few hours listening to music and watching the sun set here, followed by a noisy dinner with friends nearby.
Francesca Balzan is the well-known curator of the Palazzo Falson museum in Mdina, as well as an author and historian. Here she shares her tips for your time in Malta.
Which is your favourite spot in Malta? I love to spend time at the Biblioteka in Valletta and pouring through its vast archive. Researching there feels like taking a trip on a time machine. I usually stop for a breather and go for a quick caffeine fix at the coffee shop across the square. The few metres that cover the Biblioteka to that coffee shop represent bliss to me.
What is your favourite summer activity? It is hard to top an evening swim in Għajn Tuffieħa, in the north.
Which is your must-see historical space? The temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra are just perfection. The walk
Photo: Therese Deb
to them takes you into the countryside, with open views of the sea and these marvels of architecture that have miraculously survived the millennia. Can you combine awe and zen? If so, that’s what these two do to me. What’s your favourite local dish? Ħobz biż-żejt – as simple as can be! Just the juiciest red tomatoes rubbed onto Maltese ftira (bread), drizzled with Maltese olive oil, Maltese rock salt and crushed pepper, and dressed with mint from my garden. What would be your insider tip? Head to Valletta and roam around without a map. You will chance upon such variety and colour that you will never get bored. ➜
MALTA Golden Bay - Photo: viewingmalta.com
Gianni Zammit is a renowned DJ, performer and entrepreneur. He shares his advice on your mustsee spots while holidaying here. Which is your favourite beach? Mellieħa Bay or Golden Sands – ideally mid-week after 5pm. That’s when the crowds will have cleared and you can really relax.
Which is your favourite spot in Malta? Top of the World – a hilltop in Għargħur that looks down over the bay of Baħar iċ-Ċaghaq and the rugged coastline. I spent many-asummer there with friends, watching
the sun set and then hanging out until early morning. It’s absolutely beautiful. Where do you head to for a good night out? Although I am no longer a fan of big clubs there are some great venues in Paceville and further afield. Nowadays I prefer Muddy Waters, a laidback bar on the edge of St Julian’s. Which is your must-taste local dish? Grilled swordfish, definitely. What would be your insider tip? Mingle with the locals. The true gems that we have to offer won’t be found on your average tourist route.
The Malta Jazz Festival:
Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th July Ta’ Liesse, Valletta, beneath the Grand Harbour bastions, by the sea
Photo: Joe Smith
Now in its 24th edition, the Malta Jazz Festival has become one of the most-awaited musical events in Malta’s artistic and cultural calendar. Running from 17th to 19th July in Valletta, in the open-air setting of Ta’ Liesse – where the Grand Harbour bastions meet the sea – contemporary music comes together with a sense of history, setting the backdrop for highcalibre performances which delight jazz aficionados and lay persons alike. This, however, is only one of the many intersections running through this year’s festival. Another is that created by the musicians themselves as they cross jazz with other types of music. Mehliana (featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana), for instance – which is set to be one of the festival’s hottest
tickets – mix jazz with electronica to create a trance-laden music while the French-born musician Laurent Coq combines Caribbean/Creole influences with modern jazz piano in his Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio. Other rising stars include vibraphonist Warren Wolf and Kneebody, a band which crosses genres with ease. Tom Harrell with Colors of a Dream and the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion will also be gracing the stage at The Malta Jazz Festival. Local talent will be represented by Paul Abela Quintet featuring Gabriele Comeglio on Thursday 17th, Joseph Camilleri Trio and Dominic Galea Trio on Friday 18th, and Francesca Galea on Saturday 19th.
Tickets for the Malta Jazz Festival 2014 cost €30 for a single-day ticket (seated) or €75 for a three-day block ticket (seated). Standing single-day tickets are also available for €20 (free seating available) while a three-day block ticket (standing) can be bought for €40 (free seating available). The Malta Jazz Festival is brought to you by the Arts Council Malta. Supported by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, the Malta Tourism Authority, Baystreet, MSV Life, Switch, Cyberpass, Phoenicia Hotel, Orienta, Marsovin and the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
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Running from 14th July to 2nd August, artists from Croatia, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, South Africa and Russia will join some of the best Maltese artists in a festival with 18 performances and a separate programme of workshops and master classes. Most of these events will be held in some of the island’s most prestigious historical venues such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and the newly-restored Fort St Elmo, bringing a layer of history to the festival’s already rich narrative. The programme includes the 2Cellos, a video opera where film and reality mirror each other mysteriously, a circus which brings together poetry and humour, a film festival under the stars, a new dance production by Ivan Perez, dance works by emerging Maltese practitioners and established international dancers, a concert which portrays a unique folk-fusion profile and theatre productions including Globe with King Lear.
Photo: Kris Micallef
For full programme and tickets visit www.maltaartsfestival.org The Malta Arts Festival is organised by The Arts Council Malta under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, with the support of Valletta 2018, Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, MSVLife, Fimbank, Infusion, Phoenicia Hotel, Orienta, Marsovin and Malta International Airport.
7,000 years of history brought to life
Located in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, housed within what was once the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of Malta is The Malta Experience. This audio-visual spectacular is one of the largest attractions in Europe in terms of duration, system and language commentaries. It is also the only show that retraces 7,000 years of Maltese history. The 45-minute presentation can be listened to in one of 17 languages. In a purposely built auditorium, with a panoramic screen, sensational vision and a gripping commentary, The Malta Experience brings 7,000 years of history back to life. The show is undoubtedly worth a visit for anyone interested in Malta’s unique history. Moreover it is an ideal reference guide for the island’s places of interest. So why not make it your first stop and let Malta’s treasures unfold before your eyes?
Shows are every hour on the hour as follows: Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 2pm. Quote ‘Guide Me’ at the ticketing counter to claim your 15 per cent discount on the entrance fee (not valid with any other offer).
The Malta Experience St Elmo Bastions, Mediterranean Street, Valletta. T: 2124 3776; W: www.themaltaexperience.com
Pjazza Tigné the summer destination for some effective retail therapy and gastronomic delights
A number of locals will tell you that Sliema is among the ‘must-see’ locations when you visit the Maltese islands. This is the perfect area for you to get everything you need before you head off for a day at the beach, or for that holiday shopping you have been day-dreaming about. In general this is a busy area with something for everyone. A few metres away from the chaotic high street you will find a space that replicates this choice, while offering a more serene environment for you and your family to shop, lunch and dine. This space is Pjazza Tigné, the heart of Tigné Point, in Sliema. This piazza is the ideal destination for shopping – you will find your favourite brand names like BOSS Orange at District, Luisa Spagnoli, MEXX and Paul & Shark. These stores all offer a personalised service and unique pieces for all occasions, from casual everyday
clothing, swimsuits and beach accessories to more formal outfits for men, women and children. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am till 7.30pm. Browse the shops, stop for lunch at one of the restaurants or sit in the shade and watch the world go by while enjoying an icecream, coffee or glass of wine. As you walk around the piazza the scent of traditional Neapolitan pizza topped with divine bufala mozzarella is unmistakable. At Fratelli La Bufala you can enjoy al fresco pizza, pasta or salads made with the freshest Italian ingredients. For an exquisite Mediterranean menu you can stop at the newly opened Due Mari Restaurant, which offers a wide and mouth-watering selection of fresh
fish and creative Calabrian specialities. These restaurants are open daily and offer the option of indoor or outdoor seating under brightly coloured umbrellas. If you’re looking for a place to watch the long awaited Brazil ‘14 World Cup with your friends... look no further. When your shopping spree is over you can dine and watch football at the restaurants which provide free parking below the piazza to patrons. Stay in tune and like our Facebook page (Pjazza Tigné) to follow our Summer Calendar and get more information about our outdoor activities and other sports and fashion related events.
Pjazza Tigné, Tigné Point, Sliema – Fashion, Food and Fun
Palazzo Falson An extraordinary collection of art and antiques, ranging from paintings to furniture, silver, armour, jewellery, coins and more is displayed in this house. The collection was put together by the palazzoâ€™s most recent owner and resident, Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962) who was an artist, philanthropist and avid collector. This ancient palazzo, situated on Villegaignon Street just off Cathedral Square, is open to the public all week except Mondays up till 5pm (last entries at 4pm). The facilities include audio guides (in a choice of six languages), a scenic roof-top cafĂŠ and a gift shop. Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum in Mdina is the only Mdina home open to the public. It is one of the oldest medieval buildings still standing in Mdina, with origins dating back to the 13th century.
For more information about the museum, including its very active programme of lectures and workshops, visit www.palazzofalson.com or its Facebook page.
Photos: Heritage Malta
Objects that tell a story S
arah Micallef learns how sometimes, objects can be the best storytellers, giving insight into the reality from which they originate – the premise behind Heritage Malta’s current exhibition: ‘Malta, the great story of a small island-nation through 100 objects’.
Female statuette (popularly known as Venus) from Hagar Qim Temples
Heritage Malta’s exhibition, ‘Malta, the great story of a small island-nation through 100 objects’, inaugurated in March, presents a timeline of Malta’s history from geological inception to more recent major political achievements via a selection of representative artefacts. Head of Curatorial Affairs Godwin Vella explains that although the exhibition was initially conceived as a way of celebrating Heritage
Malta’s 10th anniversary last year, a request from the Office of the Prime Minister led to its postponement. “We were requested to organise it as part of the national celebrations commemorating the four anniversaries in 2014 – Freedom Day, EU Accession, Independence Day and Republic Day. We decided to postpone by a few months and have it inaugurated for Freedom Day – 31st March.” ➜ 37
IDENTITY MALTA The emphasis of the exhibition, according to Mr Vella, is mainly insularity – Malta as being a small island within a prevailing insular context, the centre of the Mediterranean. The exhibition is divided into two main parts: the first showcasing the 100 objects proper, which runs until 1st February 2015, as well as a succession of small, temporary exhibitions which focus on the respective anniversaries. “The idea is to keep the exhibition going with something new, giving people a reason for a second and third visit, apart from the fact that, since the area covered is so extensive, it would have been overkill if we tried to squeeze everything in with the inauguration.” The storyline is fashioned in 12 phases, starting from the geology and the colonisation by prehistoric flora and fauna, and continuing in chronologic Hand-operated Columbian printing press (1864)
Trapetum from rural villa at Tad-Dawl
succession following the arrival of the first Neolithic settlers right up until the concluding phase which deals with post-independent Malta. “These 35 million years of history are represented by 100 objects. The most interesting aspect of this exhibition is rather than taking out or putting on display the most spectacular or popular exhibits, we first set out the storyline, identified the 100 most salient and representative points of these 35 million years of history, and then identified an object to personify every aspect,” Mr Vella maintains. The objects have been carefully selected from the National Collection, comprising works of art and exceptional memorabilia as well as documents and artefacts sourced from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
the Central Bank, the National Library, the Notarial Archives and the Akkademja tal-Malti. Speaking about the way in which these objects are representative of Malta’s history, Mr Vella explains, “the object, more than telling a story, acts as a spark. It is personifying an event or important aspect of Maltese culture. Objects can narrate different stories, and their appeal tends to vary with the viewer. The object represents a theme, and the viewer can actually enjoy the object and see what it stands for, going on to delve into more detail using a mix of interpretation modes – there is extensive use of audio-visuals and multi-lingual access to a website with further information. The idea is to make the object accessible in different ways, and to instil a sense of discovery and curiosity in the visitor to get to know that particular object better.” ➜
IDENTITY MALTA Moving on to the types of objects included within the exhibition, Mr Vella asserts that the mix is very varied, in terms of age as well as material, composition and the respective collections from which they came. “Apart from some of the most popular and representative objects, such as the Venus of Malta, the suit of armour of De Vallette, the George Cross, the medals awarded to the Maltese insurgents who participated in the two-year struggle against the French, and the Maltese flag that was used in the signing ceremony of Malta’s EU accession in 2004; we also have a number of other objects, like one of the skulls found in the Hypogeum which has never been on display, as well as very humble remains of carbonised broad beans which were retrieved from the cemetery layers of Ħal Tarxien Temples which are over 3,000 years old, as well as a tooth from one of the dwarf elephants that lived in Malta several thousand years ago during the ice ages.” Pressed to pick his favourites, Mr Vella mentions the ‘mashrabiya’: “a stone superstructure which was put within the facades of buildings up until the late medieval and early modern period, though some examples still survive in the Maltese context today. These were extensions of windows, almost like the prototype of louver windows through which you can peep out without being seen from the street.” Apart from this architectural feature, he is also particularly fond of a rather indicative late 18th century map of Malta: “it is quite peculiar, because apart from the map of Malta, it has a number of insets which include a view of Valletta and
Discoid figurine from Tarxien Cemetery levels at Tarxien Temples
Floriana and part of Fort St Angelo from the Birgu side, and another of the fortifications of the Grand Harbour area, as well as an inset of Victoria in Gozo. In just one map, you actually have the Maltese reality during the Knights of Malta period, which was divided into a very hectic cosmopolitan harbour versus a very backwater rural, quiet land – this reality is portrayed in a single object.”
“The emphasis of the exhibition, according to Mr Vella, is mainly insularity – Malta as being a small island within a prevailing insular context, the centre of the Mediterranean.”
The exhibition is displayed within the National Museum of Archaeology, Auberge de Provence, Republic Street, Valletta. T: 2122 1623; www.heritagemalta.org Open daily 8am-7pm (last admission 6.15pm). Admission is included in the standard entrance fee to the museum.
Eight more international awards for Delicata wines
In the last few months, Delicata have received eight more international awards for their wines from wine competitions held in Verona, London and Bordeaux, bringing the winemakers’ total medal count up to an impressive 92 awards. The wines awarded are the 2013 Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc D.O.K. Malta which has won two bronze medals at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) held in London, and a Gran Menzione at the Concorso Enologico Internazionale in Verona, Italy. The 2013 Medina Rosé Grenache picked up two awards – a bronze medal at the Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux, France, and a Commendation at the DWWA. Another I.G.T. Maltese Islands Rosé wine to pick up a Commendation at the IWC was the 2013 Pjazza Regina Rosé made from a blend of Syrah and Carignan. Finally Delicata’s sweet liqueur wine 2012 Grand Vin de Hauteville
Moscato D.O.K. Malta wine picked up a bronze medal and a Commendation at the DWWA and the IWC respectively.
Emmanuel Delicata is a fourth generation family-run winemaking company that was established in 1907.
Valletta Living History
history, elegance and lifestyle… wrapped up in one great attraction! Valletta Living History is a 35-minute multi-lingual, high definition, docudrama, in the form of an audio-visual show, depicting the history, culture and lifestyle of Malta and the Maltese. Re-live the arrival of Valletta’s earliest settlers; the Great Siege that erupted between the Knights of St John and the fierce Ottoman Empire; French and British rule; as well as the city’s heroic role in World War II till present day. The show provides great entertainment for all the family, right in the heart of Malta’s capital city Valletta, making sure you take in all the sights. It has been awarded the Quality Assured title by the Malta Tourism Authority and has been recommended in various publications. You’ll discover the well-known events that shaped the destiny of the Mediterranean and Europe, as well as the intriguing facts and nuances that make Valletta the fascinating and vibrant city that it is today. Valletta Living History, Level 2, Valletta Living History has been recommended as The Embassy Complex, St Lucia Street, Valletta. the perfect way to start your visit in the city! T: 2722 0071; W: www.maltaattraction.com 43
PLACES TO VISIT
KNIGHTS OF MALTA The Knights of Malta is a unique series of expertly captured scenes from the original tales of the life and times of the Crusader Knights. Discover how, in 1530, Grand Master L’Isle Adam entered the gates of the fortified city. An extraordinary achievement that depicts the energy of those who lived, fought and died in bygone centuries. Open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Available in 13 languages. 14/19, Casa Magazzini, Magazines Street, Mdina. T: 2145 1342; E: email@example.com Kindly ask for your special offer on block tickets.
MDINA EXPERIENCE Take an unforgettable 30 minutes to experience Mdina’s fascinating journey through time. Relive Mdina’s 7,000 years of tragedy and triumph. The cult of the mother goddess, the shipwreck of St Paul, the medieval city half destroyed by an earthquake and gloriously rebuilt, Mdina defended by the fighting spirit of the Knights of St John – The Mdina Experience traces the fascinating story, thousands of years back. Open seven days a week from 10am to 4.30pm. Available in 12 languages. Mdina Experience, 7, Mesquita Square, Mdina. T: 2145 4322/2145 0055; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valletta Living History Valletta Living History is a high definition multi-lingual audio-visual show depicting the history, culture and lifestyle of Malta and the Maltese, showing everyday at the Embassy Complex in the heart of Valletta. Relive the Great Siege between the brave Knights and fierce Ottomans, the French and British rule, and World War II till today. Many recommend it as the best first stop when visiting Valletta. Open seven days a week with shows at 10, 10.45, 11.30am, 12.15, 1, 1.45, 2.30 and 3.15pm. Valletta Living History, Level 2, The Embassy Complex, St Lucia Street, Valletta. T: 2722 0071; W: www.maltaattraction.com
GRINGOS GRINGOS is on every Sunday night at Malta’s most glamorous open-air club, Marrakech. Gringos established itself as the top club night in Malta over the past few years and the place to be for anyone who wants to enjoy the weekly Sunday night mayhem. Expect nothing but world-elite cutting-edge international guests such as Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn, Matthias Tanzman, Gregor Tresher and Carl Bee (Malta’s most popular DJ), among others. Opening Sunday 8th June. Venue: Marrakech, Gianpula Complex, limits of Rabat. Open: 9pm-4am. Entrance fee: €5-€10 (depending on the international guest). M: 9937 3740; F: www.facebook.com/Gringosofficial
A May Wedding IN MALTA
ritish nationals Tara Hayward and Darren Melton, who tied the knot in Malta on 10th May this year, share their memories with Guide Me. “We met back in 2001 when we were both young college students. We started off as friends but a few years down the line our relationship flourished. We discovered that we shared many interests including travelling, wildlife and history. “When we came to choose somewhere to get married we both knew that it wouldn’t be at home in the UK as we wanted a setting which was unique and breath-taking. We looked at many different countries and options but Malta had everything that appealed to us: stunning scenery, very friendly people and a lot of history. “Once we had chosen the beautiful island of Malta set in the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, we then searched online for a wedding planner to help plan our special day. “We came across Sarah Young and her team online, and we were instantly impressed by the stunning photographs, professionalism and testimonials displayed on her website. Having made initial contact via email we were sent a wide range of venues and settings to suit all tastes and
desires. Sarah drew up a list of all the options that we could have for our big day and once we had chosen them she then created our amazing wedding package. From there we fell in love with an exotic sea view setting which was absolutely perfect for our dream day. “Being in the UK meant that all communications were done via email, yet Sarah responded to our every question and request in the quickest manner possible which made us feel we were in very good hands. Nothing was ever too much and every detail we requested even 10 months before our big day was noted down and remembered for the day itself. Sarah took us through every step to complete our paperwork, which made everything stress-free and an absolute breeze. “Our special day itself was perfect and one we will never forget. Sarah and her team worked tirelessly with our venue to create such a breath-taking backdrop for our wedding. They were with us every step of the way full of enthusiasm, support and reassurance which ensured the day went better than we could have ever dreamt.
“The catering at our wedding was some of the best food that we and our guests had ever tasted – everyone commented on the portions and quality of each dish. Our photographer was outstanding, creating all of the perfect pictures we requested for our special day and also used his own creativity in capturing our special moments. “Sarah and all her team are truly magical from start to finish. Thanks to them we had the most memorable day that we will treasure forever.”
A place to call home in
ew places can compare to the remarkable island of Gozo – steeped in culture and tradition, and brimming with natural splendour, it makes for a perfect destination for a primary or secondary home. Martina Said discusses the various options for buying property on Malta’s sister island.
Saying Gozo is an idyllic location is absolutely no exaggeration. It is actually more than just ideal – it is a precious gem that has retained much of its character and charm for many years. In fact, for Maltese and tourists alike, Gozo is a splendid escape from the ordinary routine of day-to-day life. It’s as though time stood still there for a number of years, preserving local traditions, natural wonders and a truly simple means of living. One of the biggest attractions of this miniscule island is its remarkable natural beauty – it is predominantly made up of green hills and fields, but also surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Whichever location in Gozo you choose to visit, you are never too far from the island’s mesmerising coast. It is therefore of little surprise that, earlier this year,
Trip Advisor ranked Gozo third among the top 10 islands in Europe, based on reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, preceding Santorini in Greece, Capri in Italy and Orkney Islands in Scotland. All these factors combined, among others, have convinced many to purchase property in Gozo, albeit for different purposes. Gozo’s property offering is generous and varied, and while farmhouses and houses of character are widely sought-after and ever popular, they are not the only property options available. Estate agent Frank Salt’s Gozo Branch Manager, Marie Grech, says the property market in Gozo is healthy and stable, with an ever-increasing interest in holiday homes, especially in several newly built apartments and residential complexes that are being sold at very attractive prices.
“Maltese nationals like to buy property in Gozo to have a holiday home, to get away from the hustle and bustle of Malta. Alternatively, they also buy property there as a buy-to-let investment, which offers very lucritave returns, particularly for short-term holiday rentals. Houses of character remain popular, offering a more rustic and colourful residence, with each being a unique architectural gem,” explains Ms Grech. ➜
“Foreigners, on the other hand, are mesmerised by the beauty and charm that Gozo offers, which becomes their favourite holiday home destination or even their retirement hotspot.” The average price for a farmhouse with a pool is €300,000, although prices steadily escalate depending on the size and location of the farmhouse. One such property in the popular high-end village of Għarb, for instance, with a large swimming pool, ample deck area, a lounge and dining area, kitchen, four bedrooms and three en-suite bathrooms, a wine cellar and open sea and country views will set you back €750,000. You could, however, splurge even further – a 300-year-old farmhouse situated on the outskirts of Għarb, with a kitchen/ dining area, living room overlooking a pool, four bedrooms, two en-suite and another two bathrooms, a wine cellar, garage, storage room, garden and olive orchard, among several other features, hits the €1,000,000 mark. “Seafront apartments and newly built developments, such as Ħal Sagħtrija and The Hillock are also available in Gozo – apartments with sea or country views start from around €175,000, while a good number of exclusive residences and villas are also available,” says Ms Grech. As with all property, the prices of apartments can keep on increasing. One high standard apartment in the village of Żebbug, for instance, which 50
is fully furnished and includes three bedrooms, one en-suite, a bathroom, a large living and dining area, a kitchen and spectacular country and sea views, costs an impressive €407,999. Are certain areas of Gozo more popular than others for purchasing property? “All of Gozo is good for buying property, because the sea and the countryside are never too far, and each village offers its own features and attractions,” explains Ms Grech. “Victoria is the the capital of Gozo – it offers many tourist attractions and is considered to be the main retail and entertainment hub. Seaside apartments are very sought after in Marsalforn and Xlendi, due to their attractive seaside promenades. Apartments and penthouses situated on hilly tops in Xagħra and Żebbug, on the other hand, offer breath-taking views of all of Gozo, although some of the loveliest farmhouses available can be found in the village cores of San Lawrenz, Għarb and Għasri.” Patricia Piazzi together with her Italian husband, Giuseppe (pictured right), was first introduced to Gozo 22 years ago. “My husband brought me here on a surprise weekend – while he was busy exploring and looking at property I was reading and relaxing. Little did I know that he was planning on purchasing a farmhouse located in the rural village of Munxar. Giuseppe gradually restored the
farmhouse and only recently we added a new wing to our little haven.” Patricia says the island’s slow pace enables one to forget about time, to rest and live in simplicity, which was always a luxury for the couple due to their frantic careers, encouraging them to settle down permanently on the island, which is where they now live. “Gozo offered the peace and quiet we needed, people smile and are genuinely helpful, and it is safe too. At the same time, we are at the fingertips of Paris, Rome or Milan – it is a treasure.”
Asked about her experience of living in Gozo so far, Patricia says it’s been interesting and enchanting, although a little difficult at times. Having started a small business of their own, whereby they transformed the farmhouse into a spectacular guesthouse called ThirtySeven Gozo (pictured left), she says “we’ve always tried to purchase farmers’ goods, use local labour, encouraged our clientele to eat out and spend money on the island, and give back as much as we can to the island that’s hosted us. But it hasn’t always been easy. That said, I’m still in awe each time I see a starry sky while crossing the terrace to enter my bedroom, or when I wake up to a rooster’s cackle and start my day with the fragrance of jasmine and orange blooms – this, for me, is the serenity of life.” ➜
Earlier this year Trip Advisor ranked Gozo third among the top 10 islands in Europe. Marianne Day, a hotelier in Paris as well as a popular singer and songwriter in her native France, first visited Gozo with her husband, Franck Monbaylet, (pictured above), in May last year, and incidentally resided at Patricia’s guesthouse for the duration of their stay. “We fell in love with the island,” says Marianne. “We came back in September and bought a house in Għarb. The first time we were back, Patricia and Giuseppe took us everywhere, and we
discovered lots of hidden places on the island, including great restaurants in Ta’ Ċenċ, Mġarr Ix-Xini and Xlendi. We returned many times since.” She says there are lots of things about Gozo that delight her, one of the main ones being the people. “People in Gozo are very helpful – it’s not easy when you buy a house on an island you know very little about, including the language. But everything is so easy here; even the person who sold us our house made it all very easy – it’s been lovely.”
Fungus Rock, Dwejra Photo: Alistair Farrugia / viewingmalta.com
Delta 4 family entertainment centre
space ship lands at Bay Street complex St Julian’s
Malta’s premier family entertainment centre, Delta 4, has now landed on Level 4 at the Bay Street Tourist Complex, in St George’s Bay. Step inside and embrace the fun, which includes an interactive Laser Labyrinth maze, Laser Maxx maze, XD cinema, virtual reality video games, a supervised soft play area for two to eight-year-olds, as well as a fiber optic-powered internet lounge.
For more information, visit W: www.baystreet.com.mt/delta4
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Hot fashion for the hot season
he summer months and hot weather bring promises of beach holidays and exotic getaways, with specialised resort collections from top designers serving as inspiration. Whether you’re partying on a beach, kicking back on a luxury yacht or mingling at any number of outdoor events the summer months are so perfect for, Sarah Micallef talks hot summer style. by Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Prabal Gurung, Christopher Kane, Chloe and Chanel showcased an altogether more grown up nautical feel, championing clean lines and sophisticated silhouettes that will make even the most advanced sailor jealous.
Ahoy, sailor! Whereas it’s true that nautical comes around every year, this time round it’s less kitsch and more chic, giving it an entirely different spin and freshening it up. Designer collections like those
Blushing belle If you’re not keen on pink, I hear you, but if this season’s shades of blush won’t make you reconsider your position, I don’t know
While holidaying in Malta, don’t let the heat cramp your style. Whatever your budget, take a leaf out of designers’ books and dress to impress this summer – with the right balance of fashionable and comfortable, you can keep cool and look hot while doing it. Here are some of this year’s best resort trends to point you in the right direction.
what will. From ultra modern boxy silhouettes to swathes of blush silk luxury, look to pieces by Lanvin, Versace, Valentino, Rochas, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Alexander Wang for inspiration on how best to incorporate this delightful colour into your summer wardrobe.
Sheer genius If the summer heat and your healthy glow have given you the confidence to be a little more daring, the peek-a-boo lace trend is certainly one to try out. ➜ 57
Show off beautiful undergarments or swimwear and give a cheeky glimpse of tanned skin in seethrough lace pieces and sheer panels reminiscent of resort collections by designers like Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Jason Wu, Givenchy, Derek Lam and Carven.
number, so get your crop on for an instant summer update.
Double denim The denim on denim trend has been around for a while now, and whether you think it’s too much or just can’t get enough, it’s having a moment this season, with a number of chic variations by the likes of Chloe, Altuzarra, Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Louis Vuitton to mention a few. If you’re not keen on going the whole hog with coordinating denim separates, don’t fret, simply team with a block colour or on-trend print – after all, denim is always a winner. ➜
Tropic thunder Tropical prints in both bold colours and muted tones really made a statement in collections by Jason Wu, Prada, Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson, Gucci and Givenchy this year, and are a fun way to channel summer when the temperature rises. Tropical prints on everything from shorts and skirts to playsuits, shirts and even shoes and bags are everywhere this season, so whether you’ve booked yourself in for a tropical getaway or not, you can still exude the exotic! Altuzarra
Top of the crops Now is the time to show off your hard-earned abs and the fruit of all those hours spent at the gym throughout winter. The crop top has proven it is truly here to stay, and remains a serious contender in this season’s must-have list. Collections by Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff, Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors and Jonathan Saunders all showcased variations of this midriff revealing
FASHION get a little sweaty if you go for the trusty wedge! This season, look out for playful styles like those by Charlotte Olympia and Tabitha Simmons, while if neutral and chic is more what you’re after, take a look at offerings by designers like Lanvin and Robert Clergerie.
Wonderful wedges Wedges are every woman’s lifesaver come summer. Going from chic and sophisticated to casual and relaxed, they add height and a touch of class while remaining comfortable and giving you great support – there’s no slipping off your shoes when you
Where to shop Aside from offering beautiful architecture and rich history, Valletta is also the perfect place to shop. Explore the mix of local outlets and foreign brands that line its pedestrian streets before stopping for a cold drink and a spot of people watching at one of the numerous cafés. Don’t miss: Republic Street, Merchants Street and The Embassy Complex
The top place to shop in Malta is undoubtedly Sliema. Boasting both high street and designer brands along its main shopping streets, as well as two of the island’s largest shopping centres, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. Don’t miss: Bisazza Street, Tower Road, The Plaza Shopping Centre and The Point Shopping Mall
Across the road from the high-end Portomaso is home to various designer shops targeting the more exclusive shopper. There is also a large shopping mall, comprising a number of both high street and more upmarket brands. Don’t miss: Bay Street Shopping Complex and Portomaso
destination of choice Since its inception in March 2010, The Point – the largest shopping mall in Malta – has succeeded in firmly establishing itself as the shopping destination of choice on the island. The Point has been innovative and bold in its strategy and marketing campaigns, giving customers an unprecedented shopping experience and becoming a popular destination for all the family. The wide variety of top brands, comfortable ambience, ease of access and ample availability of parking spaces are only some of the components that helped The Point to achieve its success. Always customer-centric, the team at The Point manages to put together a vast calendar of events targeting various age groups and tastes. Competitions and offers are also available from various outlets and the mall itself on a regular basis. The Point Shopping Mall offers an experience like no other for customers who are looking for a good mix of outlets within any budget!
For a full calendar of events visit www.thepointmalta.com and The Point’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ThePointShoppingMall
Style, luxury & comfort for any special occasion
Are you celebrating your anniversary, a special birthday, your honeymoon or simply want to surprise the one you love? La Valette Club will make sure you start or end your journey in an unforgettable way. La Valette Club is proud to offer an exclusive package specially designed for passengers who are celebrating a special occasion. Their services will ensure that you kick-start your trip of a lifetime in the right way, making this important day of your life the most important holiday of your life. Travel in style, luxury and comfort. Surprise and treat your loved ones with a few extras, making your trip a memorable one from start to finish.
For further information, call on T: 2369 6292 or visit www.lavaletteclub.com 63
Up the glamour this summer The women’s underwear and beachwear collection for S/S 2014 features sensual, feminine articles for the woman who can’t resist the glamour of summer. Retro style characterises the most iconic, structured and distinguished beachwear range with feminine details such as lipsticks, bows and vichy fabrics. The underwear collection features animal prints in bright pinks with daring sheer, satin and soft effects. The focus is on colour, with a must-have fluorescent rainbow for the most youthful capsule collection. While lingerie focuses on pop lace, beachwear has an astonishing array of ultra-bright shorts and items with a looser and more comfortable fit. Spots, cream, mint and peach characterise a more romantic range of lingerie, with a selection of flimsy, delicate leotards, French knickers and babydolls. For the woman who loves to show off on the beach, there is flowing jersey and cotton muslin embellished with orange and tropical fluorescent embroidery and glimmering sequins. Animal print bikinis, macramé beach cover-ups and fringes complete the look. The men’s beachwear collection consists of five themes, featuring trendy saturated colours ranging from powdery fuchsia, turquoise and violet to blue. The ‘dyed and washed’ theme takes its inspiration from the characteristic denim treatments used in the world of beachwear and each item undergoes a special wash and garment-dying process to make them soft to touch and to create pastel colour shades and a vintage effect. The ‘rock sailor’ theme features trunks and briefs in single shades with contrasting mixes and metallic or striped lycra inserts. The ‘deep blue’ range is more formal with technical nylon shorts and lycra trunks in classic hues such as navy blue, red marine and white. Floral prints on polyamide and polyester fabrics create an extraordinary reflective and iridescent effect. Items copy details from men’s clothing such as non-elastic bands, buttons, piped pockets and belt loops. The range of beach accessories has been expanded to include printed and yarn-dyed shirts, waterproof jackets, flip-flops, beach towels and bags in fresh, new fabrics and colours.
Denim Store, Baystreet. T: 2372 2702; Denim Store, The Point. T: 2060 1045; Accessories Store, Bisazza Street. T: 2131 4434. Find us on Facebook: GuessJeans Malta
WHERE TO SPEND IT
The Warehouse Outlet
Fred Perry prides itself on being the first British heritage brand to successfully blend sportswear with streetwear to create some of the most iconic styles of the last century. This spring/summer ‘14, the Fred Perry Laurel Wreath collection features printed and oversized checked shirts, cardigans engineered with bold contrast colour blocking and heritage sportswear pieces reworked with tonal prints. Available at: Fred Perry, Merchants Street, Valletta. T: 2258 4441; and St Anne’s Square, Sliema. T: 2258 4432.
The Levi’s brand has been around since 1873, capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. The spring/summer ’14 collection, inspired by California, features bright, modern graphics, bold colours and sun-faded washes. The collection also includes Levi’s most iconic products: 501 and 511 jeans, the Trucker, and 501 shorts. You’ve waited all year for summer, now all you need are the clothes – discover now at: Levi’s Store, Merchants Street, Valletta. T: 2258 4444; and St Anne’s Square, Sliema. T: 2258 4431.
Diesel has long been a leading pioneer in denim and casual fashion, known for moving outside and ahead of trends in its industry. Diesel’s spring/summer ‘14 collection takes a trip through the landscape and attitudes of the British rock music scene. Look out for bomber jackets and cut-off denim shorts. The collection, also featuring super-treated denim and bold, colourful prints, is available now at: Diesel Store, Merchants Street, Valletta. T: 2258 4442; and St Anne’s Square, Sliema. T: 2258 4430.
The Warehouse Outlet is the ultimate fashion store for men, women and kids. You’ll find a wide selection of Diesel, Levi’s, Kookai, Fred Perry and 55DSL clothes, accessories, watches and footwear under one roof with prices discounted up to 80 per cent. This summer features authentic vintage, cut-off shorts – the definition of effortless cool and a staple for every girl, every summer. Available in an assortment of colours, prints and washes at: The Warehouse Outlet, Luigi Ellul Street, Attard. T: 2258 4407.
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Bay Street Complex
Giorgio Armani’s casual line ‘Armani Jeans’ expresses a vision of a young, casual, modern and on-trend style through a collection that goes beyond denim to offer all types of fashion apparel, footwear and accessories for men and women. We look forward to welcoming you in our stores! Bay Street, St Julian’s: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm; The Point Shopping Mall, Tigné Point, Sliema: Mon-Sat 9.30am-7.30pm.
In the heart of St Julian’s, Bay Street is a shopping and leisure complex with more than 60 shops ranging from high street fashion to designerwear, jewellery and shoes, sportswear and electronic equipment, music and software, perfumes and other speciality shops; and in between all the shopping, a variety of cafés, restaurants and bars provide a much needed break. Bay Street Complex also boasts a specialised artisan market and a large games room, and hosts several events and attractions.
Dolce&Gabbana men’s underwear: lux-à-porter
Mexx tote bag – two looks in one
If you love Italian fashion, grab a pair of boxers or briefs from Dolce&Gabbana. These luxury underpants and tank tops don’t follow fashion trends – they set them. They tend to be styled to fit in with a number of different lifestyles; their design is perfect for athletic and active lifestyles, and for the more mature businessman alike. Super soft, in super fine cotton, they are items with a feel of luxury at only €40 for two pairs.
It is the only complex in Malta where shops open from 10am till 10pm, and catering and entertainment establishments open till late.
In a bold print perfect for spring outfits, this 2-in-1 tote bag is a modern piece. The metallic straps match perfectly with the bonus metallic wristlet, which can be snapped onto the larger bag or worn on its own. Wear it with a pair of jeans at the weekend for a bright and fun look. It has a magnetic clip closure, multiple inside pockets and an extendable long strap included with wristlet. Have a look at the colours available in the summer collection, at MEXX stores in Baystreet, Pjazza Tigné – The Point, Valletta and Mosta at €59.95.
Have a look at the collection available exclusively at SARTO, Ross Street, St Julian’s.
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As one of the world’s leading premium lifestyle brands, Tommy Hilfiger delivers superior styling, quality and value to consumers worldwide. The brand celebrates the essence of Classic American Cool and provides a refreshing twist to the preppy fashion genre. Hilfiger Denim collection is slightly more ‘fashion forward’ than the main Tommy Hilfiger label. Designs are inspired by American classics and finished with a modern edge and fresh spirit. Valletta – 307, Republic Street: Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 10am-1pm; Bay Street, St Julian’s: Monday-Sunday 10am-10pm; The Point Shopping Mall, Tigné Point, Sliema: Monday-Saturday 9.30am-7.30pm; Arkadia – Victoria, Gozo: Monday-Sunday 9am-8pm.
BOSS Summer 2014: Enhanced elegance This season BOSS Menswear discovers the eastern coast of Africa, featuring standout colour schemes and surprising contrasts in impressive business looks. The concept of luxury clothing with exotic flair expands the BOSS man’s horizons with bright summer hues, extravagant accessories and elegant tailoring. The colours of Africa add the starkest accents: sunset orange for two-button jackets, ocean blue for double-breasted models. They set new standards, as do suits with pointed lapels emanating traditional Brit chic. The business segment embraces shades like washed magenta and medium beige. The sophisticated BOSS man is open to understated luxury. He dons double-breasted jackets with discreet mother-ofpearl buttons, and dark blue two-button suits with widely spaced pinstripes. In the collars, cutaway and offset-colour versions abound. The accessories reveal a secret penchant for the dandy style. Striped neckties come in every colour combination under the rainbow, silk paisley pocket squares are freshened up with flowers, polka dots and African prints. The shoes, too, are the essence of refinement: moccasins shine in gleaming leather, derby-style dress shoes get a subtly pointed tip and suede monks sport oversized buckles. The BOSS Summer 2014 Collection is available at the BOSS Stores in St Julian’s and the Malta International Airport. For further information kindly e-mail BOSS_Store_Malta@vfgmalta.com or call at: BOSS Store Malta – St Julian’s 2, Ross Street. T: 2202 1000. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm. BOSS Store – Malta International Airport Gate 1, Departures Lounge. T: 2202 1300. Open Monday-Sunday 6am-10pm. Lost Luggage? Call or SMS the BOSS Stores Malta 24/7 customer line on M: 9997 1000.
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hoosing and cooking the right fish to eat, be it at home or in a restaurant, is not always the easiest of tasks. Martina Said discusses summer fish, cooking tips and restaurant tricks with chef David Darmanin.
There is way more to summer cooking than barbecued meat and sausages. For the most part – in a bid to get through long, sweltering days without slowing down and overheating – we opt for lighter and fresher meals, just as we do with our clothes. One of the best sources of food that fits the bill is, without doubt, fresh fish or seafood. There is no better time to enjoy a tasty fish dish than during the summer months here, when the variety of available fresh fish
is absolutely fantastic. David Darmanin – a Maltese chef and former journalist now based in central Italy, where he works as a culinary consultant – says June and July are undoubtedly very special months of the year for foodies into locally sourced fish. “The start of summer is a time when much of the tastiest fish peaks and also the time when sports fishermen get their boats back into the ➜ 73
water, therefore spiking availability and lowering prices,” explains David. “My personal all-time favourite of this season is albacore (alongi) – an underrated, low-cost, pale-fleshed tuna which is among the ‘tenderest’ of its kind and price-range. Cooking it through would be a mortal sin, but eating it raw without knowing its provenance or freshness could be downright dumb and dangerous. You’re likely to find other variants of tuna at this time of year: for marinating and searing go for bonito (plamtu) or amberkjack (aċċola).” The barracuda or, as David puts it, “the so-ugly-it’s-cute carnivore king of the Med,” starts to show up on our plates again at this time of year. He says it seems very readily available in Maltese waters, and so will not send you on an environmental guilt trip if eaten young. “Then there’s swordfish of course, but we get that almost all year round. You could also splash out on dentex (denċi) or redbream (pagru) – but finding honest and locally sourced fish of this kind may need you to have deep and blind trust in your fishmonger, besides deep pockets.” If you’ve got an affinity for fishing and could spend hours at
sea, you will likely also find groupers (ċerna), but David advises against capturing them, that is unless you are accompanied by an apnea diver who can tell a male grouper from a female one. “Reckless fishing could lead to a situation where our children won’t be able to enjoy grouper by the time they’re our age.” In fact, one’s approach to fishing at large should be an overall responsible one, he says. “It’s high time we enforce and regulate. With a Mediterranean fish stock that is depleting in alarming ways, we need to ensure that our ingredients are sourced and used sustainably – these days more than ever. Local restaurants often provide a range of Maltese fish dishes. David recommends the dorado (lampuki) if you’re on the islands after the feast of
the Assumption of Our Lady on 15th August. “If you’re visiting earlier, you would probably find the quality of our different types of tuna superb and the price more than convenient compared to any place north of Sicily.” The secret to best savouring its flavours is to ask for your tuna not to be cooked through. The various ways in which fish may be cooked makes it a truly versatile source of food and the way it is cooked really depends what you want out of the fish. David explains some fish are best grilled, others best baked or sautéed, stewed or even poached, although most fish can be cooked in as many ways as you like. “Your options are endless,” he says, “and the way we cut, prepare or marinate the fish could make it suitable for what you’re after. The ultimate aim is to make fish taste delicious without applying violent temperatures to the core of the meat.” For the less discerning restaurant customer who is simply after a pleasant, appetising plate of fish, and who is not adept at differentiating between fresh and not-so-fresh fish, choosing the best one from the variety on display may be a little tricky. There are certain characteristics to look out for which will likely improve your choice such as a shiny skin, bright red gills, flesh that bounces back when poked, shiny eyes and that fresh sea-smell. Bon appétit! ➜
tips In 2012, David left his Maltese-style restaurant in Birgu to accept an internship at Noma in Copenhagen – at the time ranking as the best restaurant in the world. He is nostalgic of the island’s local quirks, pastizzi above all. Here he shares some tips for cooking fish. Albacore – Make sure it’s super fresh or freeze it for a couple of days before getting your teeth into it. If you fish it yourself or know the fisherman, gut it on board and you should be OK to leave it for a couple of days to settle in a controlled and refrigerated environment before eating (especially if it’s a large one). Blast freezing it when clean would still be the safest option. Enjoy raw with a sprinkle of Gozo salt, finely-ground white pepper, a splash of lime and a bit of fresh marjoram, without overdoing it with the herb. Barracuda – This fish is not one of those kinds that can be just seared and eaten. It must be cooked through, but overcooking it may make it rather inedible. My take on this is to section and fry it when it’s large, and oven-bake it in juices and under a lid when it’s still young, but watch your time and temperatures. Swordfish – Cooking swordfish properly is not easy. It needs to be cooked through without going a second over. It might take some practice, but we all get there eventually.
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Aaron’s Kitchen Chef patron Aaron Degabriele, resident chef of Malta’s no1 TV cooking programme, ‘Aroma Kitchen’, brings more than 20 years’ experience right in the heart of the capital city, Valletta. A newly designed à la carte menu is being served, prepared with the freshest ingredients on the market. We take pride in serving a variety of daily specialties, which include fresh fish and shellfish, pasta and grills. A list of home-made desserts, that are changed regularly, is hand-written on our blackboards. Highly rated on Trip Advisor. Open: Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Sundays and public holidays lunches only. Reservations are highly recommended. T: 2123 0636; M: 9945 8356; E: email@example.com - Aaron’s Kitchen, 107, Archbishop Street, Valletta.
Antonine Al Fresco Overlooking the stunning views of the town and beach of Mellieha, situated on the rooftop of the MARITIM Hotel, Antonine Al Fresco offers a complete dining experience. At Antonine Al Fresco we offer an array of delicious dishes including fresh fish, grills and an authentic Asian taste, prepared and cooked by our Asian chef. During the summer months you can relax and unwind whilst surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Join us with friends and family for a memorable evening under the stars. T: 2289 2000; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; W: www.maritim.com.mt Al Ponte Fresco, MARITIM Antonine Hotel & Spa, George Borg Olivier Street, Mellieha.
Browns “One of the nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we’re doing and devote our attention to eating” – Luciano Pavarotti... and Browns Kitchen Malta is the place to do so. Original, exceptional and tasty food is served every time – that’s our commitment. We specialise in fresh fish, premium cuts of Irish beef and much more. We also cater for all kinds of occasions including staff parties, birthday celebrations, bachelors’ and hens’ parties, large groups and any other functions where we provide tailor-made set menus depending on our customers’ budgets and requirements. Seating is available inside and outdoors, enjoying breath-taking views of the Grand Harbour. Open: Monday to Sunday from 10am till late. Kitchen open all day. T: 2122 7410/ 2702 0471; W: www.browns.com.mt; F: brownswaterfront - Browns, Valletta Waterfront.
Ciappetti Grape vine covered courtyards, home grown herbs, multi-coloured lights and a myriad wind chimes give a flirtatious wink of what’s to come. If you have visited Ciappetti before then you surely don’t need reminding that the courtyards, bastions and internal medieval rooms are simply magical when bathed in soft candlelight. We are a husband and wife team – we both do the cooking and we both take care of our customers. Our menu is Maltese and Mediterranean in concept and offers traditional dishes such as rabbit, bragjoli, local fish and goat’s cheese ravioli. Visit our website www.ciappetti.com for our current opening hours. T: 2145 9987; E: email@example.com Ciappetti, No 5, Wesgha ta’ Sant Agata, Mdina.
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D-Bar Café Bar & Restaurant D-Bar is a family-run restaurant, pizzeria and bar, set in St Joseph Square in the village of Qala, Gozo. Specialities include the famous home-made ravioli, BBQ spare ribs, fried rabbit in white wine, chicken curry and an extended pizza menu. Come and try these dishes that are regularly praised by the food critics of our islands. So next time you’re in Gozo, make sure it’s a date at D-Bar.
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 6pm-11pm; Sat-Sun noon-2.30pm. T: 2155 6242; M: 7942 7014. D-Bar Café Bar & Restaurant, St Joseph Square, Qala, Gozo.
Dee Goose Restaurant Specialising in Maltese cuisine and Continental dishes, Dee Goose has been described as having a “traditional homey atmosphere” with “wonderful traditional home cooking at a very reasonable price” by satisfied customers commenting on Tripadvisor. John, owner and chef for the past 34 years, is renowned for his delicious specialties, namely his bragjoli (beef olives), rabbit, lamb stew and duck.
Open: Monday-Saturday 12.30pm-11pm; Sun 6pm till late. For reservations, call on M: 9924 9490. Dee Goose Restaurant, 7, Guze Fava Street, Sliema.
Il-Gardina Enjoy the newly launched Grill Restaurant, Il-Gardina with your friends and family, opening on 13th June 2014 at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz in Gozo. Overlooking the lush gardens, this casual open-air restaurant changes the meaning of eating al fresco. The highlight of the restaurant is a wide selection of freshly caught fish and seafood brought in every morning by local fishermen. IlGardina offers a variety of simply prepared fresh dishes with the finest, seasonal ingredients and herbs handpicked by the chef from the hotel’s own garden. T: 2211 0000; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; W: www.kempinski.com/gozo
Le Malte Le Malte, distinguished by great service, excellent value and authentic dishes specialises in Maltese and Mediterranean dishes including rabbit, horsemeat, beef olives (bragjoli) and snails, all cooked in the traditional way. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with a selection of local wines. All those presenting this advert will be entitled to a free bottle of wine. Open from Monday to Sunday between noon and 11.30pm. T: 2134 2242; M: 9987 8699; E: email@example.com Le Malte, Tower Road, Sliema (next door to Europa hotel).
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Maltese Mama Maltese Mama serves authentic Maltese and Italian cuisines complemented with great service in a relaxing atmosphere. To start, patrons are offered a complimentary plate of traditional Maltese antipasti, served with fresh bread and galletti. Starters include home-made soups, octopus, scallops, clams, the speciality shellfish platter and pasta dishes. A variety of main courses is also available, with specialties including fish and traditional Maltese dishes such as rabbit and bragjoli (beef olives). T: 2737 7024; M: 7780 5312; E: firstname.lastname@example.org Maltese Mama, 19/2, Paceville Avenue, St Julian’s.
Menqa L’Antika Nestled in the picturesque fishing village of Marsalforn on the tranquil island of Gozo, Menqa L’Antika offers authentic Mediterranean gastronomy with a modern flair. Chef patron Gordon Camilleri has created an exciting menu using the islands’ freshest produce, including antipasti, fresh pasta, fish and shellfish, tender beef cuts, flambé dishes and home-made desserts. Attentive service, exceptional food and a relaxing ambience make Menqa L’Antika ideal for romantic dinners, dinners with families and friends, as well as larger parties. Open for dinner on Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm onwards and for lunch on Friday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm. T: 2730 0309; M: 7920 3623; E: email@example.com; W: www.menqalantika.com Menqa L’Antika Restaurant, Il-Menqa, Marsalforn, Gozo.
Palazzo Preca Restaurant Palazzo Preca Restaurant is repeatedly awarded highly as one of the best restaurants in Malta and Gozo. It is situated in one of the most well-known historic streets in Valletta, within a beautiful 16th-century palazzo in Strait Street. An extensive and creative menu provides mouth-watering choices of food and fine local and foreign wines. Last but not least do not miss out on our delicious home-made desserts. Professional, dedicated, attentive staff will help you to ensure that your visit is a completely enjoyable experience. Wednesday night is our special night when the lights are turned off and the restaurant is entirely lit by candles, creating an intimate and romantic ambience. Open Sunday lunch. Monday closed all day. Bookings are recommended and are to be confirmed by phone. T: 2122 6777; M: 9986 6640; W: www.palazzoprecarestaurant.com - Palazzo Preca, 54, Strait Street, Valletta.
Rebekah’s Situated discreetly on the heights of Mellieha, Rebekah’s is a converted house of character that welcomes diners to an evening of fine dining. You may choose to dine in the airy internal courtyard or by the fireplace in the cosy interior. Thanks to Rebekah’s excellent wine list, that brings together wines from all over the world, every dish is excellently accompanied by a wine that matches any given dish like a glove – accentuating even the subtlest nuances of flavour. Average price: €37 per person. Free pick-up and drop-off from anywhere in Mellieha. Open: Monday to Sunday from 7pm (10.30pm last order). T: 2152 1145; M: 7947 8896; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; W: www.rebekahsmalta.com Rebekah’s Restaurant, 12, Triq it-Tgham, Mellieha.
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Ta’ Kris Restaurant and Maltese Bistro Right in the heart of Sliema lies Ta’ Kris Restaurant and Maltese Bistro, serving wholesome home cooking at unbeatable prices. Chef patron Chris uses the freshest ingredients to create tasty Maltese dishes like Dad’s Famous Bragjoli, thick beef stew, veal escalopes and rabbit. Patrons are also spoilt for choice with the daily specials ranging from fresh fish to beef fillet and various pasta dishes. All at this price-worthy restaurant is served in the unique settings of a former bakery. Ta’ Kris is one of the best rated restaurants by the Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants. Open daily for lunch and dinner. T: 2133 7367; M: 9984 7713; W: www.takris.malta-europe.com Ta’ Kris, 80, Fawwara Lane, Sliema.
Ta’ Marija Ta’ Marija has been awarded Best Maltese Food Restaurant from 2005 to 2013. A stone’s throw away from the majestic Mosta Dome, the superb Ta’ Marija Restaurant is run by a charming family who hasn’t just got the recipes in the kitchen right, but has also succeeded in concocting and mastering a unique recipe of running a top-notch eatery. Every Wednesday and Friday night, Ta’ Marija organises a Maltese traditional extravaganza night with musicians and singers, followed by a Maltese folklore dance show. Transport from and to your holiday accommodation can be arranged directly with Ta’ Marija. Reservations are recommended. Open for lunch and dinner. T: 2143 4444; E: email@example.com; W: www.tamarija.com Ta’ Marija Restaurant, Constitution Street, Mosta.
Vermell Bistro Get ready to take a bite out of Vermell – meaning red in Catalan – which best describes the red theme which flows through the bistro, creating a warm ambience. Tucked away in a quiet corner of St Julian’s, Vermell has a glass facade through which you can enjoy the gorgeous view of Spinola Bay from within or from its outdoor terrace. The menu focuses on Mediterranean cuisine, with signature dishes made using fresh local fish, seafood and different cuts of meat. The team at Vermell strives to offer customers genuine food, efficient and friendly service, and most importantly, a dining experience worth remembering. Open: Monday-Saturday from 6pm onwards and Sunday noon onwards for lunch. Sunday dinner and lunch during the week by reservation only. T: 2137 5567; M: 7944 6158/7902 0991. Vermell Restaurant, Spinola Bay, St Julian’s.
Zeri’s This highly acclaimed restaurant, located at the prestigious Portomaso Marina, presents an imaginative menu that reflects Zeri’s (as chef patron Mark is known) skills at creating dishes full of traditional Mediterranean flavour. Specials include an array of fresh high quality meat, pasta, salads, antipasti and fish, whilst the wine list boasts over 170 wines. Great food, quick service and a relaxing, yet buzzing ambience make Zeri’s the place to go for business or pleasure. Free parking at Portomaso. Reservations recommended. T: 2135 9559; M: 7957 3333; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; W: www.zerisrestaurant.com Zeri’s Restaurant, Portomaso Marina Complex, Portomaso, St Julian’s.
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Luna – the restaurant at Palazzo Parisio
Palazzo Parisio’s Luna restaurant combines a variety of culinary concepts set in a historic building. Every corner emanates femininity, luxury and a taste of history. In the morning, the Luna restaurant serves breakfast, snacks and lunch. In the afternoon you may enjoy the superb traditional English Afternoon tea, with the possibility of purchasing a variety of fine teas from around the world for you to enjoy at home. You may choose from the sublime interior or the shaded tables on the garden terrace beside orange blossoms and bougainvilleas. In the evening, relish a kaleidoscopic of tastes via the impressive ‘Menu Degustazione’ with some of the most creative and stylish food interpretations enhanced by a vast selection of wines. The heavenly desserts are impossible to resist. The lounge offers relaxation and understated luxury amid the trendy Parisian-style interiors. Sit and sip exquisite aperitifs along with some tasty bar bites or enjoy the wide selection of vintage wines, champagnes,
vodkas and a variety of innovative cocktails. Comment devotees praise “the varied and stylish menu,” and the “excellent service” in a “magnificent setting”.
Book your table on T: 21412461 Ext 2 or E: email@example.com 29, Victory Square, Naxxar - W: www.palazzoparisio.com
Open for lunch and dinner daily
Located at the prestigious Portomaso Marina the first restaurant at the top of the stairs that lead to the marina – this highly acclaimed restaurant presents an imaginative menu that reflects Zeri’s (as chef patron Mark is known) skills at creating dishes full of traditional Mediterranean flavour. Specials include an array of fresh high quality meat, pasta, salads, antipasti and fish, whilst the wine list boasts over 170 wines. Great food, quick service and a relaxing, yet buzzing ambience make Zeri’s the place to go for business or pleasure. Free parking at Portomaso. Reservations recommended.
T: 2135 9559; M: 7957 3333; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; W: www.zerisrestaurant.com Zeri’s Restaurant, Portomaso Marina Complex, Portomaso, St Julian’s.
Malta’s largest outdoor festival
The Farsons Beer Festival is the largest outdoor beer and musical festival organised in Malta. A national calendar event, spanning a full 10 days, the open-air festival caters for all tastes and preferences, making it a great night out with family and friends. Running into its 34th edition, the festival is set to take place at Malta’s National Park in Ta’ Qali from Friday, 25th July to Sunday, 3rd August, where locals and tourists can appreciate a variety of local, international and specialty beer brands, including the award-winning Cisk range of beers and Farsons’ classic brews, Hopleaf and Blue Label.
With over 70 draught installations and 50 local and international live performances, the festival is an important showcase for Malta’s top musical talent and also offers a wide mix of cuisine and food specialties to complement the selection of beers. Free entrance and free parking area.
For more information, download the Farsons Beer Festival app or follow on F: www.facebook.com/ thefarsonsgreatbeerfestival
Malta’s biggest open air entertainment destination
A firm favourite with both locals and the thousands of tourists who visit the Maltese islands, Gianpula complex is the essence of Maltese nightlife. The ideal Mediterranean climate allows for this open air complex to be enjoyed during the extended summer months, and with a capacity of 7,000 people, the party masses certainly take advantage of this. The complex comprises five venues – the Gianpula Main Room, Groove Gardens, Marrakech, The Roof Top and Gianpula Fields. The original building is an old farmhouse with extensive grounds spread over 30,000 square metres of land. Features include gardens with rich vegetation, swimming pool, 22 bars, elevated VIP areas, champagne huts,
seating areas, parking facilities, restaurants and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The complex is in the limits of Rabat, situated in the valley below Malta’s old capital and the medieval town of Mdina. Gianpula Main Room and Groove Gardens are open every Friday and Saturday. On Fridays the music policy is RnB, commercial and house music. Entrance is €6. On Saturdays the entrance fee depends on the event. Check www.gianpula.com for exact prices. Marrakech club, which opens up on Saturdays and Sundays, ticks all the boxes when it comes to a sophisticated open-air nightclub. It is a true VIP destination offering supreme tunes by carefully selected DJs, luxury VIP table huts,
flawless service and an exclusive crowd. Saturday nights feature vocal house – entrance fee before midnight €6 and after midnight €10; while Sunday nights’ music policy is tech house – entrance fee €5. The Roof Top is a lounge club which is used both by day and by night. It is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with pool parties on Sunday afternoons. In the evenings, it opens from 9pm onwards and on Sunday afternoons, from 4pm onwards. Gianpula Fields, which takes place once a year, is happening on 14th August this year, and will be hosting Creamfields.
For VIP tables or any queries M: 9947 2133 or E: email@example.com
Isle of MTV
The nightlife explosion
Bedouin - Photo: Martin Pettersson
alta’s after-dark calendar springs into action once summer starts, and there’s something for everyone! Here Jo Caruana takes a look at the must-attend events of the season.
What’s not to love about nightlife in the Mediterranean? All-day beach parties, sunset pools parties and late-night dancing under the stars. And despite Malta’s ‘traditional’ reputation, the island is a great place to party. In fact, as our calendar of events highlights, it will be hard to beat the incredible line-up of events and performance that the Maltese islands have to offer over the next few weeks. Which ones will you be attending? Event: The Bedouin Launch Date: 30 May (then weekly until 12 September) Venue: The Westin Dragonara Resort W: www.privepromo.com
Set in the relaxed grounds of this beautiful five-star hotel, Bedouin has secured its reputation as one of the best lounge locations for the summer season. Expect a relaxed atmosphere under the stars and an upmarket crowd. This year’s set-up promises new décor and an unbeatable atmosphere for a discerning crowd. This is the ideal spot
for cocktails or champagne by the sea, with funky chill-out tunes delivered by Bedouin’s top resident DJs. Event: The Little Armier Beach Party Date: 01 June Venue: Armier Beach, Mellieha M: 9937 3740; F: Facebook/ The Armier Beach Party
This annual beach party has a reputation for attracting both partygoers and sea lovers. In the past, this event has welcomed top international house DJs including Steve Angello and Laidback Luke, while this year will feature Swiss DJ Andrea Olivia. Make the most of it by wearing comfortable beach clothes or swimwear (heels are a nono); and don’t forget the sunscreen! Event: Hedkandi Sundays Launch Date: 01 June and consecutive Sundays Venue: Hugo’s Terrace, Paceville T: 2137 6767; F: Hedkandi Sundays
Hedkandi is one of the world’s biggest house music brands, and it has a
global residency circuit in spots such as Ibiza, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Bali, London and Barcelona (plus Malta, of course). This particular event will kickstart 18 consecutive Sunday parties, with a line-up that includes Lucy Stone, as well as top local DJs and dancers. Entrance is free, but it’s best to head along early so that you can secure a spot at the front. Event: Marrakech Launch Date: 07 June (then weekly until 20 September) Venue: Marrakech, Gianpula, Rabat W: www.privepromo.com
Organised by Privé, a company known for attracting a top-quality crowd, this is easily one of the island’s most sophisticated open-air nightclubs. This year the team is spicing up things even further and there’s an elevated sense of luxury to be enjoyed. Various foreign DJs will make guest appearances, while the VIP offering will include champagne huts and flawless service. This is the Saturday night venue for a great clubbing experience. ➜ 93
NIGHTLIFE Event: Gringos Opening Date: 08 June (then every Sunday throughout summer) Venue: Marrakech, Gianpula, Rabat W: www.freshevents.info
Following on from the success of last summer’s run, Gringos is back with another incredible line-up of DJs, highprofile acts and parties. Held in the picturesque surroundings of Gianpula, this is the must-attend party to follow on from your Sunday by the sea. So far the organisers have stayed silent on what exactly we should expect, but this is definitely one to watch! Event: Gianpula feat. Otto Knows (part of the Malta Music Festival 20-25 June) Date: 20 June Venue: Gianpula, Rabat T: 2133 7200
As part of the week-long Malta Music Festival, this event is held at one of the islands’ most popular outdoor venues. If you want to party with the locals, this is the place to do it, and a night at Gianpula promises a mix of the biggest dance tunes and dancefloor fillers, along with the latest dance cuts. Doors open at 11pm and close at
4am – at which point you should head straight to Crystal Palace (just outside Mdina) for a couple of late-night pastizzi (cheese- or pea-filled pastry parcels) and a cup of sweet tea. Remember to book your taxi ahead of time, too, as it will get very busy here. Event: The Gozo MMW Special (part of the Malta Music Festival 20-25 June) Date: 21 June Venue: La Grotta, Xlendi, Gozo W: www.maltamusicweek.com
Fancy discovering Gozo’s wild side? Well, held at Gozo’s iconic club, La Grotta, and with the dramatic backdrop of the Xlendi Valley behind it, this is one special place to party. In fact, it is known to be one of the most beautiful open-air clubs in the Mediterranean. This event will feature Bo Bruce, as well as other top local DJs. Doors open at 10.30pm and tickets are €8. Check the ferry times before you head over by visiting the Gozo Channel website, or book overnight accommodation on the island so you can relax here the following day.
Photo: Café del Mar / viewingmalta.com
Event: Café Del Mar featuring Klingande (part of the Malta Music Festival 20-25 June) Date: 22 June Venue: Café Del Mar, Qawra W: www.maltamusicweek.com
This stunning outdoor venue is celebrating its first anniversary, so expect an event with plenty of attitude! This bash is being organised by popular party people G7 Events, in collaboration with Sunglasses At Night. It will feature the French DJ duo Klingande (best known for the massive summer hit Jubel) as well as other local performers. This party starts at 4pm and will go on till 2am, so be sure to take your swimwear and sunhat (trust us: you will want to lounge by the infinity pool and enjoy the view). Tickets start from €20. Event: Isle of MTV Malta Special (part of the Malta Music Festival 20-25 June) Date: 26 June Venue: Floriana Granaries, Floriana W: www.isleofmtv.com
Isle of MTV has become synonymous with the Maltese summer. Held under the stars, last year’s crowd topped 50,000 people – all of whom were drawn by the incredible international line-up (and free entrance). Although this year’s stars, other than superstar DJ Hardwell, are yet to be announced, past performers have included Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas and Jessie J. Make the most of this event by wearing comfy clothes and getting there as early as possible (some people start queuing at 6am, although 4pm is usually good enough by our standards). ➜
Event: Champagne Wars Date: 28 June Venue: Café Del Mar, Qawra M: 9937 3740; W: www. champagne-wars.com
Expect an OTT Ibiza-style, pool party. This event is being held at one of Malta’s most sought-after and luxurious venues, with open views to pretty St Paul’s islands. It will be headlined by one of the biggest house DJs in the world - Dirty South. The crowd will be chic and international, with guests flying in from all over the world (thus making it a great networking opportunity as well as a brilliant party). The dress code is stylish – so bring that designer swimwear! Tickets start at €60 and rise to a whopping €4,000. Book early.
Event: NaviGAYt – The Boat Party Date: 13 July & 24 August Venue: ‘Tip Top One’ from Sliema M: 9944 3792; F: NaviGAYt
This is one of Malta’s top gay boat parties, and this year it’s set to be better than ever. The ‘boat’ part of the party will be held on the Tip Top One – a catamaran with a flat and shaded surface. To beat the success of last year, there will also be an after party in a private villa by the pool (between 6.30pm and 11pm) – the location will only be disclosed on the day. Be sure to book ahead as tickets are limited and demand is high.
Event: Beck’s Presents Junior B Date: 19 July Venue: Buskett Road House, Buskett Gardens F: Junior B/19 July
This annual event may not be for the faint-hearted, but it is a treat for anyone with a genuine love of clubbing. Held at the Buskett Roadhouse, a beautiful countryside venue near Rabat, this promises to be a unique experience for all in attendance. The entertainment will be in the hands of local techno and electro legend Junior B, as well as other top Maltese DJs.
a history buff’s haven
Mdina Bastions - Photo: viewingmalta.com
Malta has sometimes been described as ‘The Cradle of Civilisation’ on account of its many ancient Megalithic temples consisting of Ħaġar Qim, Ġgantija Temples, Ħal-Saflieni Hypogeum, Mnajdra Temples, Skorba Temples, Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples and Tarxien Temples, to mention the best known examples. Indeed the temples at Ġgantija are among the oldest freestanding buildings in the world, dating to approximately 3,700BC. Granted, Malta’s appeal to many is its sunny temperate climes, crystal-clear blue seas, varied nightlife, delicious cuisine and friendly people. But for those who, like myself, are interested in history, Malta is a veritable trove of fascinating historical material.
See the imposing bastions which the legendary Knights of St John constructed to protect Malta’s ports and cities from attacks by the Ottoman Turks, the most furious of which came in 1565. Queen Elizabeth I remarked at the time: “if the Turks should prevail against the isle of Malta, it is uncertain what further peril might follow to the rest of Christendom.” Of course we know that the attack was successfully repelled, but the fear and anticipation that prevailed before the onslaught must have been almost tangible. You can see the weapons, armour and sites, and walk the very same paths used by the Knights in those brutal days. If you want to know more, an array of varied historical guided tours can be found on www.excursionsinmalta. com where history buffs such as
myself can pick and choose from the many fascinating guided excursions available. The guides themselves are extremely professional and happy to answer individual questions. And, let’s be honest; even history buffs enjoy a swim in crystalline fresh blue seas, rich in an array of sea life and offering some of the best dives in the Mediterranean. Follow that up with some delicious local delicacies and wine, and top it off with an evening of entertainment at some of the island’s top night spots! Truly, Malta is an all-rounder, a multi-faceted destination offering many things to many people. Old or young, whatever your interests, Malta is sure to have something to offer you during your remarkable and unforgettable holiday here.