Oh My Malta Magazine March 2024

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ISSUE 40 • MARCH 2024
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MARCH 2024

Welcome to the sunny shores of Malta and Gozo! March is here, bringing with it a perfect blend of sunshine and cool breezes. It's the ideal time to explore our islands, soak up the rays, and dive into the vibrant culture that makes Malta so special.

As Easter approaches, the island comes alive with celebrations. From colorful processions to solemn traditions, there's something magical in the air during this time. Don't miss the chance to witness the heartfelt Good Friday processions or indulge in the scrumptious Easter Sunday feasts with locals.

In this edition, we're diving deep into the charming town of Senglea, located in the southern part of Malta. Get ready to immerse yourself in its rich history and discover hidden gems around every corner. Whether it's exploring historic landmarks or savouring local delicacies in cosy cafes, Senglea has something for everyone.

History buffs, get ready to embark on an archaeological adventure! Discover the mysteries of Malta's ancient temples as we guide you through five remarkable sites scattered across the island. Step back in time and marvel at the architectural wonders crafted by our ancestors.

No visit to Malta is complete without indulging in our culinary delights, and this month, we're sharing the recipe for 'figolli', a beloved Easter treat cherished for its almond-infused sweetness and intricate designs. Whip up a batch of these delectable treats and experience a taste of Maltese tradition firsthand.

Before you say goodbye to our sunny shores, don't forget to pick up some souvenirs to cherish your Maltese memories. From handmade crafts to locally sourced goodies, there's plenty to take home as a reminder of your island adventure.

Issue 40 • March 2024 Published by Coordinating Editor Philippa Zammit Sales Coordinator Marisa Schembri mschembri@mediatoday.com.mt Content Writers Dayna Camilleri Clarke Emily Francis Terrence Mifsud Design Philippa Zammit Registered Address Vjal ir-Riħan San Gwann SGN9016 Malta Email pzammit@mediatoday.com.mt Contact Number +356 2138 2741 Cover Easter celebration in Victoria, Gozo Photo Credit: Keith Galea Oh My Malta is a B2B publication, published monthly in partnership, with the Malta Tourism Authority. It promotes Malta and Gozo as a destination and treats readers to different aspects of Maltese life, culture, culinary delights and business. Visit www.ohmymalta.com.mt for more information.


2023 has been the best year ever in Malta’s tourism history. It was the best in terms of numbers, even exceeding the mythical 3,000,000 mark. The figure means that we registered an increase of 9% over 2019 which was a record year, until the pandemic put the world on pause.

Air connectivity responded accordingly. Initial indications are that this year we will register the best connectivity programme ever recorded by the Malta International Airport. Better than in 2019. 2023 also set a record in terms of guest nights - over 20 million, again a 5% increase on 2019.

Very significantly, we hit a historic record in terms euro spend. Tourists left €2.7 billion in our economy, 20% more than in 2019. There is yet another illuminating comparison. Taking the long view, the increase in arrivals literally took decades before they hit the 2019 record. By contrast, after the pandemic forced us back to ground zero, it took us less than three years to break that record, a year earlier than planned in fact.

Putting these achievements in a continental context, Malta is now one of the best performing destinations in Europe. Regionally, we have also outperformed the growth rate in Southern Mediterranean Europe. Even the United Nations World Tourism Organisation rated Malta as the best performing Mediterranean destination in 2023.

Beyond arrivals, guest nights and spend, the numbers tell another, equally positive story. In 1981, 80% of our tourists came from the UK. By contrast, in 2023 the largest source market clocked in at less than 20% of total arrivals. In parallel, we also managed to widen our demographic footprint as well as our seasonal spread. Encouragingly, between 2022-2023 the number of first-time tourists increased by 34%. Clearly, our strategy to diversify is working. Not putting all our eggs in one basket is certainly the best protection against dips in this or that source market in these volatile times.

We recognise that, more than ever geopolitical scenarios, shifting markets, technology and communications are changing the goal posts at lightning speed. If this is the year of absolute record figures in Malta, we are certainly not going to forget that rapid and unprecedented change is the new normal. Consequently, tourism has to be a journey, not a destination.

Our anchoring aim remains unchanged – to attract more

upmarket tourism. Choosing this aim is the easy bit. After all it has been embraced for decades by different administrations. The hard bit is to achieve it, with intense competition raging around us.

Our strategy consists of a range of mutually drivers, thereby making their sum stronger and better than the parts.

We will continue to strengthen our hospitality offer, improve public cleansing, train and license staff. While we entrench even deeper our position in primary source markets and we are determined to continue pushing the diversification envelope. Our focus on business travel, sports, diving, activity holidays, religious tourism, wellness, gastronomy, education and more should be sharper than ever before.

More ambitiously, our journey will include targeting long-haul markets in earnest. Work on the US, Japan, Australia and the Gulf states is already underway. Success on these fronts will, in turn, strengthen our hand in negotiation over better connectivity with these markets.

Our industry’s operations need to integrate more sustainability. Climate change, pollution, plastics, feeding the global population, structural inequalities are all tangible realities threatening the current strength of our tourism. Sustainability is the only road to steer our interconnected planet, its natural diversity and all those living in it to a more prosperous and safer future. A well-planned tourism industry can strongly contribute to this.

Finally, there is our historical, cultural, physical and natural heritage which shapes who we are and what we are. We need them for us as much as for our visitors. The journey continues. Let’s keep writing history together.

CONTENTS EXPLORE GOZO WHAT'S HAPPENING Events Happening in Malta and Gozo 6 22 Celebrating Easter in Gozo EXPLORE MALTA 24 Exploring Senglea Unveiling Malta's Archaeological Marvels Armida: Teatru Manoel’s New Production of Rossini’s Opera 10 30 Omenaa Mensah Exhibits Thematic Pavilion at maltabiennale.art 2024. 17
28 23 HISTORY AND CULTURE FOOD AND DRINK 34 LOCAL TALENT 18 The Malta Maritime Museum Reopens with a Flourish The Local Recipe: Figolli 36 20 Embracing Tradition: Celebrating Easter in Malta 38 Handmade Souvenirs to Take Home 36 Malta Food Guide: Fish & Chips Edition 29 Freedom Day: What's it All About?


Few things bring us all together more effectively than a captivating performance. From tongue-in-cheek comedies and music performances to new theatrical smashes and movie screenings, Malta has some incredible entertainment lined up this month!




Teatru Manoel’s own new production of Armida, an opera in three acts by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Schmidt. This production features renowned soprano Elisa Balbo in the lead role along with Malta's The Three Tenors Nico Darmanin, Alan Sciberras and Cliff Zammit Stevens, KorMalta, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Moveo Dance Company, with costumes designed by Luke Azzopardi. It is directed by Paul Carr and conducted by Davide Levi.

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Mużika Mużika 2024

Now in its fourth edition, Mużika Mużika is a prestigious festival produced by Festivals Malta, that brings together different genres of Maltese music in an annual competition. Starting on Thursday 14 March with the semifinal, Mużika Mużika's 20 semifinalists will compete for a place in the finals.

On Friday 15 March, the festival will continue with an evening of classic Maltese songs, where the 20 semifinalists will interpret various Maltese hits together with established local singers. At the end of the second show, the 12 finalists of the festival will be announced.

On Saturday 16 March, the 12 finalists will compete for the winning title. Get your tickets at www.showshappening.com


Ta’ Qali


Aladdin- A Musical Performance

With an energetic cast of boys and a brilliant live band, you are in for a great carpet ride!

Discover the story of a charismatic young boy who instantly falls in love with the law-defying Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the Sultan of Agrabah. While trapped in a magical cave, Aladdin stumbles upon a magical lamp that unleashes a wishgranting, larger-than-life, hilarious Genie. As Aladdin and the Genie start to become friends, they embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine's kingdom.Get ready for a whole new world of spectacle and fun! Donation : Adults: 7 Euro / 5 Euro (till 12 years of age). Get your tickets at www.showshappening.com

St Agatha's Auditorium, Rabat



6 OH MY MALTA events


Intimate Żfin Featuring Alexandra Alden

Intimate Żfin is where music meets dance in unexpected spaces. It is an opportunity to see the company’s extraordinary dancers up close. Performing live in the space, Alexandra Alden and her band focus on the themes of belonging, home and braving the unknown. Get your tickets at www.showshappening.com

15-16 MAR

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Concert | Jacob de Haan's Missa

For this first time in Malta, Dutch renowed composer Jacob de Haan we be conducting his famous Missa Brevis besides other popular pieces related to lent and Good Friday. Participating in this concert are Sopran Rosabelle Bianchi, Baritone Louis Andrew Cassar, Coro bel Canto directed by Mro Hermann Farrugia Frantz and Malta's most famous violinist George Curmi 'Puse'. Get your tickets at www. showshappening.com

16 MAR

St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina

20-21 MAR

Genios Flamenco

The history of classical music and flamenco meet in a show full of virtuosity and novelty. A new vision of two genres presented through international artists such as the dancer and artistic director Curro de Candela and the violinist Jesús Reina.

Violin and dance find a common language to give birth to a different artistic vision. Get your tickets at www. showshappening.com

Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana


22-23 MAR

Cinderella on Ice

The rendition of this beloved fairy tale, presented on ice. Prepare to be entranced by a captivating retelling as Cinderella trades her glass slippers for ice skates and gracefully glides through a frozen wonderland. From graceful figure skating, spellbinding choreography, and dazzling costumes we will deliver a visually breathtaking performance. Witness Cinderella's journey as she encounters her Fairy Godmother, whose magic enables her to attend the royal ball. Get your tickets at www. showshappening.com

MCC, Valletta

27 MAR

Candlelight: The Best of Vivaldi

Gigi D'Alessio Live in Concert

Italian legend Gigi D'Alessio in Concert featuring the talented Maltese Versatile Orchestra under the direction of Mro. Paul Borg. Get your tickets at www.showshappening.com

MFCC, Attard


23 MAR

Experience a groundbreaking spectacle like never before in Malta with Cirku, a unique music and aerial production. This production will showcase a diverse range of Malta’s finest performers in an intimate and immersive setting. Ċirku will feature a five-piece jazz band, multiple aerial disciplines and mesmerising dance acts, setting it apart as a truly one-of-a- kind event in Malta. This production promises to captivate and keep audiences at the edge of their seat. Witness the breathtaking nature of the aerial arts, accompanied by powerful and soulful compositions that traverse various genres and styles. From jazz standards to reinvented pop songs, the synergy between the aerialists, dancers and the live music creates an electric atmosphere that has never been seen before in the Maltese islands. Cirku promises not just a show, but an unforgettable journey into the heart of circus and music, leaving audiences with a newfound appreciation for the awe-inspiring talents of these Maltese artists.

16 MAR

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Malta. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Vivaldi at The Phoenicia Malta under the gentle glow of candlelight. Get your tickets from feverup.com

Phoenicia Hotel, Malta

22-23 MAR

Theatre Next Door, Naxxar

Philipp Johann Thimm (APPARAT) Live

Over the past decade, Philipp Johann Thimm has abetted and instigated numerous musical explorations with various musicians in and around his home base of Berlin. He has displayed his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer on projects ranging from his first band ABBY, his ongoing collaboration with Sascha Ring under the Apparat banner, various theatre projects, music for art installations, a well as big and small screen soundtracking, oh and they both were nominated for a Grammy in 2019 for 'Best Electronic Album' with Apparat's LP5. Get your tickets at www.showshappening.com

BMX, Pembroke




Armida will be performed at Teatru Manoel on the 3, 6, 8 and 10 March at 7.30pm.

Teatru Manoel presents a new production of Gioachino Rossini’s Armida, making it Malta’s premiere of this world renowed opera. Featuring soprano Elisa Balbo and tenors Nico Darmanin, Anle Gou and Cliff Zammit Stevens, this opera tells the story of the Saracen sorceress Armida who uses her powers to bewitch and ensnare her Crusader enemies.

Accompanied by KorMalta, the Malta Pilharmonic Orchestra and Moveo Dance Company, Armida will transport the audience to a world of magic, love and betrayal that will certainly delight viewers who grew up with a myriad of stories about the Knights of St John.

Directed by Paul Carr and conducted by Davide Levi, this opera is a true testament to Rossini’s genius, with its intricate vocal lines, breathtaking arias and thrilling ensemble numbers. It showcases the composer’s ability to create music that is both technically demanding and emotionally resonant.

Adding to all this are the unique costumes designed by designer Luke Azzopardi. Through the lens of couture, the stage becomes a canvas for the intersection of fashion and opera, weaving together an intricate tapestry of visual and auditory storytelling. The characters, draped in couture, not only represent the narrative's progression but

also serve as symbolic reflections of the transformative journey inherent in the world of opera.

This opera will also feature rarely seen 19th century painted backdrops from Teatru Manoel’s own scenery archives, which were painted in Milan specifically for Malta’s National Theatre. This, together with the impressive design, exciting direction, and powerful performances will undoubtedly be a unique treat for all opera lovers.

For more information on this production and to purchase tickets, visit teatrumanoel.mt.



Embark on family-friendly adventures in Malta with a myriad of delightful family-friendly events. From lively festivals to interactive activities, discover the perfect experiences for wholesome family bonding.

Malta Artisan Easter Market

Join local artisans as they showcase their unique treasures, ranging from exquisite jewellery and fashion accessories to beautifully crafted home decor. Delight your senses with gourmet treats and Easter sweets while enjoying live entertainment. It's the perfect opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind pieces to enhance your style and home decor. Indulge in delectable gourmet treats while browsing through the stalls. Don't miss out on live music and entertainment for kids, making it a fun-filled day for the whole family. Mark your calendars for this unforgettable Easter market experience at the Phoenicia Malta!

Phoenicia Hotel, Malta

Art Explora Festival

21-31 MAR

The Art Explora Foundation, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, presents a festival aboard its museum boat. This 10-day event offers free artistic and cultural programming both on board and on the quayside. The festival, aboard the world’s first museum boat, marks the start of a remarkable journey across the Mediterranean. The museum boat features immersive exhibitions, including a collaboration with the Louvre. Accompanied by a festival village on the quayside curated by Daniel Azzopardi, the programme showcases over 30 initiatives and 55 activities highlighting local and international art scenes.

Valletta Waterfront, Valletta

10 MAR

Easter Egg Hunt & Market

Join in on an exciting Easter celebration! Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, explore artisan stalls, bounce on the bouncy castle, and indulge in delicious food at The Orchard. Entrance is free, so don't miss out!

16 MAR

Hilltop Gardens, Naxxar

Strawberry Picking

23-30 MAR

Watch with joy as your little ones pick fresh, juicy strawberries straight from the fields during the Strawberry Harvest. Unleash your child's creativity with engaging craft activities at the Creative Crafts station. Additionally, enjoy quality family time by potting seeds in a little pot to take home and nurture at the Gardening Fun area. Get your tickets from www.showshappening.com

St Andrews Farm


Kwareżimal Workshop

The rich yet simple medieval concoction of kwareżimal, arguably a very valid representation of Maltese culture as it extrapolates elements from so many different cultures into one delicious bite, will come under the lens in Heritage Malta’s upcoming workshop for young food enthusiasts.

Youngsters aged 8 years and upwards are invited to roll up their sleeves and create their own versions of this popular Lenten treat steeped in history and flavour. Participants will get to make this traditional delicacy, and learn the tales locked up in its tastebud-enticing chewiness.

23 MAR

Inquisitor's Palace, Birgu

3,17 MAR

In Guardia Parade

If you're planning to visit Fort St Elmo in Valletta, don't miss the chance to witness the spectacular In Guardia military parade. During the parade, you'll see re-enactors from the Malta Tourism Authority dressed in period costumes, as they carry out military exercises and demonstrate their pride and skill.

Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Malta

Delight young explorers with creative activities and tasty bites at this Heritage Malta workshop for children aged 3-6. Explore ancient Rome's beauty through art and gastronomy. From crafting spice paint to tasting ancient feasts, it's a delicious journey into history. Tickets at heritagemalta.mt.


27 MAR

Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat Roman Spice Art


Explore March's charm in Gozo: A month filled with cultural celebrations and artistic showcases on the enchanting island. Embrace the unique events that paint the landscape with vibrant hues, offering a blend of tradition and modern festivities.

3-31 MAR

I Fiori Della Passione

The third edition of a floral artistic installation portraying the Passion of the Christ with the main attraction being a cross made from colourful flowering plants created by Għaqda Armar Fontana.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Shrine, Fontana, Gozo

1-31 MAR

Stejjer Mill-Passat

Step into the enchanting world of Xewkija as you embark on a journey through its rich history. Gather around for a delightful storytelling session, where the mysteries and wonders of this charming town are unveiled. But wait, there's more! Let's add an extra dose of excitement with traditional games that have been cherished for generations. And what's a trip to Xewkija without the melodious tunes of local folk music, played by talented musicians on traditional wind instruments?

Xewkija Windmill, Triq il-Mithna, Xewkija

Għawdex Inħobbok Concert

Hailing from America, Jessica is a visual artist and globetrotter who commenced this series upon her relocation to Malta in 2021. This collection explores the abstract and the figurative, aiming to strike a harmonious balance between order and chaos. By intertwining these elements, she enables the conveyance of emotional narratives through expressive brushwork and relatable imagery.

Bored Peach Club, Xagħra


Crucifixio: Holy Week


An exhibition of miniature antique Holy Week clay statuettes. The set is made up of miniatures of the statues one finds in different churches in Gozo . Other items/ artifacts related to Holy Week will also be part of the display.

Xewkija Windmill, Gozo

At the Cross

A unique and soulful music concert by Rebecca & The Passengers accompanied by Angel Voices.

Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, Nadur, Gozo

15 MAR

14 MAR



West Side Story

Teatru Astra is proud to present Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece West Side Story, the greatest story of two young lovers caught in between the prejudice and warring of New York street gangs in one of the most powerful musicals of all time.

Teatru Astra, Victoria, Gozo

15-24 MAR

Exhibition: Ġetsemani

22-30 MAR

Visit this unique exhibition focusing on the first episode of the Passion of Our Lord; The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani ! Exhibits include past processional statues, miniature statues, paintings and much more. Works by local and foreign artists, past and present.

Teatru Astra, Victoria

Cooking Class & Market Visit

Every week, Maldonado Bistro organises a cooking class, offering guests the chance to delve into the world of traditional Maltese recipes. Visitors are invited to join in for a local market visit and a hands-on cooking experience. Together, they will learn to craft iconic dishes such as Pastizzi, Gozitan Ftira, and traditional nougat, creating a delectable lunch spread. The meal will be accompanied by refreshing water, a choice of wine or beer, and rounded off with a satisfying cup of coffee.

Maldonado Bistro,Victoria, Gozo

26 MAR


The OmenaArt Foundation, established by Polish philanthropist and art lover, Omenaa Mensah, exhibits a thematic pavilion at maltabiennale.art 2024.

The OmenaArt Foundation is honoured to be part of maltabiennale.art 2024 with a thematic pavilion "Other Geographies, Other Stories". This unique exhibition showcases artists originating from Poland and Ukraine, presenting for the first time in Malta. Based on the curatorial concept by Hanna Wróblewska and curated by Natalia Bradbury, the thematic pavilion is scheduled for Fort St Elmo in Valletta, and features selected artists: Barbara Falender, Iza Jagiełło, Ida Karkoszka, Lia Dostlieva, and Aleksandra Karpowicz. The artists unite in the creative exploration of transformation, migration, and the repercussions of turbulent changes. Utilising the mediums of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, they weave a common

thread of activism through their work. Despite diverse generational and artistic backgrounds, they find a convergence of experiences within a shared narrative.

The curator Natalia Bradbury emphasises that the exhibition’s narrative perfectly matches the character of the island. Malta, as a place that has been a combination of different geographies and stories for thousands of years, becomes an ideal landscape for the artists.

The artists question whether today’s conflicts stem from the same principles as in ancient Mediterranean civilisations –struggle, exploitation, revenge, and tribalism. Exhibiting for the first time in Malta, they bring a unique perspective on the potential for change not only in times of peace but also in times of war. Their collective timeless message emphasises values such as empathy, reflection, compassion, sensual pleasure, care, and solidarity, which resonates in a broader global context.

“OmenaArt Foundation is honoured to be part of maltabiennale.art 2024. I feel very proud because we have an opportunity to present a unique art collection to a wider audience and open a new form of artistic dialogue. For me, this event also has a personal dimension, as I will be able to fulfil one of my artistic dreams.”

OmenaArt Foundation was established by Polish philanthropist, businesswoman, and art lover Omenaa Mensah to lead projects in the realms of art, architecture, and design. It is engaged in philanthropic activity, such as coordination of the Grand Charity Auction, one of the most prestigious events in Europe that promotes the best Polish and international artists. The Foundation is also working on building an art collection, supporting young artists and cultural institutions. OmenaArt Foundation is also involved in the revitalisation of historic buildings in Poland, Italy, and Malta.

Body as Home Installation by Aleksandra Karpowicz Omenaa Mensah, Photo credit: Kurt Paris



Explore the captivating tales of Malta's maritime legacy at the Malta Maritime Museum's exhibition 'An Island at the Crossroads.' Words by Daniela Attard Bezzina

A painting depicting one of Captain Pietro Zelalich’s conquests in 1765 may not be the most eye-catching artefact currently on display at the Malta Maritime Museum, but the swashbuckling adventures it represents are the stuff that dreams – and films based on true stories –are made of.

The anonymous oil on canvas, entitled ‘Captain Pietro Zelalich’s Capture of Tunisian Corsairs on 18 July 1765’, is but a a tiny fragment of the rich corsairing legacy it illustrates. Long before the arrival of the Order of St John in 1530, many Maltese noblemen had already armed their ships and been active in the corso. The corsairs of Malta were constantly active, ever searching for enemy prizes around the Mediterranean.

The coming of the Order to Malta enhanced this thriving business. By the beginning of the 17th century, the importance of corsairs for the states of the Mediterranean was switching from a military role to a more economic one.

Captured booty filled the coffers of monarchs and statesmen, as well as the harbour communities.

The many paintings commissioned to commemorate great naval victories of the Order’s fleet and of private corsairs evoke the achievements and the feats of some of the most hardened seadogs of the Mediterranean, amongst whom was Pietro Zelalich.

One of the most active and famous corsairs operating from Malta in the latter half of the 18th century, Zelalich was Dalmatian by birth but settled in Malta following his epic arrival here in October 1760. In fact, he entered the Grand Harbour aboard the ‘Ottoman Crown’ – the flagship of the Ottoman Empire – which he had captured while serving as a slave on board. When the ship stopped in Kos, Zelalich had

grabbed the opportunity to lead a mutiny, managing to overpower his captors and sail the ship to Malta. He donated it to the Order of St John and was welcomed as a hero.

Acquiring a licence to recruit crew and operate in the corsair business from Malta, Zelalich kept the island as his base for the rest of his colourful life and died in

Captain Pietro Zalalich’s Capture of Tunisian Corsairs on 18 July 1765 Grand Master Ramon Despuig’s Possesso of the Fleet of the Order of Saint John (1763)

Senglea in 1811. Besides his corsairing adventures, he was known for his blasphemies, his illicit sexual acts with his cabin boy, and even daring to eat meat on Good Friday.

But back to that painting and the exhibition where it is currently on show – 'An Island at the Crossroads', a multisensory, one-of-a-kind, temporary display which has been set up at the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu to mark the completion of the initial phase of the museum’s major overhaul. This phase, partly financed through the EEA Norway Grants 2014-2021 for a total of nearly €2 million, has seen the restoration, demolition, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the dilapidated areas of the building, including the silos, warehouses, main staircase and roofs.

Half of the Norway grant went into the setting up of a Digitisation Unit within Heritage Malta, and the purchase of a substantial state-of-the-art digitisation hardware setup necessary for the digitisation of the Maltese Islands’ maritime heritage. During the past few years, thousands of artefacts from the

Maritime Museum collection have been digitised. A Collection Management System was also established, providing for the cataloguing of these collections with the aid of specialised software.

The second phase of the project –comprising the modernisation and design of the remaining spaces within the museum, including the permanent display and interpretation – is now in full swing. While it is being implemented and parts of the museum remain closed, visitors may enjoy the exhibition, which is centred around the concept of Malta’s ideal position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

The artefacts that make up the exhibition are tied to twenty themes, each telling a story related to the sea. To name but a few, among the exhibits one finds an ex-voto painting depicting the Battle of Lepanto which dates back to the 16th century and is probably the oldest one known on the island; the bed shared in Naples by Horatio Nelson and his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton; the fascinating diary of Vincenzo Borg (Brared), one of the main insurgent leaders during the

French blockade in Malta; the imposing figurehead of Gregorio Mirabitur; the typical toolbox of a mid-20th century Maltese Dockyard worker; and the beautiful leather-bound manuscript penned by the Bunbury sisters in 1872 to document their stop in Malta as part of the Grand Tour.

Several activities will be taking place each month in conjunction with 'An Island at the Crossroads'. They include talks by ex-Dockyard workers, conferences, Taste History events, several activities for school children, and an opportunity to spend a night at the museum.

Admission to 'An Island at the Crossroads' costs €8 for adults, €6 for seniors, students and concessions, and €4 for children. Holders of Heritage Malta’s senior and student passports are admitted free of charge.

Information about the exhibition’s opening hours is available at heritagemalta.mt/ opening-hours/

For more information about the exhibition visit maltamaritimemuseum.mt


Experience the vibrant tapestry of Easter in Malta, blending religious traditions, cultural festivities, and culinary delights. From solemn processions to joyful celebrations, immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of faith, family, and community.

There is a genuine sense of excitement as Malta gets ready for Easter on 31 March. The Maltese islands have a long history of Christianity, which began with the Paul the Apostle shipwreck in the first century AD. The event had a significant impact on Malta's religious, cultural, and historical fabric. According to the legend, after the shipwreck, Paul took sanctuary in what is now known as St. Paul's Grotto, a cave close to Rabat, from whence he converted many Maltese people to Christianity.

Easter has grown into a major cultural festival as well as a religious holiday in Malta. The island comes alive with processions, pageants, and musical acts during Holy Week. Every event, from the joyous Easter Sunday celebrations to the sombre Good Friday processions, symbolises the enduring customs that unite Maltese culture. Especially on Easter Sunday, there is much excitement and celebration. All around the island, church bells chime in time with vibrant processions that weave through cities and villages. As proudly parading sculptures of Jesus signify the promise of fresh life, bands fill the air with song. However, Easter in Malta is more than simply religious celebrations—it's a time for family to gather together and enjoy the delectable cuisine of the island.

Succulent roast lamb, crunchy potatoes, and fresh vegetables are the main attractions of the extravagant Easter feast. Not to be overlooked are Figolli, the delectable almond pastries that are a treasured Easter custom in Malta. Easter is a time for meditation and spiritual rejuvenation, while there is also plenty of food and celebration. Churches

welcome worshippers looking for comfort and community when they open for masses and special events. The enduring message of Easter, which is one of hope, forgiveness, and redemption, strikes a deep chord with Maltese people, encouraging acts of kindness and harmony among neighbours.

Easter in Malta provides a wide range of recreational pursuits and entertainment, in addition to its religious and cultural significance. All around the island, artisan markets appear, selling handcrafted items and regional specialties. Families travel to the countryside to have picnics amid wildflower meadows while taking in the breathtaking views of Malta's scenery.

Easter in Malta is likely to be an unforgettable one, regardless of whether you choose to partake in the celebrations—the cuisine, the religious ceremonies, or the sense of community and camaraderie. Easter in Malta also gives tourists an opportunity to see firsthand the famed handicraft of the island. During unique Easter markets and fairs, local craftsmen display their abilities in traditional crafts including lace-making, filigree jewellery, and pottery-making. Explore these marketplaces, talk to the craftspeople, and buy one-of-a-kind handcrafted mementos to reminisce about their Easter vacation in Malta.

Furthermore, Easter in Malta embraces the island's outdoor activities and natural beauty in addition to its religious and cultural significance. Malta's gorgeous shoreline and attractive countryside are popular destinations for locals and tourists alike, who take advantage of the moderate springtime weather. Hiking routes provide amazing views of blue lakes, rocky cliffs, and verdant environments full with vibrant wildflowers. Some choose to take leisurely strolls along the promenades or have picnics in picturesque parks, where they can fully enjoy the peace and quiet of the Mediterranean environment. Easter is the ideal time to enjoy Malta's many natural resources, whether it's a leisurely stroll through the breathtaking scenery or a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear seas.

Procession of the Lady of Sorrows Good Friday Exhibition Marsaxlokk Street Market Pictured: Traditional Easter Figolli
Easter Sunday Procession Good Friday Procession The Black Procession, Birgu


Experience the enchanting Easter traditions in Gozo, from solemn processions to culinary delights and joyful celebrations. Explore the island's festivities!

Spring in Gozo is bewitching. The countryside’s enticing with nature’s fresh awakening. If you’re here in the second half of March, your holiday will coincide with Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in Gozo. Easter in Gozo can be the bonus of a spring holiday as there are

many things to do at Easter time. Easter in Gozo is a special time that has many facets, most of which are evocative of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week and Easter in Gozo are the biggest Catholic celebrations on the island. Starting a week before Good Friday, Gozo dons a sombre outlook, fitting reverence for the procession of Our Lady of Sorrows that takes place in Victoria and several other villages.

Next comes the jubilation on Palm Sunday, reminiscent of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, another of Gozo’s Easter events. The faithful crowd carrying palm fronds and olive branches is led by priests robed in red. All this is part of Gozo’s Holy Week traditions.

Palm Sunday signals the beginning of the Holy Week in Gozo, a week that commands

utmost devotion for the faithful as the Catholic church marks Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Typically, believers will flock to the liturgical services on these days. On Maundy Thursday, the churches are usually open till late at night. This is a perfect time to wander around Victoria and visit the many but overlooked churches, which will have an artistic representation of Christ’s sepulchre complete with flower displays and fragrant with balm and incense.

These solemn days of Holy Week in Gozo are marked by many religious exhibitions, sacred concerts, pageants, and processions. Witness the deep-rooted devotion of the procession participants who hide their identity behind full-head hoods as they haul heavy ankle chains in penitence or as ex-voto. Experience the flickering candlelit displays on various churches’ parvises on Maundy Thursdays

John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Good Friday Procession

that give a particular ambience to the night.

Holy Week and Easter in Gozo cannot be complete without trudging up Għammar Hill following the white Carrara marble statues presenting the stations of the cross. This hike can be taken as a moment of personal reflection or meditation for both believers and non, alike. There is no doubt that you’ll find the top of the hill charging with an impressive majestic vibe.

Easter traditions in Gozo are not all about the dark overtones. Gozo’s Holy Week and Easter traditions have a culinary aspect too. During Lent most dishes revolve around fasting, abstinence and penance. You might want to try out the frugal non-meat dishes like the artichokes stuffed with tuna, olives, garlic and capers. For a quick bite get hold of tuna and spinach pies and ‘qassatat’.

Intended to be semi-sweet, ‘Kwareżimal’, hot cross buns and Apostles’ ring are the sugary fares of the season.

The Saturday night Easter vigil service shatters the gloomy tone and once again it’s Easter in Gozo! As the jubilant church celebrates the resurrection with brisk processions of the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday morning, make sure you get hold of traditional Easter figolli from artisanal bakers. Made of sweet pastry and loaded with fragrant sweet almond paste filling, 'figolli' are the top of Easter traditions in

Gozo. Easter figolli make the perfect gift to take back home!

Easter Sunday in Gozo is best celebrated by a visit to Villa Rundle Gardens and this too is one of the highlights of things to do at Easter in Gozo. A festival of family fun awaits, complete with Easter Bunny egg hunts, arts, crafts and fun games!

Visit www.eventsingozo.com for an up-to-date programme of events happening on the island of Gozo throughout March.

Ta' Pinu Għammar Hill

SENGLEa Exploring


Senglea, often referred to as L-Isla, is one of the Three Cities, together with Birgu and Cospicua, and is a resilient historical stronghold located in the Cottonera region of eastern Malta. This beautiful city, despite its small size, is a genuine jewel among the Maltese Islands, hidden away inside its defensive walls.

The roots of Senglea may be traced back to the 16th century, when its advantageous position facing Grand Harbour made it a vital bastion in Malta's defence. Senglea is surrounded by strong bastions and gets its name from the Italian word "isola," which means island. Senglea was formerly a separate landmass that was subsequently joined to the mainland by a land bridge. Senglea was the centre of marine industry in its heyday, and its shipbuilding docks contributed to its extraordinary success. Renowned individuals, such as Juan Buatista Azopardo, who is recognised for having established the Argentine

Navy, resided in Senglea, adding to the town's rich cultural legacy.

Senglea has had hardships in addition to its prosperity, none more horrific than the devastation caused by the Second World War. Senglea's strategic significance made it a major target for enemy bombardment, and as a result, it suffered greatly from catastrophic strikes, with most of its architectural legacy destroyed by the explosion of the aircraft HMS Illustrious. Deep-rooted wounds from the conflict caused a large-scale population exodus as people sought safety elsewhere, leaving a destroyed city in their wake.

Spurred by its rich maritime tradition and genuine charm, Senglea embarked on a road towards rehabilitation and recovery following the damage that had occurred. Residents and tourists have been lured to the renovated yacht marina, which has revitalised the area's ancient streets.

Beneath its weathered exterior, a thriving community lives on today, its inhabitants largely made up of foreigners drawn by its irresistible charm.

Senglea teems with life and activity beyond its legendary history, providing an enthralling window into Malta's maritime heritage. The bustle of daily life and the laughter of the locals fill the mazelike streets, which are brimming with activity. Renowned occasions like the legendary regattas, which showcase customary boat racing on the crystal-clear Grand Harbour, bear witness to Senglea's continuous ties to its maritime heritage, enthralling both tourists and residents with its continuing allure and unwavering spirit.

Senglea's charm also reaches outside its walls of history, inviting explorers to discover its best-kept secrets and immerse themselves in the myths that envelop its mediaeval alleys. Through its winding lanes, tales of brave knights, daring explorers, and famous battles reverberate, creating a rich tapestry of myth and tradition.

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the enthralling tales that have fashioned this legendary city as Senglea's past comes to life at every step. Senglea offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience where the past and present coexist together and each turn unveils a new chapter in Malta's rich history, whether exploring its ancient neighbourhoods or indulging in the flavours of its regional cuisine.

The Gardjola Watch Tower Photo credit: Georg Karl Ell



Discover the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, a stunning example of Baroque architecture tucked away in the centre of Senglea. Enter this architectural wonder to be amazed by its grandeur. It is decorated with stunning marble columns, detailed carvings, and majestic domes. Admire the exquisite interior decorations and paintings that portray episodes from Malta's rich religious and cultural past. Honour the venerated statue of Our Lady of Victories, which is held in high regard by the Maltese people as a symbol of their commitment and faith.



Admire the stately Main Gate of Senglea, a striking example of architecture that opens the door to the ancient city. Constructed during the 1700s, this imposing entranceway has elaborate stone etchings, magnificent arches, and soaring bastions, all of which serve as a testament to the city's historic military history and strategic significance. Take breathtaking pictures against the backdrop of this wellknown site and lose yourself in Senglea's Main Gate's ageless charm.

Spend some time unwinding in the serene Gardjola Gardens while you escape the bustle of the city. This charming park, which is perched atop the bastions overlooking Grand Harbour, provides amazing views of Valletta, the Three Cities, and the surrounding area. Admire the famous Gardjola, a watchtower guarding the busy harbour below and embellished with striking emblems of protection such as the ear of Dionysius and the eye of Osiris. Settle down on a seat amid the verdant surroundings, take in the calm atmosphere, and take in the breathtaking views of Malta's shoreline and historical sites.


Venture outside of Senglea and discover the nearby cities of Cospicua and Birgu, referred to as the "Three Cities." As you stroll through their quaint alleys and ancient quarters, learn about their rich history and cultural heritage. Explore the storied ramparts and subterranean tunnels of Birgu's impressive Fort St. Angelo, which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in each city's own charm and atmosphere as you explore the Three Cities to find the hidden gems.



On 31 March, 1979, Malta celebrated Freedom Day, marking the departure of the final British naval base after centuries of foreign rule. Annual commemorations include a regatta in the Grand Harbour, military parades in Valletta and Vittoriosa, and honouring the Freedom Monument.

Forty-five years ago, on the 31 March 1979, the final British naval base evacuated the Maltese islands for the very last time. This triumphant moment signified a new dawn for the country’s present and future, becoming liberated from a foreigner ruler for the first time in hundreds of years. This chapter was initiated from the ripple of events that caused the country’s political independence from Britain on 21 September 1974, after 150 years of British rule.

The British Reign

Following the events of the ‘Imblokk tal-Franċiżi’ (literally translated to French Blockade) or as some other historians refer to it as the ‘siege of Valletta’ in 1800, the British Empire acquired total jurisdiction over the Maltese islands. The period in which Malta was ruled by Britain, was not only a detrimental period for Malta’s culture heritage and identity but it also precipitated an array of political circumstances that shaped Malta’s history. Malta’s valiant effort in the Second World War stemmed negotiations for the island’s possible autonomy from Britain.

While Malta gained independence on 21 September 1964, a constitutional treaty with Britain, which affirmed that Malta would still serve as a base for the British military base with Queen Elizabeth II representing Malta as a Head of State, was still abided for the following decade until Malta became a Republic.

When the Labour Government was re-elected into power back in 1971, it fought to revise the treaty, but still allowing the Royal Navy to use Malta as a naval base. The realisation of this treaty established Malta as independent de facto (by law) and de jure (by law), christening the 31 March 1979 as Freedom Day, becoming a public holiday ever since.

Memorialising Freedom Day

Freedom Day is supplemented with numerous national traditions to commemorate the historic moment through a concatenation of events and also independent ceremonies in different localities around the Maltese archipelago.


Organised by the Malta Rowing Association, rowing teams from localities such as Valletta, Vittoriosa (Birgu), Senglea (Isla), Cospicua (Bormla) battle it out in an annual rowing event within the Grand Harbour. Who reigns supreme would then be gifted with an honorary shield award. This event gathers thousands of spectators that line the Grand Harbour to support their favourite team and congratulate them at the finish line.

Military Parade

Recognised as one of the largest displays of the year, the military parade is held by the Armed Forces of Malta as well as the Malta Police Force at St George’s Square, Valletta. Similar parades are then displayed in Vittoriosa and also in front of the War Memorial in Floriana.

This event is showcased on national television, with a huge number of attendees showing up to display their support as a token of respect, with high-up influential dignitaries attending the parade, including the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, and the President. These national high-rankers often place flowers on the memorials or perform an annual speech to follow the national codified constitution.

Freedom Monument

Designed by the local sculptor Antonio Agius to commemorate this historic moment, the Freedom Monument has become an iconic symbol in the heart of Vittoriosa. Placing wreaths on the monument as a sign of respect has become a yearly tradition that numerous people still follow to this day.

In 2023, Isla (Senglea) won Freedom Day Regatta for first time in 11 years


Set off on an enthralling expedition to discover the mysteries of the Mnajdra Temples, the Tarxien Temples, and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum as we investigate Malta's archaeological monuments. These incredible ruins provide a window into Malta's fascinating history, ranging from colossal stone cathedrals to subterranean caves etching into rock.


Adjacent to the Mnajdra Temples are the Ħaġar Qim Temples, another impressive reminder of Malta's ancient history. Known for their remarkable stone blocks and alignment with the solstices, these megalithic temples date back to the Neolithic era, about 36003200 BCE. Visitors may gain a greater understanding of the history and significance of each site by taking part in a guided tour given by experienced archaeologists or local experts. This will enable them to appreciate the rich legacy of Malta's ancient civilisations.



A collection of Bronze Age megalithic buildings, the Tarxien Temples are not to be missed. Constructed in 3600 BCE, these temples are well-known for their beautiful stone sculptures that feature humans, animals, and spirals— symbols of fertility, life, and death. Explore the temple remains and take in the exquisite altars with sacrifices to the gods and detailed bas-reliefs. Explore the archaeological discoveries uncovered at Tarxien Temples, which include statuettes, ceramics, and ceremonial items that provide insight into the ancient Maltese inhabitants' spiritual rituals and beliefs.


Start your expedition at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, one of the most remarkable subterranean buildings in the world. This underground complex was used by the ancient people of Malta as a burial ground, sanctuary, and ritual chamber when it was carved out of the limestone bedrock more than 5,000 years ago. Enter the silent passageways and mazelike rooms, which are decorated with elaborate paintings and sculptures that represent life and death scenarios. Discover the Hypogeum's three floors, marvelling at its inventive architecture and spiritual importance as you consider the mystery surrounding this ancient necropolis.


You can also make your way to the Mnajdra Temples, which serve as a reminder of Malta's megalithic past, perched atop windswept cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. These Neolithic temples, which date back more than 5,000 years, are among of the world's oldest freestanding buildings and demonstrate the mastery of ancient Maltese architecture. Admire the beautifully sculpted megaliths that comprise the walls of the temple; they precisely line up.


Situated in close proximity to Żebbiegħ town in Malta, the Skorba Temples provide an enthralling window into the island's ancient history. Dating back to around 3600–3200 BCE, these Neolithic temples provide witness to the inventiveness of Malta's prehistoric occupants. With its wellpreserved stone walls and altars, the site offers important insights into the social structure and religious activities of Malta's early residents. Many archaeological artefacts, like as tools, ceramics, and human bones, have been unearthed during the Skorba excavations. These discoveries provide insight into the customs and everyday activities of the prehistoric populations of Malta.



Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade

IIn challenging times, Malta demonstrates its commitment to global development and humanitarian efforts through its bilateral diplomacy and official development assistance (ODA), addressing a range of issues from healthcare and education to disaster relief and conflict resolution.

n times like these, when images of destroyed buildings, and dead and injured civilians, are filling our screens, it can seem as if people and governments around the world are powerless to address the worst consequences of wars as well as man-made and natural disasters. But this isn’t true: in Malta’s case, through our non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council during 2023 and 2024, and now as Chair-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), we have the possibility of speaking, acting and making decisions in favour of the protection of civilians and to condemn situations in which they are being killed and injured. Our work focuses on making efforts to enforce these standards – as civilians everywhere need to be protected – across the board, without distinction.

Apart from these contexts, we also use our bilateral diplomacy – and our official

development assistance (ODA), in particular – to address development and humanitarian needs around the world. From a development point of view, we are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; 17 goals, each with their own targets, which have been agreed by all UN member states, focusing on ending poverty and deprivation, improving health and education, reducing inequality and incentivising economic growth.

As a developed country, Malta has the obligation to contribute towards these goals. We do so through projects that we sponsor, through our Embassies on the ground in different countries, and through non-governmental organisations which contribute their knowledge and expertise. To cite some examples, over the past ten years ODA funding has been used to develop a medical centre serving thousands of people


in Ghana; to assist in the fight against AIDS in several countries where the disease is still prevalent; to assist Syrian refugees in Türkiye; and to connect children in Malta and Ethiopia to increase friendship and understanding between young people in both countries. These are only a few illustrative examples; we know that more can and needs to be done, and we are committed to collaborate with our partners in developing countries to identify niches where Malta’s funds and expertise can make a meaningful difference.

Aside from development, ODA funds are also used to address humanitarian needs. Sadly, in recent years we have had too many occasions where our solidarity was needed: during COVID-19, where Malta contributed more than 700,000 vaccines to countries in need; in the face of climate disasters such as Storm Daniel, which made landfall in Libya in September 2023 causing hundreds of deaths

and hundreds of thousands of displaced people. We can all remember the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria and the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine, where civilians are suffering because of the ongoing conflict in the region. And let us not forget the situation in Ukraine, where millions of people have had their lives disrupted as a result of the ongoing conflict. In each of these cases, and in others, Malta has provided financial resources to address the worst consequences that have resulted. Our focus has been on assisting the most vulnerable in each situation, which more often than not are women and children.

Of course, the needs in terms of development and humanitarian assistance are only increasing. This is why through our ODA we are also trying to invest with an eye for the medium to long-term, through forms of assistance like access to education. We believe that education can have a transformative

impact on individuals and their societies, and for this reason we have been providing access to post-graduate scholarships in such fields as humanitarian action, conflict resolution, climate change, maritime law, and other topics of particular to small island developing states (SIDS), which are a priority for Malta in view of our policy of devoting special attention to the needs of SIDS as a grouping.

We believe that the students that benefit from these scholarships will be able to make a positive contribution to their communities and that therefore, our assistance can be used to produce positive change.

We will continue to work with all partners, in Malta and abroad, to use ODA efficiently to further these goals. We will do so in a spirit of providing assistance according to all those in need, leaving no one behind. This is what is demanded of us in such trying times.




Experience the essence of Maltese tradition with Rebecca Mallia Bugeja's authentic Figolli recipe: a traditional almond-filled Easter treat steeped in cultural heritage.


( Makes 4 medium-large figolli or 6 small ones)

For the pastry

120g oats flour (finely ground oats)

200g wholemeal flour (gluten free if needed)

480g self-raising flour (gluten free if needed)

340g block margarine

340g sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

3 eggs

1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence or ½ teaspoon synthetic vanilla essence Water (as needed)


1. Mix the flour and margarine together. In a mixer, or using your fingertips, rub the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

2. Add the sugar, zest, vanilla and eggs and bind together. If needed add water until a dough forms. Lightly knead on a surface free from flour and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour.

3. Mix the almonds, sugar, essence and egg whites until a paste forms. If the mixture is too dry add some water until the desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. *

4. Preheat the oven at 180°C.

For the almond filling

400g almonds (finely ground)

400g sugar

¼ teaspoon almond essence

2 egg whites

Water (as needed)

For the decoration

Icing, or white / milk / dark chocolate or Food colouring (if desired)


5. Knead the dough lightly on a flour surface, and open the dough until it is around 4mm thick. Cut into the desired shape freehand or using a mould.

6. Cover the dough shape with almond paste, around 1cm thick.

7. Cover the base and almond paste with another layer of pastry (also approx 4mm thick).

8. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes.

9. Leave to cool (overnight if possible) and then decorate with chocolate, icing, or both.

*Both the pastry and the almond filling can be refrigerated overnight.



If you've spent some time in Malta, you'll quickly discover its rich culinary offerings with various influences and flavours. Among the dishes that have made a lasting impression is the iconic fish and chips! After scouring expat forums, poring over online reviews, and indulging in her fair share of tastings, Dayna Camilleri Clarke compiled a list of where to find this hearty plate of comfort food.


For an authentic British-style fish and chip experience, head to The British Traditional Fish and Chip Shop in Fgura. It's the closest you'll get to a UK takeaway on the islands, where even the chips hit the mark. Plus, they offer gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions.



Situated in one of the island's most cherished Irish pubs, The Dubliner Pub doesn't disappoint with its perfectly cooked fish and chips. Pair it with your favourite drink and snag a table upstairs at the front for a picturesque view overlooking Spinola Bay.


Tucked away in the back streets of Cospicua lies this hidden gem. At Le Poisson Takeaway, the friendly team allows you to choose your fish and watch as it's cooked right before your eyes. Don't miss their seasonal special featuring battered homemade lampuki served with chips or boiled potatoes, salad, and homemade tartar sauce.


With fresh cod enveloped in their signature homemade batter, Seasalt Takeaway serves up crispy perfection with every bite. Paired with equally divine homemade chips, it's no wonder this dish is a consistent hit among their customers.


A local favourite, Ocean Basket offers an array of seafood delights, including their rendition of fish and chips. Whether you prefer cape hake grilled or fried to perfection, they even offer a Cajun-style variant for those seeking a bit of spice



We’re sad to see you go but to make your departure a little bit sweeter, we’ve compiled a list of all things Maltese, which you

Need help with how to spend quality time with your loved ones?

Gather around a table in a cozy living room or a picnic blanket on a sunny day, and challenge your friends and family to a board game with gorgeous graphics! Mighty Boards is the brainchild of


Alex Aquilina, better known as ScreenGirl is a silkscreen printer, artist, and creative from Malta, based in Berlin, Germany. Gen-X nostalgia, female icons, pop culture, religious imagery, and cats inspire her. With this tea towel however, she moves away from her usual style, incorporating icons all about the capital city, Valletta, in a 2-color screenprint on organic cotton - a perfect token of a trip to the Maltese Islands!


Made from soft and durable fabrics and available in 7 different Maltese tile patterns, the silk satin scrunchies are a perfect finishing touch for your hairstyle! Maduma’s scrunchies are designed to keep your hair secure without causing any damage making them both functional and beautiful.


Have you seen prints like these before?

Award-winning Maltese visual artist Julian “Julinu” Mallia specializes in concept-driven work inspired by atmospheric and surreal imagery. Originally a psychology graduate, he creates thought-provoking imagery within traditional fine art and digital illustration.



The Pastizzi Project is an idea that came to life in 2017, aiming to demystify contemporary art within Malta by creating familiar artwork. The iconic Maltese snack is hand-sculpted and made from jesmonite, making each pastizz unique! Kane Cali uses satire to shed light on the health risks adopted with the Western diet, conspicuous consumption, as well as toxic masculinity and misogyny towards women that may be associated with the pastizz.


Identifying a lack of genuinely produced ciders in Malta, Ian Schranz insisted that Chris Mallia’s delicious homebrewed hard cider must be shared with the world! Tuff now also produces sparkling sodas that are non-alcoholic, ideal for vegetarians, vegans, and coeliacs, and contain no GMOs, with flavours that are classically Maltese: Orzata,


Drawn to the versatile nature of clay since she was 11 years old, Tiz creates with her favourite material, stoneware, while focusing on functional forms. She is inspired by her surroundings and nature in structure, texture, and glaze. Currently based in Berlin but well-known for her style in her home country, Tiz produces tableware for restaurants and cafes and homeware items such as these beautifully handcrafted plates.

Beautiful, historical, and a little token of the Capital City, Valletta framed up in your home!

Flixkun’s three-part limited edition series is a compilation of illustrations inspired by imagery portrayed on several old Maltese products, keeping local heritage alive.


Did you know? Around 9.3 million wipes are flushed down the toilet every day! Swap out the plastic and singleuse pads for ReRoot’s reusable facial pads - an easy eco-friendly option that avoids harming the environment! They also come with a mesh bag so you can throw them in the washing machine and never lose a pad again!

Inspired by family history in jewellerymaking, Yana began to dedicate her time to designing and making elegant statement and minimal jewelry. With a wide range of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings, this hobby soon began to transform into a costume jewellery brand! At Yana’s Jewellery, every piece is handmade with love, creating a variety of styles to suit every mood, personality, and outfit!

Guide curated by IL-LOKAL, a community of local designers, artists and independent brands. Visit their gift shop at Old Bakery Street in Valletta to discover what Malta’s creative talent has to offer. www.il-lokal.com




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Alpine House, Triq In-Naxxar, San Gwann

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Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 8.30am – 6pm, Saturday from 9am - 12.30pm


Mater Dei Hospital

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St. James Hospital

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Floriana Health Centre

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Gozo Health Centre (Victoria)

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