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Getting some winter sun in Malta

Students watching a winter sunset at Dingli Cliffs.
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While summer is undoubtedly the busiest season here in Malta, over that past few years we’ve noticed a real increase in the number of people coming in the winter. There are several reasons for this: the islands are more peaceful, the class sizes are smaller and the prices lower, but for many people the most attractive thing is the chance to get some winter sun.

When the weather in Northern Europe turns cold and grey many eyes turn southward to our little Mediterranean Island. The thought of getting some winter sunshine and topping up their tan while topping up their English can be very enticing for many people.

In the winter months the islands are noticeably quieter and significantly greener. This makes exploring the Maltese countryside even more enjoyable. On a sunny winter day, the water looks clearer, the sky seems bluer and the air feels fresher. It’s not unusual for the temperature to go over 20 degrees Celsius, perfect for taking a hike around the beautiful coastline and dramatic cliffs on the west side of the Islands.

The sea is at its coldest in January and February, too cold for most to swim, but you do see a few brave people out challenging themselves. However, on the nicest winter days sunbathing next to the sea is still a popular pastime.  You might even see some people out having a BBQ with friends.

Other great activities you can do in Malta in the winter include: quad bike tours of Gozo, shopping in famous fishing village of Marsaxlokk, watching historical re-enactments, boat trips to the beautiful Blue Grotto and many more.Quad bike tour of GozoBlue Grotto boat trip

The Maltese love a good celebration and being a strongly Christian country means Christmas is a really special time of year here. The decorations are spectacular and there is a real feeling or excitement and anticipation throughout December. The picturesque streets of Valletta look particularly beautiful when dressed up for holiday season.

Being the sunniest country in the EU certainly means Malta has a lot to offer winter travelers. The chance to absorb some sunshine, boost your vitamin D levels and explore the culture and countryside at a slower pace makes it an especially attractive option.

Have yo been to Malta in the winter? What did you like best? Leave a comment below to let us know.

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8 Best Events in Malta – Summer 2017

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Summer is a fantastic time to be in Malta. The sea is warm, the sun shining and the islands have a really exciting energy, but one of our favourite things about summer is all the excellent events in Malta. Whatever your interests, there is sure to be an event or two that is a great fit for you.

We’ve compiled a list of our top 8 events for July and August 2017. These will give you a good idea of what the islands have to offer this summer. 

The Marsovin Summer Wine Festival – Hastings Garden, Valletta – 7 to 9 July, 8pm to 1am

Listen to some great live music and try some of Malta’s finest wines in a beautiful location. Held in Hastings Gardens, a scenic park perched on top of Valletta’s fortress walls, the event has very special atmosphere and is one of the highlights of Malta’s social calendar.

Masrsovin Summer Wine Festival

 

Malta International Food Festival 2017 – Mdina – 21 to 23 July

The Malta International Food festival isn’t just an excuse to eat delicious foods from around the world. It’s also a great opportunity to improve your cooking skills and listen to some quality live music. Over the course of the weekend there will be many live cooking demonstrations. The event is held in the beautifully refurbished Mdina ditch, right next to the walls of the famous ‘Silent City’.

Malta International Food Festival

 

Feast of St Julian – St Julians – 25 to 27 August

The Feast of St Julian certainly has one of the best atmospheres of all the festas in Malta. Tourists and locals party side–by–side and celebrate around the streets of St Julians at the height of summer. Over the course of several days there are fireworks displays, marching bands being showered with shredded paper and even a competition where people try to run up a greased pole – most of whom fall into the sea.

Fest of St Julians grease pole

 

The Farsons Great Beer Festival – National Park, Ta’Qali – 28 July to 6 August

This 10–day long celebration of music and beer has been a summer highlight in Malta for 36 years. An exciting lineup of live music and an equally exciting beer menu keeps fans coming back for more.

Farsons Beer Festival Malta 2017

 

Unite with Tomorrowland – Marsa Sports Grounds – 29 July

Tomorrowland, EDM’s biggest and boldest festival is coming to Malta for the first time this summer. DJ Snake, DVBBS and Laidback Luke have all been announced with more to follow. It’s recommended to book early as tickets are likely to sell out fast.

Tomorrowland Malta

 

Fatboy Slim at Cafe Del Mar – 30 July

DJ and producer extrordinaire Fatboy Slim will be taking over Malta’s most famous venue for a night of banging tunes and outragous mixes. Watch the sunset and enjoy listening to a master at work.

Fatboy Slim at Cafe Del Mar Malta

 

La Belle Musique Malta – 5 August

Starting from nothing in 2013, their mixes have attracted over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube. La Belle Musique is perfect for those of you who prefer a more chilled out electronic music festival with a very positive vibe.

la belle musique malta

 

Feast of Saint Mary Fireworks – Mqabba – 14 August, 9:30pm to Midnight

The Feast of Saint Mary is celebrated all over Malta, but the most popular event is the fireworks display in the little southern town of Mqabba. Malta has a great tradition of creating top–class fireworks. Many small factories compete to put on the best displays. Two of the most respected companies are based in Mqabba so this Festa always has an extra special fireworks extravaganza.

Fireworks at Mqabba

 

You can read about our favourite events for the whole of 2017 on the Malta Events 2017 page of our main website.

If you’d like to do an English course and join us at some of these great events why not get a quick, no obligation quote?

Which events are you most interested in? Are there any others you’d like to go to? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Malta Events 2016 – Top 10

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The Maltese people love to party and so do the thousands of people who come to visit the islands each year. It seems like every week there is a great event to go to. If you want to know about the best ones then continue reading our list of the top 10 Malta events 2016.

St.Patrick’s Day – 17th of MarchSt.Patrick's Day

The feast of St.Patrick’s has turned into an awaited national event here in Malta. The Maltese respect theirfellow Irish and their beliefs. Celebrated for hundreds of years, St.Particks is a worldwide event, which brings all nationalities together to celebrate this feast. Nevertheless in Malta, this is highly celebrated in Spinola Bay in St.Julians, where the streets come to life with music, food and of course a lot of drinks. All in all, it’s just a fantastic time.  

Malta International Firework Festival – 16th, 23rd & 30th of AprilMalta-International-Fireworks

Another event which is increasing in popularity every year is the Malta International Fireworks Festival. It is an incredible spectacle, not only for the female romantics but for anyone who appreciates the talent of such art. The fireworks are synchronized with music, creating a powerful hair-standing sense of awe. This is held in none other than the beautiful Maltese Grand Harbour, where thousands of on-lookers stand together looking up at the sky at this beautiful spectacle.

 

 

 

Malta Music Week – 24th to the 29th of June; Isle of MTV – 28th of June

The Malta Music Week marks the end of another scholastic year and the start to another fabulous summer ahead in Malta. The M.M.W is a week filled with parties in different locations and vibes for all. This is a truly magical week full of freedom and enjoyment. The biggest party of them all is by far the Isle of MTV, which has been running in Malta for the last 10 years. This is held in a large open-air square, attracting over 50,000 people from across the globe. A free live concert by top performers, creates the BIGGEST FREE FESTIVAL IN EUROPE!

Sliema Arts Festival – 15th till the 17th of Julysliema art festival

The Sliema arts festival is another event full of summer vibes, sun and music. Situated right on the Sliema promenade, this little stretch of land is filled with artistic events for three days. The works of art include freestyle art work, reggae music, live bands, and the super electro swing set which always gets everyone dancing. With the summer moon and music in the air, this truly is magical Malta.

 

 

 

The Marsovin Wine Festival – 15th till the 17th of July 

Marsovin Summer Festival

If you have never tried Maltese wine before, you should! The Marsovin Wine Festival takes place at Hastings Gardens in Valletta and is a great opportunity to try a different variety of grapes and speciality food all in one evening. This 3-night event will give wine enthusiasts a taste of Maltese wine, whilst listening to live bands and trying our special Maltese food.

 

The Malta Jazz Festival – 22nd till the 24th of JulyJazz-Festival

The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place every year in July. A line-up of top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the current music scene. In recent years, world famous artists have performed under star-lit skies during this festival which is held over two nights in Valletta.

 

 

Farsons Great Beer Festival – 22nd till the 31st of Julyfarsons beer fest

After a week of scorching summer heat, what better way to unwind and relax than with a cold refreshing beer? The Farsons Great Beer Festival is Malta’s largest summer event where families and youngsters come together for a great night out. It’s all about good music, good food and, of course, good beer. Thousands of visitors come to this free 10-day festival every year. The programme is filled with live entertainment and activities, together with a large selection of bars offering a mix of international food and drink. Definitely something to look forward to!

Malta International Arts Festival – 10th of July till the 3rd of Augustmalta art festival

Art is music, art is dancing and singing and art is creativity – it is not only a drawing in an art gallery. At the Malta International Arts Festival, local and foreign artists perform side by side. The diversity in performances attracts a mix of ages and cultures – all entwined in one night of entertainment and fun. Enjoy food and drink as music fills the air and the summer moon fills the sky above.    

 

 

Feast of Santa Maria – 15th of Augustsanta maria feast

This feast is widely celebrated in many Catholic countries. On the eve of this holiday in Malta many people organise parties. Pool parties, boat parties and even international DJs fly down to create a night to remember. On the feast itself, family and friends spend the day together, feasting and enjoying each other’s company – on the beach, or on a boat or by the pool while enjoying a tasty barbecue and a cold beer.

 

Malta International Airshow – 24th and 25th of SeptemberAIRSHOW-MALTA

The Maltese international air show has been taking place for over 10 years. Fighter jets, helicopters and specialised planes from around the world fly to Malta, some just for display whilst others (such as the Red Arrows) perform a spectacular display of aerobatic manoeuvres. Every year, this event attracts a large audience of all ages. Many families come with their children, to see these big, expensive machines up close.  

 

Which of our top 10 Malta events 2016 will be the best? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

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Wonderful student blog by Lydia Thomas

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Hello, my name is Lydia Thomas and I am 18 years old and I come from Germany. I have just completed two weeks at Maltalingua school of English. This was my second time studying at the school, as I was also there last summer in August 2014.

I decided to come back because I fell in love with Malta last year and I felt that the second time at Maltalingua would allow me to continue the love affair. I’ll tell you some differences between spring and summer time at Maltalingua. 😀

This spring I have done really great activities for example we went horse riding at the Golden Bay which was a very beautiful experience. I also enjoyed two meals with my friends from school, one at Vecchia Napoli and one at Surfside. Both really enjoyable meals, with a great group of people!

One of the more exciting activities I tried has to be paint balling. It was very difficult but also a lot of fun and very high energy. I also visited the Sunday fish market at Marsaxlokk which is a very traditional experience. 😛

In the summer the range of activities was very varied. You can spend a lot more time sunbathing and swimming in the sea (because it is warmer), which is the perfect way to relax after class. You can visit some fabulous Maltese sights by boat such as Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon in Comino and Gozo which are all extremely beautiful. The range of activities in the summer is just as varied as in the spring, with a full weekly programme of fun things.

As well as the great activities at Maltalingua, you also get thought by some really creative, interesting and professional teachers who also know how to join in the fun at the weekend. Part of the reason I came back to Maltalingua was to have my English improved.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend Maltalingua because of the excellent teaching and interesting activity programme, no matter if you come in spring, summer, autumn or winter!

Good luck and I hope you enjoy this fantastic school as much as I have. :)

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What to do in Malta: Events in September

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September is a time of change here in Malta. The weather is generally cooler than in July/August and Malta becomes and much quieter and relaxed place to be.  Here are some of the things that you can do in the month of September in Malta.

Culture/History

RegattaVictory Day, September 8th

The 8th of September is a very special holiday in Malta, as on this day we celebrate the birth of the holy Virgin Mary and the day that the great siege against the Turks was won in 1565. The festivals are celebrated in different villages around Malta and Gozo, where food stalls and fireworks are part of the entertainment. There is also a traditional race that takes place in the Grand Harbour between six teams of rowing regattas, (each team representing a different village), a huge spectacle!

Independence Day, September 21st Independence Day

This is one of the most important days in the Maltese history. In 1964 Malta celebrated its independence as a country from the rule of Great Britain. This year it is said that the Duchess Kate Middleton is scheduled to fly to Malta for her first official solo trip to represent Queen Elizabeth.  She will be meeting the Maltese president at the San Anton Garden located in Attard. This will be the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence from Britain. Since then, many festivities and activities take place on every 21 September, to properly celebrate this day.

Music/Festivities

Don’t worry September is not just about historical events. This September Malta will be hosting parties such as that of Heaven on Earth from the 4th till the 8th, Boys Noize on the 7th and Rockestra on the 27th. These are just some of the upcoming events.

Qormi wine festival

We also host our yearly attractions such as the Qormi Wine Festival on the 5th and 6th which takes place in the traditional town of Qormi for the tenth year running and the well-known Malta International Airshow, which attracts thousands of people every year.malta air show

 

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What to do in Malta: Events in August

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August is really a time of true relaxation here in Malta. In this month we have celebrations both in modern style with famous DJs performing live concerts, as well as religious beliefs still being celebrated in traditional ways.

Culture:

santa maria statue

Being a Christian community, the Maltese people highly believe in the patron saint of their village. One of the largest feasts celebrated here in Malta is the feast of the assumption of Our Lady, (Santa Maria). This feast falls on the 15th of August which this year will fall on a Friday. This is also a public holiday which gives the opportunity for locals and foreigners alike to have a long weekend break, many of which go to Gozo.

Beautiful Gozo

 

Gozo:

Gozo is Malta’s main sister island which is just 25 minutes away by ferry from the north harbour of Malta. Many Maltese like to visit Gozo for a long weekend such as Santa Maria. Gozo is about one third the size of Malta and is also far less built up. It is a beautiful island surrounded by green countryside and hills, also offering spectacular beaches scattered along its coasts, perfect for diving and even walking or biking in the cooler months.

Music:live concerts

For some, August is the last month of their summer holidays as many people get back to work some-time in September. So to finish off their summer holidays Malta give worldwide artists the opportunity to perform live concerts, one of which this year is THE PRODIGY.

 

 

Festivals:wine festival

The classic wine festival is taking place and has been for 13 years now. Locals and foreigners are given the opportunity to become wine tasters for just one magical night whilst enjoying good food and live entertainment. This event is situated at the beautiful Upper Barrakka gardens overlooking the magnificent grand harbour of Malta.

Other festivals are also organized, one of which this year is the Magic Island festival. A four day long festival taking place from the 21st to the 24th of this month. This festival is all about electronic and jazzy swing music coming together, creating one spectacular genre.

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What to do in Malta: Events in June

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June is now upon us and summer is nearly here. With temperatures soon reaching 30⁰C, it’s all about the sun and the sea. As the sea temperature starts to increase, one becomes aware of the plenty of beautiful beaches scattered around Malta. One is truly spoilt for choice.

Arts:

We start off June with the Malta Arts Festival, being hosted from the 1st to the 15th.

The Malta Arts Festival takes place every year, displaying a wide range of different works of art, both Maltese and international. This festival is held in different venues such as theatres and conference centres in Valletta. The best part is, most of these presentations are free of charge.

Music:Isle of MTV Malta

Malta is well-known fas an island for top entertainment especially over the warm summer months. We start off the summer season with a bang, with the Malta Music Week, held from the 20th to the 25th. Big parties will take place every day, catering for different followers of different musical tastes. The last day is the biggest of them all, with the Isle of MTV Malta Special this year being held on the 25th. This is held every summer and is yet again totally free, attracting over 50,000 people. Three global artists perform a live show also including an amazing line up of DJs, it is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed.

Culture:

Towards the end of June we have the L-Imnarja Summer Folk Festival taking place on June 29th.

L-Imnarja meaning “Festival of Light”, dates back to the 1530s when fires were used in festivities. Today, the festival is celebrated in Buskett Gardens, where family and friends gather for picnics, drink fruity Maltese wine and eat national dishes such as the traditional rabbit dish. In the evening, singing, guitar playing and local folk music provides entertainment.

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***WINNER OF OUR MALTALINGUA POOL COMPETITION***

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We finally have a winner of our pool competition : )

Lourdes, from Spain is the lucky girl who guessed closest to the right amount of tiles. There are 71482 tiles in the Maltalingua pool.

When Lourdes saw the Maltalingua pool competition she thought it was a good opportunity for her to improve her English in another country. She wants to learn English to communicate with others and was convinced that Malta is an enjoyable and sunny spot to combine a holiday with studying English. Lordes loves to get to know people from different cultures. Therefore, she thinks that Malta is an optimal destination as you can find so many language students from different places all over the world.

The rules were simple – How many tiles are in Maltalingua’s private swimming pool? Almost impossible to count but out of over 700 other applicants Lourdes’ guess was the closest and she is now the winner of a two week language journey to Malta.

Entries came in from all over the world, from as far afield as Mexico and Russia as well as Germany, the UK as well as Spain. Lourdes says she is more than looking forward to her time in Malta where she’ll attend a general English course, be accommodated in a school apartment and enjoy all Malta has to offer.  No doubt she also plans to take a dip the pool which helped her to win!

Don’t be too disappointed if you missed out though, keep your eyes peeled for our next competition and, who knows, the next winner of a language holiday to Malta could be you!

The Maltalingua Team is looking forward to welcome you at our school J

 

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Walking through Malta – One day in Valletta (guest post)

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I managed to make time for a trip to Malta and I got the chance to spend one day in Valletta. It was a choice I will never regret thanks to the sheer amazement I felt thanks to everything I saw! The capital of Malta, Valletta, is attached to the military order and hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of the Order of Malta. These were based here from 1530 until 1798 and left a large footprint as the network of spacious and neat streets and numerous monuments. Churches and palaces, museums and theaters, gardens and squares were almost completely preserved with their original features. The city has hardly changed since 1798 when the gentlemen left off.

We started the visit in the gardens of Upper Baraka from which we were offered magnificent views of the fortified cities against Valletta. The bad is that there was too much sun and it was difficult to get good pictures because they burned out. But I was delighted to have this good time. It was really beautiful to be there. We strolled through small town. I found it strange to see so many decorations but also very amusing.

 Valletta - the nice Maltese capital

On the streets of Valletta it was easy to realize the country’s cultural mix. There were restaurants offering pizza as Sicilia is very close, British phone booths, Marian figures everywhere and street signs with Arab sounding. In Malta there are two official languages, English and Maltese which makes Malta a great travel destination for English learning students. Thanks to this my experience was much better as communicating was easy. I´m sure that language students traveling to Valletta would love it thanks to the bilingual background of this country. Afterwards, we entered the Co Cathedral of Saint John. All that was painted inside was for someone as proof to enter the Order of the Knights of Malta. The whole cathedral is built for them and has eight chapels representing each of the languages ​​of the Order. They are the chapels of France, Provence, Italy, Germany and Aragon! It was really fascinating to see all this.

Exploring Malta

If you look on the ground there are many figures of skeletons and skulls. Beneath each of them is a buried knight. How noble! Finally we visited the Grand Masters Palace, the presidential palace where we saw the armor, a meeting room of the ambassadors of Malta and numerous paintings depicting the failed Ottoman invasion. This was our last stop and we were very tired but at the same time extremely excited to have lived such a marvelous day.

The three islands of Malta are in a strategic location in the Mediterranean. As a result they have been hotly contested and have been held by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of Knights of Malta. At night after finishing with Valletta we went to the city of Vittoriosa in a small boat. For dinner we ate noodles with seafood accompanied by a Maltese Chardonnay Caravaggio in the restaurant overlooking the harbor RivieraDella Marina. Finally we took the last moments of the day with light to the Senglea Island Gardens near Vittoriosa where we caught the sunset. Everything was so amazing but there was still a long journey! What a fantastic day in Valletta!

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Fun, sun and confidence in English with Maltalingua’s Junior Course

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Fun, sun and confidence in English with Maltalingua’s Junior Course

If you’re aged between 8-12 or 13-17 and want to extend your summer, have some fun AND learn English, Maltalingua’s junior language course is ideal for you! Malta is a beautiful island with an extremely pleasant climate and, due to its location in the Mediterranean Sea, is still warm even in October!

A course at Maltalingua gives you the opportunity to study English with other kids and teenagers in a British owned and run school with an international environment. Class sizes are small and there is great focus on personal, individual attention to the students, both in and out of the classroom. All teachers carry a certification to teach English as a foreign language so the quality of the school and its teaching is extremely high.

Extend your summer in Malta

Extend your summer in Malta

Learning at Maltalingua does not take a break when lessons are over! The ALL (Active Language Learning) method of teaching combines in-class tuition with outdoor active learning so you can ‘learn by doing,’ gaining experience of real-life situations while fully immersed in an English speaking environment. Maltalingua School of English also offers a comprehensive programme of social, cultural and sporting activities as well as evening entertainment so you can spend your free time making new friends and practising your English! You can also visit the school’s  new Beach Club which is open all year round (weather permitting), just off Mellieha Bay, the largest beach in Malta, and enjoy lunch and use of the facilities.

As the only language school in Malta which is open during the autumn holidays, this is a great time to benefit from the special offer where you can save up to €100 off the normal cost on an English course (see flyer for details). You can discover more and get an impression of what your stay will be like by watching the video in the link below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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