Magical Malta Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

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While it’s a firm favourite among tourists looking for the full sun, sea and sand package, there’s so much more to discover on the magical Isle of Malta. It may be small, but this gem packs a punch when it comes to entertainment, so much so that it earned itself the revered title of European Culture Capital in 2018.

You only have to take a quick glance at the jam-packed events calendar to get a sense of the sheer variety of celebrations that are on offer for curious travellers looking for fun in the sun. Music lovers will be delighted to learn that there are a number of festivals held throughout the year, showcasing the very best artists in the Rock, Jazz, Classical and Pop world.

Those who love a re-enactment are also well catered for, thanks to the Medieval Mdina event in May – unsurprisingly popular due to the island’s rich military history. If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, you won’t want to miss Carnival in the capital city of Valletta. As you can see, there’s a whole plethora of experiences to be had on this humble island.

So, whether you’re a jazz fanatic, history buff, culture vulture or just looking for a party, Malta has got you covered. I could form a whole list of must-do events, but here are just a couple of the top unmissable festivals that the island has to offer.

The International Fireworks Festival

This world-famous extravaganza is back again with an even bigger bang than last year. Now in its 18th year, it’s one of the best displays of pyrotechnic artistry to be seen, and is sure to leave the crowd wide-eyed.

Over four days at the end of April tourists and locals alike are treated to a magnificent display of colour and light in four different locations across the country’s two islands. The event reaches its peak on the final closing ceremony, which this year takes place at The Granaries in Floriana.

International Music Festival

Set in one of Europe’s oldest buildings, the “Sacra Infermeria”, this international musical spectacle is a unique and wonderful event. For ten days, the country’s beautiful capital, Valletta, is transformed into a vibrant hub of sound that attracts the world’s leading classical musicians.

Even if classical music isn’t your thing, this festival is the perfect way to discover a love you didn’t know you had, thanks to a varied programme that offers everything from grand orchestral concerts to intimate solo recitals.

How to Get There

Travelling to this destination is easy with a short flight and Malta airport taxis available to use once you’ve landed. While public transport is fairly reliable in Malta, airport taxis are easily pre-booked – and highly recommended. They’ll guarantee to get you to your accommodation quickly and smoothly, giving you more time to explore.

So, what are you waiting for? There’s a whole calendar of experiences to enjoy on this paradise isle, so sort your flights, pre-book the Malta airport taxis and start your adventure.
About author: Desiree Michels

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers in various countries across the globe. If you’re looking for affordable Malta Airport taxis, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.


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