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Carnival

Floats and parades fill the streets in Valletta for this tradition which goes back hundreds of years and which was celebrated even by the Knights of St John. Nowadays, it is marked with a an explosion of colour.

Date: 01 March 2019 - 05 March 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Freedom Day Regatta

Freedom Day is a public holiday in Malta and commemorates the withdrawal of British troops from the island in 1979. The day is celebrated with a ceremony at the War memorial in Floriana. In the afternoon there is a traditional regatta held in the waters of Grand Harbour. Food and drink stalls line the harbour adding to the celebratory feel.

Date: 31 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
Venue: Grand Harbour.
Cost:

Various.


Malta Arts Festival

Malta's summer arts festival is an ambitious collection of visual and performance offerings that takes place at venues across the old city of Valletta. The total package of cultural events includes an opera premiere, cutting edge contemporary dance, virtuoso classic concerts, experimental theatre, poetry recitals accompanied by ethnic music and the annual Shakespeare play. The festival began with an exhibition of the work of 20th-century Maltese artists.

Date: 29 June 2019 - 13 July 2019
Venue: Various venues in Valletta.
Website: http://www.festivalsmalta.com/#home
Cost:

Various.


Jazz Festival

Three nights of jazz by world-famous artists on the quayside at Grand Harbour. The event has been going strong for almost a quarter of a century and pulls in big name acts like Michel Camilo and Gregory Porter in 2013.

Date: 15 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
Venue: Various venues in Valletta.
Website: http://maltajazzfestival.org
Cost:

Various.


Victory Day (Our Lady of Victories)

The day of Our Lady of Victories is recognised on 8 September and is a public holiday. Malta celebrates victory, and the ending of its two great sieges of 1565 (Napoleon) and 1943 (Hitler) with two days of celebrations. The culmination is the traditional Victory Regatta at the Grand Harbour of Valletta on the second afternoon - a highly competitive and colourful event. There are also church services, speeches, military bands and laying of wreaths in various parts of the island. Although most of the celebrations centre on Valletta, activities are also held in Senglea, Naxxar, Mellieha and Xaghra on Gozo.

Date: 08 September 2019 - 08 September 2019
Venue: Various locations in Malta.
Cost:

Free.


Notte Bianca

Notte Bianca is held in Valletta each year and is a spectacular, night-long celebration of culture and the arts in Malta’s capital. The streets and cultural venues come alive with a programme of entertainment, with state palaces and museums opening their doors almost all night; many host visual art exhibitions, dance and theatre performances. Streets and squares become venues for open-air concerts, while many cafes and restaurants extend their hours and run pavement stalls.

Date: 05 October 2019 - 05 October 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.nottebianca.org.mt

Rolex Middle Sea Race

Held annually over a week since 1968, this is a highly rated offshore classic yachting event, off Valletta.

Date: 14 October 2019 - 31 October 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

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Maison La Vallette

This eccentrically-designed self catering luxury town house is situated in the old part of Valletta and dates back to the Knights of Malta. The house offers a large, air-conditioned bedroom with ensuite facilities, living room and separate kitchen. The decor is a mix of Maltese-style baroque and bespoke designer furniture. This is not your standard accommodation but it's memorable and suitably romantic.

Marco Polo Hostel

Bright, colourful and hipster-cool, this hostel in the heart of St Julian also offers bike hire, free Wi-Fi, and the views from its roof top terraces are glorious.

Hilton Malta

A huge palm-filled atrium, a grand piano in the lounge, a platoon of flunkies, a choice of five excellent restaurants, three bars and 410 bedrooms with every comfort known to man - Brad Pitt liked it so much he offered to buy it, just so that he could extend the bar hours. Located in the prestigious Portomaso waterfront in buzzing st Julian's, this is the place to stay if you want to be close to the heart of the action.

Castille Hotel

Originally built as a home for the influential De Robertis family at the turn of the 16th century, Captain Giacomo De Robertis, a Bolognese, then passed the building on to the Testaferrata family and later to the Marquis Cassar Desain. The building is now a hotel with a sitting room, reading lounges on all floors and a coffee shop which formerly housed the stables. There are also two restaurants, serving local and global cuisine.

La Falconeria

This 4-star hotel is delightful. The rooms are modern and clean and the service is excellent. The onsite restaurant L’Artiglio serves up superb seasonal dishes. Triq Ir-Repubblika (Republic Street) is just a short walk away and so are attractions like the National Museum of Archaeology.

Hotel Juliani

Hotel Juliani is Malta's first boutique hotel, featuring lots of designer style and an excellent restaurant on the premises. The former seafront townhouse offers 44 rooms offering contemporary Med decor. It's also conveniently located for the nightlife and restaurants of St Julian's, on pretty (albeit very busy) Spinola Bay.