Malta one of the most googled destinations in the world

Malta is the ninth most Googled travel destination in the world, according to popular agency Wealth Media.
The island secured a comfortable spot at number 9, following Egypt, Thailand, and Cyprus.
Meanwhile, the 10th most Googled country is Morocco and the first is Greece.

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Sustainable Transportation

April 12, 2024 – Valletta, Malta

The Colours of Malta is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in sustainable transportation achieved by our esteemed partners at Zarb Coaches. Today, we are introducing the first fleet of fully electric coaches in Malta, manufactured by the renowned global leader, Yutong. This groundbreaking initiative was launched with the support and presence of the Honorable Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Capital Projects, Aaron Farrugia, alongside the CEO of Transport Malta, Jonathan Borg. Distinguished representatives from Yutong and the Chinese Embassy in Malta also graced the event with their presence.

 

This launch not only marks the debut of the first fully electric coaches operated by a private company in Malta but also signifies a major step forward in our commitment to green transportation solutions. These coaches will serve as a beacon of progress in the transportation sector, aligning with Malta’s goals for sustainability and reduced environmental impact.

IBB Palazzo Bettina – Birgu

Yesterday we had to opportunity to visit the new IBB hotel Palazzo Bettina in Birgu. The hotel is steeped in history and its restoration has been carried out with true passion. The boutique hotel, featuring 13 luxuriously furnished suites combines ancient with modern, offering an optimal solution both for guests looking for a luxury historical dwelling with a certain flair and for those searching for an elegant, modern, and progressive solution.  The building appears to date back to the 17th century and has a long and varied history serving as a residence for several distinguished individuals and families, in particular, Elizabeth
Muscat Dorell (1741-1829), known as Lady Bettina, who also gave her name to the building.. The palazzo also served as a British military hospital in the second half of the 19th century and St Ġorġ Preca, the founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine. The Third Order Carmelite also made use of the property as one of the seats for the Society of Christian Doctrine in the inter war years.

In 2017, Palazzo Bettina was purchased by the Sormani family, who were charmed by the history of the building. With the extensive experience in recovering and renovating ancient buildings with the objective of returning them to their original splendour, they undertook this new adventure. The result of the investment can be seen in the complete renovation of the building, transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. Bought in 2023 by Bettina Investments Limited, the restoration of the Palazzo was completed back in the summer of 2021 and included the creation of 13 rooms fitted with every possible comfort and luxury.

Easter Sunday in Malta
Malta’s exciting Risen Christ statue Easter Sunday tradition is still going strong.
A symbol of joy, the run sees a group of men run through the streets carrying a massive statue of the Risen Christ and it is one of Malta’s most beloved Easter traditions.
Several towns took part in the tradition on Sunday. This video, taken by Matthew Farrugia in Senglea, shows a large crowd cheering on a group of runners as they sprint through a street with the statue before raising it high.
Happy Easter everyone!
article credits – Lovin Malta

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The Iconic Story of Xwejni Salt Pans in Gozo

Talks about the weather are, on most days, a trivial topic and something to pass the conversation on. However, we sometimes tend to forget that the weather plays a crucial part in a variety of industries. The salt harvesting industry is one of these trades in which a hot, sunny day can, quite literally, make a salt farmer’s day.

Alongside her husband, Josephine Xuereb owns around two kilometers of salt pans on the Xwejni Coast. Although it is now just the two of them, with Josephine’s brother helping them from time to time, these salt pans have been around for five whole generations. In fact, Leli tal-Melh is somewhat of an iconic brand in Gozo, especially since it is now also a tourist destination.

‘My grandfather did a lot of work to set up the salt pans that we know today. I am always in awe at what generations before us could do with only their two bare hands. He passed away when my mother was very young, so she needed to work for the family. When she met my father, she taught him all the tricks of the trade’.

Josephine’s father, Leli Cini, was very witty and he knew that, even though the salt trait seemed like it was dying due to emerging work opportunities, the need for salt will never follow suit. He started making himself known by building the brand, and even starting packing salt in plastic bags and selling them to local groceries and Leli tal-Melh was born.

Josephine explains that salt is harvested once a week, roughly between the summer months of mid-May and the beginning of September, weather permitting. Hot and sunny days are the perfect weather for the salt harvesting process while stormy and rainy days disrupt this process, and no salt is collected.

After every harvest, each individual salt pan is manually filled with water through the use of a motor pump from the big pools to the same pans. It is left to dry for about 7 days in which the salt crystals start to form. Salt is swept and gathered and placed into buckets which are then transferred to a flat drying surface to form a big heap of salt. This is covered in cloth and left to dry for about 24 hours. The salt is then ready to be packaged to add a touch of local to your meals.

‘I was born into the industry. My husband and I decided to keep the trade and it is now an attraction for tourists. It is a living heritage nowadays. The beauty of nature keeps me going. The unpredictable weather is our biggest challenge, but I love what I do’.

article credits : Exclusive: The story of Leli tal-Melh, the iconic Xwejni salt pans in Gozo (guidememalta.com)

 

Malta International Fireworks Festival April 2024

Between April 20th and 30th, the Malta International Fireworks Festival will once again grace the skies.

This cultural extravaganza promises to light up the Maltese and Gozitan nights with dazzling pyrotechnic displays, adding to the richness of local festivities. Scheduled events include fireworks spectacles in Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Nadur, Mellieha, with a grand finale at the Grand Harbor on the month’s final day.

These details were announced during a press conference by Tourism and Consumer Protection Minister Clayton Bartolo and Malta Tourism Authority CEO Carlo Micallef.

Minister Bartolo stressed the festival’s significance to both locals and visitors, emphasizing its role in showcasing Malta and Gozo’s unique offerings. “The Fireworks Festival isn’t just for tourists; it’s a celebration for Maltese and Gozitan families, highlighting our diverse attractions,” Bartolo added.

MTA CEO Carlo Micallef highlighted the festival’s international promotion, aiming to attract specific tourist groups to Malta. “This event diversifies Malta’s tourism profile, especially during the quieter summer months,” Micallef concluded.

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Malta – Best airport in Europe

Malta’s International Airport has been recognised as the “Best Airport in Europe” in its size again!

For the sixth consecutive year, MIA has been named on this prestigious list.

In the ASQ Awards, Malta ranked in the 5-15 million passengers per year. The scores and ratings given were on:

Ambience – Score of 4.2
“The facilities within Malta Airport offer passengers a comfortable and seamless journey. Every aspect of the airport journey has been considered to ensure the best possible guest experience.”

Courtesy & Helpfulness of Airport Staff – Score of 4.3
“The friendly and welcoming people at Malta International Airport, in addition to the firs-rate amenities, were essential in making my journey enjoyable.”

Ease of Finding Way & Cleanliness- Score of 4.3
“The entire process was quick and efficient. Despite being a smaller airport, Malta Airport is the most well-organised airport.”

article credits : Lovin Malta
Easter treats in Malta

With Easter round the corner one can already see the typical Maltese specialties all around the Island in bakeries and shops. The Maltese love spending their Sundays with family around the table in good company and food. Below we shall be taking a look at some of our Easter favorites.

KWAREŻIMAL

Kwareżimal is a traditional Maltese sweet that is prepared throughout Lent. It is a biscuit of sorts finished with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of nuts. The original recipe was made vegan (of course without the addition of honey) as it contained no butter, milk or eggs in the mixture. Present day, some recipes opt for egg whites as it makes the texture lighter and fluffier.

QAGHAQ TAL-APPOSTL

Known in English as ‘Apostle’s Ring Bread’, this a specially crafted bread that is traditionally baked for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It is found in bakeries and supermarkets throughout the Lenten time and is distinct due to its ringed shape and flavour. It is slightly sweet and topped with sesame seeds and almonds.

KARAMILLI TAL-ĦARRUB

These little treats are specifically made for Good Friday but can be consumed at any time during Lent. They are made from carob and have a hard texture. Karamilli tal-Ħarrub can be found almost anywhere in bakeries and vendors on the streets who sell a selection of traditional Maltese foods.

Nowadays, Karamelli tal-Harrub are often made using brown sugar but you can still find them with carob. They come prepared in square shapes and are eaten in moderation as the sugar content is quite high. They have a slight tang to them as they are also bursting with the flavours of many spices such as cinnamon, aniseed and cloves.

With Easter round the corner one can already see the typical Maltese specialties all around the Island in bakeries and shops. The Maltese love spending their Sundays with family around the table in good company and food. Below we shall be taking a look at some of our Easter favorites.

FIGOLLI

Perhaps everyone’s favourite, figolli is a much-loved Easter treat. They are often shaped into bunnies but are also commonly found in other variations such as easter eggs, butterflies, chickens or hearts to name a few. The dough itself once baked is buttery, slightly crumbly and highly addictive and to literally top it all off, coloured icing is iced atop to not only add colour and a pretty display but to also add a slight sweetness to the figolli. Chocolate and sprinkles are other popular toppings too, should you prefer. If that wasn’t enough to make you want to try a figoli ASAP, they also contain an almond paste filling that adds an even deeper flavour.

Ħobż Tal -Malti

If you love Malta’s traditional bread, it looks like you’re far from being alone. In fact, according to CNN Travel, you’re after all talking about one of the best bread on the planet

In a listicle which was updated and reshared yesterday, the travel section of the massive American media house included ħobż tal-Malti in its list of the “50 of the world’s best breads”, with the islands’ fave coming in at 28

“Classic versions take more than a day to prepare, and were traditionally baked in shared, wood-fired ovens that served as community gathering places,” CNN Travel wrote

The list features a number of beloved breads from all over the world, from Canada’s Montreal bagels and France’s baguettes to Italy’s ciabatta and Jordan’s Taboon bread

And considering the beloved Maltese ftira was just recently recognised as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage presented by UNESCO, it’s looking like local bakeries have a lot to celebrate!

article credit : lovinmalta – If you love Malta’s traditional bread, it looks like you’re far from being alone. In fact, according to CNN Travel, you’re after all… | Instagram

 

Statistics – Most of Malta’s Tourists came from Italy in 2023

According to official data shared with MaltaDaily, there were 3,002,823 total inbound visitors in 2023, including cruise passengers overnighting in the island.

Excluding cruise passengers, the total number of inbound tourists was 2,975,670, with first time tourists seeing an increase of 34% over 2022 at 2,305,255.

20,241,803 was the total number of nights spent by inbound tourists – an increase of 21.9% over the previous year.

Meanwhile, 1,238,827 inbound tourists stayed for 7 nights or more in the Maltese islands. The total expenditure in Euro by inbound tourists was €2,671,431,000.

This is an increase of over 32.7% over the previous year. The per capita expenditure in Euro of inbound tourists in 2023 was €898.

Meanwhile, 547,991 Italian tourists came to Malta, making it the largest market in 2023. Australia registered the largest growth of all markets over 2022 with 53,216 tourists making their way to the island.

article credits – Malta daily – #maltadaily on Instagram | Hashtags
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