Summer feeling, sun, Mediterranean… The islands of Malta are less than a three-hour flight away -just 95 km south of Sicily. Together with the smaller sister islands of Gozo and Comino, Malta offers a combination of diverse flair between the islands themselves. The smallest EU country reveals a colourful blend of British and Mediterranean influences, a relaxed lifestyle and an unbelievable variety of holiday ideas – with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Discover 7,000 years of history, from the mysterious megalithic temples to the underground Hypogeum Temple or stroll through the magnificent Baroque City, Valletta – European Capital of Culture 2018.
Experience countless music and cultural festivals and celebrate along with the colourful patronage fiestas. As a diving, snorkelling and water sports paradise, the archipelago surrounded by the azure Mediterranean, has long established a name of its own, but also hiking and mountain biking fans get their money’s worth.
The mild climate during the winter season and fresh sea air makes Malta ideal for outdoor sports activities. These include extreme sports such as abseiling or paragliding, as well as cycling or golfing. But windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and scuba diving are some of the most popular sports enjoyed by the islanders as well as holidaymakers.
One can rent boats and yachts all over the islands. Regular sailing regattas are held between April and November, including the Comino Regatta in June, the Malta Syracuse Keelboat Race in July, the Malta Rimini Yachting Race in August and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October.
Also endurance sports such as marathons, triathlons or cycling races are very popular. On the 28th of April ’19, the Gozo half marathon takes place. Further events such as the Gozo Xterra Trail Run on the 4th of May ‘19 or the 4-day bike tour from the 11th of April ‘19 till the 14th of April ‘19 makes Malta a popular holiday destination for sports lovers.
In addition, The Maltese Islands’ clear blue Mediterranean Sea is ideal for SCUBA diving. All three Islands offer some unique diving experiences with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks that creates diving here as one of the most interesting spot in the Mediterranean.
For more information about the different dive spots and dive centres, please visit: www.visitmalta.com/de/diving
Malta is the ideal destination for group travel. In addition to breath-taking landscapes, baroque cities and fascinating sights, the Maltese Islands offer much more that creates a group experience as unforgettable:
• Culture: More than 7,000 years of interchangable history with captivating temples.
• Valletta – European capital of culture ‘18 and UNESCO World Heritage Site: a vivid, living city, the administrative and economic heart of the islands.
• A paradise for pilgrims: Here visitors can marvel at the genius of prehistoric people, walk in the footsteps of St. Paul or admire works of art from the era of the Order of Malta.
• Language: Malta is one of the few truly bilingual countries. English newspapers, books and magazines are everywhere and much of the island’s cultural programs are in English.
• Culinary: tempting, succulent and soulful – Mediterranean, Oriental and British influence.
• Sports: Due to the climate and the landscape Malta offers ideal conditions for sports enthusiasts.
• Events, fiestas, festivals and much more www.visitmalta.com
A highlight for every group trip offers the possibilty to visit an event on site. In Malta & Gozo one is greeted with an abundance of selection of city festivals, concerts, sports competitions or seasonal events.
Air Malta also offers attractive group rates: www.airmalta.com
Discover the Culinary tastes of Malta
Malta’s Mediterranean cuisine is varied, fresh and healthy, with plenty of fresh vegetables and seafood. One can easily identify the southern influence of the food variety that one experiences in the Mediterranean basin
The sun-drenched islands are blessed with fresh seafood and freshly caught fish, including gold mackerel, swordfish, mullet, perch and tuna. A popular specialty is “Aljotta”, a tasty fish soup with lots of garlic, tomatoes and rice seasoned with freshly-picked marjoram.
Especially freshly harvested vegetables can be found on the menus – whether as side dishes, in casseroles or as their own typical home-made dish – including sun-ripened tomatoes, zucchini, beans, artichokes as well as cabbage and cauliflower and potatoes. Wild caper bushes grow on ancient walls, besides an abundance of olive groves and a variety of aromatic herbs and fresh garlic. Olives, olive oil and bread are indispensable in the Maltese cuisine. Seasoned with sea salt, which is traditionally harvested in 160-year-old salt pans on the island of Gozo, a tradition that keeps on passing onto various generations.
There is also a wide range of Maltese pastries that are available in the Pastizzerija (pastry shops). Popular eaten as a snack in between meals. These are puff pastry rolls, the “Pastizzi”, hearty filled with lightly salted ricotta cheese or pea paste.
After dinner “Helwa Tat-Tork” is often served as a dessert, a paste of amalgamated crushed sesame seeds, sugar and almonds.
“I-ikla t-tajba” – Bon appetit as the locals say.
Malta is also known for its diverse Mediterranean cuisine. The relationship of the islanders towards the different people, that have occupied the archipelago over the centuries, is reflected in the Maltese cuisine.
The Malta Maritime Museum has embarked on a new journey of discovery: the history of food of the island. Through historical research and modern farming methods, visitors get the opportunity to taste history. There are a number of dishes and beverages on offer and many of them have a story to tell.
More information about Heritage Malta Taste of History:
Experience the culinary of Malta during a tasting: Hall 1.2 / Stand 220
Language holiday in Malta
English language teaching has a long tradition on the Maltese Islands and the more than 45 state-licensed language schools offer a wide range of courses for both students and adults who want to refresh their English. For the professionals, the language institutes provide business or specialist English courses and introductory courses for Cambridge, IELTS and TOEFL exams. A language course in Malta is also recognized as special educational leave. English has been the official language since the 18th century due to the Islands being a former colony of Great Britain.
It is easy to practice what you have learned in your everyday life right out of the classroom. Many tour operators have also set up special travel programmes for adults, offering a language holiday in conjunction with leisure facilities such as cultural trips, culinary with cooking classes or with special interest events.
An extensive range of language schools can be found here: www.visitmalta.com/de/language-schools
Discover Malta’s 7,000 years of history
There is probably no other place in the world where one can find a rich and at the same time compact history and culture per square kilometre than in Malta.
This historic legacy, unique in the Mediterranean, is reflected in the country’s national architecture and artwork. There are many areas of heritage and culture to be explored – the 16th century masterpiece Grandmasters’ Palace, the “Sacra Infermeria”, which is now a fully equipped conference centre, the St. James Centre for Creativity – a superbly restored fortification where contemporary works of art are being exhibited against the original rough-textured walls and rediscovered spaces. With these buildings, past and present blend into an enduring and admirable assignment in the art of living.
The arts have always played a large role in Maltese culture and continue to do so with cultural events taking place frequently. The National Museum of Fine Arts – MUZA, housed in the historic Auberge d’Italie, exhibits some magnificent art, ranging from the early Renaissance to modern times.
After the very successful year as European Capital of Culture 2018, the islands present their vast cultural offer of numerous festivals and events, the variety of interesting exhibitions, collections and precious art treasures.
More information: www.heritagemalta.org
Visit us Hall 16 / Stand 100/4
LGBT – Malta is Gay friendly!
Over the past few years, Malta has experienced a definite and positive shift towards greater cultural acceptance of LGBTIQ in all aspects of life.
This has also contributed to revamp Malta increasingly popular with gay travellers.
Guests from abroad will find that the broad majority of the Maltese people are amiable and welcoming hosts, eager to help one to discover Malta, Gozo and Comino and make ones stay enjoyable and hassle-free. The gay community will be glad to share tips on their choices of restaurants, cafes, pubs, nightclubs and boutiques to visit, as well as gay-friendly hotels and other accommodation in which to stay. They would also know about upcoming events, social gatherings and parties.
Visit us Hall 21b / Stand 216a
Malta has been a popular host for meetings and events for decades. The islands of Malta are known for their high standard of service and professionalism, profiling an excellent reputation. There are countless reasons to choose Malta as a MICE destination. Not only because of its good value for money and its ease to access, but also as a reliable service provider, Malta scores points with all the features of a modern, cosmopolitan city, combined with the advantages of a small country – short distances to every corner of the island, but also with excellent, international connection.
The wide variety of venues – from historic palazzi to state-of-the-art venues – coupled with the professionalism of experienced and creative DMC’s offer the perfect foundation for exceptional events that will remain memorable.
Thanks to the large network of competent local partners, one rest assured to be able to find exactly what suits ones requisite.
Hall 1.2 / Stand 220
Hall 16 / Stand 100/4
Hall 21b / Stand 216a