6 Reasons Why The International Travel Press Has Its Eyes On Malta

CONDE NAST TRAVELER SAID IT'S A HAVEN FOR 'COOL KIDS' AND 'TOP TASTEMAKERS'

Listed among “the buzziest hotspots in the world right now”, Conde Nast Traveler wrote that “Though its fortified, honey-gold capital, Valletta, is in the spotlight as a 2018 European Capital of Culture, top tastemakers have been quietly rediscovering the history-soaked Mediterranean island of Malta for a while. Cool kids come for Annie Mac’s Lost & Found festival - pitching up for a third go-round this year, with Diplo and Jamie XX in tow - and stay for a sceney new bundle of forts-turned-clubs […] 'centuries-old palazzi transformed into high-design hotels.’”

 

THE TELEGRAPH SAID VALLETTA "HAS LONG PACKED A HISTORICAL AND ARTISTIC PUNCH WELL ABOVE ITS WEIGHT."

It went on to say that this year “this will be true in spades, with hundreds of events – art of all kinds, theatre, dance, opera and music, fireworks, food and fun – in Valletta and across the country.” It also lauded Valletta’s various charms, describing it as “a perfect place to wander beneath painted wooden balconies and baroque facades, as well as a few edgier new constructions by Renzo Piano, architect of the London Shard.”

 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LISTED VALLETTA AMONG THE NEWS-MAKING CAPITALS OF 2018

In a list that zoomed in on cities around the world that are celebrating milestones or hosting sporting or musical events this year, Valletta was among them. “Attractions include festivals, nightlife, ancient stone architecture, a rollicking Carnival in February and other festivals, plus World War II history, including scuba diving to wartime wrecks.”

 

EXPRESS HAILED IT AS A DESTINATION FOR FILM FANS

Besides excitement about Valletta being European Capital of Culture, Express’ reasons to visit Malta included the number of films and series that have been shot on the island, including Gladiator, World War Z and the first season of Game of Thrones. Other reasons to visit were the weather, the Mnajdra temples, the cuisine and the nightlife scene.

 

MONEYWEEK DESCRIBED IT AS 'A YEAR-LONG FESTA'

Warning its readers to get set for a party that lasts all year, Moneyweek said that “One of the most anticipated openings in 2018 is the luxury boutique Iniala Harbour House overlooking the Grand Harbour – where a “spectacular sea pageant will play out” on 7 June. The Maltese know how to party – and everyone is welcome at this year-long festa.”

 

IT'S ONE OF MEGHAN MARKLE'S FAVOURITE MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS

All eyes are on the Suits actress and future member of the British royal family, and her fondness for Malta has helped spark curiosity about the island. After her visit here in 2015, she told Maltese site LittleRock: “I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world and I love a different cultural experience wherever you go, but to come somewhere where you so quickly settle in to feeling welcomed is really special; it’s this Maltese hospitality that is really special to the place.”

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