The international travel press have set their eyes on Malta as a prime travel destination for 2018. Marie-Claire Grima in her article for the Malta Chamber lists a number of travel magazine articles who state why Malta is so high on their list of best travel destinations.
1.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. DJ Annie Mac has chosen Malta for her Lost & Found festival of parties in castles and boats and poolside all-nighters, with big-name stars such as Disclosure and Julio Bashmore. ‘The island still feels quite undiscovered,’ she says. ‘And once you arrive here you’ll see the landscape is stunning. To really get away from it all, seek out Ghar Lapsi, a small sheltered cove – about 4.5km south of Siggiewi – with beautiful views.’ And June sees the 10th anniversary of Isle of MTV, which will pack the square just outside the 16th-century fortress-capital Valletta. Previous line-ups have included Echosmith and Lady Gaga.
2.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 Unesco World Heritage city of Valletta, is one of the European Capitals of Culture 2018 (valletta2018.org).
3.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LISTED VALLETTA AMONG THE NEWS-MAKING CAPITALS OF 2018
Malta has been chosen by the Associated Press as one of the 10 places to visit during 2018, largely because Valletta is the European capital city of culture for this year.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.”
4.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.
5. 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.”