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Colors of Valletta - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Valletta Local people are very friendly and open-minded. They are always glad to meet new guests and treat foreign tourists with curiosity and trust. Valetta locals do not like to hurry. They will never try to finish all tasks in one day and can easily postpone all non-urgent tasks. Foreign tourists always mention friendliness and openness of local people and say that Valetta inhabitants are always ready to help. Love for events and celebrations is also a distinguishing feature of local people. Starting from May till September, the city hosts interesting carnivals, solemn events, and performances virtually every weekend.
One of the most luxurious and refined hotels in Valletta is Hotel Phoenicia Malta. Among its features are an amazing interior and an atmosphere typical of the first half of the 20th century. … Open
Many celebrations have a long history, and some events have appeared relatively not long ago. Despite the age and reason, all celebrations are well-organized and interesting to attend. Regatta remains one of the most popular and beloved celebrations among local people. Traditionally, the regatta starts in the Grand Harbor on September 8. This holiday is a tribute to a very important historic event that happened in 1565. On September 8, 1565, the city managed to counter a powerful attack of Turkish conquerors and keep independence. For more than four centuries, local people have been keeping the important event in their memory. Besides the traditional regatta, there are many other interesting events that take place in the city during the celebration, including performances of music bands, special events for children, and colorful fair trades that lure visitors with interesting souvenirs and delicious food.
Beautiful religious holidays are also not rare in Valetta. The majority of the city’s population is Catholics. Local religious holidays are also very interesting and attractive. As a rule, processions and parades are an essential part of these events. During the days of the national holidays, tourists can often see local people dressed in the national costumes. Men wear fancy jackets with ruffled sleeves, and women wear long skirts and beautiful capes called faldettas. Copyright
Grand Hotel Excelsior is one of the most luxurious and recognizable hotels in Valletta. It is ideal for those going on a romantic trip or wishing to organize a wedding celebration in Malta. … Open
Local souvenirs deserve a separate mention. As a rule, tourists prefer to purchase gorgeous glassware and jewelry, home decorations made of straw, and various crafts. There are many artisans in the city’s neighborhoods, and they produce the majority of souvenirs sold in local shops. Despite the fact that Valetta is a modern and actively developing city, local people carefully preserve their national traditions, and crafts are a part of the country’s heritage.
Valletta Many interesting celebrations take place during the Holy Week. As a rule, the solemn events start on Friday that precedes Good Friday. A solemn procession takes place on the streets of Valetta, and people are carrying the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows. On Maundy Tuesday, a very interesting event takes place in the city. It is called the “seven visits”. It is believed that one needs to visit seven different churches on this day and pay homage to the Altars of Repose. On Good Friday, churches of Valetta lose their traditional style for most of the day. Closer to the evening, a solemn procession dedicated to the Passion of the Christ starts it the city. Local people carry different statues, each of which describes a particular episode from the Passions of the Christ. People in the procession look fancy as they are dressed as biblical characters.
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On Sunday, bells start ringing, commemorating the Resurrection of Christ. A solemn procession walks on streets of Valetta, holding the statue of the Risen Christ. Easter is traditionally a family holiday in the city. This is the time when local people visit their friends and family members, make good wishes to each other, exchange small gifts, give chocolate eggs to children, and eat figolla (a rabbit-shaped pastry with almond filling).
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Valletta
♥   Santwarju Bazilika tal-Madonna tal-Karmnu, Valletta, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kon-Katidral ta’ San Ġwann, Valletta, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katidral Metropolitan Ta’ San Pawl, Mdina, 10.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bażilika San Gorg, Victoria, 29.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santwarju Ta’ Pinu, Għarb, 32.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Valletta
♥   Castle 'Fort Saint Angelo' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Verdala Palace' , 11 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Selmun Palace' , 13.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Gran Castello' , 29.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Valletta and around

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From the series “Incredible Natural Arches Built by Water and Wind”
The coast with the amazing natural formation is incredibly popular with divers, because local underwater world is very diverse and magically beautiful. However, diving near the arch is quite dangerous because of the high probability of collapse. The main enemy of brittle limestone is erosion. If you believe the opinion of experts, the arch can collapse at any moment. … Read further

National traditions of Malta

The inhabitants of Malta are representatives of the famous Mediterranean temperament. Maltese can be expressive and emotional, but they are rarely the first to show aggression. This behavior can only be provoked by a serious reason. Many guests of the country consider locals to be lazy and slow; however these features are typical of all the inhabitants of the Mediterranean. The desire to evade one's direct duties, the lack of commitment and the desire to postpone everything for later are partly the result of a hot climate that disposes more to rest than to work. The most characteristic branches for the Maltese are handicrafts and folk craft. They make magnificent baskets, wicker furniture and glassware. … Open
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