The New Year’s Eve is coming closer and closer and of course you are looking for ideas and inspiration to be able to spent it in the best way with families and friends. If you still do not have a precise idea of what to do and where to go, but you just want to leave, why don’t you try Malta? In recent years, it is becoming more important and prestigious location to visit.
Spending the New Year in Malta is a very good idea for those on a low budget. This international destination, in fact, it is not among the most expensive when compared with other renowned destinations for New Year’s Eve, such as Paris or London. To reach malta by ferry click here.
But what Malta has to offer?
This pearl is located in the center of the Mediterranean, and it is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. For this reason more and more people choose it as a destination for their summer holidays and beyond. Sea and beaches have a breathtaking beauty, surrounded by characteristic landscapes, artistic and architectural beauty: this and much more is offered to the tourists that visit this ancient island.
But what do you do for New Year in Malta? At first glance it might seem an unusual destination, or at least very different from what we are accustomed to consider, and yet, I assure you, it is one of the best for the period in question.
In recent years, in fact, the island is experiencing a real tourist boom, which also results in increasing exponentially the possibilities of fun. Needless to say that the period of Christmas and New Year takes on a special charm, as the island is dressed in lights, colors and develops small cribs in the open, where everything smells of celebration and traditions. Those who love Christmas, for example, will find in Gozo what is right for their own kind. We are talking about Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem, a reproduction of the historic Bethlehem that revives the time of the Nativity with 150 actors. In other words, a real crib-village located near the port of Mgarr.
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In Malta, however,there is also a workshop of Santa Claus, which is divided into 3 parts, you can visit: the atrium, the laboratory and its lair. The home of Santa Claus was created with the intent to tell a visual story: from the arrival of the letters written by children to Santa Claus, the toys produced by the elves in the famous laboratory, until the time when gifts are placed on the sled ready to depart.
For those who enjoy the festivities in the square, we should spend the last night of the year in St. George Square, a famous square in Valletta. Here you will alternate moments of music, fun, dance or whatever, until the stroke of midnight. It is a show that goes on for years and years and that is the heart of the New Year on the island.
If, instead, you prefer the fun in clubs and parties that goes on until the next morning, then the ideal solution are the neighborhoods of Paceville and St Julian’s, where there are several trendy clubs, have become one stasus symbol of tourists in search of worldliness. Usually they organize very funny theme parties and the threshold prices as well as the cost of the drink is very accessible, just to meet even at a younger crowd.
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Sliema also offers many bars and many opportunities to party all night long. If you want to spend New Year’s Eve at the beach, however, going to wait for midnight on the beautiful beaches of the island full of tourists and locals will find you in good company. The climate here is fairly mild even during the winter and it is not unusual to come across people “reckless” willing to take a midnight dip to celebrate the arrival of the new year in a different way.
Also very popular is the New Year in St. George’s Bay which is home to a huge ice rink, very popular both among locals as well as tourists. An alternative way to celebrate the New Year, but also a way to have fun!
Some local name for the celebration? Take pen and paper and start scribbling: Portovino, wine bar of St Julien very known for tastings of the best wines; Bamboo Bar in Paceville Dragonara Road. In the same area there are two temples for lovers of Latin American such as Fuego and Havana, but there is also the famous Footloose Bar which is undoubtedly the biggest and most popular venue in the island. It offers various musical selections, including ’80s music and theme nights.
These are just a few suggestions of what you can do in Malta during the New Year. With these tips you can arrange for a holiday with all the trimmings spending an alternative New Year, spending little and so much fun.