Fireworks Spectacular 2018
Fireworks Spectacular is an annual world class fireworks display by the St. Mary Fireworks of Mqabba Malta. The 1 and half hour show includes 10,000 shots synchronised to music from the ground and also from the world renowned Tower of Light, a 50 metre high steel structure which will be the centerpiece of the show, creating amazing effects, shapes, symbols and letters. The show will also feature traditional Maltese fireworks as well as a Mechanised Ground Fireworks Display.
Take a day trip to Gozo
Gozo is the smaller sister island of Malta and is just a short 20-minute ferry ride away, making it very easy to get to Gozo from Malta. It has its fair share of culture and fascinating heritage to explore as well rolling hills, dramatic coastlines and hidden beaches. One must-visit location is the stunning Citadella in Victoria, a fortified city with parts dating from Roman and Byzantine times and a view that must be seen to be believed.
Visit a local festa – Mosta, 15 August
Every year during the summer months, each village and town in Malta celebrates their patron saint in the form of a weeklong celebratory festa. These events combine, food, drink, music, religious events, and parades through the streets and they attract hundreds if not thousands of people. Why not try some of the delicious, traditional festa treats too? It is the perfect opportunity to experience some traditional Maltese hospitality and they are a must-see event for anyone visiting the islands. The evening events are often finished with impressive fireworks displays that light up the sky for miles around.
Sea Salt Harvesting in Malta
There are very few working salt pans left in Malta but it’s part of the national heritage and historically important. The harvesting of salt in Malta has continued for centuries. It dates back to the Roman times and became popular during the time of the Knights of St. John. Its large scale production started in the 19th century, especially in Salina Bay.
The production of sea salt has been passed down through the same families, who have kept the tradition for many generations. Members of these families work through hot summer days scraping up the salt crystals to be stored and processed in the caves that have been carved into the coastal rock in the cliffs behind them.
The salt pans along the coastline are filled with sea water to be evaporated by the hot sun leaving behind the crystalline salt to be collected and eventually sold. The weather controls salt production, for example, the northerly winds dry up the water faster. There are around 40 salt pans remaining around Malta. Il-Blata tal-Melħ is one of the more famous ones, literally translated as ‘Salt Rock.’ There are a few salt pans used for harvesting sea salt as part of the century-old Malta tradition—in Marsascala in the south and Xwejni and Wied il-Għasri in Gozo.
The season of salt production is open from May to September, depending on the weather.