St. Paul’s Feast in Malta
One of the main highlight in February is St Paul’s Feast Valletta. The feast is to celebrate St Paul who is said to have been shipwrecked on Malta in 60AD. This event is celebrated every year on the 10th of February. The church even holds a relic of the right-wrist bone of the saint and a piece of the column he was beheaded on in Rome.
Visit of Fort Manoel
17 February 2019
Manoel Island is connected to Gzira by a short bridge. From Sliema, it’s just a short stroll along the seafront to the south of town. Enjoy the warm Maltese sunshine as you walk by the harbour and see the impressive Fort Manoel rising up before you. Built in the early part of the 18th century by the Knights Hospitallier, the fort is a World Heritage Site with lots of history. The British military took over the fort in 1800, and used it until 1964, including during World War Two. Having been badly damaged, it’s being gradually restored to its former glory. After crossing the stone bridge, you’ll pass the island’s marina and yacht yard on the way to the fort. On the southern edge of Manoel Island is the Lazzaretto, a former hospital that dates back as far as the 17th century. There’s currently regeneration work being done on the hospital, which has been abandoned after also getting damaged during the war.
Soak up the fabulous views towards Valletta, Fort Tigne and out of the harbour across the Mediterranean.
Carnival in Malta & Gozo
28 February – 5 March 2019
February brings along the carnival week, which takes on a traditional pattern; extravagantly coloured floats are perched on lorries ready for the procession, children running around in fancy costumes and Malta’s main nightlife centre, Paceville, catching the late night carnival goers who pile into the clubs and bars, still wearing their outrageous outfits. The heart of the action takes place in Valletta, though various towns and villages across the Island have their own version of festivities. For a particular interpretation, visit Nadur, Gozo, where carnival takes on a more macabre and funny mood. The carnival week is a time to let your hair down and go with the flow – perfect for those who enjoy a good party!