Top 10 reasons to Easter Holiday in Malta
Easter is a chance to dive into the culture of the Maltese islands and experience something very special. Eat, drink, dance and celebrate, join the street processions and enjoy the friendly jubilant Easter atmosphere. Malta loves to celebrate and generally does it in a colourful and joyous fashion.
- Holy Week
Easter in Malta and Gozo is not just a weekend event, it is a celebrated for whole week leading and building up to Easter weekend. Starting on the Friday prior to Good Friday, the Statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried in a procession through the streets of Valletta and many other small towns and villages. This starts off the celebrations for the Easter week.
- Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday – the eve of Good Friday. This is when the ‘seven visits’ takes place, traditionally people visit seven different alters in seven different churches to pay homage to the Alter’s of Repose.
- Good Friday
Good Friday is a day of mourning and can be a sombre day. Churches take down the ornamental decorations and no bells are rung and then procession run through the streets of all towns and villages. Malta does have some special and spectacular processions particularly Zebbug which is renowned for its extravagance, use of horses and involves hundreds of cast members making this a big tourist attraction. In Gozo the most notable procession can be seen in Xaghra.
- Easter Sunday
While Saturday remains a slightly sombre moment, Easter Sunday is a real celebration day with Church bells ringing out and more spectacular processions where people line the streets carrying statues of the Risen Christ with bands playing festive tunes. Like the UK, Easter Sunday is quite a family oriented day, after the processions and celebrations families sit together for Sunday Lunch.
- Easter Eggs & Figolli
It wouldn’t be Easter in the modern age without sweet treats. Easter Eggs are widely brought for children at Easter. The Maltese at Easter also have more traditional sweets, the most popular of these is known as ‘figolli’, an almond pastry covered in icing sugar in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish or heart.
Malta is well known for its amazing bread so this treat is not be missed. Qaghag tal-appostili which is literally translated as ‘Apostles Bread Rings’ which is sold and enjoyed during lent and for the traditional Easter lunch.
- Weather in April
Malta is blessed with a very mild winter and Malta in April brings the transition from Spring to Summer where the land is green and colourful flowers are blooming. Average temperatures are appealing, especially compared to the UK, with lows of approx. 14C and highs of around 20C.
- Family Resorts
Malta has a great number of family resorts perfect for Easter family holidays. Most resorts up and down the coast line in both Malta and Gozo are family friendly. Mellieha is one of the best resorts for families with the largest and most popular sandy beach providing an ideal Easter family beach resort. Qawra & Bugibba also provide a host of family activities with smaller beaches, lots of entertainment along with the Malta National Aquarium.
- Variety of packages and accommodation options
There are variety of packages available across Easter in Malta from Easter weekend breaks to long stays. Accommodation ranges from Luxury hotels, Valletta city breaks and boutique hotels to cheaper 3 star budget hotels and self catering. Easter all inclusive packages are also popular during this period.
- Malta is just 3 hours from the UK
Malta is only approximately 3 hours flight from the UK making Malta a great short haul option and one of the best Easter holiday destinations for those looking for quick getaway at Easter. Other bonuses include English speaking and driving on the left.
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Easter in Malta offers a lot of options, if you’re looking for Easter holiday idea’s then we have added some tips below for visiting Malta and where to go on Easter holiday in Malta.
Get involved in the local celebrations
As per our top 10 guide above, we certainly recommend getting involved in the local celebrations, where ever you stay over the Easter period there are going to be processions, services and celebrations nearby.
Where to go for an Easter Break
It’s a difficult question, every resort will be celebrating the Easter week so wherever you stay you can get involved. Mellieha and Qawra/Bugibba are great for families. If you like a party and a late night then St Julians is the place to be with nearby Paceville the party central of Malta. Love an evening or daytime stroll down a picturesque promenade finished with a lovely cocktail or glass of wine then Sliema stands out. For an out an out city break it has to be Valletta.
If you like a slower pace of life then Gozo is sure to be the destination for you. Xlendi and Marsalform offer great coastal options, those who like and rambling then Xaghra is ideal and also have notable Easter celebrations.
Check for special offers
Always check if there are any special offers available when choosing your hotel. There are a number of Easter holiday deals available, you can always view our special offers page which will provide any offers available for Easter holiday packages or indeed any other period you are planning to travel.
Book early for the best price
Easter is a popular time for travel so we recommend booking early. With Easter being a school holiday, Easter holiday family breaks are sort after and in high demand. There are many Easter family holiday deals, however, normally the earlier you book the cheaper the holiday as flight prices can and traditionally do rise as more seats are sold. Family hotels are also in high demand and availability can be an issue – book early to get what you want at the best price.
Visit Valletta while in Malta
Whether you’re looking for Easter weekend holidays or longer stays in the April Easter holidays, a visit to Valletta is a must. Valletta, the capital of Malta, is where you will find some of the largest and spectacular processions and displays with the small undulating streets coming alive. As well as the celebrations, Valletta is an amazing city filled with history, culture, architecture, shopping and food. Something you just don’t want to miss.