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no, nowhere’s really a long way in Malta... it takes about 20 minutes to get to Comino from Malta by boat, it’s not really an ‘island’ so much as a big piece of rock in between Malta and Gozo. Beautiful place. The Blue Lagoon is worth a visit in summer, it really is beautiful but you’ve got to go when it’s not too busy and watch out for jellyfish as they can show up in force sometimes, but you can tell if they’re around just by looking. The water is so clear that if there are any jellyfish you’ll see them without any problem.
Where do I get the boat to go to Comino?
Most lidos will organise tours to comino, but if you take a small private boat it’s going to cost you more than one of the larger tour-ferries which leave from somewhere like the Sliema Strand. There are also small tours agents around the island which will organise trips for you.
Sorry, I don’t know what a lido is
wooops – sorry I thought everyone knew the word … It’s like the watersports and sunlounging area of either a major hotel or sometimes they’re not part of a hotel they just have a bar and restaurant and sunloungers down near the water’s edge.
I think the Hamrun feast is quite lively … San Gejtanu (the j is pronounce like a y) the first Sunday after August 7, there’s also St Joseph who has a feast celebrated in Hamrun – some people support San Gejtanu and some support St Joseph as there are 2 band clubs (clubs which are dedicated to a particular set of saint's celebrations) people wear red for San Gejtanu's Band Club and blue for St. Joseph's Band Club. It’s quite a serious rivalry believe it or not; you’d think they all sound like religious people and that they all love both of the saints, but they’re not all just there for spiritual reasons and they compete against each other constantly . There are lots of fireworks (often handheld) and lots of confetti, it’s quite a sight to see. The marches start in the morning and go on through the afternoon. There’s a lot happening at night too. The finale involves a big statue of the patron saint being run up the stairs of the parish church accompanied by loud applause and shouting and fireworks … the feast of the Immaculate Conception is also celebrated in Hamrun on both the first Sunday of July and on the 8th of December – they love their festas in Hamrun It can get a little crazy at times though.
Here’s a few videos :
Santa Maria is celebrated all over Malta, the best place to go is probably Mosta where you can also see the Mosta Dome which is the third largest unsupported dome in the world !! but the best fireworks on the same day for another town celebrating the same feast are in Mqabba (the Q is silent). There are 7 towns which celebrate this feast, and many people go to Gozo to celebrate the feast there too.
Mellieha 8th September :
The ‘Nativity or Our Lady’ festa is great, and you can also visit ‘the sanctuary’ church where a small earthquake made one of the walls crumble and behind the crumbled wall they found what is believed to be the oldest known painting of ‘Our Lady’ (Mary the mother of Jesus) which is meant to have been painted by St Luke himself when he came to visit St Paul in Malta.
Fireworks at the festa in Mellieha:
13th August in Birgu is St Lawrence’s feast day and that’s also very beautiful. Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa) is well known for its decorations.
Mdina 29th June – St Peter and St Paul feast is great.
Rabat – 5th July St Paul’s feast is also good.
Wow people are really into their festas in Malta eh!
sometimes a little too much
Those are just a few! Most towns celebrate the feast of their patron saint with a festa of some sort, but some are better known than others. I’d say be aware that the Hamrun one can get a little aggressive at times although most of the activity is just what they’d call ‘passionate devotion’
Me too !
I wouldn’t go to Portomaso marina to rent a jet ski as they’re a bit on the expensive side. Everything round that area is expensive. The lidos in Bugibba will be cheaper.