Easter in Malta is an experience not to be missed, and we have arranged a trip to have you in Malta for Monday March 26th, departing Easter Monday, April 2nd 2018, with plenty of options for how to celebrate Easter Week while you’re here.
On Maundy Thursday – the eve of Good Friday – the ‘seven visits’ take place, which are the visits to seven different churches, to pay homage to the Altars of Repose. Good Friday gives a sombre outlook, as churches are deprived of the traditional ornamental style. Late in the afternoon, various towns and villages commemorate the Passion of the Christ with a solemn procession of statues.
Each of these statues represents a particular episode in the Passion of the Christ and is carried by bearers. Between one statue and another (some ten in all) participants are dressed as biblical characters who take part in the procession in a dignified manner. Many processions include men bearing a cross and sometimes dragging chains as well tied to their bare feet, as an act of faith or penance.
The mood changes totally on Sunday, when the ringing of church bells announces the Resurrection of Christ. Mid-morning on Easter Sunday, a procession with the statue of the Risen Christ moves along the streets accompanied by band playing festive tunes. At the end, the way is cleared and the statue-bearers take a run to carry the Risen Christ triumphantly back into the church.
Easter day is traditionally celebrated with a special family lunch. It is also a time to visit relatives and friends, exchanging good wishes and small presents. It’s also tradition to give children chocolate-coated easter eggs and a ‘figolla’, almond-filled pastry in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish or heart, covered in icing sugar. So your little one’s will be getting an Easter Egg with a difference!
The Hotel we have chosen is located in Gzira, Malta which is minutes away from Sliema and close to many touristic attractions and boasts various facilities within the Hotel, with 137 hotel rooms, which come with a private bathroom, a TV and air conditioning and Wi-Fi with an extra charge.
There is a 24-hour internet café, and a rooftop swimming pool overlooking the harbour of Sliema. Accommodation includes a balcony, and for a supplement you can upgrade to a room which features sea views or side sea views.
There are a range of dining options including an Asian restaurant complete with Indian and Chinese cuisine, A Subway Outlet which is located next door to the hotel and a continental buffet.
The spa and fitness centre offers massage and beauty treatments, and a thermal pool.
You can also relax with pool table and children’s play area. Just a 15-minute walk from Sliema town centre, and a few steps away from boat trips around the island and to the capital city Valletta.
Public transport to Valletta, St Julian’s, and across the island stop right outside the property, so you have easy access to everything this beautiful island has to offer.
but it’s not just the beautiful old villages, during your stay you have to make a visit to Popeye Village. Start your day with a bang and meet Popeye, Olive Oyl, Captain Bluto and their friends and enjoy their numerous animation shows carried out continuously all along the village.
Roam around the whole village and appreciate the 33 year old structure still in its original glory. Visit Popeye’s house and take pictures in the sailor’s nook. Make your way to the school, the firehouse, the dentist shop and the baker – all of which depicted clearly in the 1980s musical movie – Popeye.
Entry Fee is just: Adults : € 10.50 Children (3-12yrs) / Pensioners : €8.50, and Includes:
- Entrance to Popeye’s Film Set
- A variety of Animation Shows
- Access to Popeye’s Comic Museum
- 15 minutes Boat trip around Anchor Bay (Weather permitting)
- Entrance to the Cinema (for a 15 minute Documentary of the Film Set)
- Silver Smith Demonstrations
- Entrances to Santa’s Toy Town
- Use of Nine-Hole Mini-Golf course
- Free Popeye Punch and Free Postcard
Another fantastic day out is the Playmobil Fun Park, encompassing an indoor as well as an outdoor play area, in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for your children to enjoy.
Different themed oriented zones where toddlers can come into contact with all the classic PLAYMOBIL toys in the many different areas such as City Life, Rescue, Aquarium, Pirates, Police, Knights, and Fairy Tale are available to play with on-site and buy here at the FunPark shop.
They are open daily 10-6pm, and late opening until 10pm Friday & Saturday, prices just €2.40 for 1yr+ and €1.20 for 12yrs+.
On top of all that, there’s the stunning architecture, boat trips, old town cobbled streets, and just beautiful Malta waiting to be enjoyed. To stay 7 nights Room Only, arriving March 26th x 7 nights, as usual airport transfers are included but FLIGHTS ARE NOT and at the time of going to press were just €209 from Dublin.
(You can upgrade to Side Sea View for an additional €75, or Sea View for an additional €150, please enquire for availability)
Prices per family per room, Inland View as follows:
1 adult & 1 child – €675
1 adult & 2 children – €795
1 adult & 3 children – €895
Guests will be charged ECO TAX – 50c per adult, per night (18years & over) is to be paid by guests on check in. Maximum of € 5.00 per adult