Why you should spend your Christmas in Malta in 2020!
- Dec 11, 2020
...the most wonderful time of the year
Are you suffering from Covid-19 fatigue? We get you. While the festive season this year may be a bit different than other years, it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with your family and friends. Fortunately, Malta’s International Airport is still open. Therefore, if you haven’t yet decided on where you’re going to spend Christmas, Malta should definitely be your go-to option, especially if you’re looking for some extra Vitamin D during this time of year and festive cheer aplenty.
Let’s Talk About COVID-19
Covid-19 is probably the last thing you want to hear about right now. However, it’s important to consider certain things before booking your Mediterranean escape. Countries such as the UK, Italy, Belgium, France and Germany are on the “Amber List”, meaning that individuals arriving from these countries are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test before boarding. On the other hand, countries such as Slovenia, Norway, Greece and China are on the “Green List”. Individuals arriving from these countries are deemed as “safe” and are therefore not subjected to a swab test on arrival. Click here to check if your country is on either of these lists.
Best Places to Visit During Christmas
Malta’s Capital City is more picturesque than ever during the Christmas period. The city is brimming with quaint cafes, world-renowned museums and charming streets – not to mention the tonnes of shops to choose from for a spot of last-minute shopping. The main street – Republic Street – is adorned with Christmas lights and festive tunes blaring from every corner. Valletta is the place to be if you’re looking for a bustling city vibe (while keeping a safe distance from people outside your bubble.)
Gozo is another excellent choice if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more laid back. Malta’s sister island is usually less busy this time of the year, making it the perfect getaway spot if you’re concerned about social distancing measures. Thankfully, Calypso’s isle is blessed with hiking trails, pristine waters and a rural charm that’s unique to this island.
Other places and activities
While Covid-19 has put a stop to the usual festivities, there are myriads of ways how you can enjoy Malta during Christmas time. Restaurants are still open – allowing you to enjoy Malta’s unique cuisine that fuses Italian, Arabic, French, British and Provençal influences. Diving and snorkelling are an excellent idea all year round, and Malta and Gozo’s diving spots are some of the best in the Mediterranean. The archipelago’s mild wintry weather also gives visitors a chance to explore the great outdoors. We highly recommend Dingli Cliffs, Bahrija and Ghar Lapsi in winter, so put on your hiking boots and make the most of Malta’s 3000 hours of sunshine.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a Covid-compliant boutique hotel that’s close to all amenities, look no further! Casa Ellul is a family-run hotel that defines the term “upscale sophistication” while embracing its traditional Maltese roots. With nine exclusive suites, this boutique hotel in Valletta is the perfect accommodation for a Mediterranean Christmas getaway in the heart of Malta’s Capital.