What to do in Malta’s Three Cities

Birgu, Bormla and L-Isla are commonly known as The Three Cities. The area is also referred to as Cottonera after the Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, Nicolas Cottoner. Birgu is the oldest of them and predates Valletta. After the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights of St. John named the cities Vittoriosa, Cospicua and…

Traditional Maltese Figolli

Figolli are a traditional Easter cookie cake with almond filling, decorated with chocolate or icing. Traditionally they were made in the shapes of Catholic symbols related to Easter but nowadays you can find them in all shapes, such as lamb, rabbit, heart, fish, butterfly, cars… At home, we bake Figolli every year. They are not too hard…

Valletta, Malta’s Capital

As a child, I have fond memories of our Saturday morning trip to Valletta. Mum would dress me and my brother up in one of our best attire. It was something we would look forward to, to hop on the bus (or as we used to call it tal-linja) and visit the Monti (a market selling…

Malta… My Home Country

  Since moving abroad, the people I meet frequently express their curiosity about the little island I call home. A few have been curious enough to plan a trip to explore the Maltese Islands in person. Seb and I started to put together a few tips, that eventually evolved into a short guide for our…

Qassatat tal-Piżelli

Last week, I was really craving some Maltese qassatat. These are the fast food of Malta, along with the pastizzi, square pizza, sausage rolls and various pies. In almost every village you will find that small shop selling these tasty snacks. I had never made them before, but knowing I would not find something similar here…