Valletta Cultural Capital of Europe 2018

Valletta 2018
Parliament square Valletta

The opening of this year’s cultural capital of Europe was in Valletta on 20th January. Crowds flocked to Valletta to see the start of the festivities which was an evening of spectacles in 4 squares of Valletta – music, digital projections, dance, acrobatics, bands and more.

Four hundred events are going to take place in Valletta and through out Malta and Gozo this year – 2018.

Modes of transport in Malta

Most probably the best mode of transport in Malta is a scooter. You can easily park a scooter, you can make your way through traffic, it doesn’t rain much so the chances of getting wet are minimal, it doesn’t consume a lot of fuel and although one might argue that it is not safe, most of the time traffic doesn’t move fast and we do not have many highways where cars can go very fast. So if you are adventurous, a scooter is a very good option to get to places where buses don’t go.

Buses in Malta are new, relatively punctual and cheap. The price is €1.50 per trip that is valid for 2 hours. You can also buy a weekly pass for €21 or a €15 pass for 12 trips. The only problem regarding buses is that there never seem to be enough of them! Buses are sometimes full especially at peak hours. Your best bet is to get on the bus at a terminus. An important thing to know is that you should flag a bus down if you want it to stop at a bus stop. Buses don’t stop automatically at every bus stop.

As most know in Malta we drive on the left. This can be a problem to most European drivers especially for the first half hour.  lt helps to have a friend or partner acting as your navigator. Moreover roads are not well sign posted, so it is better to get a hired car with a navigator. You will also soon find out that street names are no longer in English but in Maltese.

Cycling is probably the least advisable, unless you are a really fit cyclist. Bicycle lanes are nearly non existent in Malta. Furthermore, Malta and Gozo are very hilly. lt is great to speed down a hill but not so great making your way uphill amidst the traffic and exhaust fumes. The Maltese countryside and Gozo are definitely better for cycling as there is far less traffic.