Valletta Aerial View Source: Malta Tourism Authority

Malta Is the Mediterranean's Epic Travel and Events Destination for 2024


Malta is shining bright in 2024.

The marvelous Mediterranean nation got a major star turn as a setting for ABC's "The Bachelor" in early February. And, thanks to its award-winning hotels, for the third consecutive year Malta was featured on Forbes Travel Guide's annual Luxury Star Awards top-destinations roster. The Maltese Islands' wines also are making a global splash with the new national Wine Ambassador Josef Bonello, whose work will showcase Malta's spectacular wine and gastronomy.

Much more is in store in 2024 across LGBTQ+-friendly Malta. From its sunny shores and unforgettable cities, the Mediterranean archipelago, located just south of Italy, is hosting an incredible slate of events and festivals through the first half of the year. From rock star Ed Sheeran's June 26 blowout concert, to the holy annual Easter Celebration, to the Malta International Arts Festival, travelers to Malta can take in some of the world's best cultural experiences.

World Pride in Valletta
Source: Kilian Melloy

It all kicks off March 13th with the country's first-ever, premiering international artworks from around the world in Malta's unique sea setting, across all three of its islands – Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The inaugural biennale is organized through the Heritage Malta arts initiative, taking place within the country's historic locations, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites, one in capital city Valletta, the other in Gozo's ancient temple complex, Ggantija. The Maltabiennale runs through May 31, 2024.

As the fabulous setting for EuroPride in 2023, Malta will again welcome LGBTQ+ travelers to celebrate Malta Pride, taking place September 6-15, 2024. Malta remains one of the best queer-friendly destinations in the world, holding the top spot on the Rainbow Europe Map & Index since 2015 for its positive commitment to LGBTQ+ rights and community support.

Here's a rundown of the incredible array of cultural, athletic, historical, fine-arts, and other events taking place in Malta and Gozo in the first half of 2024.

Malta International Fireworks Festival
Source: Malta Tourism Authority


Tune In: MUŻIKA MUŻIKA (March 14 – 16, 2024)
Kanzunetta Maltija is a prestigious festival produced by Festivals Malta, showcasing different genres of Maltese music in an annual competition.

Runners (and Spectators) Take Your Places: La Valette Marathon (March 24, 2024)
The highly-anticipated third edition of the La Valette Marathon by Corsa, a full or half marathon event, is not just a race; it's an immersive experience that combines the thrill of running with a captivating journey through Malta's rich cultural heritage. Runners will follow an entirely coastal route along the idyllic Mediterranean Sea.

Heritage of Observance: Easter Celebration (March 29 – April 7, 2024)
Easter Week in Malta invites locals and tourists to observe events and displays across Malta and Gozo, from solemn Good Friday to colorful Easter celebrations across the islands.

In-Depth Arts: Valletta Resounds: The Caravaggio Experience (Annually from March - June)
Held at the Oratory inside St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta Resounds elegantly strings together the Caravaggio masterpiece, The Beheading of St. John, with theatrical storytelling and timeless classical music.

by Kelsy Chauvin

Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.

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