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Malta is one of the most LGBT+ friendly destinations in Europe – it’s ranked number one by ILGA-Europe for its equality laws and policies. Below you can find some of the best bars, events and attractions the country has to offer.
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Five LGBT+ friendly events
Malta Pride Week
In late summer every year, Malta Pride Week sees a cavalcade of parties and events across the island. In 2019, some of the events on offer included boat parties, a soccer tournament, a fashion show, cabaret and the Pride Concert, as well as the all-important Pride March.
Eurovision Final Live Streaming Party
Every year, the ARC (Allied Rainbow Communities) organises a live screening of the Eurovision Song Contest final, which has previously taken place at the CityLights Cinema in Valletta. Expect finger food and flowing champagne.
The 2,000 square-metre Sky Club in Paceville hosts Lollipop every month, which is billed as a “Saturday Night Hyper Trashy Pop Discotheque”, playing “the campest, bubblegum pop with a mix of disco and house”.
Station2Station (S2S) Events organises numerous parties and events across Malta throughout the year. Last year saw events like the Día de los Muertos party and Bordello, plus the essential Gay Pride Party.
Carnival fever sweeps across Malta every February, with fabulously colourful floats and riotous fancy dress. The main action is in Valletta, but events take place right across the island, and the parade in Nadur on Gozo is particularly famous.
Top bars and clubs
Michelangelo Club Lounge, Paceville
This two-floor club regularly hosts live events with local and international acts on the second floor, while the ground floor hosts the dance area and bar. There’s also a chillout area and VIP lounge.
Maori Bar, Valletta
Right down by the waterfront lies Maori, a super-chilled bar filled with worn sofas and guitars, and the perfect place to chill out. The ARC organises the LGBT+ friendly Maori Sundown Sundays event here on every second Sunday of the month.
Birdcage Lounge, Rabat
This quirky cocktail bar often features live music, with regular karaoke and cabaret shows. It offers a selection of around 60 whiskys, along with free appetizers.
Five must-visit locations
The jewel in Malta’s crown, this phenomenal lagoon off the coast of Comino has wonderfully blue waters that make it perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving and long lazy afternoons staring at the sea.
The Three Cities
The fortified cities of Vittoriosa (also known as Birgu), Senglea and Cospicua were founded by the Knights of St John in medieval times, and their picturesque streets are the perfect place to go for a pleasant wander in search of museums, restaurants and bars.
This beautiful stretch of coastline in northern Gozo is a great spot to go sunbathing and snorkelling. And a hike up the nearby hill will lead you to Tal-Mixta Cave, which provides stunning views across the bay.
The ancient walled city of Mdina dates back more than 4,000 years, and is home to numerous medieval palaces and historical buildings. The magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is said to have been built on the site of a Roman villa where St Paul stayed while in Malta.
Malta has been inhabited for thousands of years, and the Tarxien Temples is one of the most complex prehistoric sites on the island. This archaeological complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dates back to around 3000 BC and is likely to have been used for rituals.