Carnival in Malta 2021 – ‘Personal Guide’ & Travel

Valletta, Malta Start Date: 12/02/2021 End Date: 16/02/2021
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Hey there, today I’m going to show you why the Carnival in Malta should be on your list.

You’ll see:

  • Why the festival is unique
  • The 2021 schedule
  • Personal Tips and View
  • A complete section dedicated travel in Malta

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Carnival in Malta

Heading to Malta in February? If so, one of the stranger festivals awaits you there, the Carnival in Malta. The traditional festival in Valletta and the silenced version in Nadur Gozo are more than the regular floats.

  • Malta Carnival 2021 is from February 12th-16th | Friday-Tuesday

I mean, floats, parades, and costumes are brilliant and one of the best parts of each carnival in the world. Don’t get me wrong. You’ll even have the bonus of beautiful beaches and a unique history exhibit. But why carnival Malta? I’ll tell you why:

While most carnivals celebrate sexy costumes (like Rio), in Malta they have a different point of view. Here the more grotesque, the better. Kind of an awe and shock factor. Weddings? The Valletta carnival puts a twist to with some mock weddings, different from the Burial of Sardine in Tenerife and Joselito in Barranquilla. In Nadur, there aren’t even any rules! Is there more? Definitely. To make it easier, see the schedule of the Valletta Malta carnival:

Before seeing the program, you should know the times and dates might change.

Valletta Carnival Schedule

 

Day 1-Malta Carnival Floats and Dances

  • Day: February 12th, 2021 | Friday
  • Places: St George’s Square, Republic Street
  • Time: 4pm – 8:30pm

 

The Maltese carnival starts with a bang. The first day begins with the dance competitors, followed by the King’s float and the unique masks.

Day 2-Mock Wedding and a Party

  • Day: February 13th, 2021 | Saturday
  • Places: St George’s Square, St John’s Street, Tritoni Square
  • Time: 3pm – 11pm

 

The first day of the Maltese festival in Valletta begins with dance shows in St George’s Square from 3 pm. After the local carnival dances, the strange floats and parades start, where they continue to Republic St. Nearby at 4 pm, you should hop to St John St (near the cathedral), to see the mock wedding, and finish off at Tritoni Sq from 7 pm with a party at a DJ set with the floats.

Day 3-Dancing With Swords and Floats

  • Day: February 14th, 2021 | Sunday
  • Places: St George’s Square, High Street St John’s Street, Tritoni Square
  • Time: 3pm – 11pm

 

The second day of the Valletta Malta Carnival consists of parades from 9:30 am. The spectacle divides itself to Hamrun, the Grand Parade, and Carnival Special. The last one includes the King’s very own float.

The weird part of the day though is the sword dance (Parata) from 2 pm at St George’s Sq. It’s a unique dance celebration to reminiscence the victory of the Turks by the knights.

Day 4-The Top Dances and Floats

  • Day: February 15th, 2021 | Monday
  • Places: St George’s Square, High Street St John’s Street, Tritoni Square
  • Time: 4pm – 9pm

Similar to the first day of the carnival, but the King’s float and masks. On the other hand, you’ll get to see the dancers who were victorious from previous rounds.

Day 5-The Grand Finale

  • Day: February 16th, 2021 | Tuesday
  • Places: St George’s Square, St Anne Street (Floriana)
  • Time: 6 pm – undisclosed

 

In St George Sq, you can see all the dance crews and King’s float parading to Republic St, from 6 pm. But the real show is St Anne Street from 6 pm: The Grand Final. Floats and parades will display in the street to close the festival.

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Nadur Carnival in Gozo

In Spanish, the word ‘gozar’ means to enjoy yourself. That’s exactly what the Nadur carnival is about: simply enjoy yourself. Schedule? No need. Tradition? Leave it for Valletta.

The Gozo festival is all about being spontaneous and celebrating with different masks and parties. The fun begins when the sun sets.

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How Would I Celebrate the Maltese Carnival?

To get the most out of my Malta getaway, I would give myself 7 days to enjoy my time truly. The first 3 days I’ll spend in Valletta to see the carnival’s parades and floats, mock wedding, and the sword dance (that one really interests me). I also use the aid of a guide, because there’s too much history to ignore.

Apart from the carnival, I’ll wander the streets of Valletta eating, listening to live music and have a party. Also, check on the historical sites and of course see the beaches, since Valletta Malta is so small, I would prefer walking there.

The Last 4 Days of My Carnival Week

At day no.4 I would hop to the small Comino Island for the day. How can I miss the best beaches in Malta? (I’ll mention more in the travel area).

For the next 2 days, I would want to see what the Nadur carnival is all about. I’ll go to a costume from Valletta and join in on the fun. While I’m in Gozo, I’d rent a car or a motor pad and check out the northern part of the Mediterranean Island.

Did I mention I was history buff? Well I’ll want to spend the last day seeing some of the historical sites on Malta, including the Mdina Gate and St. Paul’s Catacombs in Mdina.

After that, time to go back… Or continue to Sicily?

So Why Malta Carnival?

Time to give yourself some travel time to lovely Malta and see a unique carnival in Valletta and Nadur. Form Mock Weddings to random street festivals, the Mediterranean island will add an extra special memory in the box. Book your getaway for the Carnival in Malta.

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