There is something special about fireworks, lighting the night sky with a pyrotechnic blast of color. For most, it is the way to mark a celebration, a holiday, an event, even a wedding, but for others it is truly their life’s work. Each year the Mediterranean island nation of Malta hosts the Malta International Fireworks Festival, where pyrotechnic artists from across the globe compete for the top honor.
This year, pyrotechnic artists from all over the world will gather in Malta, from April 26th to 30th, and visitors will not be disappointed. Each night of the festival, fireworks are staged at various points around the Grand Harbour of Valletta, with some of the most spectacular displays lighting the sky over the ancient port.
While the big companies are represented, so are the little villages of Malta, where the entire town will make its way to the waterfront to cheer on the locals. In fact, there are still 35 fireworks factories on the islands of Malta and Gozo. The tradition dates back to the the Order of the Knights of Saint John.
The fireworks are timed and staged to music and each program last from 30 to 60 minutes. It’s where fireworks fanatics should be to get their pyro fix.
For first time tourists to Malta, one of the best nights to visit is when the display is held near The Valletta Waterfront. The promenade is lined with restaurants and clubs, offering a wide variety of cuisines.
Malta is a Mediterranean island off the beaten path, providing all of the sizzle of a holiday in the sun without hoards of tourists to cloud your horizon. Visiting during the annual Fireworks Festival is just the sparkle on the cake!