The Itinerary for a Typical Painting Holiday

Day 1: Arrival Day

Check in at hotel

Day 2: Valletta (European Capital of Culture 2018)

Our first workshop will be held in this magnificent Baroque masterpiece, built by the Grand Master Jean de la Valette of the Order of St John. Valletta is today one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world boasting two natural harbours and world famous works of art. Capture the timeless bastions, the famous cathedral of St John and the elegant architecture of the buildings. Valletta is an authentic feast for any artist or photographer. Our assignment will effortlessly take us through the bustling streets and vivid market, historic squares and picturesque gardens.

Day 3: Ghajn Tuffieha

Ghajn Tuffieha (meaning “the Apple’s Eye”), is renowned for its unspoilt rural atmosphere, fine sands and perfect sunsets. Its stunning clay hill backdrop, dramatic seascape and endemic species make it an ideal setting for any artist or photographer. Take a short walk through the picturesque natural sand dunes, and delve into the rich colours and natural fragrances.

Day 4: Mdina By Night

Start the day with a leisurely walk through the Silent City of Mdina also known as Città Vecchia, or Città Notabile.  Mdina was inhabited and possibly first fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 BC. It’s fortifications were built by the Phoenicians who named it ‘Malet’ which means shelter. It is has been described by several Roman politicians and poets such as Cicero and Dionisius as a remarkable city. Explore the play of light and shadows in the quaint narrow street of this iconic city. Mdina is poised strategically on one of the island’s highest points so you may use your artistic eye to discover new angles and viewpoints. 

Day 5: Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village located in the south-eastern part of Malta. It is also Malta’s second largest natural harbor. It is a fantastic place to capture a typical market atmosphere set against the blue and serene backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.  Spend the morning exploring the play of light and colour created by the eye-catching traditional Maltese fishing boats and the stalls of the market vendors. 
Marsaxlokk derives its name from the Arabic word marsa, meaning harbour, and Maltese for the south-easterly Mediterranean wind, the Xlokk (Sirocco in Italian). Marsaxlokk, with its sheltered habour, was an easy landing place for pirates and the Ottoman Turks. It was here that the Ottoman Turks landed for an attack which ended in the Great Siege of 1565. Napoleon's army landed here in 1798; and in 1989, the harbour was the scene of the Bush-Gorbachev Summit.