Mosta offers a plethora of attractions and experiences that entice visitors to the town every year - it is a must-visit destination for travellers to Malta. Here are a few compelling reasons why you should be a part of the impressive numbers that visit and explore the wonders of this centrally located town.
Words by Kate Movergan | Extract taken from August's 2023 Il-Bizzilla Magazine
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While Mosta is renowned for its grand Mosta Dome, also known as the Bażilika, venture off the beaten path and discover the tranquility of Ġnien L-Għarusa, or Għarusa Gardens. This serene garden provides a peaceful escape from the bustling crowds. Take a leisurely stroll under the shade of the trees and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views. It's the perfect spot to relax and recharge, away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. Search out for the food truck offering a range of delectable dishes accompanied by a spectacular panorama. While it does not serve traditional Maltese cuisine, it has gained popularity nonetheless. Indulge in smoked meats prepared in various mouthwatering styles or choose to savour in the vegetarian options if you’d prefer.
In the heart of the Ġnien l-Għarusa Gardens you’ll find an amphitheatre where various performances take place throughout the year from Shakespeare, to comedy, and to music. It’s also a great place to just take in the view.
The Victoria Lines stretch 12 km from the east to the west of the island, passing from Madliena and through the limits of Mosta on their way before ending in Rabat. These linear fortifications are an example of military architecture that are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Among the Victoria Lines is Fort Mosta, a polygonal fort which was built between 1878 and the 1880s by the British. Today, it is used by The Armed Forces of Malta as an ammunition depot.
BONUS - SANTA MARIJA FESTA
If you happen to visit Malta in the middle of August, consider yourself lucky to witness the Santa Marija Festa. From early morning fireworks to vibrant street decorations, the festa offers a spectacle of colours and sounds. Immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere as the streets come alive with music, dance, and local traditions. The main event takes place on the 15th of August, but the streets are adorned with decorations for much of the month, creating a festive ambiance throughout Mosta.
The highlight of the Santa Marija Festa is the grand procession that winds its way through the streets of Mosta on the main day of the feast. The statue of the Assumption of Mary is carried in a splendid procession, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of marching bands. The procession features religious fraternities, parishioners in traditional attire, and a lively atmosphere filled with music and applause.
And then of course there are the fireworks… - these play a significant role in every festa with each town competing to be the best. Mosta is certainly in the top ranks, and is renowned for its spectacular displays, illuminating the night sky with mesmerising and carefully choreographed pyrotechnic shows.
In addition to the religious processions, you can enjoy cultural performances and entertainment during the feast. Traditional Maltese music and dancing take centre stage, providing visitors with a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the island. You can witness local folklore dances, live music performances, and even theatrical productions celebrating the occasion.
The Santa Marija Festa in Mosta is a lively and joyous celebration that brings together both locals and visitors alike. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the cultural traditions, religious devotion, and festive spirit of the Maltese community. If you have the chance to be in Mosta during the Festa, it is an event that should not be missed.