2022 Malta

Submitted by English Bridge Union on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:04

Malta is not just a destination for those after beach and sun but offers plenty to do all year round.

Malta has 365 churches – one for every day of the year.

The seven Megalithic Temples of Malta are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo, each the result of an individual development. The two temples of Ggantija on the island of Gozo are notable for their gigantic Bronze Age structures. The temples pre-date Stone Henge and the Pyramids! More information can be found on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The EBU trip to Malta includes a Bridge Programme from 2nd February to 8th February 2022 although there is plenty of time to enjoy Malta as well with two excursions: One to the incredible walled city, and capital, Valletta and the other to Mosta with its famous Rotunda Church of Mosta Dome and the 'Silent City' Medina.

The Bridge itself is suitable for most duplicate bridge players; the main competitions are Swiss meaning you mainly play against players of your own standard. It’s a fun bunch and newcomers are welcome.

Extending your holiday to the 10th February allows you to attend the Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck in Malta is one of the major public holidays and a religious feast on the island. The feast is to celebrate St Paul who is said to have been shipwrecked on Malta in 60AD.

The story goes that, the ship that St Paul was on, got caught in a storm on the way to Rome from Jerusalem. The strong winds blew the vessel on to the island’s shores. St Paul was highly welcomed and loved in Malta. The narrative also states that while St Paul was standing by a fire, he was bitten by a venomous snake. The saint was not injured in any way by the bite and the locals stood in awe. St Paul remained in Malta for three months and then parted ways to continue on his original journey.