Movie memories, made in Malta
Beautiful blue skies, crystal clear waters and al-fresco dining is, to most, what Malta is all about. While these pleasures are what many of us wish to escape to, there is so much more to enjoy on this magical island nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea…
A bijou of natural beauty
For the Maltese locals, it would come as no surprise that Malta is a magnet for the movie industry. Steeped in unique charm, centuries-old character, great restaurants and boutique hotels, this little sun-drenched island offers visuals that are never short of impressive; not only rendering it a perfect meeting, incentive, conference or event (MICE) destination, but a perfect backdrop for several cinematic masterpieces.
Dubbed “the Mediterranean’s mini Hollywood” by the London Times, Malta sees some of Hollywood’s biggest film studios choose its mesmerizing panoramas as the location for their movies. The historical city of Mdina (known as the ‘silent city’) and Comino’s ancient fortress, Chateau d’if, were used when filming some scenes in the 2002 adventure, ‘The Count of Montecristo’. Brad Pitt transformed into the Greek A-list warrior and hero, Achilles, for his role in ‘Troy’ in 2004, even returning to film ‘World War Z’, followed with ‘By The Sea’ a couple of years later.
Lights. Camera. Action.
Malta has been a popular filming location since the 1920s, having successfully adopted the guise of everything from Ancient Rome to the South of France. The golden-hued walls of Fort Ricasoli – just across the Grand Harbour from Valletta and dating back to the 17th century - served as a venerable backdrop for Russell Crowe’s centurion in Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’. The Fort later became the landscape for the world-renowned television series ‘Game of Thrones’.
Tom Hanks made a couple of blockbusters here, too. The ‘Da Vinci Code’ used Malta as the destination for its Knights Templar flashbacks, while the academy award-nominated ‘Captain Phillips’ was shot in Valletta’s majestic Grand Harbour. And, just last year, Malta played 15th century Spain serving as the backdrop to the battleground when filming the video game adaptation ‘Assassin’s Creed’. With its riveting good looks and talent on camera, it’s no wonder that Malta is a film director’s dream location, and an ideal destination for corporate incentives and team-building activities.
2018 Capital of Culture
Valletta, one of the most historic capital cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be holding the esteemed title of European Capital of Culture in 2018. Malta is a cultural heritage of baroque beauty brimming with charming cafes, a thriving music scene, local festivals, booming nightlife; the list goes on… that can be reached from main European airports in no time.
Small in size. Big in history.
Despite its diminutive size, measuring a mere 316 square kilometers, the Maltese archipelago is alive with significant sites, idyllic spots, and one of the largest cultural displays in the world. From fossil-studded geo formations and prehistoric temples, to a plethora of rugged coastlines and stunning bays, Malta is a richly woven history of unrivalled wonder, like nowhere else. One minute you can be exploring the ancient city of Valletta, and the next you can be deep-sea diving off the beautiful blue seas around Gozo; Malta’s little sister, considered to be one of three top diving spots.
An event to remember
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure across land and sea, an exclusive excursion filled with centuries-old archeological interest or something a little more relaxing, to add to your program, 20Twenty destination experts can organize it.
Quality assured since 2009 by the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA), 20Twenty sprinkle MICE programs with “magic moments” that delegates will remember in years to come. Malta is a living and breathing film set just waiting for you to shout ‘Action’!