We want to share your best Christmas photos of Malta

Calling all photography enthusiasts – we want to see your beautiful work! Here at Bay, we love it when our listeners and readers get in touch with their Christmassy pics, whether they are of landmarks like the Triton Fountain or a stunning sunrise over Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem in Gozo. We want to showcase even more of […]

Waterpolo marathon to raise funds for Special Olympics Malta

A 24-hour waterpolo marathon in aid of Special Olympics Malta will be held this weekend. Organiser and former waterpolo player Tim Camilleri said he came up with the idea after Malta’s success at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Abu Dhabi. He said: ‘The Special Olympics were a moving experience. It won […]

The Pope is invited to visit Malta and Gozo

The Pope has been invited to visit Malta and Gozo. President of Malta issued the formal invitation during a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday. Dr George Vella described Francis as ‘a real man of the people’. The President told reporters: ‘It was amazing, just like talking to someone who is a […]

Man dies while swimming at Maltese beauty spot

A man has died after getting difficulties while swimming at one of Malta’s natural beauty spots. An extensive search was carried out after three men were reported missing at 4.35pm on Thursday. They had been swimming at the Coral Lagoon near Mellieha when they found themselves in difficulty because of strong waves. The police said […]

Incredible photo captures lightning strikes over Gozo

Thunderstorms have been rumbling over the Maltese Islands – and one talented photographer has captured an incredible shot of fork lightning over Gozo The image, by Paul Grima, shows lightning bolts in the sky above the ferry terminal at Mgarr Harbour. As reported on 89.7 Bay, a storm swept across Malta and Gozo on Tuesday […]

Malta gets another 40 brand new buses with free wi-fi

Malta Public Transport is investing €9 million on 40 new buses. They’ll be fitted with free wi-fi and USB charging ports to allow passengers to stay online during their journeys, as well as low flooring and extra luggage space. Malta’s transport minister Ian Borg said the island’s modern bus fleet now stands at 435, the […]

One in seven of us in Malta is not Maltese

One in seven people in Malta is not Maltese, according to new figures from the EU. Eurostat revealed that 14 per cent of the people living in Malta were born overseas, compared to just 7.8 per cent on average in the EU. The situation in Luxembourg is the most extreme, with almost half the population, […]

Malta reaches EU deal to relocate 65 migrants

Malta has allowed a group of 65 illegal immigrants rescued off Libya to come to Valletta. They were picked up from a rescue ship in the middle of the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that all 65 would be relocated to other parts of the EU, following talks with the European Commission. The migrants […]

New Gozo ferry ‘already making a difference’

The new Gozo ferry has gone straight to work, just hours after arriving in Malta from Greece. The ship, Nikolaus, was hailed by commuters on social media as ‘already making a difference’ to the queues waiting to board the ferries at Mgarr and Cirkewwa. Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana said: ‘Although Nikolaos is scheduled to become officially […]

Malta on health alert as heatwave temperatures soar

Health chiefs have issued an urgent health warning as the first heatwave of 2019 hits Malta and Gozo. The alert was issued across as forecasters warned of sweltering conditions for the rest of the week. With temperatures expected to soar to 38°C, people are being urged to take extra precautions when it comes to preventing […]

Last month was the second coldest EVER in Malta

We all felt the cold last month – and now it’s official. February was the second coldest month ever recorded in Malta, according to the latest weather data from the Met Office in Luqa. Forecasters said temperatures plunged to a frosty low of 3°C at one stage between February 23 and 24. A Met Office […]

Malta wins two awards at annual ‘tourism Oscars’

Malta has another reason to celebrate. The island has won two top awards at the annual ‘Oscars of the tourism industry’ held in Germany. Malta was named the best LGBT destination, while Valletta won the Best City Break award. A spokesman for the Malta Tourism Authority said it was ‘extremely proud’ that Malta had scooped […]

Malta’s worst storm for 37 years ‘reached hurricane levels’

Malta was battered by hurricane-force winds at the weekend, the Met Office has confirmed. It said the terrifying winds reached speeds of 133km/h at 4am on Sunday, leaving behind a trail of destruction. According to the Beaufort Scale, winds faster than 118km/h are classified as hurricane level. Meanwhile the Prime Minister told Parliament that the storm […]

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Malta

Chinese New Year will be celebrated in Malta this week. With vibrant parades, music, exhibitions and delicious food, this Chinese New Year will welcome the year of the pig. The China Culture Centre Malta has organised a series of events in Valletta. But why is 2019 the year of the pig? Here’s everything you need to know […]

Stunning colour images show life in Malta in the 1950s

These stunning Bay Retro colour photos provide a fascinating glimpse of Malta and Gozo in the 1950s – long before the holiday apartment building boom. The images feature all manner of goings-on, from the familiar scenes of Castille in Valletta to the more unexpected sight of fields where blocks of flats now stand in Xemxija. The jubilant Carnival […]

Jonas Blue tells 89.7 Bay he’s ‘thrilled’ to play in Gozo

Jonas Blue has told 89.7 Bay he can’t wait to perform in Gozo on New Year’s Eve. The Fast Car star, 29, is the headline act at a free concert in Victoria to welcome in 2019. Speaking to 89.7 Bay’s Jake Cuschieri, he said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be the headlining New Year’s Eve in Gozo. ‘It’ll […]