Social Event – Saturday evening
On Saturday evening we have the large social event for all attendees and their partners/family at the Paradise Bay with a big beach BBQ. You may even want to go for a swim in the sea, as it is warmer than the air at night. Changing and shower facilities are available.
Water, soft-drinks and one glass of wine or one bottle of beer is included. Additional alcoholic beverages and drinks have to be ordered and paid at the drinks bar on-site.
Transport by coach to/from the restaurant is included, departing between 19:00-19:30 in front of the conference venue. Return between 22:00-23:00 (multiple returns).
Organized Dinners – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday evening
For those attending the Tutorials, FreeBSD Developer Summit, or arriving early we have organized group dinners at interesting places on Malta:
Wednesday: Open arrival and meet up at the Portomaso Marina, St. Julian’s, at the round-about leading to the Hilton conference venue, from about 18:30 through about 22:00. We put up a big EuroBSDcon flag for you to find us.
Thursday: Dinner at The Black Pearl, a “pirate” sailing ship renovated as restaurant at the Ta ‘Xbiex Marina facing the bastions of Valletta across the harbor. Mediterranean kitchen with meat. Alcoholic beverages are not included and have to be ordered and paid on-site. Transport by coach to/from the restaurant is included, departing between 19:00-19:15 in front of the conference venue. Return between 22:00-22:30.
Friday: Dinner at the Valletta Waterfront with a short sight-seeing tour of Valletta and stepping through the Upper Barakka Gardens for a magnificent view of the Grand Harbor and the Three Cities on the other side. Mediterranean kitchen with pizza/pasta. Alcoholic beverages are not included and have to be ordered and paid on-site. Transport by coach to/from the restaurant is included, departing between 19:00-19:15 in front of the conference venue. Return between 22:00-22:30.
Sunday: Dinner at Birgu-Vittoriosa Marina, in one of the Three Cities with a great view facing Valletta across the Grand Harbor. Alcoholic beverages are not included and have to be ordered and paid on-site. Mediterranean kitchen with sea food. Transport by coach to/from the restaurant is included, departing between 19:00-19:15 in front of the conference venue. Return between 22:00-22:30.
For all places we have a vegetarian option available and can accommodate certain other special meal requests. Please note them in the “Food Requirements” field during registration.
Make sure to select the appropriate fields in the “organized dinner” section during registration. All organized dinners are pre-registered and pre-paid only because we have to pre-arrange for seating and transport!
Malta and its sister island Gozo haven recently been voted to be Europe’s best diving location. Interested scuba divers staying longer can coordinate through this divers table (open for public editing).
Side Program for Partners and Family
For those accompanying someone attending EuroBSDcon 2013 we’re creating a side program with sight seeing of Malta. If you’re extending your stay beyond the conference you can also visit these places on your own.
The side program covers Saturday and Sunday, with suggestions for Thursday and Friday. The conference social event on Saturday evening invites conference attendees and their companions to the sunset beach BBQ.
Malta has a very rich history and many interesting heritage and cultural sites to explore.
The side program isn’t finalized yet, however here are some places you’re likely going to visit within a guided tour:
- Valletta city center and harbor, not to miss the great fortifications and Upper Barakka Gardens with a magnificent view of the Grand Harbor and the three cities
- Luzzu boat tour of the Grand Harbor
- medieval city of Mdina on the tallest hill of the island
- beautiful harbor of Marsaxlokk with lots of small and brightly painted fishing boats
- island of Gozo with Victoria, Ramla Bay and the Azure window
- Blue Grotto
- Blue Lagoon
Places to visit
Other places near St. Julian’s and on Malta to explore by yourself:
- Sea front promenade from St. Julian’s to Sliema Tingue Point (opposite Valletta) makes a great walk
- St. Julian’s Paceville night life
- St. Georges Bay beach
- Playmobil factory (guided tours of the factory floor) and Playmobil Fun Park for the kids (near Airport)
Gallery with photographic impressions of Malta