When is the best time to visit Malta? Well. All year round! Click here for a list of what to do in every season!
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Hello & welcome to my Malta Mini Series!
In this series, I will be writing blog posts about Malta giving you local tips and sharing with you how you can have the best time in Malta.
For those of you that didn’t attend your geography classes, Malta is a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean. We may be tiny but we have SO much to offer!
Just like any other Mediterranean islands, tourism hits its peak during the Summer season. That’s when parties start. Beaches are full of people and when it gets up to 110F.
Compared to other countries, our winters are not that cold and our autumn/fall is non existent. However, if though we don’t experience crunchy orange leaves, that time of year it does get slightly cooler.
Spring In Malta:
Spring in Malta usually starts around late March and lasts until mid-May. What I personally love about Spring is that there’s still a cold breeze but the weather is stunning every day! The highest the temperature usually gets during the day is 24 degrees celsius! Don’t forget your sunblock though as the UV rays are still pretty strong.
WHAT TO DO IN SPRING IN MALTA:
▷ One of my favourite places in Malta is Mdina. Mdina is also known as the Silent City as no cars are allowed inside the city except for the cars of residents. My favourite thing to do in Mdina is walk around it’s narrow winding roads and picture myself in a completely different era.If you find yourself wanting a snack with the whole of central Malta under you, visit Fontanella and sit on their rooftop area. Order their classic chocolate cake with a cup of coffee. Trust me, you will not be dissapointed.
Another cool activity to do in Mdina is a night tour. Legend has it that a black knight haunts the streets of Mdina and people actually reported that they heard a horse running through the streets of the city. If you’re into paranormal stuff, this activity is perfect for you!
▷ Valletta, our capital city is truly a gem in Spring. Thanks to countless restaurants, shops and view points, you can enjoy this medieval city from dawn to dusk. Steer away from the main parts and walk down the narrow roads for a taste of Maltese history.Don’t miss out on the Upper Barraka Gardens where you get an unobstructed view of the Three Cities!
While you’re there, I suggest you you witness the Saluting Battery! Believe it or not, tourists flock to see it. Located high along Valletta’s eastern historic ramparts, it enjoys unrivaled spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns. It is also perhaps the oldest saluting battery still in operation anywhere in the world. For almost 500 years, its guns protected the harbour against naval assault.
▷ Buskett needs to be on your Malta bucket list. Locals love to hang out there with friends and family and have picnics which last pretty much all day. Buskett gives you a taste of Malta’s natural beauty and fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of main cities.
▷ Captain Morgan Tours are some of the best on the island. They offering a number of different tours all over Malta. From Sliema to Valletta, you can explore all of Malta either by boat or by Jeep!
▷ Marsaskala is also another pretty destination for a nice stroll by the shore. Marsaskala is a quite version of the tourist hot spot St Julian’s and it’s located in the South. You can find a number of restaurants and gelaterias for you to enjoy in a nice, relaxed environment
Summer In Malta:
Summer in Malta starts around Mid-June and lasts up until September. Malta gets scorching hot Summers so it’s not for the faint hearted! However, if you enjoy stunning beaches, having glowy skin, parties and chilled evening dinners, then this is the season for you.
WHAT TO DO IN SUMMER IN MALTA:
▷ Go to the beach. Without a doubt, Malta has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. And we have a lot of them!
From Golden Bay to Blue Grotto, you will never have a shortage of beaches to choose from.
▷ Diving and snorkeling are a popular activity due to our crystal clear beaches, sea life and corals. There are a number of companies that you can choose from for your best diving experience! Click here for a list of some of the best ones on the island.
▷ Day trip to Gozo is a must. Gozo is our sister island and millions of tourists visit every year. Gozo is a quieter version of Malta with more greenery and locals know how to drive better than the Maltese. You’ll also find a number of pretty beaches dotted all over the island and great restaurants!
▷ Festas are a quintessential part of Maltese culture. During Summer, each village and town has their own festa and sometimes there’s more than one happening every weekend. The events combine food, drink and fireworks. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience Maltese culture at it’s finest.
▷ Dance the night away at the Isle Of MTV. This annual festival is held in July and thousands flock to spend the night dancing to hit songs. From Akon to Lady Gaga and Maroon 5, you are set to have the night of your life!
▷ Malta is also a very renowned party island. During Summer, there are parties literally every day as well as the clubbing strip in Paceville is open every day till late. From Cafe del Mar to Earth Garden and G7, Malta truly lives up to it’s name of the party island of the Mediterranean.
▷ Don’t forget our other sister island .. Comino! Comino has beautiful crystal clear waters and you can also get on a boat and spend the day swimming! One tip I have for visiting Comino is to go there early. The bay is very tiny and gets crowded really quickly.
Autumn In Malta:
Autumn/Fall in Malta is nothing like the pictures you see online with crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice latte and sweaters! It is still relatively warm however, temperatures do go down compared to Summer.
WHAT TO DO IN AUTUMN IN MALTA:
▷ As the force of the sun starts dying down and the tan lines start to fade, cultural events in Malta are on a rise. Without the Summer heat, one can enjoy a night in Malta’s Manoel Island Theatre.
▷ Dingli Cliffs offer a breathtaking view of Malta’s cliff side. Not to mention that the village of Dingli is picturesque. The cooler weather calls for walks in the countryside and Dingli offers just that. While you’re there, stop for a plate of Maltese traditional food at Diar il-Bniet.
▷ Enjoy cocktails in the crisp fall evenings at Strait Street. Strait Street is a historic street in Valletta. Just like in olden days, there you can find a number of bars and cocktail bars which are perfect for a night out with friends. My favourite is Tico Tico!
▷ Horse riding in Golden Bay is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike. Don’t worry, the horses are well taken care of. You can see some magical views of Golden Bay and Mellieħa and some pretty cool sunsets!
▷ Go to Malta’s biggest fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Here you can find fresh seafood for you to purchase and take home. As well as, a number of seafood restaurants all over the shoreline. One thing you will notice is Malta’s traditional boat: the Luzzu. Local fishermen use the Luzzus to catch fish and sell them to the restaurants every day. If .you are a seafood lover, grab yourself a Maltese seafood platter in the sun whilst admiring this stunning view.
Winter In Malta:
For us islanders, Maltese winter is pretty cold. However for someone who is from the north and is used to snow everyday, Maltese winters are nothing to them. Winters here are usually wet but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Winter also marks the time of the year where crowds die down and prices of flights and hotels are significantly lower as well.
WHAT TO DO IN WINTER IN MALTA:
▷ The Vallette Christmas Market is not one to miss. There you can find mulled wine, Maltese treats, street food and sweets. There is also an ice skating rink which is awesome for kids as well as a ferris wheel! From the ferries wheel, you can see the whole of Valletta and surrounding towns under you.
▷ Attend the midnight mass held on Christmas Day. Malta is a catholic country and this mass is a part of our heritage. Every parish holds a mass. There is also a congregation held at the Cathedral in Valletta!
▷ Speaking of Valletta, one my absolute favourite things to do is walk around our capital all bundled up in a jacket and scarf with a hot coffee in hand and listen to Christmas songs and carols over the loud speaker and watch the Christmas light flicker. Valletta and Sliema are your one stop places for Christmas presents!
▷ Every year, a pantomime is held at Manoel Theatre. This pantomine is held daily and tickets must be bought in advance as it is a very popular local tradition. It’s a happy mix of good slapstick humour for children and satire for adults. Furthermore, every year there’s a different theme.
▷ As mentioned before, Malta is a roman catholic country and what’s more religious than a crib? All over the island, life size cribs are built as exhibitions for people to attend.
▷ The Thomas Smith Charity Swim is held every year to raise funds for the community chest fund. Everyone can attend. You just have to have the guts to swim in the middle of December!
▷ Tigne Point, Malta’s biggest shopping mall in Sliema, hosts a Christmas village every year. This christmas market is held at the Tigne Pjazza and it’s open for everyone to attend from toddlers to adults. While you’re there, you can do a spot of shopping at the mall!
▷ A number of hotels and restaurants host what’s called a Midnight Christmas Breakfast. This breakfast happens post Christmas mass (one I mentioned earlier) and locals love it! Click here for a list of restaurants and hotels that offer delicious food to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.
And that brings an end to today’s post! This list is by no means exhaustive and you will find a million wonderful things to do in Malta.
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