A group of islands with beautiful landscapes and incredibly varied historical sites and structures is what is waiting for you at the island nation of Malta. Located between the North African coast and the island province of Sicily, Malta offers some of the best experiences for you through various activities like scuba diving, fishing and surfing, sightseeing at various historical sites and museums, cultural events, harbour visits and much more.
Even though Malta is an island nation, it is more popular for the archaeological and historical sites than the natural landscapes because of it being a nation with one of the oldest civilisations. Naturally, it has heritage sites spread across the country in almost all the cities. The 6000-year old Megalithic temples and Flal Saflieni Hypogeum, a complex filled chambers and stairways made into three levels, are a few of the oldest structures here. One of the best reasons why the country is popular amongst tourists around the world is its weather. It has one of the longest peak seasons in tourism when compared to other popular European tourist spots. You can visit here almost any time the year but keep in mind that the winters see the least number of tourists.
Malta has a temperate climate with long sunny days during the summer and pleasant climate during the spring and autumn season. The summer season can get a bit hot but still comfortable. Malta does not experience freezing weathers during the winters, but this is the time when there is maximum rainfall.
Valletta, Mdina, Sliema, Victoria and Mosta are some of the best cities to visit with each having a unique historical touch to them. Since, Malta is a place that has seen many cultures over the years with Romans, Arabs, French and British settlements being the most dominant in the last 2000 years, the place is filled with cathedrals, churches, chapels, castles and museums. All of this makes it the perfect place for someone who loves history and architecture.
Even though Malta is more popular for these historical sites, the scenic landscapes are equally beautiful thanks to the huge coastline filled with harbours and beaches. Ghasri, Qala, Ghajn Tuffiena, Qawra and Gozo are some of the most popular beaches here. While some are particularly famous for the nightlife, others are great for just chilling and spending some quality time near the clear waters of the ocean. Saint Julian’s and Saint Paul’s Bay, Mgarr and Gzira are some of the best harbours. Malta is also great for adventure sports like scuba diving and surfing.
Apart from these historical places and natural landscapes, there are numerous fairs and festivals for you to visit to not only get a deep understanding of the culture but also to enjoy your time with the locals. Also, festivals offer a great time to sample the delectable Maltese cuisine.
Since the weather conditions of the island nation are mostly sunny and pleasant, you can visit the country almost any time of the year. Pack your bags and head to Malta to have an experience of a lifetime.
Peak Season: May to October
Off Season: November to February
Shoulder Season: March to April
Malta has one of the longest summers in Europe with almost 6 months of the year experiencing the warm climate. Naturally, it has a long peak season from mid-May to mid-October. The spring season is the shoulder season of the country and the winters see the least number of tourists because of the long periods of precipitation.
|Travel Seasons||Min/ Max Temperature||Weather|
|Spring||9-16°C||Pleasant with occasional showers|
|Autumn||13-23°C||Pleasant with occasional showers|
|Winter||9-16°C||Pleasantly cold with heavy rains|
Temperature: The temperature during spring in Malta fluctuates between 9°C and 16°C.
Weather: The average low temperature in the spring season does not go below 9°C and the average maximum temperature goes to 16°C within the gap of two months. Even though it’s mildly cold during March, the weather starts warming up in the month of April.
Significant Events: RTS (Rock the South) at Malta Zion is one of the best and the longest music festivals in the country. More than 100 local artists perform one after the other to keep the tourists and locals equally engaged. The San Guzepp Feast is an event that you must definitely take part in it to experience the local food culture.
Why you should visit now: Since it is the shoulder season of Malta, it is a great time for tourists who are looking for budget-friendly tours. Another reason to visit here is that you can enjoy the harbour and beaches a bit more before the sun really comes out in the sky. You still have 8-9 hours of light during the day, which is enough for you to explore the cities.
Things to know before the visit: This is a time that has a lot of musical festivals that primarily focus on alternate music. Also, you should carry at least one layer of woollens if you are visiting the country in March.
Tip: You can save money by visiting the country during this time, as all the flight tickets and accommodation charges are slightly low when compared to the peak season.
Temperature: The temperature during summer in Malta ranges between 15°C and 31°C.
Weather: The summer in Malta is the longest season of all with almost half the year falling under this season. Officially, the months from May to September fall under this season. It can get quite sunny during July and August with the maximum temperature going above 30°C. The average minimum temperature stays around 15°C in May but goes above 20°C in the later months. It can get really hot during the noon hours.
Significant Events: Due to the excellent weather conditions in this season, there are numerous music festivals during this time. Artists from around the world come to give the tourists and locals a wonderful time. Lost & Found, Summer Daze Malta, Glitch, Full Moon Med Fest, Isle of MTV Malta and Sunscape Festival are some of the popular festivals in the summer. A majority of these festivals focus on alternate or electronic music, but it is actually the buzz and the vibe of these festivals that resonates with people rather than just the music. Thus, these festivals end up drawing thousands of tourists from around the world. The Marsovin Wine Festival in July is a festival that should definitely interest you if you love your fermented drinks!
Why you should visit now: Simply put, it is the best time to visit Malta without a doubt. You just cannot pick a better time to spend your holiday in the scenic nation. With 10-11 hours of daytime available, you have enough time to explore the cities and natural landscapes alike. Also, the innumerable number of music festivals make it a great time for EDM lovers. It is also the ideal season to explore beaches and try your hand at scuba diving as well.
Things to know before the trip: It is the peak season and you need to book your tickets well in advance. Though Malta has a long summer, it can still be quite crowded. It is a great time for you to explore the cathedrals, castles, churches and other such historical places.
Tips: Carry light clothes as it can get really hot during the summers here. Carry a hat or a cap, a sunblock, shades and all that you need to keep you safe from too much exposure to the sun.
Temperature: The temperature you get to experience in the autumn in Malta is somewhere between 13°C and 23°C.
Weather: The month of October is quite pleasant with the sun still being out for more than 7 hours a day. November gets slightly colder with time. The average maximum temperature stays around 23 and the minimum average temperature goes below 15°C.
Significant events: Malta Doom Metal Festival is the best festival of the year if you love metal music. Malta Book Festival in November is a festival for book lovers. With not many festivals around, it is a great time for you to visit the museums, cathedrals and other such historical places.
Why you should visit now: The Autumn in Malta is just like the spring in terms of affordability. Moreover, October is considered to be one of the best months to visit because of the temperatures dropping. Also, the number of tourists is quite less, allowing you to explore all the best places without the tourist spots being crowded.
Things to know before the visit: It is the perfect time for you to explore popular tourist spots that are otherwise crowded during the peak season. During this time of the year, there is an increase in the frequency of rainfall, so carry your umbrella.
Tips: If you visit here in November, then carry your umbrella all the time as the weather can get really unpredictable during this time of the year. You need not stress about booking hotel rooms in advance as you can get it even after you arrive.
Temperature: The temperature stays in the range of 9°C and 16°C in the winter season.
Weather: The winter in Malta is not like the ones experienced in other European countries. It is quite pleasant in terms of the cold, but it is the wettest season of all four. The average minimum temperature stays around 7°C and the average maximum temperature around 16°C. All the precipitation is in the form of rain with more 75% of the days in these three months receiving rain.
Significant events: The December month has a lot of Christmas-related fairs, festivals and carnivals spread across the country. The celebrations end with the New Year’s festival. The Valletta Festival is a top festival to experience the culture of Malta in full flow. The Carnival in February also shows you a ton of cultural activities including folk dances and songs, performed by local artists.
Why you should visit now: This is the perfect time for people who love to travel to explore places in small budgets. Not even 10% of the number of tourists that visit in summer visit in winters. This results in making all the hotel accommodations a lot cheaper for you.
Things to know before the visit: Due to the extreme rainy conditions in the country, most people prefer to stay inside and hence the streets look incredibly empty. However, the place is quite safe to travel for tourists. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that not all the tourist places are open during this time.
Tips: You just cannot travel around Malta in the winter season without an umbrella and a raincoat as it rains every other day. Also, carry a mosquito repellent with you as the continuous rains attract a lot of mosquitoes and other insects.
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