When’s the best time to go?
A small country south of Sicily, the island of Malta has a rich history, beautiful architecture and a sunny, Mediterranean climate that’s perfect for summer beach holidays or winter sun breaks. With our Malta travel advice, you’ll be able to pick the perfect time of year for your Maltese holiday.
Visit Malta in the summer and you’re practically guaranteed uninterrupted sunshine, with temperatures averaging around 27°C in July, sometimes even hotter in August. This is also a great time of year for swimming, snorkelling or surfing when the sea is pleasantly warm and averages around 17°C.
Malta is also a popular winter sun destination for sightseeing or activity breaks (it’s a hotspot for climbing enthusiasts) and you’ll find temperatures even in January rarely drop below 13°C, perfect weather for exploring the cities and towns. Just be aware that November and December are also the rainiest months!
What should I pack?
Malta is known for its sunshine, and it can be especially strong in summer, so make sure your packing list includes sun cream, a hat and sunglasses. Don’t forget your swimwear and a cover-up for lazing on the beach or by the pool.
You’ll also want to take some comfortable shoes if you’re planning on sightseeing in Mdina, the ancient capital, and Valletta, the modern capital, as well as your camera – there are some amazing monuments and museums.
If you’re going to be visiting any of Malta’s famous churches or other religious places, make sure you pack some modest clothing such as jeans or light trousers and something to cover your shoulders with, as Malta is a Roman Catholic country.
Malta is still quite warm during the winter, but it’s a good idea to have a light jacket or waterproof for rainy days or cooler evenings. A small travel umbrella may also come in handy.