Winter, Spring, Summer
March – May
LCY → MLA
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 15 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 2 £GBP (25 min)
Enticing temperatures year-round and an incredible coast means a beach holiday in Malta is hard to resist. However look a little further than the fabulous natural surroundings and you’ll discover islands with a rich history, cultural diversity and unlimited charm.
Surprisingly varied Malta offers a lot more than most other European holiday destinations. Often referred to as open air-museum, the capital Valletta is packed with baroque churches and ancient palaces. Offshore the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean conceal incredible treasures, like awe-inspiring underwater caves and sunken WWII bombers. To visit the medieval city of Mdina is like stepping back in time into a different world, with its quiet piazzas and labyrinth-like passages. After the dark the city becomes particularly magical with only the street lamps to light your way, making your Malta holidays charming.
Its official, Malta is the state with the best climate in the world, according to International Living magazine. Malta’s climate is Subtropical Mediterranean meaning very mild winters while it is warm to hot in summer. Winter is when the majority of the country’s annual rainfall occurs while summer is usually dry.
The average yearly temperature is around 23 degrees Celsius (73 Fahrenheit) by day and typically drops to 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) at night. January is the coldest month with the maximum temperature ranging from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius (54-68 Fahrenheit) during the day and 7 to 12 degree Celsius (45-54 Fahrenheit) by night. The warmest month is August with temperatures ranging from 28 to 34 degrees Celsius (82 to 93 Fahrenheit) by day and 20 to 24 (68 to 75 Fahrenheit) at night.
Malta enjoys about 3,000 sunshine hours per year. It is one of the highest index in Europe. So don't hesitate and enjoy sunny days on Malta holidays.
Mdina, or the Silent City, is the ancient capital of Malta and is set on a high point in the centre of the island. Encircled by the picturesque town of Rabat, this fortress is one of the best attractions for holidays in Malta, with its incredible architecture, rich history and amazing views. Mdina gets even better in the evenings offering peaceful and romantic surroundings after the crowds of tourists have left for the day.
The capital Valletta also has a rich history, but that does not mean this city has not moved with the times, offering shopping at a level you’d find anywhere in Europe and a diverse range of museums, galleries and other cultural sites. St John’s Co-Cathedral is particularly significant. It was constructed by an early Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller and features paintings by Caravaggio, tapestries and other artifacts that are of national importance to Malta. As you walk the floors, underfoot are the tombs of the Order of St John’s most famous knights.
In Gozo, a smaller island 5 kilometres north-west of Malta, is laid-back and quiet, features an impressive geographical feature known as the Inland Sea which was carved out by the Mediterranean. The Citadel is Gozo's version of Mdina.
The megalithic temples of Malta are the oldest free-standing structures in the world and Sliema and St Julians are the most popular among tourists. Plan to visit both of them during your holidays to Malta.
Off the usual tourist itineraries is the south of Malta, but is home to some of the island's finest churches.
In summer villages and towns across Malta host feasts usually dedicated to a saint. Lasting for up to one week, some of the most famous feasts are Our Lady of the Lily in Mqabba (third Sunday in June), Saint Philip in Zebbug (second Sunday in June), Mount Carmel in Zurrieq (Sunday before the last of July), Saint Mary of Imqabba, Qrendi, and Ghaxaq (August 15), Saint Catherine of Zurrieq (first Sunday of September) and the Nativity of Our Lady in Naxxar (September 8).
In April, a fireworks contest is held in the Valletta/Floriana area and involves different fireworks manufacturers competing with each other to create the biggest booms and brightest explosions. It is always spectacular and attendance is free, so don't miss a chance to enjoy it during your Malta holidays.
Summer is also a time for wine festivals, three of the biggest include two held in Valletta, the Marsovine winefestival in July and the Delicata winefestival in August, and another – the Qormi Festival – held in September in Qormi.
The Valletta Carnival held in February and March is held between Valletta itself and the town of Floriana.
Ghanafest – (www.maltafolkmusicfestival.org) otherwise known as the Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival is a three-day event of Mediterranean folk music, including Maltese folksongs (Ghana). It takes place every June in the Argotti Botanical Gardens in Floriana. If you are keen on music, you should definitely attend this festival during your holidays to Malta.
The Malta Jazz Festival in July, attracts some of the international jazz scene’s biggest stars. It is held in the splendid setting of the historic Ta’ Liesse wharf in Valletta’s Grand Harbour.
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