A view of Malta’s capital city, Valletta, from Senglea Gardjola tower. Photo by Myriam Thyes.
Best season: May to July. Great weather and not too warm like August/September. Also excellent for festivals and fiestas.
OK: September to November – Still pleasant weather and the crowds usually die down a little.
Worst: January/February – this is the coldest period of the year and you can also expect some rain. Whether you’re here for some sunshine or to enjoy the outdoors, the rain has the potential to spoil it in this period.
Length of stay:
A week in Malta is long enough to relax, enjoy the sun and even get around a lot of the island’s attractions if you hire a car as the islands are so small. If you plan on doing a dive course or more extended activity then two weeks will give you plenty of time to do that, explore all the key areas of the islands and catch some sunshine hours.
St Julian’s harbour and varied hotels.
Photo by Myriam Thyes.
• Valletta – the island’s capital and a beautiful harbour port. If you’re looking for a bit more culture and history from your holiday then this is the place for you.
• Sliema – perfect for those wanting a cosmopolitan holiday with shopping, nice restaurants and a taste of real Malta.
• St Julian’s – Malta’s nightlife centre. With a host of bars, restaurants and clubs, this is the place for the younger visitors to come for a great party.
• Bugibba/Qawra – one of the hottest tourist areas of the islands. Those looking for sun, sea and sand will keep themselves happy here with the beautiful beaches and busy resorts.
• Gozo Island – a more rural escape for people who want to get off the beaten track and escape the tourist hubs. Also a fantastic spot for diving in Malta.
Best Malta Beaches
• Mellieha Bay – The largest sandy beach on the whole island and possibly one of the best beaches in the whole Mediterranean. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular one with the tourists and will often be extremely crowded in summer.
• Golden Bay – A quieter option due to it being a bus trip away from most places, though with a hotel nearby and restaurant for a break from the sun. It does have strong undercurrents in the water though so be aware when swimming.
• Paradise Bay – a beautiful beach, tucked away in a quiet cove which tends to be popular with younger holidaymakers. It is also a great place for snorkelling and has a dive centre nearby if you want to learn to scuba dive.