People often ask: “when is the best time to visit Malta?”
At some point or other my answer to this question has changed.
For a long time my answer was hands down, summer. Maltas’ sizzingly h-o-t season oozes fun factor.
‘Seriously’ I thought. ‘What’s not to love?’ Non-stop sunshine, 35°C+ temperatures, music festivals, boat parties and the liveliest summer festa all danced back!
The best time to visit Malta soon changed to spring with it’s optimal weather and low tourist season which basically equated to:
Same beautiful Malta – Less distraction = Best time to visit Malta
but hey… that’s me.
Ultimately, the best time to visit the Maltese Islands depends on you.
That’s it. Post over!
Joking aside, Malta changes from season to season and each promises something unique.
If you want to find out when is best time to visit Malta for you, keep reading.
October – December (Autumn)
Malta’s rainfall levels are at the highest during November and December.
when it rains in Malta…
October is summers’ final hurrah: A chance to swim in marbled blue-green waters. Get your winters supply of vitamin D both with the possibility of having a beach or two…
At this time of the year, there are less crowds and many would consider this the best time to visit Malta.
The kids have returned to school and like is typical across Europe, life (and the temperatures) begin winding down. Now is the perfect time to enjoy all the delights the island has to offer – museums, historic and cultural sites too.
Malta has many restaurants catering for all budgets and tastes. But if you’re a foodie you may appreciate the fact the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the al fresco experience.
A word of warning: Once the sun goes down, temperatures will tumble. It can go from feeling summery during the day to wintry at night. If you’re susceptible to feeling the cold, it’s best to bring a jacket!
January – March (Winter)
January and February are relatively quiet months here in Malta. Day temperatures hover around 17°C. Winter is mild and this is the best time to visit if you enjoy walking and exploring the great outdoors. Malta receives an average of 5-6 hours sunshine a day during winter so is perfect to spend a day hiking around sister island Comino for example.
With that said, the island is very humid and this can give the illusion that it is much cooler. Pair this with the Maltese stone houses designed for the summer months and without heating it can end up feeling colder…
March can offer respite from the wetter winter months, bringing us ever closer to spring. The average rainfall of 37mm makes March the driest of the winter months and perfect for a days hike along the many walking trails.
April – May (Spring)
Short and Sweet.
That’s the best way to sum up Spring in Malta. With sea temperatures at 17°C most would consider this a tad bit too cold for a swim. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you…
if you can handle it.
Day temperatures during April and May are blissfully pleasant, averaging between 20°C and 24°C.
If I learnt anything living in Malta, and more so during ‘Rona is: The island is anything but 50 shades of blue. There is so much to do outside of swimming season. Sure, the beauty of the Med appeals but in the words of the popular Instagram hashtag: Malta is more
The Maltese countryside is often overlooked when considering a visit here. But spring is where nature’s party’s at.
So what can you expect during this time?
Picture: velvety green countryside, 9-10 hours of sunshine and hardly any rain. Thinner crowds is all but guaranteed.
April and May is the best time to visit for a picnic, mid-summer strolls or simply lazing in the sun. Moreover, fruit and in particular strawberries are ripe and ready for the taking. Spring is when you can experience the Strawberry Festival (Festa Frawli) in Mgarr.
Most of the Malta’s cultural and religious festivals also take place during these months. (Covid-19 permitting or not). April and May considered “low season” travel wise and is the best time to visit before the summer hullabaloo.
If you want a taste of what life is like in Malta without the crowds…
Then this is the time for you.
June – September (Summer)
Are you a sun and/or sea lover? If the answer is yes then… summer and in particular July through to September is the best time to visit.
Malta is located between the North African coast and Sicily. The prime geographical location it seems.
The island benefits from a typical Mediterranean climate.. Coastal winds are blown in from Africa and day temperatures exceed 35°C. with a UV sun index of 10/11.
Basic sun-speak which translates to: Looooooong hot summer!
Summer is when the island comes to life and it can be extremely loud and busy everywhere.
Packed buses, packed beaches packed… (you get the gist). Prepare for things to take slightly longer than usual. But, you won’t need a jacket during these months.
Once summer arrives in Malta, that’s it until autumn. And even then, summer is a frequent overstayer! If you bring anything with you, make sure it’s sun protection and tons of it!
If I am honest, this is one of the main things that initially kept me returning to Malta each year. Endless summer, crystal clear waters and parties that seemed to go on and on.
Tip: If ever you decide to live in another country…
visit at all times of the year, especially during your least favourite season. This will help you make a better informed decision. And… stave off major culture shock!
And that’s each of Malta’s seasons!
It’s may not be enough to solely factor in the seasons or weather when considering the best time to visit Malta.
Apart from being cheaper, low season tends to be slower paced and calmer. You’re far more likely to experience more cultural events.
Whereas summer tends to be busier, louder and somewhat “commercial”.
I hope this helps you decide when to visit the Maltese Islands.
Check out the best things to do in Malta for some extra tips.
Should you have any questions, ask away in the comments 🙂