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’ summers scream fun factor and what’s not to love? Non-stop sunshine, 35°C+ temperatures, music festivals, boat parties not to mention the traditional festas.
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 offers 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, however is summers’ final hurrah. A chance to swim in the azure blue waters, get your winters supply of vitamin D all with the possibility of having a beach or two…to yourself.
At this time of the year, there are less crowds and many would consider this the best time to visit Malta. Children have returned to school, it’s less touristy in general so you can 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 and foodies will 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 anything like me and sensitive to the cold…
best to bring a jacket!
January – March (Winter)
January and February are relatively quiet months here in Malta and day temperatures hover around 17°C. Winter is mild and is the best time to visit if you enjoy walking and exploring. Malta receives an average of 5-6 hours sunshine a day during winter 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… indoors.
March can offer respite from the wetter winter months and beckons us 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. Although there’s nothing stopping you…
if you can handle it.
Day temperatures during April and May are gorgeously 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. Spring is where natures’ party is at and the countryside is at it’s prettist durin these months. 9-10 hours of daily sunshine, barely any rain, less crowds is pretty much 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’ll 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” holiday 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…
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 and 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.
Sun speak for: 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. 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 plenty of it!
If I am honest, this is one of the main things that initially kept me returning to Malta each summer. Endless sun, 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, in particular the season with the least appeal. 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.
Low season tends to be slower paced calmer, with an emphasis on culture. Whereas summer tends to be busier, louder and “commercial”.
I hope this helps you decide when to visit the Maltese Islands. If you have any questions, ask away in the comments 🙂