When’s the Best Time to Visit Malta?
With more than 300 sunny days each year and annual rainfall averaging only 568mm, Malta has lots to offer as a sun-and-sea destination. In fact, the peak beach season can last until mid- to late-October and sunshine is likely even in winter.
It cools down enough in the shoulder seasons (which bridge the peak and off-peak times) to be able to comfortably explore the islands’ stunning countryside, while in January the average daytime high is 15°C – plenty warm enough to take in Malta’s roster of historic attractions that catalogue its 7,000-year history.
Spring: Just before the peak-summer season is a great time to nab a bargain in Malta. You can expect good weather (average temperatures are around 17°C) and fewer crowds, while all the main attractions are open. The sea is warm enough to swim in from April.
Summer: The average temperature is roughly 26°C, peaking at around the 33°C mark in July. The island can get quite crowded at this time and it’s likely to be very dry, although the sea breeze cools things down.
Autumn: Post summer is often considered to be the best time to visit – it’s still hot, but feels fresher and cools down in October. Many people make the most of Malta’s excellent walking trails and cycling routes in autumn, when it’s not too stifling.
Winter: January is the coolest month, with temperatures dropping to around 13°C, and the most rainfall is expected in December. It can however be as hot as 18°C, so pack a bikini along with your windproof jacket and cardigans. This is a great time to explore the old town in the capital, Valletta, and the island's many museums and churches.
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