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When is the best time to visit Malta?

Malta's climate

Malta has a warm Mediterranean climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Surrounded by open sea, the trio of islands that make up the nation of Malta are strongly influenced by the changeable marine weather. With the odd wisp of cloud, Malta enjoys an average of more than twelve hours sunshine per day in the summer months, and five to six hours of blue skies even in the heart of winter. Annual rainfall is relatively low and limited to the winter months, but there's just enough precipitation to keep the green landscape from becoming too parched.

Malta has a lengthy hot dry season that lasts for longer than its northern neighbour of Italy, but thankfully falls short of the scorching highs of northern Africa to the south. When temperatures climb into the mid-thirties in the summertime, there's usually a light breeze blowing in from the ocean to cool you down. August is the hottest month when temperatures can reach 40C and it's also the busiest time to visit the island, when the tourist season is in full swing. Winters are mild in Malta, but from November until March the water and air are too cold for sunbathing or aquatic activities.

The best time to visit

Either side of the busy July and August holiday season is the best time to visit Malta unless you want to experience one of the music and cultural festivals held in July. In May-June and September-October you can still benefit from balmy temperatures and sunshine but without the summer crowds. Beaches are quieter and you can explore the island's culture and heritage sites in relative peace.

For a classic sun and sea beach holiday or to enjoy a spot of marine exploration, June is the perfect time of year to visit Malta when the weather and water is reliably warm and beaches are not too busy. At this time of year, water sports facilities are open and dive centres operate regular trips. Conditions continue to be good for swimming and water-based activities well into October, so you could also consider visiting in early autumn.

Public holidays and festivals

Malta is a Catholic country where all the usual Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated enthusiastically. Catholic feasts and saints' days, as well as days to mark important national events are all public holidays in Malta when offices, banks and businesses are closed, and public transport is more limited. All-in-all there are 14 public holidays. Some such as Christmas Day (25 December) and Workers' Day (1 May) are on fixed annual dates, while others such as Good Friday fall at different times every year. The holy week leading up to Easter Sunday is a fun time to visit the island with colourful street parades and other events.

National public holidays in Malta reflect the island's interesting history and proud sovereign status. There's Independence Day (21 September), Republic Day (13 December), Freedom Day (31 March), Victory Day (8 September) and a day to commemorate the 1919 riot (7 June).

For fans of music and cultural festivals, July is definitely the best month to travel to the island. There's Malta Music Week with live open-air shows and club nights, the international Jazz Festival beside Valletta's Grand Harbour and Malta Arts Festival with special concerts and theatrical performances all around Valletta.

If you are interested in travelling to Malta during a festival or want to avoid visiting over a busy public holiday when local infrastructure is reduced, be sure to check exact dates before you book.

Meterological information

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average °C 111212131619232626242117
Minimum °C 1199101215192122201714
Maximum °C 101515161923273030282420
Sunshine (hours) 5567810111211976
Rain (cm) 432210000133

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