What’s the best time of year to go to Malta?
I often get asked what the best time of year is to visit Malta. The answer isn’t always easy to give. It really depends on why you’re travelling to this small island nation and what type of Malta holiday you’re looking for.
The short answer that applies to most types of travellers is April, May and June.
- You usually get the best weather throughout the year in this period. It’s mostly sunny, spring means temperatures rise and May is usually the month where swimmers start heading to the beaches.
- Spring is the time of year when some of the best annual events are organised: Medieval Mdina (reenactments in one of the top tourist attractions), the international fireworks festival in Valletta, Festa Frawli (fresh strawberries everywhere), Isle of MTV, Earth Garden, etc. In April/May, local village feasts (festi) – an important part of Maltese culture – also start becoming more frequent.
- You beat the tourist high season (July – September), which means Malta is far less busy, you can get better deals on flights, hotels and rental cars and you also avoid the 30+ °C (86+ °F) temperatures and potential heat waves.
- You get to see Malta and Gozo at their nicest. Summers are hot and dry, so this time of year means the islands will be much greener. Perfect if you want to explore the countryside or the numerous places to visit in Malta.
If the summer heat is something you long for and actually want for your holiday, you have two options.
1) Go in July, August or September. There’s a good chance you won’t see a single cloud in the sky during your whole stay and you’re guaranteed to get a tan even if you stay in the shade. Yes, it will be busy on the beaches, but not to the extent that it’s likely to be an annoyance to you.
Be aware, though, the further into August/September you plan your holiday, the more likely it is that the rising humidity will bug you. Further into September there’s also a chance for freak rainstorms (signalling the change of season) to cause floods in the lower lying parts of Malta and Gozo.
2) Go in the second half of September or October. Forget about autumn. Malta’s autumn usually comes and goes in a matter of weeks. Temperatures are still around 25-30 °C (77-86 °F)
If your main focus is exploring the Maltese islands, your best bet is basically any month apart from July/August. December, January and February are usually the coldest and wettest months of the year. One year the weather remains relatively sunny, the next you could be unlucky with cloudy and rainy weather. It’s a bit of a gamble, that time of year.