To describe the weather in Malta in February, the Maltese have a saying: “Frar fawwar jimla l-bjar”. Roughly translated, it means that February fills everything with rain. Despite this old wife’s saying, the weather in February is not always wet. It is, however, colder than most other months of the year and tends to be wetter and windier.
You will still get quite a few days of sunshine in Malta in February if you’re lucky, but don’t expect sunny days to be the norm. More importantly, whatever the weather you will always find fun activities to do in Malta in February, especially since this time of year is quieter and you will face fewer crowds on your visits to sites.
February in Malta is still considered to be one of the coldest months of the year. Temperatures during this time range on average between 9-15o C (49-59o F), while sea temperatures are usually around 15o C (58o F).
This might not seem too extreme for you if you’re visiting from a much colder climate. However, do keep in mind that the strongest weather element in Malta is the humidity. This will make temperatures feel even colder than they actually are.
Luckily, gas and electric heating is very common all around the island as it’s pretty much a necessity. You will also be able to deal with the humidity by turning on a dehumidifier to help absorb the excess moisture in the air.
Yes, the weather in Malta in February is pretty warm, especially compared to most other countries during the winter months. This doesn’t mean that we don’t get cold days, windy days, or wet days.
In fact, you can experience all of the above in a short visit of a few days. The weather in February can be quite tricky as it can change unpredictably and all at once.
It’s pretty common to have lovely sunny days in Malta in February. Bad storms are uncommon, but not unheard of. Luckily, horrible weather in Malta usually goes away as quickly as it comes.
February is the month when Malta starts reviving a little following the lull of the first month of the year. It’s a short month, there’s plenty of events cropping up on the horizon, and the days start to get slightly longer.
Locals usually spend February enjoying hearty dinners at lovely restaurants, visiting bars and pubs with friends, and spending quality time with family by going out for walks and hikes in the lovely Maltese countryside on warm and sunny weekend days.
Best of all, Malta in February is still not classified as peak tourist season and so, all the major historical sites and museums will be open but not overwhelmingly filled with large groups of tourists and visitors.
February is an amazing time to visit Malta if you’re looking for a mild winter trip but are willing to risk a few days of possible rain and bad weather.
You won’t be disappointed if you do decide to chance it. It’s the perfect time to visit since it’s during the off-season period and the islands will be quieter, less congested with visitors, and the weather much less stifling and unbearably hot.
Apart from this, you will also probably get to benefit from cheaper flights, cheaper accommodation, less queues for things and less crowds.
Luckily for those visiting, Malta in February is not a peak period of the year for tourists. This means that if you’re coming over during this time, you will probably be able to benefit from special deals and discounts at various hotels in Malta as well as AirBnBs.
Depending on what type of lodgings you’re looking for, you’ll surely be able to find something to suit your needs.
People who enjoy nightlife and busy city life will do well to look for accommodation in locations such as Sliema, St Julian’s, Msida, or Gżira.
Valletta is a wonderful spot to be in since it’s the capital city. Day and night, it’s always bustling with life and activity, but on a more mellow scale than the above towns. Perfect if you want to spend your daylight hours going to various museums and historic sites and your evenings being entertained.
For people who prefer to be closer to nature, coastal villages like Marsaxlokk, Birżebbuġa, and Marsascala in the South, and Mellieħa, Buġibba, and St Paul’s Bay are great. More rural locations are also worth having a look at, such as Siġġiewi and Rabat.
If you’d like some more help with finding where to stay, you can have a look at my article detailing tips and suggestions on where to stay during your visit.
February might be a short month, but it’s definitely not lacking in social events you can be a part of during your visit.
If you’re considering going on sightseeing tours while you’re visiting, there’s a couple that are well suited for this time of year:
Get my best recommendations here and book in advance!
Looking for more? Check out my list of 25+ Annual events in Malta and Gozo.
Malta’s coastline is a sight to behold whatever time of year you’re visiting. While the sea is still quite cold in Malta in February, there’s nothing to stop you from having a stroll along the promenade on a warm, sunny day. Trust me, there’s nothing better than being out in the Maltese winter sunshine.
If you’re still wondering how the beaches of an island famous for its summer can be enjoyed during winter, have a look at my article for the Top 10 beaches for some ideas on the best spots year-round.
Malta in February might seem like a busy, colourful time of fireworks, music and celebration, but if you would rather have a quiet winter break, you will still find plenty to do.
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