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16-30°C

Expect glorious sunshine in summer and warm winters, making this a good all-year destination.

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Weather and climate in Malta

When’s the best time to go?

A small country south of Sicily in the Mediterranean, the island of Malta has a rich history, beautiful architecture and a sunny, Mediterranean climate that’s perfect for summer beach holidays or winter sun breaks. From the historic ancient capital of Mdina to quaint fishing villages and bustling Maltese towns, there’s something to suit everyone, whenever you visit Malta. With our Malta travel advice, you’ll be able to pick the perfect time of year for your Maltese holiday.

Visit Malta in the summer and you’re practically guaranteed uninterrupted sunshine, with temperatures averaging around 27°C in July, sometimes even hotter in August. This is also a great time of year for swimming, snorkelling or surfing when the sea is pleasantly warm and averages around 17°C.

Malta is also a popular winter sun destination for sightseeing or activity breaks (it’s a hotspot for climbing enthusiasts) and you’ll find temperatures even in January rarely drop below 13°C, perfect weather for exploring the cities and towns. It’s worth noting that November and December are also the rainiest months, so make sure you pack a light waterproof jacket if you’re visiting Malta in the winter.

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Malta is best for...

Beach lovers: Sit back and relax at a stunning coastal resort; expect charming bays and clear blue waters galore.

Culture buffs: Explore Malta’s colourful history with a visit to Valletta, the island’s capital city, and the walled town of Mdina.

Fun lovers: Whether you’re deep-sea diving off the coast of Qawra or dancing the night away in St Julian’s, there’s always plenty to enjoy on this island.

Fast facts for Malta

Language: Maltese and English are both official languages of Malta.

Currency: The currency used in Malta is Euro (€).

Local time: Malta is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malta International Airport. Sliema and St Julian's are 30 minutes away, the transfer to Qawra takes 45 minutes, while St. Paul's Bay and Bugibba are 50 minutes away.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Malta is 3 hours.

Tourist Information: Find more Malta tourist information at https://www.visitmalta.com/en/home.

Local tax: You’ll have to pay a small Environmental Contribution tax of €0.50 per person, per night. It’s capped at €5 per stay, which is payable at your accommodation. Children under 18 don’t have to pay the tax.

Visa / health: Before your Malta holidays, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta for visa and health recommendations.

 

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Getting around Malta

By bus: It’s simple to get around Malta this way, thanks to an extensive network that runs on the mainland and Gozo.

By ferry: Regular ferries run between Malta, Gozo and Comino, so you can travel with ease.

By car: Everyone drives on the left-hand side here, so British drivers will feel right at home. These are lots of car-hire outlets around the island, where you can hire a vehicle.

By water taxi: Head across from Valletta’s Grand Harbour and enjoy a ride on a traditional Maltese boat called a dghajsa (pronounced dye-sa).

Events in Malta

Carnival: February is carnival time here, with five colourful days of lively parades, fantastic costumes, and dancing in the streets.

Holy Week: Expect upbeat processions and plenty of feasting during Easter, when thousands of Maltese folk turn out to visit and pray in seven different churches.

Saint’s Day: Every village and town has its own saint’s day celebration (called a festa); another excuse for music, dancing, and fireworks. They kick off in the last week of April with the feast of St Publius in Floriana.

Malta safety and security

Do I need a passport?

You will need a passport to travel to Malta. Your passport will need to be valid for the entire length of your stay, but it doesn’t need to be valid for any specific period of time beyond this.

For more information on Malta passports and details of the country’s entry requirements, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/entry-requirements.

Do I need a visa?

British citizens visiting Malta as tourists do not need a visa. If you’re unsure whether or not you will need a visa it’s best to check with the Maltese High Commission.

For more Malta visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/entry-requirements.

Should I get travel health insurance?

It’s best to ensure you always have comprehensive health and travel insurance for a holiday abroad. Your insurance should cover the cost of emergency medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident during your trip, but it’s always best to check your policy before you travel to ensure you know what is and what isn’t covered. We also recommend checking whether or not your insurance will cover you for any activities you’re planning to take part in, especially any ‘extreme’ sports such as diving or caving.

Any other tips?

  • The currency here is the Euro. Cash machines are generally easy to find, especially in the cities, but be aware that your card issuer may charge you a fee to withdraw cash using your credit or debit card.
  • Malta is a Roman Catholic country so ensure you dress respectfully when visiting churches and ancient monuments.
  • You’ll find many people here speak English, but Italian is also widely spoken and many modern Maltese words have their roots in Italian.
  • For more information and travel advice for your trip to Malta, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta.

 

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