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.
What should I pack?
Malta is known for its sunshine, particularly during the summer months, so make sure you pack plenty of sun cream, a hat and sunglasses. Don’t forget your swimwear and a cover-up for lazing on the beach or by the pool.
You’ll also want to pack some comfortable shoes if you’re planning on sightseeing in Mdina, the ancient capital and Valletta, the modern capital, as well as your camera to snap photographs at the ancient monuments and museums.
If you’re going to be visiting churches and other religious monuments, make sure you pack some modest clothing such as jeans or light trousers and something to cover your shoulders with, as Malta is a Roman Catholic country.
Although Malta is still quite warm during the winter months, it’s a good idea to pack a light jacket or waterproof for rainy days or cooler evenings and a small travel umbrella may come in handy.
Passport and Visas
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.
Health and Safety
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.