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The best time of year to visit Malta

The team here at Choice Holidays are often asked what is the best time of year to book holidays to Malta. There is a short answer and a longer answer. The short answer is any time is a good time to visit Malta. With a fantastic climate, over three thousand hours of sunshine a year and mild winters, any time of year is a good time to visit the islands.

The longer answer is that the ‘best’ time depends on what you want to do when you get here.

There are things going on all year round on Malta with different times of year lending themselves to different pastimes and activities. For example, the summer is the best time of year to visit Malta for sun worshippers and those who like the heat. Winter and spring are ideal for those who like to be active while on holiday as temperatures are lower but the sun still shines.

Climactic overview of Malta

To help you decide the best time to visit Malta, the table below offers a high level overview of the climate here on the island.

 

Daytime high temperature

Night-time low temperature

Average sea temperature

Average rainfall

Average sunshine hours

January

15°c

9°c

16°c

89mm

5 hours

February

15°c

9°c

16°c

56mm

7 hours

March

16°c

10°c

16°c

41mm

7 hours

April

18°c

12°c

17°c

25mm

9 hours

May

23°c

15°c

18°c

10mm

10 hours

June

27°c

18°c

22°c

2mm

11 hours

July

30°c

21°c

24°c

2mm

12 hours

August

31°c

22°c

26°c

5mm

11 hours

September

27°c

20°c

26°c

38mm

8 hours

October

23°c

17°c

25°c

78mm

7 hours

November

19°c

13°c

22°c

101mm

6 hours

December

16°c

11°c

19°c

102mm

5 hours

 

As you can see, we rarely get less than five hours of sunshine per day and temperatures remain mild throughout the winter. October, November and December are our wettest months but we still have mild temperatures and a good dose of sunshine. Compared to the UK the weather in Malta is as close to idyllic as it is possible to be!

With an enviable climate, the next consideration of when to visit Malta is going to be what there is to do here. We have broken the year down into months and will highlight some of the many special events and other ideas that may help you make your mind up about when to visit Malta.

January

Valletta 2018 kicks off in January

January is a quiet time on Malta so is ideal for bargain hunters and those who like active holidays. Temperatures are cool and we experience short, often heavy showers but also an average of five hours per day of sunshine.

There are cheap flights and accommodation deals throughout January once New Year celebrations are over and it is a good time to visit if you don’t like crowds. If you like walking, cycling or exploring, January is a good time to visit Malta thanks to lower temperatures and fewer visitors.

Valletta 2018 - Europe's Capital of Culture kicks off on the 20th of January and events keep on going throughout the year.

This year sees the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2018 from the 13th to 27th of January as well as lots of music and performances across the three cities.

February

February is similar to January with regards temperatures but we see much less rainfall and a little more sunshine. As this is still low season, there are lots of cheap flights to Malta and bargain accommodation to be found across the island. Also like January, February is a good time for those who like to remain active while on holiday.

February also sees our Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck on the 10th February, the Malta full and Half Marathon is on or around the 25th and a range of local music and performance events. The highlight of the month has to be the Carnival from the 9th to the 13th. Celebrations start on the Friday and run right through until Tuesday and include parades, bands, costumes, and local events.

March

March sees even less rain and slightly warmer temperatures with a similar amount of sunshine. It is a calm time of year for the Maltese climate yet is still early enough for cheap flights and bargain accommodation before the crowds begin to arrive from May onwards.

March 2018 sees the In Guardia Re-enactment on the 4th ,11th and 25th, the San Guzepp feast on the 17th to 19th, Good Friday Procession on the 30th and Freedom Day holiday on the 31st. Lots of local music and performances are also held across Malta.

The Good Friday procession and the Easter Sunday process of the Risen Christ are a must-see. Small villages in particular still put on a great procession, with literally thousands of individual actors from the whole bible - a must-see, even for the non-religious.

Have a glimpse at the below snipped from the Good Friday procession, in Zebbug Malta.

 

April

April is when the good weather turns into great weather yet is still too early for the crowds. This is the best time to visit Malta if you want to experience more of our island before high summer. Temperatures climb slightly while rainfall slows. The sea temperature is still cool but not cold and we usually enjoy around 8-9 hours of sunshine a day.

April sees Easter celebrated on the 1st, our famous Strawberry Festival on the 2nd of April across the island, more In Guardia Re-enactments, the ESTA International Conference from the 10th to 14th, the George Cross Commemoration on the 13th, Mdina Medieval Festival on the 14th and 15th, the Malta Mechanised Ground Firework Festival on the 14th, Malta International Fireworks Festival on the 21st to 20th and the Feast of St Joseph from the 25th until the 1st of May.

 

May

May sees lots of sunshine, very little rain, warmer temperatures and is probably one of the nicer times to visit Malta. The sea is warmer and many begin venturing into the water to dive, swim or generally enjoy themselves.

With an average of 10 hours a day of sunshine, and temperatures which have still not peaked, it is one of the best times to go to Malta. 

May events include the Valetta Green Festival from the 4th until the 6th, more In Guardia Re-enactments, Irkotta Festival on the 20th, Feast of the Annunciation from the 24th until the 3rd of June,  the Feast of Madonna Tal-Lunziata from the 25th to 27th.

Another hot event which goes on in May is the now yearly, Malta Fashion Week from the 28th until the 2nd of June. This is a highly-organised event showcasing a number of local and international fashion designers, the highlight of the fashion industry in Malta.

June

The weather in Malta in June is probably at its best. 

Warm temperatures, lots of sunshine, very little rain (hardly likely to happen) but without the dry heat of high summer. The evenings in particular are very nicely breezy, perfect for chilling out at lounges near the sea. The island begins getting busy during June so is the best time to visit Malta if you enjoy a lively, bustling atmosphere with lots going on. The island is still green and the seas are slightly warmer so activity holidays are ideal during June too.

June sees a lot of events on the islands including, the Malta Arts Festival from the 1st until the 16th, the Feast of San Guzepp from the 1st until 3rd, The Pageant of the Seas on the 7th, Santissima Trinita feast from the 8th until the 10th, the Valetta Film Festival from the 8th until the 17th and lots of other feasts, events, festivals and local goings on.

The nightlife scene starts to really get busy from June. Top nightlife hotspots such as Paceville, Bugibba, Sliema and even Valletta are all teeming with life.

The Malta Music Week also typically is held around June, with the highlight of the week typically being the Isle of MTV Malta Special, which sees tens of thousands of people flocking to the concert of international headliners, warmed up by the most popular local artists.

July

The weather in July becomes hot and dry so is the best time to visit Malta for sun worshippers or those who like to share their holidays with lots of other visitors. Summer is in full swing and all of the life and vibrancy that makes the island such a fantastic place to visit is evident everywhere.

July sees lots of feasts, concerts, festivals and local events. Some include the Festival of Figs on the 7th and 8th, San Bastjan Feast from the 13th to 15th, Triduum from the 18th until the 20th, Malta International Jazz Festival from the 20th to 22nd and The Malta International Music Competition from the 27th until the 31st.

August

The weather in Malta in August is at its hottest.

With average highs of 31 degrees and up to 11 hours of sunshine per day, this is prime time for visitors. The island gets busy and very, very lively in places. The atmosphere is amazing with lots of energy from holidaymakers enjoying the beaches, nightlife and history of the island. It is the best time to visit Malta for sun worshippers.

There are fewer events during August than July because of the heat but there is still always something going on. Events include the Delicata Wine Festival from the 2nd until the 5th, the feasts of San Guzepp and San Duminku from the 3rd to the 5th, Notte Di San Lorenzo fireworks on the 9th, The feast of Santa Maria from 13th to 15th, the Malta Summer Carnival (date TBC), Maria Regina from 24th to 26th and the Gozo Edition of the Malta International Foods Festival on the 31st.

September

The weather in Malta during September cools slightly and humidity rises. Rain showers also become more likely but the weather is still awesome. With an average of 8 hours of sunshine, it is the best time to visit Malta if you want great weather without the dry heat.

September sees a few more feasts and music events with a few international events thrown in. Highlights can include; San Gigor feast on the 31st August until 2nd September, Qormi Wine Festival on the 1st and 2nd, Glitch Festival (date TBA), It-Tweld tal-Madonna from the 14th to 16th, the Malta International Air Show from the 22nd and 23rd, World Tourism Day on the 27th and Science in the City on the 28th.

October

October sees temperature reduce slightly and the chances of rain increase. We still enjoy an average of 7 hours a day of sunshine and the weather is still lovely compared to the UK. If you like to avoid the crowds, October is the best time to go to Malta. You still get good weather, it is still warm, there is still lots to see and do but it is much quieter than high summer.

October is quieter than summer for events but there is still a lot going on. They include the Malta Classic (date TBC), Malta Tattoo Expo (Date TBC), Birgu Fest from the 12th to 14th, Malta Military Tattoo on the 13th and 14th, the Ravioli Feast on the 14th, The Rolex Middle Sea Race on the 21st and the Hamrun Chocolate Festival (Date TBC).

November

November is one of Malta’s wettest months but is still warm and has an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day. The weather is about as unpredictable as it gets here, with the risk of cloud cover and rain showers throughout the month. It is still nice and is nothing like a November in Britain!

Events are mainly indoors during November but there is still plenty do to if you visit Malta this time of year. Options include the Three Palaces Concerts from the 4th to the 12th, GEX Gadgets Expo on the 10th and 11th, Remembrance Day on the 11th, Malta International Organs Festivals (Date TBC), The Official Lighting of Valletta on the 17th and The Malta Book Festival from the 8th to the 12th.

December

December is the wettest month of the year so is the best time to visit Malta if you prefer to avoid the heat. Temperatures are still mild compared to Britain and rainfall is often sporadic and mixed with cloud. With lows of only around 16°c and an average of 5 hours of sunshine, it is still nice to be out and about on the island.

The events calendar slows down for December but includes lots of local Christmas fairs, festivals, markets and performances. Other events include Republic Day on the 13th, Closing of Valetta City of Culture on the 15th, The Malta International Christmas Festival on the 26th and New Year’s Eve Celebrations across the island on the 31st.

As you can see, the opening statement of ‘any time is a good time to visit Malta’ is true. Whatever month of the year you choose, there is always something going on. The weather is always nice here even when it’s wetter than usual. It doesn’t really get cold and even during midwinter we still average at least 5 hours of sunshine a day.

If that doesn’t convince you that Malta is the place to visit this year, we don’t know what will!

 
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