When to visit
Malta is an attractive year-round destination and recommended times to visit will vary on interests, budget, and weather preferences. Generally the best time to visit is during the spring (April to June). It’s mostly sunny, 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
If the summer heat is something you long for and actually want for your holiday, July, August or September are the best months. There’s a good chance you won’t see a cloud in the sky during your 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.
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.
High Season (Jun–Aug)
- Beaches are more busy.
- Daytime temperatures in July and August can reach more than 35°C.
- Main season for village festas (feast days) and music festivals.
Shoulder (Apr–Jun, Sep–Oct)
- Warm and sunny; occasional rainfall or hot and humid wind.
- Sea is warmer in autumn than in spring.
- Accommodation prices can increase during Easter's Holy Week.
Low Season (Nov–Mar)
- November and December temperatures average 12°C to 18°C.
- January and February are coldest; a northeasterly wind (grigal) occasionally disrupts the Gozo ferry service.
- Christmas to New Year is a mini high season.