Forget all the fuss, you have arrived at Malta in winter!
If there is a way to visit Mediterranean islands we love, that would be avoiding high season. Good weather (although it might get a bit rainy sometimes), really cheap prices and accessible locals do the trick. These factors will make you taste dream destinations while being actually able to breathe and without that awful rip-off feeling you experience sometimes being part of the crowd.
A few years ago, I decided to visit Malta in December for a short 3-day stay.
Controversial Ryanair allowed me to fly from Marseille, France, for a few bucks and massively cheap hotel nights (average of 10€ per night) did the rest. I ended up paying around 25€ per day and enjoying 3 and 4-star hotels with complimentary breakfast (once even a welcome cocktail!).
On the other hand, Arriva buses took me everywhere in Malta for as low as 2,6€ daily and I hitchhiked my way in Gozo, the northern island easily after taking the ferry (less than 5€ return, payable on your way back to Malta). Add up some food and you will end up choosing it over staying home!
I would lie if I did not tell you about the stormy weather and crazy winds I particularly enjoyed half of my time there. Semi-crowded main avenue at la Valletta (dressed up for Christmas and NYE Celebrations) became highly picture-worthy when light reflections multiplied colors after some showers.
Truly bilingual (Maltese and English are both official languages), there are also many expat European seniors who have discovered the all year round benefits of the islands.
MALTA IN WINTER: WHAT YOU CANNOT SKIP
- La Valletta (10 minutes far from the airport, reachable by bus), the three fortified cities and Mdina Rabat (ancient capital).
- Touring around the island just to stop every few minutes to admire the natural beauty of its coastal trail.
- Unesco ancient sites and hypogeum, mainly in the south part of Malta.
its Azure window (eroded rock formation)and historic citadel at Mdina. 2017’s update. Azure window used to be one of the most famous places to visit in Malta. Unfortunately, it collapsed no long ago and although the spot where it was located is still looking gorgeous by the sea, the big rock arch is no longer there.
- Comino and its turquoise Blue Lagoon (even from the plane looks like paradise!)
WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE TO MALTA IN WINTER
- Fleece, rain jacket, a good pair of waterproof shoes and sandals for the indoor pools! Although you don’t really need to be very brave to jump in the Mediterranean sea of Malta in the Winter. Water temperatures aren’t that bad!
- Swimsuit, sunglasses, and sunblock. Are you going to miss the once in a lifetime beach plunge in December? 😉
- Some dress up clothes if you are planning to check out Sliema’s well known Paceville on a Friday or Saturday night.
- Everything else you might need. Check this essential packing list for Malta in Wintertime – and any other destination really – and don’t forget anything.
- Laid back spirit. You are on a Mediterranean island!
Have you been to Malta during Winter? How about Malta in December? How did you like it?
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