While most tourists flock to Spain in the summer and central Europe for the festive season, the little archipelago of Malta offers excitement all year round.
No matter if you’re looking for tropical heat, cultural spectacles or natural beauty, Malta has it all. If you haven’t considered taking a trip to this wonderful little paradise, then read on and decide when is the perfect time for you to visit!
Summertime in Malta is the most popular time of the year – and for good reason. In Malta, average temperatures hover around 30°C and each day is filled with glorious sunshine. Traveler’s looking for the epitome of the perfect beach holiday should definitely opt to visit Malta during the hotter months.
The tiny archipelago is awash with beautiful strands and bays all along its coastline. Popular tourist friendly spots, such as the Golden bay, hold Blue Flag status and the surrounding amenities make it the ideal place to soak up the rays in style. For swimmers, the Blue Lagoon offers a vast pool of clear waters and there are many other secluded alcoves to uncover.
As Autumn arrives and the Maltese weather cools slightly, the country becomes the ideal destination for adventure sports lovers and those who enjoy being out in nature. The islands boast endless picturesque hikes, which showcase some of Malta’s best geographical features. These trips are best enjoyed on the run-up to winter, as the coolness makes hiking much less exhausting. There are also many new flowers in bloom after the arid summer weather.
Autumn is also a great time to try out some water sports, as the wind begins to pick up during September onwards. However, there’s still enough warmth in the sun to enjoy being in the sea. So, why not try your hand at kite surfing or wind surfing?!
As a predominantly Catholic country, Malta is a truly spectacular affair around Christmas. The streets of Valletta are awash with lights and entertainment. Christmas Eve sees a spectacular carol ceremony held at the world famous St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and the pantomime at Manoel theatre is an annual treat.
More than this, visiting Malta in winter provides the invaluable opportunity to see some of the country’s most significant attractions, without the crowds of peak season. Don’t miss the spectacular fortified cities and UNESCO heritage sites. The atmospheric winter sun and lack of crowds make it the perfect time for photographers to get the perfect shot.
Much like Autumn, Spring is a great period to visit Malta if you’re looking for the best of both worlds. Temperatures are slowly on the rise but the country isn’t yet overflowing with tourists. This is the time of year to considering venturing out to the lesser-known islands of Gozo and Comino. You can visit the legendary Azure Window – a stunning geological feature – and wander around the nearby cliffs. At this time of year, the wildlife is beginning to return so it’s a great time for nature lovers.
Spring also hosts some of Malta’s more unique festivals. Marksman will be intrigued to witness the annual bird-shooting hunt that takes place around this time. Although, if you’d like to visit the birds in more humane circumstances, the many country paths will allow you to see all the Spring’s new hatchlings.
This is a guest post sponsored by The Radisson Malta and written by Steve Ewins; an Avid Traveller and Blogger who has visited more than 80 countries.
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