Dreading yet another cold, wet winter? Tired of shacking up for months on end like a bear in hibernation? With winter approaching, the thought of braving those harsh conditions has many yearning for some extra months of sunshine. Unfortunately, winter is coming, and it’s time to plan accordingly.
Me? I will be spending my winter sitting at a café watching the waves roll in. Did I mention it will be 70 degrees F (25 degrees C) and sunny? That’s right people I spend my winters in shorts and a T-Shirt.
Granted the months of November through March are regarded as Malta’s more inclement months with a good amount of rain and wind, the climate feels more like a long spring rather than a harsh winter.
Don’t tell me that you’d rather spend your days buried under a hefty jacket instead of sipping cocktails on the beach, that would just be ridiculous. But if that is enough to spark your fancy, here are a couple more reason why winters in Malta trump all:
- Commonly a VERY popular destination for visitors from around the globe, tourists tend to flock in the masses to the Maltese shores during the hot months of summer. Despite the incredible weather, the summer crowds can be a real bummer while on vacation. On the flip side, winters in Malta have no such crowds! Enjoy all of the premiere attractions without the stress of making reservations or waiting in absurdly long lines.
- Again, thanks to the thinner crowds in the winter, travelers are more likely to come across significantly better deals on their various accommodations and amenities. For example, in the summertime, the average four star hotel will run you anywhere from €80-150, that is if you can find an open room. Not only is there far more availability during the months between November and March, but those same rooms drop in price as well, usually around the €50-120 range.
- Did I mention the weather?! Here’s a fun fact for all those that are still skeptical about Malta in the winter; it doesn’t snow! Literally no snow, it doesn’t get cold enough. Even in the heart of winter the average temperature usually sits around 60 degrees F (16 degrees C) during the daytime. As I mentioned earlier, the winter months in Malta do in fact tend to consist of a fair amount of wind and rain. Don’t be deterred by these conditions though, the warm Mediterranean sun is guaranteed to warm you up.
Now that you are thoroughly convinced you will be spending this coming winter on the Mediterranean shores of Malta, I just have a couple quick packing tips.
It’s important to remember that despite Malta’s exquisite weather during the colder months, it is still winter, and therefore you should pack accordingly. Although the weather stays relatively warm around midday, nights and mornings can be a bit on the chillier side – again, relatively. Be sure to pack a couple of sweaters and caps. Plenty of layers is probably a good call, however be prepared to layer-down as soon as you step into the sun. While we’re on the subject of wardrobe, rain gear is a must. The last thing you want is soaked socks spoiling your experience.
Now that you’ve packed for accordingly for the occasional spout of inclement weather, it is of the utmost importance that you don’t forget the most important item to pack – sunscreen! Despite the lower temperatures, that warm Mediterranean winter sun can still burn you, making sunscreen and sunglasses a must.
This winter, why not treat yourself and skip out the bone-chilling temperatures of wherever you hail from and join me for a drink on relaxing shores of Birżebbuġa instead.
About The Author
Originally hailing from nearby Italy, Mario Vitanelli has made his home on shores of Malta. As a freelance writer and investment guru, Mario currently works for QROPS Group. When he’s not writing or exploring all Malta has to offer, Mario is feeding his footy addiction by watching his hometown Torino F.C.