Though famous as a summer destination, Malta sure knows how to make the most of winter! Although the temperatures may not be as low as in other parts of Europe, Malta still has plenty to offer in terms of winter activities and events.
Winter in Malta is mild, with temperatures rarely falling below 10°C. The days are shorter, and the nights are longer, but there is still plenty of sunshine for you to enjoy. The sea is usually too cold for swimming, but it is still possible to enjoy other outdoor activities that will give you a good taste of what Malta offers to locals and visitors alike.
If you visit Malta in winter, don’t be fooled by the nice weather and warmer temperatures. Pack some warm clothes regardless, as it might get chilly in the evenings or during windier days. And if you’re planning to spend time outdoors, remember the sunscreen. The Maltese sun can still be scorching during the colder months—so don’t risk being unprepared!
No matter your interests, you will find plenty of outdoor activities during your stay in Malta. And although it’s hard to pick favourites, we’ve compiled a list of our top things to do in Malta during the winter for you to include in your itinerary during your next stay:
Mild weather, sunny days, and beautiful scenery dotted all over the island mean one thing—Malta in winter is perfect for hiking! The weather between November and mid-May tends to be ideal for enjoying the varied scenery, from the rocky coastline to the rolling hills and valleys. So make the most of your stay this winter and explore one of the island’s many hidden gems.
From the stunning Dingli Cliffs to the famous Golden Bay, the adventurous Fawwara Trail, and much more, Malta offers hiking experiences for all, whether you are an experienced hiker or just starting! We advise you to plan your hiking experience in advance—and don’t forget to pack your hiking boots!
#2: Valletta city tour
Valletta is a beautiful city, and even more so in winter. The cool weather and the lack of crowds make it the perfect time to explore the city and its many historical sites.
Inside the fortified city, a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find plenty of grand churches, beautiful gardens, and stunning architecture. Its immense history is bound to take you back to when the Knights of Saint John built and lived in this impressive city while making Malta their home for over 250 years.
There are ample landmarks to visit during your walking tour of Valletta! From the Upper Barrakka Gardens, boasting the best views of the city and the harbour, to the nearby St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture housing the precious paintings by Caravaggio; to the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Manoel Theatre—there’s a lot to explore in the capital city!
#3: Mdina city tour
Known as “The Silent City”, Mdina is much quieter in winter, which makes it a great time to explore, giving you the right ingredients and time to soak in its unique atmosphere.
As Malta’s old capital city, Mdina is full of landmarks to enjoy and explore in winter, boasting over 4,000 years of history. Its hilltop position makes it the ideal place to spot the island’s best views through the different vantage points, and the quaint and picturesque identity of the city makes for the perfect Instagrammable morning or afternoon out!
#4: Enjoy an al fresco meal
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner—enjoying an alfresco meal in Malta is a popular way to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and scenery. One of the best things about eating al fresco is that there’s an option to suit any budget and preference. For a casual meal, why not grab some of the island’s famous street foods like pastizzi (a savoury pastry) or a pizza from one of the many pizzerias to enjoy on Malta’s super beaches?
If you’re looking for something more substantial, there are plenty of restaurants for every budget that offer outdoor dining options—where you can enjoy a typical Mediterranean cuisine overlooking some of the most stunning sea views.
#5: Harbour cruise
Malta’s stunning coastline is one of the main reasons to visit the island—and there’s no better way to explore it than on a harbour cruise. Most cruises take you past the Three Cities, Mdina, Valletta, and Sliema, as well as some of the island’s most beautiful beaches—you’ll spot some of the island’s best views from different perspectives, including a close look at the fortifications that line the coastline.
A perfect way to relax and take in the sights of Malta, harbour cruises are a great way to spend the day or afternoon on the island in winter—making it a favourite activity with locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy the ideal stay in Malta this winter
There’s nothing better than returning to a comfortable and beautiful room at the end of a long, fun day on holiday! From Standard Rooms to Superior Sea-view rooms with breath-taking views of St. George’s Bay and Family Rooms and Suites—be.Hotel offers stunning four-star accommodation to rest and recharge during your winter stay in Malta.
The hotel is located in the heart of the bustling town of St. Julians—where you’ll be close to all the best shops, restaurants, and attractions—all of which are reachable either on foot or by transport.