Holidaying in Winter in Malta?

The island is a year-round destination, but winter in Malta takes on a different tone!

 

As summer rolls by, Malta becomes increasingly popular as a holiday destination. With a fascinating history, vibrant culinary scene and beaches galore, the tiny island packs much allure into its small 316 km2 area.

 

But Malta is not just a summer holiday destination. Condé Nast Traveller has just named Malta among its list of top 10 places to visit during the month of October. Ranked by average temperature, Malta occupies the 5th spot on the list with a pleasant air temperature of 25℃.

 

So, if you’re thinking about your next winter holiday, here are some of the top activities to enjoy in Malta. Book your stay at any of our AX Hotels in Sliema, Qawra or Valletta to #AXperience the best of the island.

 

Explore the North of Malta

Condé Nast Traveller noted that Malta’s sunny climate means that, even in December, the island is exposed to more than five hours of daily sunshine. Malta offers a good variety of outdoor activities that you can enjoy.

 

The Salina National Park and salt pans are a good, family-friendly option to spend some time in the warm outdoors. You could also take a walk along the historical Victoria Lines, or explore the stunning hillside views of Golden Bay on a perfectly calm day. Alternatively, book a horse riding session and explore the wonderful coastal views on horseback! If the weather permits, why not also take a dip in the sea at one of the island’s northern beaches, too?

Victoria Lines, Malta

Enjoy History in the Capital City

Valletta’s streets are brimming with culture just waiting to be discovered. The city is an amalgamation of the influences of its many past rulers, all presented within a fortified nutshell. As you enter the modern city gate, you’ll note that Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is a harmonious blend of old and new. The imposing bastions that protected the city are now used as cultural hubs and museums, where permanent and temporary art exhibitions are held. For theatre and music enthusiasts, the Teatru Manoel (one of Europe’s oldest theatres) and Pjazza Teatru Rjal offer an exciting cultural calendar.

Manoel Theatre, Malta

There are numerous interesting museums to be explored in Valletta, too. From the National Museum of Archaeology to the underground Lascaris War Rooms, you’ll be able to learn a lot about Malta’s past at any of Valletta’s museums. The Grandmaster’s Palace State Rooms and Armoury are worth a visit, and if you’re interested in Malta’s wartime history, make sure to head to The National War Museum at Fort St Elmo.

Grandmaster's Palace, Malta

Visit the Temples

Apart from Valletta, Malta is home to two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Hypogeum, an underground labyrinth of chambers that were most likely used as a burial site and temple, is one of them. This site is the only underground labyrinth in Europe that has been discovered. Located in the south east town of Paola, the Hypogeum has been well preserved, and it’s open to visitors! The third UNESCO site is the Megalithic Temples. There are a total of seven different Megalithic temples around the islands, located in Ggantija, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Tarxien, Skorba and Ta’ Hagrat, all of which are a result of individual development.

Hypogeum Temples, Malta

Take a Photographic Tour

Are you an amateur or a professional photographer? UPhoto organise great experiences for photography enthusiasts. Whether you choose an AM or PM Photographic trip, an Architectural photographic trip or a Gozo trip, you will be led by a keen photographer who possesses expert knowledge of the Maltese Islands. A professional driver will pick you up from any location and take you around some of the islands most picturesque locations, from where you can capture unique images of your trip. All you need to do is bring your camera!

UPhoto

See Malta’s Beautiful Churches

Maltese culture is rooted in its strong religious traditions. Thought to be among the most religious populations in Europe, the Maltese are highly influenced by Roman Catholicism. Even though society is seeing a slow shift away from certain religious beliefs, the island will forever cherish the magnificent churches that have been built throughout history. And winter time is the perfect season to explore the stunning churches that Malta has to offer. Pay a visit to the Mosta Dome church, dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady, which has the third largest rotunda in the world. During the Second World War, a catastrophe was avoided when a 200kg bomb, which fell through the church dome during mass, did not explode. Nowadays, a replica of the bomb is displayed inside the church.

Ta Pinu Church, Gozo

Other impressive churches that are worth a visit are the St John’s Co Cathedral in Valletta, where one can view Caravaggio’s original ‘Beheading of St John the Baptist’ painting. If you’re including a visit to Gozo on your itinerary, then Ta’ Pinu Basilica is another must see!

Mosta Dome, Malta

Looking for your next winter destination? Book your stay at any of our AX Hotels in Malta!

 

Photo Credits go to Viewing Malta & Guide Me Malta

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