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If you have chosen Malta as your holiday destination, you should know that this country, with an area of ~ 300 square kilometers and a population of 420,000 inhabitants, is one of the most visited European countries, receiving over 1,200,000 tourists every year. You might think that such a small country – consisting of one more oversized island and two smaller ones – will not cause you much trouble, and you will be able to go through it all in a 3-4 day city break. In reality, this is not the case. If you want to visit Malta from one end to the other and get to know its historic streets, temples and churches, castles and forts, beaches, coves, and gardens, then you need to book at least a week.

If you are really passionate about history and archeology, you will probably want more days, and you will have to choose a period to visit in winter, more precisely between November and March. During this time, the weather is perfect for hiking, the sun shines for many hours in the sky, the streets are more deserted, the queues for all the sights disappear entirely, and you can enjoy beautiful landscapes, you can take photos in which there are no other unwanted characters, and you can even find a beach just for you, relax and dream. If you are lucky, in November, the seawater can have temperatures of up to 22-23 degrees, so you can splash away at will.

Malta is recognized as one of the best winter holiday destinations because it is blessed with a perfect climate (the best in the Mediterranean), with temperatures that can reach up to 15 degrees during the day but which do not drop below 5-6 degrees at night. On some days, the wind may blow harder, and it may rain, but compared to the winter in Europe, in Malta, the winter is much milder and friendlier. That is why many Europeans in the Nordic countries, but also in the UK, especially retirees, prefer to move to Malta during the winter, thus saving large sums of money that they would pay in their countries only on heating.

1. Holidays in Malta, through tiny villages and ancient farms.

Tiny Village, Malta
If you have chosen a winter holiday in Malta, take your hiking boots and cross the narrow villages and agricultural areas. You will find yourself in a timeless, lonely landscape, even in the peak season. During this period, Malta’s fields are full of vegetables, and the roadsides are carpeted with sweet cumin, clover, wild iris, myrtle, and more.
Village, Malta
By the end of spring, more than 1,000 species are in bloom, giving you a holiday with colorful landscapes. And that’s not all. From ancient farms, chapels to unique landscapes, a holiday in Malta offers you the most exciting experiences, even in winter.

2. St John's Co-Cathedral, a must-visit on holiday in Malta.

St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Malta
And if you are still on holiday in here, don’t forget the many sites and museums that you can visit and admire in peace. St. John’s Co-Cathedral is a jewel of art with Baroque architecture. It is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe.
St. Johns Co-Cathderal Chapel, Malta
Among the unique treasures of the impressive cathedrals is the Caravaggio painting, a painting that illustrates the beheading of Saint John and that is worth admiring during your holiday in here. Also, here you will find the great pavement of the over 300 marble tombs. And the piece of resistance: the arched central nave, adorned with frescoes by Mattia Preti.

3. Mediterranea Festival, Gozo

Gozo Mediterranean Festival

It is not at all easy to present 7,000 years of Gozitan culture in three weeks. But the organizers of the events of the annual Mediterranea Gozo Festival are doing a good job. Being the largest island in the Maltese archipelago (apart from Malta itself), Gozo has developed its own history while retaining its unique character. Less populated and less touristy, Gozo’s beaches are quieter, the original architecture is better preserved, and the way of life is more traditional. It is the perfect place for a late fall where you can enjoy opera, ballet, music concerts, theater, conferences, excursions, art, and fireworks exhibitions.

4. Chocolate Festival, Hamrun

Chocolate festival, Malta
A hot cup of cocoa or spicy chocolate is a must on holiday in Malta. The Maltese are known for their “sweets” and passion for seasonal snacks… And that’s a good reason not to miss the annual Hamrun Chocolate Festival in Malta this holiday. The fortified town of Hamrun is filled with a charming and historic aura, making it an ideal place for tasting chocolate specialties. In addition to a series of chocolate stalls, the festival has many other surprises to enjoy. Specifically, incredible chocolate sculptures on giant screens that make you keep tasting.

5. Horseback riding along the coasts

What could be more relaxing and exciting at the same time, if not a walk along the coast, on the saddle of a horse? Malta offers you this, along with dreamy landscapes. It is a pleasant experience, both for horse lovers and for nature lovers. Golden Bay is a popular place for walks and private riding lessons at sunset. If you are on holiday with children in Malta, visit Funny Farm Horse Sanctuary in Siggiewi. It is a place full of magic, with many species of horses, for all ages. The little ones will be delighted not only with this experience but with this whole holiday.

Some tips for a successful trip to Malta

  • As in many tourist cities, here you have to beware of those who want to take advantage of gullible tourists. Always ask beforehand the rate you are going to pay in a taxi, but also the price of fruit in the markets. The Maltese tend to raise prices a little when selling to foreigners, not if you ask in advance – especially at roadside stalls selling fruit and vegetables.
  •  Remember that in Malta the traffic is on the left side and that is why you have to be very careful, especially when crossing the street and taking the bus from the station.
  • In many public places there is free internet access – parks, mall, train station – but also to most terraces and restaurants.
  •  In Valletta, in the main squares and in the parks, there are fountains with drinking water from where you can fill your bottle whenever you want.
  •  If you are traveling by bus, be aware that the driver does not stop at all stations unless there are other passengers getting on / off. If you want to get off at a specific station, you have to notify the driver (there is a red button to be pressed), and if you want information, you can very well ask anyone around you. Absolutely all the locals speak English and are very kind, eager to help and guide you.
  • You should also know that in Malta the English electrical system is used, i.e., sockets with three holes. It’s a good idea to have a travel adapter if you don’t want to pay a few euros to charge your phone or camera battery.

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