Information and tips for your Malta vacation
The Republic of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea , not far from Italy and Sicily, and is one of the European miniature states. Anyone looking for a break from the beach peppered with cultural highlights will be drawn to a Malta vacation . Even during an evening stroll at the harbor it becomes clear that Malta is a melting pot of hundreds of different cultures and religions, different ethnicities and interesting people. The island’s capital, Valletta, impresses with its beautiful architecture, small alleys and pretty churches. Around the island there are small bays where you can snorkel, swim and sunbathe. If you have had enough of the bustling city, you can head north, because the sister islands of Gozo are waiting there and Comino more treasures on you. Game of Thrones fans in particular should add Malta to their bucket lists, as you will recognize some of the scenes from the popular series here. Come with me and let the beautiful Malta inspire you.
Info about Malta
- Southern European island state consisting of Malta, Gozo and Comino as well as other uninhabited tiny islands
- Location: in the Mediterranean, between Sicily and the North African coast
- Area: just over 300 square kilometers in size
- Capital: The island’s capital is Valletta
- Official languages: Maltese, English
- Population: just under 515,000
- Currency: EURO
- Left-hand traffic
- international airport: Malta International Airport in Malta
- Time difference: none
- Entry & Visa: Since Malta is a member of the European Union, entry is uncomplicated with a valid passport or identity card
Covid-19 notice on Malta
Austrians can currently enter Malta without a test or quarantine measures. Please note in Malta that a mask is required in all public spaces, shops and means of transport . Furthermore, you should ensure that you keep a minimum distance of 2 meters from other people. Groups can consist of a maximum of 15 people .
All discos, nightclubs, bars and clubs have been closed since August 18, 2020. You can eat normally in restaurants. It is just not allowed to just have a drink in restaurants.
You can find more information about the current Corona measures in Malta here .
A hygiene certificate for restaurants and hotels was developed, which is controlled by the authorities. You can use this as a guide when choosing hotels and eateries. All tourism businesses go to great lengths to make your vacation as safe and uncomplicated as possible.
The history of Malta
Maltese history is more exciting to read than some books. First came the Carthaginians, then the Romans and finally the Arabs. The defensive strength of the small archipelago against the Turks is particularly impressive, because while they were able to launch large campaigns of conquest in Europe, they bit their teeth against Malta. After four months of siege, the Ottomans withdrew without having achieved anything. Many exhibits in the Grand Master’s Palace of Malta bear witness to this exciting story.
After all, Malta was part of the colonial empire of Great Britain for many decades – Malta has only been independent since September 1964. After the long period of British influence on the economy and culture, an identity of its own slowly developed here . The British influence can still be felt in many corners. Many Brits spend their holidays here, there is still left-hand traffic and, in addition to Maltese, the population speaks fluent English.
Climate and best travel time for Malta
The best conditions – lots of sunshine, warm temperatures and ideal bathing weather – await you on Malta from May to October . This means that the best travel time for a beach holiday in the Republic of Malta has been determined. The daytime temperatures are generally well over 20 degrees Celsius in these months, and the 30 degree mark is regularly cracked in July and August. The hours of sunshine per day are eight to twelve, so plenty of time to let the sun shine on your stomach. With 18-23 degrees the sea is pleasantly refreshing and not too cold.
But the remaining months are also suitable for a vacation in Malta. In my detailed article about the best travel time for Malta you will get all the information in detail. Why the island state is also suitable for a visit when it is bitterly cold in Austria, you can read in my article Malta in winter .
In the following climate table you can see the values for every single month and look forward to wonderful weather! Malta is always worth a visit!
Climate table for Malta
|Max. Temperature in ° C||16||16||18th||20th||24||29||31||32||28||25th||21||17th|
|Min. Temperature in ° C||9.5||9||10||12th||15th||19th||22nd||23||21||18th||14th||11|
|Hours of sunshine per day||4th||4th||7th||8th||10||11||12th||12th||9||5||5||4th|
|Water temperature in ° C||17th||15th||15th||15th||18th||22nd||23||21||21||23||22nd||19th|
|Rainy days per month||18th||15th||13th||12th||7th||4th||1||3||10||15th||17th||21|