Congratulations! After researching the market for a while, you are finally ready to book tickets to Malta! There is a big chance that you just made the first step to adding another entry in your “Top 3 Holidays of My Life” list. There’s plenty of guides online about visiting Malta, but not all of them are as sincere as you would like to – believe me… Most of them read like sponsored articles written by Maltese Tourism Authority just to lure as many people as possible.
Nobody likes to be disappointed – especially at the beginning of holidays. My goal is not to scare you off, but just give you a list of things that might be different than you expected.
Let’s start with number one:
To make it a little bit easier, I’ve prepared a graph. Please note that it shows “Average High Temperature” which it’s higher than REAL average temperature (duh).
Doesn’t look too bad, right? Well, there is one more factor that nobody will mention – HUMIDITY. That’s the real killer. Because of high levels of water in the air, “real feel” temperature is quite different than one on thermometers around.
Are crazy hot. Your sweat is not cooling your body as it could in, let’s say the Sahara Desert. It’s just not evaporating quick enough to be effective. If you are too far away from the sea, swimming pool or at least air-conditioned interior you screwed. My recommendation: Don’t leave the apartment without swimming shorts (don’t bother with a towel).
Will make you take back all the bad things you said about summers. They are totally different. Humidity is still a pain and because of that, windy weather in 13°C feels like real winter but without snow. Staying indoors seems like the best solution but be aware that 99% of Maltese apartments don’t have proper heating. You can fight with uncomfortable temperatures with portable heaters, seven layers of clothing or by setting your a/c in heating mode.
If you are living anywhere in European Union there is a big chance that public transportation in your town is 300 times better than here. Because of congestion, buses are no longer a reliable commuting option. Almost always full (I mean REALLY full – stopping only to let people out) and late. At least this masochism is quite cheap – €2.00 in summer and €1.50 in winter for 2 hours ticket isn’t too bad. My recommendation: You can’t go wrong with 12 trips card which you can buy it in the Airport, Valletta bus terminal, Sliema ferries and few more places around the island.
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Here you have some choice: You can support the corrupt government and use WHITE TAXIS, a private company ECABS or one of Uber rip-offs – TAXIFY. Two first ones are charging flat rates and sometimes the price is horrendous. The Taxify ride is usually cheaper and your fare will be calculated by actual kilometers. Drivers behave nicer as well. My Recommendation: If you visiting Malta independently, skip white taxi from the airport! Catch Wi-Fi, download Taxify app and save some Euros in first 30 minutes of your holidays!
Last year NEXTBIKE came to Malta. Honestly, I can’t recommend it to anyone. Being green and eco-friendly is great but risking your life is not worth it. The concept of sharing the same road with cyclists is still something new and exotic to most of Maltese born drivers. Just stick to the buses, please.
There are THREE decent sandy beaches in Malta:
- Ghadira Bay in Mellieha
- Ghajn Tuffieha Bay in Mgarr
- Golden Bay Beach in Mgarr too.
A couple more less decent and that’s it. Unfortunately, a lot of people visiting Malta forget about that. We have a lot of places perfect for swimming or sunbathing but they’re just less soft-and-sandy and more coarse-and-rocky. Qawra in the North, Exiles Bay or Font Ghadir in Sliema are decent swimming and snorkeling spots, serviced with steps and/or ladders. Just be prepared and buy a pair of water shoes (€10-20) as I don’t know what is more dangerous Sea Urchins or razor sharp rocks.
I should mention countless beachside swimming pools owned by hotels. Most of them can be accessed by everyone (after paying for compulsory deck chair rental). Also Cafe Del Mar.
Seems like, I will add more detailed list soon!
Short let market (anything less than 6 months) is dominated by Airbnb. Forget about looking for accommodation in some old school way – letting agencies won’t treat you seriously and renting out directly from an owner is like asking for trouble (say goodbye to your security deposit). Airbnb tends to be fully booked in the summertime so watch out! Of course, Trivago will be always there to help you, but be smart about your booking and try to do it as soon as possible as prices will never go down.
If you are on the budget, maybe you could try checking out few Facebook Groups. I recommend joining Brits in Malta, Svenskar pa Malta, French in Malta etc. or whatever nationality you are – they can usually help you out with cheap rooms and good advice. Except for Polish Group, it’s full of trolls and haters.
Wasn’t that bad, eh? Probably every popular touristic destination has similar “problems”. Now you should be ready for the adventure! If you have any more questions about visiting Malta, please feel free to leave the comment or contact us.