malta in autumn

Malta: Top Things to do in Autumn

  • Nov 21, 2020

With pretty warm day time temperatures at about 26°C...

It’s safe to say that the Maltese islands are primarily known for fulfilling every Northerner’s dreams of a Mediterranean summer paradise. However, if you want to avoid the boisterous crowds and hordes of tourists, you’ll be pleased to learn that Malta’s autumns are just as exquisite as its summers. Daytime temperatures are still pretty warm at about 26°C, and the nights are cool and refreshing. 

Therefore, if we’ve managed to persuade you that autumn is the best time to visit Malta, here are 5 autumnal activities that you can do whilst you’re in Malta during the Velvet season.

  1. Fishing

Malta’s crystalline seas are brimming with different types of fish, ranging from sardines to swordfish. All you need to do is to have to right gear and – in some cases, the right permits – and you’re free to enjoy some quiet time immersed in your favourite hobby.

Shore fishing is one of the most popular past-times on the islands. Head down to the ports, and join a couple of fellow anglers for a spot of fishing. St Paul’s Bay’s rocky coastline is a fishing hotspot for the locals. The Migra l-Ferha cliffs are a great idea if you’re into fishing with a hand-held line. 

  1. Hiking

With 250km of coastline and hiking trails, Malta is the perfect spot for an autumnal hiking holiday. The most exciting trails run through Malta’s quaint villages and countryside, with the western coastline being the most popular spot for keen hikers. Start from the jagged cliffs of Dingli in the south-West, and head to Cirkewwa in the north-west for a fulfilling day full of hiking and stunning views.  

  1. Plenty of Museums To Visit

Malta’s rich history is reflected in its multitude of museums. Whether you’re into maritime or aristocratic history, you’ll always find a museum that suits your tastes here in Malta. 

Explore Malta’s ancient history at the National Museum of Archeology, and step into a world full of artefacts dating back to 5000 BCE, including the iconic “Venues of Malta” and “Sleeping Lady” sculptures. Learn about

Malta’s militaristic past and its contributions to the Allies’ efforts during WWI and WWII at Fort St Elmo. The famous George Cross is also showcased at this Fort-turned-public-museum. 

Other notable museums include the Inquisitor’s Palace (Vittoriosa), Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum (Birzebbugia), the Aviation Museum (Ta’ Qali), the Malta at War Museum (Vittoriosa) and St John’s Co-cathedral and Museum (Valletta), to name but a mere few.

  1. Explore Gozo

Malta’s sister island – Gozo – is known for its immaculate countryside, picturesque villages, scenic hills and remarkable beaches. It’s one of the Mediterranean’s top diving destinations. It is an especially great spot if you’re an outdoorsy individual since Gozo is a climber’s paradise with tonnes of excellent places for bouldering, abseiling and rock climbing. If you’re more of a culture aficionado, you’ll be pleased to learn that Gozo is known for its operatic productions, restaurants and museums.

  1. Scuba Diving

The islands’ clear waters are perfect for all-year-round scuba diving. All three major islands offer something unique as they’re teeming with reefs, wrecks, underwater caves, flora and fauna. The sea’s clarity and calmness, as well as the countless diving schools and facilities, make Malta an excellent spot if you’re a total beginner. There are also challenging dives aplenty. Diving depths range from Ghar Lapsi‘s shallow waters to Lantern Point‘s 50m deep, underwater tunnel. 

Where to stay in Malta?

You simply can’t have a relaxing holiday without the right accommodation. Casa Ellul is a luxury, boutique hotel in Valletta that’s just a stone’s throw from the most popular attractions. 

With nine, exclusive suites, the Victorian-era-Palazzo-turned-luxury-hotel is a stylish yet hospitable option for all those individuals that want to experience the true essence of the Maltese and Mediterranean lifestyle.