Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The weather is very fine from April onwards and the countryside is in full bloom. May, June and early September are the best times to come to Malta. In summer, the temperatures frequently rise to 30-35°C/85-95°F and the heat is further exacerbated by the sirocco wind, while the sandy beaches cooled down by the sea breezes are crammed with holidaymakers. If you want to enjoy a peaceful dip in the Blue Lagoon, you’ll have to get up very early in the day. Summertime is also the festas season, local parish celebrations with joyful fanfares, performances, processions and firework displays.
From October to March, the weather is still mild, but it rains quite often. The showers are however brief and the skies quickly turn blue again. As there are fewer tourists, you can make the most of the country’s hiking trails, coastal creeks and archaeological sites in peace and quiet.
Formalities and useful addresses
High Comission of Malta in London – Malta House, 36-38 Piccadilly - London W1J 0LE - [TEL] +44-207-2924800 - https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en
Embassy of Malta in Washington – 2017 Connecticut Ave NW - Washington, DC 20008 - [TEL] +1-202-4623611 - http://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en
Malta Tourism Board – www.visitemalta.com
British High Commission Malta – Whitehall Mansions, Ta’ Xbiex Seafront - Ta’ Xbiex - VXBX 1026 - [TEL] (+356) 2323 0000
U.S. Embassy Valetta – Ta' Qali National Park - Attard, ATD 4000 - [TEL](+356) 2561 4000 - https://mt.usembassy.gov/
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Sat 8.30am-12.30pm (12pm on Saturdays, and some stay open till 2pm). Some open at 8am between June and September.
The major credit international credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, hotels and shops (but not every gas station).
Health and safety
Current is 240V and the plugs have 3 pins. An AC adapter may be necessary.
February 10 – Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck
March 19 – Feast of Saint Joseph
March 31 – Freedom Day
June 7 – Sette Giugno
June 29 – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
September 8 – The Feast of Our Lady of Victories
September 28 – Independence Day
December 13 – Republic Day
Post offices are generally open Mon-Sat 7.30am-12.30pm.
Malta International Airport – www.maltairport.com