Ok, so I am sitting here in my beautiful super close to the sea apartment working and writing this post and well .. mainly freezing my ass off. It has 10 degrees in Malta, and I swear I have experiences worse temperatures and they did not bother me as much. Since we arrived back here about a week ago, I am literally wearing the same sweater and carry around my hot water bottle all around the apartment. He is a cute bear, so he deserves it (see the picture below). So here is the thing: Winters in the Mediterranean can be tricky!
But before you cancel your tickets, let me say that this can change really quickly and it can be super sunny and 17 degrees in a couple of days and I will put all those lovely pictures on my Instagram and tell you how happy I am that I am here. I have seen many faces of this winter. So let me tell you the truth about winters in the Mediterranean and in particular in Malta. I feel everybody just shows you how great of a winter destination the Mediterranean is, but only a few people give you the whole truth. Yes, they can be lovely, but they can be rainy and freezing too.
Winters in the Mediterranean Can Be Freezing.
After moving to Malta, I discovered that all of a sudden we needed so many clothes. And yes, we also had to bring that winter jacket we keep at my parent’s house. So if you plan on visiting Malta or other spots in the Mediterranean during winter, pack a coat and an umbrella. And I have one golden tip for you: Book an accommodation with heating.
Most places do not have a built-in heating system, but there are portable heaters that will help you to fight the cold.
To be fair, there are winter days with 15-20 degrees. But there are also days with 7-12 degrees that feel like 2 because of humidity, wind and no heating inside. Those are the days I struggle with, but I am also freezing super easily. It is worth to be prepared if you think about booking a getaway in the Mediterranean. The weather can be unpredictable sometimes and really sunny days are followed by rainy and windy days, that make you wish you never have to leave the house again. You might want to look for activities for those rainy days and bring a good book. But you should also bring your hiking gear and take some long walks in the countryside because they are gorgeous during the winter.
They are All Green and Sometimes Sunny
Because of all the rain, the winters in Places like Malta turn the nature and make the countryside all green. Those sunny days that are not yet warm are perfect to get to discover some great walks and stunning views.
In Malta, they are perfect for a visit to Gozo, a walk on the coast or across the country. All the fields are lush green and calm. You might able to catch some trails on which you are being the only one in the area. Those days make it up after the rain, and you really realize why you came here in the first place and why the storm is so important.
Most Touristic Spots are Quieter and cheaper.
A big plus to spend a couple of days away in the Mediterranean or live here during the winter is the quiet-time you could get. In Malta, there is way less activity and fewer tourists. It is a great time to wander around, discover villages and cities and to enjoy the green countryside. During the sunny days, you will still be able to sit outside and to enjoy some sun. The accommodations are way cheaper during the winter, and you might be able to catch a seat in busses that are packed in summer.
If you plan to travel to Malta during the winter, I highly recommend you to spend at least a day in Gozo and enjoy some of those empty spots. Take a walk around Rambla Bay or just enjoy the view from Victoria and you will love those Mediterranean winters.
Because, even though I am struggling so much with them, they are quite short and those springs are just marvelous.
So stay warm and come back in the spring to see what I mean. What is your favorite place to travel to during winter?