Why visit Malta in spring?
If you want to visit Malta and enjoy the cultural attractions, the sunshine and uncrowded beaches, spring is the perfect time to book a holiday.
In spring, only the hardiest of locals will be swimming in the sea, so you’ll get the idea that it can be a bit nippy in the water; don’t let the daytime temperatures and blue skies deceive you into thinking the water is basking temperature (just yet). However, it’s certainly worth heading to the beach for a nice spot of early spring sunbathing.
While the sandy bays might beckon, and certainly have facilities like sun lounger hire and beach bars, it’s still worth discovering some smaller, less populated beaches even this time of year.
The island of Gozo is just 20km from the Maltese mainland, and is still a land of farmers and fishermen. Gozo attracts holidaymakers want to ´get away from it all´ and enjoy the tranquillity and scenery of this picturesque haven. With an area of just 26m2 and a population just over 30,000, it is possible to stroll along Gozo´s country lanes, and discover the natural landscapes which make the island so special.
Valetta, Malta’s capital would be hard to miss on any stay, long or short, but while it tops guidebooks hit list of must-sees, it’s hard to express just how fascinating a place it is to visit.
Labelled as a baroque jewel, it was in fact built before the true baroque period but stakes its claim to the epithet on account of the embellished interiors of many of its churches and palazzos.
Valletta is named after Grand Master Jean de la Vallette whose claim to fame is his valiant and victorious defence of Malta during the ‘Great Siege’ of 1565 by the Saracens. Malta’s diminutive capital houses an incredible wealth of art, artefacts and architecture in a small tight-knit grid of streets perched overlooking two massive harbours.
Mdina, the medieval walled city once Malta’s medieval capital. Mdina is set inland and commands an imposing high view – almost 360 degrees – over the island of Malta. It’s tiny in comparison to Valletta, but size is deceptive as you can easily spend a good three hours or so wandering around its quaint alleys, people-watching in a pavement café or visiting the stunning cathedral.
Malta and the George Cross
Malta was awarded the George Cross in 1942 after its people heroically defended the island during the early parts of World War II.
Britain´s reigning monarch at the time, King George VI paid tribute to the Maltese people in a letter sent to General Sir William Dobbie, Governor of the island to ´bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people´ during the great siege.
The people of Malta were close to starving as food supplies to the island were cut off by Italian and German bombers. Italian torpedo boats were spotted off the coast in July 1941, by defenders of the island, and the threat of invasion was quashed. A final assault by German forces was ordered by Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, but the people of Malta withstood every attack.
If you are planning to visit Malta, book a guided historical or cultural tour, a rural tour, an adventure tour or a gastronomic tour of the island to make the most of you stay.