Think of Malta, and most will think of warm sunshine, sandy beaches and the crystal-clear blue sea. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this little Mediterranean island is only fun in the sun of summertime – there’s also plenty to see and do now that winter is very much here.
Since the weather stays warm and the tourists from peak season go home, the winter months are actually the perfect time to experience the unique culture and activities of Malta… here’s just a few to try out this winter.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to take in some of Malta’s countless stunning attractions. In fact, since the peak tourist season has long since closed, you will have the advantage of seeing these breath-taking sights far more closely. Check out some of Malta’s prehistoric sites, such as Hager Qim in Qrendi – hilltop Megalithic temples with their own incredible sea view and exhibition space. Likewise, you could comfortably explore indoor splendours such as the magnificently-decorated St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, or Malta’s many museums showcasing everything from archaeology and war history to fine arts and local traditions.
Relax at the Spa
Where better to refresh your body and mind during a winter holiday that inside the luxurious warmth of a spa? Treat yourself to a day of health and beauty treatments at the Marion Mizzi Wellbeing Spa inside the Radisson Blu Resort in St Julian’s, and feel your tensions drift away under the healing hands of a team of expert masseuses and therapists.
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Try Horse Riding
If going horse riding is on your bucket list, then your winter holiday in Malta is the perfect opportunity to experience it. With multiple riding-friendly locations along the coast or in the lush countryside, and a number of well-established riding schools offering anything from 30-minute beginner lessons to epic horseback island tours, Malta is the ideal place to live your horse-riding dream.
Put Your Walking Shoes On
What Malta has in terms of sun, sea and sand, it equals in terms of landscapes and beautiful countryside. In winter, these fields and natural areas spring to life with many species of flora and fauna that are endemic to the islands. Experience these by taking a hike through one of the countless nature walks available, while the more adventurous could brave the cliff-top trails such as those found at Dingli Cliffs. If you’d prefer staying closer to home, you’ll find the Pembroke Garigue Heritage Park just a short walk from Radisson Blu Resort in St Julian’s; it’s a a coastal trail bursting with native greenery and we love it.
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Soak up the Local Culture
No matter the time of year you are visiting Malta, a holiday on the island would be incomplete without experiencing the unique Maltese culture and traditions. In winter, the island is still busy with countless cultural events that attract thousands of locals and tourists. Make sure your visit also includes a trip to the national theatre, the Teatru Manoel in Valletta. This baroque architectural masterpiece is to be seen from the theatre’s interior to be believed – and that’s before you take in one of the many jaw-dropping performances included on the theatre’s packed programme of cultural, dramatic, musical or operatic events.
Bonus: Treat yourself at The Bridge
The Bridge Bar at the Radisson Blu Resort, St. Julian’s offers a scrumptious sweet and savoury afternoon tea package which you can enjoy in the comfy surroundings. We can’t think of a better place to spend a cozy Winter afternoon (For more info call 21374894 or get in touch via Facebook).