As famous for its hot climate as it is for its rich history, Malta has plenty to offer the visiting tourist in August. At the height of the island’s summertime, with temperatures regularly soaring well into the 40s, Malta in August presents the best opportunity to experience that famed Mediterranean lifestyle, firsthand. Here’s five reasons why:
Traditional Maltese Village Festas
Perhaps the best reason to visit Malta in August is to join in the unique village celebrations, known as Festas, which take place throughout the summer and are at their peak during August.
These traditional and utterly unique street parties are held in each town and village across Malta on selected dates, to honor that town’s patron saint. The extravagant and all-encompassing festivities are steeped in tradition, and include brass band parades through the streets, processions carrying life-sized and richly hand-decorated statues of the patron saint in question, huge quantities of food and locally-produced sweets, firework displays, and church bells.
When it comes to a Maltese Festa bigger is considered better, so be prepared to be amazed by these spectacular events.
Yes, Malta’s beautiful beaches are accessible all year round, but what better time to fully appreciate them than when you have almost guaranteed scorching hot weather?
Malta and Gozo’s beaches are plentiful, and can cater for everyone whether you want a sandy or rock beach, crystal clear water to wade in or for scuba-diving, nearby facilities for families, or a secluded paradise away from the hubbub. The best ones to check out are Golden Bay and Ghadira Bay in Mellieha, and Ramla Bay in Gozo.
The turquoise waters are also packed with a plethora of marine life that make Malta the ideal scuba diving and snorkeling destination in summer. There are a number of diving centres across Malta that are open during August that can help you enjoy the Blue Flag-status waters, caves, tunnels and underwater cliffs from the beneath the waves.
Again, summer in Malta shows the island’s wealth of historical sites and stunning architecture to its best advantage. In fact, August is the ideal time to take a boat cruise or even charter a boat to enjoy the view of the landscape from the water itself. A day cruise around the Blue Lagoon in Comino, for example, which tours Comino’s many caves and inlets, also gives you the chance to look down into the clear turquoise blue waters there that inspired the name, and the light from the sunshine magnifies all the marine life visible there.
If boats are not for you, then simply make use of the many hop on, hop off open-top bus tours around the island, to take in the sights. These colour-coded buses provide headphone commentary and an informative guide to the many historic sites across Malta, including the megalithic temples, umpteen museums and underground caves.
The Food, the Drink and the Nightlife
After a long day of sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the sea, and sightseeing throughout Malta, there’s no better way to complete the day than to indulge in dinner al fresco, in front of the moonlit water. The balmy summer nights in Malta make it the ideal place to sample the exquisite local cuisine under the stars, or perhaps taking a refreshing cocktail upon one of the many rooftop terrace bars across the island.
After dinner, the warm breeze may then take you to Paceville in St Julian’s, to experience the legendary nightlife in the area, which is packed full of bars. It will have you dancing till sunrise!
The warm weather in August means that Malta becomes a cultural hub in the Mediterranean.
There are a number of cultural festivals throughout the summer months that celebrate art, various forms of music including jazz and folk, as well as street performances. This is also alongside shows in Malta’s only open-air theatre, the Teatru Rjal, which is the reborn building created from the ruins of Malta’s famous Opera House in Valletta, that was bombed during the Second World War. (Incidentally, Valletta’s also a great place to get your shopping fix!)
Malta’s summertime event calendar also offers festivals championing various local foods, including olives, bread, beer, chocolate, wine and strawberries, so there’s plenty to appeal to every taste.
If you’re looking for a place to stay during your trip, we definitely recommend the centrally-located Radisson Blu Resort, St. Julians!