As the scorching heat of the Maltese summertime subsides, the light sea breeze that accompanies Malta’s autumn arrives to the islands.
While a relatively short season, autumn in Malta is an ideal opportunity to indulge in the only slightly-cooler weather, and head outdoors to enjoy the island’s many attractions as the country prepares for winter.
Here’s how to make the most of Malta this autumn.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Autumn is the perfect time to appreciate nature in Malta, and the best way to do that is by taking a ramble along one of the many walking trails available across the island.
The countryside throughout Malta springs to life with the onset of autumn, with various species just flowering at this time of year. We recommend checking out Pembroke Garigue Heritage Park, which is just a short walk from Radisson Blu Resort St Julian’s and is bursting with unique and colourful Mediterranean flora and fauna.
Skip the Tourist Queues
With its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums, and ancient sites of historical interest, Malta is a history enthusiast’s dream! Many tourists flock to the islands over summer to tour these marvels but, as the tourist peak season gradually closes with the arrival of autumn, it is the ideal time to explore without the need to queue.
Hit the Beach
Since daytime temperatures are still in the high 20s as the season changes, it’s still very pleasant to spend a day at the beach sunbathing and swimming in the sparkling turquoise-blue seawater. Again, the off-peak tourist season also means you are now more likely to have the beach – and the sea – more to yourself than in previous months.
The autumnal weather is also quite windy, making it perfect for wind-reliant watersports such as kite surfing or parasailing. Many of the beaches in the north of the island have local companies that offer affordable watersports experiences for the whole family.
Become a Shopaholic
If you needed the excuse, autumn is an ideal time to indulge your inner shopaholic at one of Malta’s famous shopping districts, Sliema and Valletta, which are bursting with high-street shops, designer stores, Italian boutiques and big-name international brands.
The drop in temperature means you can spend longer browsing inside, but still enjoy a well-earned coffee break by the sea at one of the many outdoor coffee shops in the area.
Dine al Fresco
Summer may be over, but the warm, balmy evenings tend to remain well into the start of autumn, making al fresco dining a must-try during your Mediterranean holiday.
Many of Malta’s multitude of restaurants offer the option to dine outside. So for a special night under the stars, simply book a table in your preferred spot and relax with a cocktail as you await your meal. Check out Le Bistro, within the Radisson Blu Resort in St Julian’s, which boasts a terrace with a panoramic sea view, and a seasonal menu which includes some of the best examples of local and Mediterranean cuisine.
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