Malta is famous for its sunny Mediterranean heat, with temperatures usually hitting above 30 degrees every day throughout the peak of summer.

Even if your Malta holiday is all about soaking up the sun, dealing with the scorching heat can make even the most determined sun-seeker look for somewhere to cool off.

Here’s where to head to in Malta when you want to beat the heat.

Head to the Beach

Although the beach may be the ultimate place for sunbathing, it is also one of the best destinations for those who would prefer to cool off. Under a shady parasol, you can enjoy a sea breeze as you relax by Malta’s signature crystal clear blue sea. Plus, you could join Maltese locals in their preferred method of beating the heat, with an early morning or late afternoon cooling dip in the sea.

Relax at The Edge Lido

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Malta’s luxury lidos are the ideal beach alternative where you can chill out by the pool in cool comfort. One of the best of these is The Edge Lido, nestled on the northern coastline within the Radisson Blu Hotel in St Julian’s. Alongside the spectacular panoramic sea view, visitors can take a refreshing dip in one of the Lido’s swimming pools, relax with a cocktail on a sun lounger, and stroll into the on-site Edge Restaurant to dine on delicious local cuisine.

Soak Up Local Culture

The rich history and unique culture of the Maltese islands means that there are numerous fully air-conditioned museums, historical sites and theatres to for you to explore away from the summer sun. The many indoor sightseeing options even include prehistoric caves with remains of ice-age animals and creepy underground catacombs, which are not only cool in temperature but offer a cool experience for the whole family.

Coffee Shop(ping)

The key to beating the heat is going where there is air conditioning, and there’s nowhere better for this than Malta’s vast variety of air-conditioned shops and cafes. This is the excuse you have been looking for to have a sumptuous shopping day in bustling precincts such as those in Sliema or Valletta, breaking it up with a visit to one of the many cool and comfortable coffee shops across the island.

Chill Out at the Spa

Bypass the heat of a Maltese summer with an indulgent day at the spa, to be pampered in the calming and cool surroundings. Head over to Marion Mizzi Wellbeing in the Radisson Blu Resort in St Julian’s for a range of refreshing beauty treatments designed to rejuvenate your body and mind in the midst of a sun-soaked holiday.