In Malta, summer is not just a season – it’s a way of life.

Although the islands’ Mediterranean climate means that we enjoy around 300 days of sunshine every year, we still come into our own as summertime arrives, with most locals heading outside to soak up the sun.

Here’s how you can welcome summertime in Malta, just like the Maltese do.

Take a Swim

Nothing says summertime in Malta like taking a dip in the sun-warmed Mediterranean Sea. And while there are plenty of places for you to do this around the island’s coastline, from sandy beaches to rocky coves, we recommend going a little further and taking a swim at the Blue Grotto, which is famed for its vibrant azure blue waters and colourful underwater fauna.

Sip Cocktails at Sunset

It’s the stuff of holiday dreams: a tasty and refreshing cocktail, with a front-row-seat to a brightly coloured sunset across the horizon, on a warm and balmy evening. Fortunately, there are many establishments across Malta that offer this spectacular scene, but one of the best is Café del Mar in St Paul’s Bay, which has become a national favourite for its vast cocktail list and poolside sunset parties.

Dine Al Fresco

The warm, glorious weather of summer makes it the ideal time to enjoy an al fresco meal, whether for a sunny lunchtime snack or an intimate dinner under the stars. An excellent spot for a casual outdoor lunch is The Edge Restaurant within the Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in St Julian’s, which offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine served on a spacious outdoor terrace that also boasts stunning views of the glittering sea across the bay.

Dance the Night Away at an Outdoor Music Concert

A highlight of Malta’s packed summertime calendar of events is the annual official Isle of MTV Concert, which takes place as part of Malta Music Week. This year’s legendary concert, which rocks the outdoor stage in Il Fosos Square in Floriana on 9 July, features headline acts Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha, and will kick-off a week full of music events, club nights and live street concerts.

Experience a Local Festa

If you love outdoor street parties, then you will adore the Maltese tradition of summertime Festas. These huge, outdoor celebrations take place in towns and villages across the island over summer, in honour of each locality’s patron saint, and involve copious amounts of music, processions, food and fireworks. Don’t miss the chance to join in the fun and merry-making with the locals, at these uniquely Maltese summertime events.

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