Malta is a teeny tiny little island, one of the smallest countries in the world in fact. And because it is so small there isn’t a huge amount to do, especially when the weather is bad. Usually in Summer if you’re bored you can pop to the beach or jump on a boat trip and be happy but when it’s grey and cold or raining it can be much harder to keep entertained.
My main tip for ‘things to do in Malta when the weather sucks’ is to just do whatever you were going to do anyway. When it rains in Malta, it’s rarely for long and usually results in a beautifully clear, blue sky once it’s over. If it looks like rain, just take a waterproof coat, don your wellies and go for that walk, visit that historical site, explore Valletta, Mdina, Marsaxlokk. Don’t let a bit of rain stop you.
What Can You do in Malta When The Sun Isn’t Shining?
But maybe you’re not aware that there are things to do in Malta other than visit the beach, so are looking for some things to dowwhen the sun isn’t shining. I’ve compiled a collection of ideas to keep you entertained below.
Be prepared- if you live in Malta, sometimes you are going to be bored. Get used to it. Unless you’re in a position to jump on a plane out of here whenever you want, there will be days when the weather sucks, there’s nothing you want to do and you feel you could cry with boredom. But here are a few things you can do to try and ease the tedium.
If the weather sucks, why not treat yourself to either a weekend at a hotel and spa or purchase a day spa pass to keep toastie in a pore cleansing steam room or dry, warming sauna. Enjoy indoor pools and warmth, of different varieties in a number of different rooms. If you really want to clear your mind and forget about the crappy weather, book in for a massage or treatment of some kind too. The Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa in Attard and the Fortina Hotel and Spa in Sliema are my personal recommendations.
Events and Parties in Malta
What’s On– this website should be bookmarked by anyone living in Malta. It does exaclty what it says on the tin. Find out what events are happening- music, sports, parties, fundraising, exhibitions and more.
Historical Sites in Malta
Cathedrals– Malta is full of them and most of them you can visit, wander round, take a tour and learn the history behind the building, the incredible decor and the people who have used it. The Mosta Dome or St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta for example- you have a personal audio tour, can take pictures (not with flash) and you will be amazed at the stunning, intricate and elaborate interior.
This is a country with a rich, brutal and interesting history. Check out the National Museum of Archaeology, National Museum of Fine Arts (info here) to keep busy and learn a thing or two.
Eating and Drinking in Malta
Go for Lunch in Malta
Malta is RIFE with cafes and restaurants. Grab some friends and visit somewhere new every single weekend. St Julians and Sliema are chock a block (Cara’s Cafe and Mint are two favs!) as is Valletta- I can personally recommend Angelica’s and Pepe Nero for example. Even if you’re alone for the day, most coffee places have wifi so grab your laptop, settle down with a hot beverage and a slice of cake and catch up on your favourite shows or browse the internet whilst over looking the sea. Lucy over on facebook recommended Cafe Jubilee when it’s raining- I love this place and the cold and rain make it extra cozy!
Have a Rainy Daytime Drinking Session
Day or night there are as many different bars as there are cafes so go on a bar crawl or pick one and spend each day somewhere new. And don’t judge Malta on Paceville please- it does have the odd nice bar such as Soho Lounge and the newly opened Hugo’s Pub- but there are areas outside of Paceville that have bars filled with actual adults, good music and a great atmosphere. Try Tex Mex in Sliema for cocktails and huge food portions, StrEat Whiskey Bar in Valletta, or if jazz is your thing pop over to Django, Tiffany’s Champagne Lounge in the Portomaso Marina do the best strawberry mojitos on the island and are well worth a visit.
Go Outside, Even If The Weather is Bad in Malta
There is plenty of greenery in Malta that you can enjoy and who cares if it’s a bit grey or drizzling. If anything, it’s likely to be much more lush this time of year.
Cities in Malta
The usual suspects like Valletta, Mdina, Marsaxlokk are all worth a visit, and it doesn’t matter if the sun isn’t shining. Whether it’s full on raining or just a bit grey and windy, you can still enjoy the beautiful traditional streets and buildings. Don’t let the bad weather create a bad mood, get outside, get moving and enjoy the cool air!
When All Else Fails Curl Up At Home
If you really don’t fancy going out in the cold, wind or rain then just stay in- a great suggestion from James on facebook. Snuggle up on the sofa with a thick blanket and a cup of tea, put on a film and order yourself a takeaway– it doesn’t have to be junk food, click the link and check out my list of takeaway services on the island.