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Exploring Malta in February: Must-See Sites and Activities

Visiting Malta in February offers a mix of historical exploration, cultural experiences, and natural beauty, all without the summer crowds. Malta in February offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for winter travelers seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure. Here are some top activities to enjoy during your winter trip to Malta:

Explore Historical Sites


Wander through Malta’s capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit landmarks like St. John’s Co-Cathedral with Caravaggio’s famous painting “The Beheading of St John the Baptist”, the Grandmaster’s Palace, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens for stunning views of the Grand Harbour. With its historic buildings, typical wooden balconies and various remnants from the colonial era, Valletta exudes a very special charm. The skyline is characterised by the massive city wall, the huge domed Carmelite Church and the tower of St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral. The density of sights in Valletta is enormous.


Discover the ancient city of Mdina, also known as the “Silent City,” and explore its narrow streets, historic buildings, and panoramic views of the island. Located in the northern region of the island, Mdina served as the island’s capital until the medieval period. Today, it stands as a beautifully preserved fortified city, offering visitors a glimpse into Malta’s rich history and heritage.

Key features of Mdina include its impressive fortifications, narrow winding streets, and medieval architecture. The town is enclosed within fortified walls, which provide stunning views of the surrounding countryside and sea. Walking through Mdina feels like stepping back in time, with its quiet streets, old stone buildings, and historic landmarks.

The Three Cities

Discover the historical three cities of Malta—Vittoriosa (Birgu), Senglea (L-Isla), and Cospicua (Bormla) are steeped in history and offer a fascinating glimpse into Malta’s rich past. Located across the Grand Harbour from Valletta, these fortified cities are some of the oldest and most historically significant areas on the island. Explore the Inquisitor’s Palace – a unique museum located in a historic palace, Fort St. Angelo – one of Malta’s most significant historical landmarks, strategically located at the tip of Vittoriosa (Birgu) in the Grand Harbour, and the charming waterfront areas.


Marsaxlokk is a picturesque fishing village located in the southeastern part of Malta, not far from the capital city of Valletta. It’s known for its colorful traditional Maltese fishing boats called “luzzus,” which are adorned with painted eyes on their prows, believed to ward off evil spirits and ensure a safe journey for the fishermen.

Enjoy Cultural Experiences

Visit Museums and Galleries

National Museum of Archaeology: Located in Valletta, this museum showcases artifacts from Malta’s prehistoric period, including items from the Hypogeum and the Megalithic Temples.

Malta at War Museum: Located in Birgu, this museum offers insights into Malta’s role in World War II and features an extensive collection of wartime artifacts.

Carnival in Malta, held in February, is one of the most anticipated events on the island, blending vibrant traditions, lively parades, and colorful costumes. Known as “Il-Karnival ta’ Malta,” this celebration dates back to the 16th century and takes place across the islands of Malta and Gozo, with Valletta and Nadur being the main hubs of activity.

Go hiking

Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and explore Malta’s beautiful countryside on foot. Popular hiking spots include Dingli Cliffs, Buskett Gardens, and the coastal trails around Gozo. While Malta may not have vast mountain ranges or extensive forests, it still offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploration, thanks to its rugged coastline, scenic cliffs, and picturesque countryside. Here are some popular hiking destinations in Malta. Dingli Cliffs are located on the western coast of Malta and offer stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. There are walking trails along the cliffs that provide opportunities for leisurely hikes while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Majjistral Nature and History Park situated on the northwest coast of Malta is the island’s largest protected natural area. It features a network of hiking trails that wind through rugged terrain, coastal cliffs, and scenic valleys, offering opportunities to explore diverse flora and fauna.

Victoria Lines is historic defensive wall stretched across the width of Malta, dividing the island into two halves. The Victoria Lines offer scenic walking routes with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay are sandy beaches on the northwest coast of Malta surrounded by beautiful countryside and cliffs. There are hiking trails that lead from one bay to the other, offering stunning views of the coastline and the sea. Buskett Gardens and Wied il-Luq Valley located in the central part of Malta is a peaceful woodland area with walking trails that lead to Wied il-Luq Valley. The valley is known for its lush vegetation, limestone cliffs, and scenic views. Comino is technically a separate island,but easily accessible from Malta and offers excellent hiking opportunities. The island is mostly uninhabited and features rugged coastline, hidden coves, and stunning viewpoints.

When hiking in Malta, always stay on marked trails and respect any protected areas or wildlife habitats you encounter.

Relax on beaches

While swimming might not be as popular in February due to cooler temperatures, you can still enjoy relaxing walks along the beach or sitting by the sea to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. You can enjoy some leisure time by the sea. Here are a few beaches in Malta where you can relax. Golden Bay is a sandy beach on the northwest coast of Malta and popular for its golden sand and clear waters. In November, it may be less crowded than during the peak summer months, providing a serene environment for relaxation. Mellieha Bay, also known as Ghadira Bay is one of Malta’s largest sandy beaches. It offers shallow waters and a wide stretch of sand, perfect for lounging and soaking up the sun. November visitors can enjoy a quieter atmosphere compared to the summer crowds. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, adjacent to Golden Bay is another beautiful sandy beach surrounded by cliffs and natural vegetation. It offers stunning sunset views and a more secluded atmosphere, ideal for unwinding in November.

Ramla Bay located on the island of Gozo is famous for its red sandy beach and crystal-clear waters. While November may not be suitable for swimming for everyone due to slightly cooler temperatures, you can still enjoy walks along the shore and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. St. George’s Bay situated in St. Julian’s is a smaller sandy beach with calm waters, making it suitable for relaxation and leisurely strolls. The area also offers various seaside cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal with a view.

Practical Tips

  • Weather: February weather in Malta is mild, with average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C. It’s a good idea to bring layers and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
  • Events: Check local event calendars for any festivals, concerts, or special events happening during your stay.
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