It has been quite a few months since I posted a blog on here as I was away traveling for 3 months. Now I am back though, and coming back to Malta is always a happy affair for me. It is a lot colder than when I left, that is for sure! I remember in the lovely hot summer months locals and expats a like were telling me, Malta is great (with a pause) in the summer! I kept hearing that, and people were telling me that the winter can be quite uncomfortable. In my mind I thought, how bad could it be? I lived in Norway for 6 years, that is real winter. Well let me tell you it is pretty bad at times, I feel colder than I ever felt in Norway inside a home. Some reasons behind this is;
- The apartments/houses are built to stay cool in the summer so they also stay cool in the winter
- It is humid in the summer months and that doesn’t go away in the winter, so the cold gets underneath your clothing and feels a bit damp. You can even feel it in the air in the house. Amazing thing is when you plan to go outside you dress up for extreme winter and the moment you get outside it is actually a lot warmer than inside your home.
- In my case I wasn’t very smart and mostly only brought summer clothing when packing my stuff in Norway and leaving most of my winter clothing behind in storage. Because how cold could it actually get? Well I have learnt my lesson.
Malta is not all doom and gloom in the winter though. There is still a lot going on and a lot to keep you busy. There is a decent amount of tourists coming here and staying for the winter so it still has a bustling feeling to it. Also many of the restaurants are offering discounts on their food to get customers in. I noticed Surfside in Sliema is offering 50% off all food from Monday – Saturday which is quite a good deal and the view from there is amazing. Local tourist agencies are also offering discounts on activities such as trips to Gozo, boat trips on warmer days and trips around Malta. Also a lot of hotels are having amazing offers so there are many to pick from if you choose to make Malta a winter destination. Check Deal.mt.com they always have a lot of great offers.
I have also experienced cozy nights in our little local pub down the road where expats gather for drinks and everyone joins in the conversation as if you are all sitting at a planned gathering in a lounge at someones home. Also everywhere is selling mulled wine, which just makes things so much more cozy and warm. So there is still a lot to love about Malta in the winter.
I am not sure how you would prefer to get through Maltese winter but here are a few things that are working for me;
- Anything fleece, blankets, pyjamas whatever! This has been a lifesaver for me, on the couch, in bed, also just while doing things around the house.
- I find wool jumpers protect you a lot more from the humidity and the cold than any other material, so stock up on those.
- Learn how to make home made mulled wine, I have, and it works wonders, for the cold and the mind 😉
- Get rid of the cold feeling and go for a 90 min Hot Yoga class, you will quickly remember what summer feels like and quickly long for some cold!
- Enjoy home made soups, curries and stews.
- Heaters! You are going to need heathers. Gas, oil, fan, we have them all.
- Be prepared for your electricity bill to be quite a bit higher than in the summer months.
- Lastly what is great about Maltese winter is that the sun still shines on most days, so you can still go out and warm yourself up sitting in the sun with a coffee or a drink.
So that is all from me for now, stay warm and if you can’t stay warm inside, go find something to make yourself warm outside! 🙂