Whilst the winter is more often than not a beautiful time of year in Malta, but as an island of merely 316 km2 surrounded on all sides by the Mediterranean sea, Malta can be at the mercy of the weather. The Tramuntana wind from the North brings icy air and bitter cold. The Xlokk wind from Libya in the south is rare in the winter, but when it does blow, it covers Malta in a thick layer of dust from the North African deserts. As an island surrounded by the sea, grey clouds can roll in quickly and settle over the island, hiding the sun from view. Whilst rare, the warm climes of the spring and summer are happily welcomed on the island.
Whilst the Maltese love the summer, the spring – mezzo tempo – is celebrated greatly. The Spring Show organised by the Horticultural Society showcases the best local flowers, fruits and vegetables; the International Fireworks Festival in Valletta lights up the island; as Lent ends and Easter is celebrated, the soft scents of figoli almond cakes fill the air; and the annual Festa Frawli (strawberry festival) in Mgarr all take place in celebration of the signs of spring.
Spring is the perfect time to start dining al fresco. With a retractable glass roof, No. 2 Labini offers you the opportunity to sit and relax in the warm spring weather savouring your fresh Maltese strawberries before heading off to explore the historical island. Or you can enjoy some al fresco dining after your day of exploration with two BBQ areas.
And Malta can definitely whet your appetite; spring is a great time for exploring as temperatures haven’t yet hit the highs of the summer. Just two minutes away from the house, the medieval walled city of Mdina is a great place to start your visit. Walk along the walls to get great views of Malta, most of the major landmarks can be seen from Mdina including the Portomaso Tower at St Julian’s, the port of Valletta’s skyline and the Mosta dome. Mdina is also known as the “Silent City” so make sure you venture back in the dark and soak up the silent atmosphere, listening to the echo of your footsteps on the narrow streets, and you’ll be able to see the island lit up from the walls’ vantage point.
Enjoy the smells and sounds of spring before the eagerly anticipated heat of the summer arrives in Malta.