Are you looking to escape those cold winter months and maybe dip your toes in the ocean? If you stumbled upon this article, it means you are considering visiting Malta in November, but unsure if you should? We visited Malta in November, and although the weather didn’t look very positive for us, we ended up having the time of our lives with plenty of sunshine!
I get it. I don’t like wet, cloudy or freezing days either (unless it’s snowing). Those days suck! That’s why I’m always looking for the best places to escape too, preferable with some sunshine. So, let’s talk about visiting Malta in November and why should you do it!
Weather in Malta in November
The truth is that during the winter months, the weather in Europe can be pretty unpredictable. But, you’re in luck, because Malta has some of the best weather in Europe during the winter months. With an average temperature of 21ºC during November, it’s still pleasant during the day. So, if you are coming from the UK, you will feel like you’re in the tropes. On the other hand, November is actually the wettest month, with an average of 13 rainy days. We’ve visited mid-November, and we didn’t experience any rain. Quite the opposite, I wore a summer dress all day long. For the evenings though, I do recommend packing a coat and long trousers as the temperature drops. A raincoat and umbrella are a sensible choice as well, just in case.
I’m not going to lie, I loved our trip to Malta in November. I was shocked by the weather and how warm it felt, but what I loved, even more, was that there weren’t many tourists around. So yes, I do recommend visiting Malta off-peak, pretty much like every other major and popular place on Earth.
Getting to Malta
Getting to Malta is super easy. Malta is an archipelago located between Sicily and the North African coastline, which in the past was the perfect location for the Romans, Moors, French and British; that’s why it has plenty of fortresses and ruins to tour. Malta has only one airport, the ‘Malta International Airport’, and its location means you can get to every part of the island within an hour.
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Where to stay in Malta
When we visited Malta, it was only for the weekend, but we ended up seeing a lot of what Malta had to offer, including Valletta, Sliema, Blue Grotto, Mdina and Popeye village. It is impossible to see EVERYTHING in 48 hours.
Malta in November is great because accommodation rates drop massively compared to the summer months. So, if you want to save some pennies, Malta is a good choice.
Considering where to stay in Malta is crucial. Although the island itself is small, some of the places are spread out, and if you don’t want to spend hours travelling between each point, I recommend choosing different accommodations. That’s what we did. The first night we stayed at ‘115 The Hotel Strand and Suites’, overlooking the harbour, with Valletta in the distance; and the second night we stayed in the middle of nowhere (literally), with a 360° view overlooking Malta. It was incredible! If you want to find out more, I recommend you keep reading.
Our first night we decided to stay in Sliema, I don’t even know why I picked this location. I personally didn’t find many things to do in Sliema, but we had arrived a bit late to Malta, so a lot of it was closing anyway. Sliema is a good choice if you want to stay away from lots of tourists, but overall I would recommend staying in the capital city Valletta instead. Especially, if you are coming for more than two nights and want to explore Malta further.
I liked our hotel in Sliema. It has mixed reviews on all the major sites, but I personally enjoyed it there. Although it had some ageing marks, the views were beautiful, and the rooms were clean. And at just £50 for a double room with a great complimentary breakfast and courteous staff right next to the harbour, what more could you want.
I truly enjoyed our first evening in Malta, we sat on our balcony, with a bottle of a local wine we had bought in the shop next door, and watched the boats, people and the cars passing by. When the sun had finally set, we decided to go for an evening stroll around the harbour, grab some food, more wine and some ice cream. It was lovely.
For our second night, and also our last, I wanted to experience something different. I knew that after all day travelling between places on the island and ending our trip on the west side of Malta, I wouldn’t be bothered with going back to Valletta or Sliema.
So, I booked’Secco’s Sea View B&B for £45 a night with a view and breakfast. We paid extra to have a big room, balcony and ensuite.
If you are looking to stay in rural parts of Malta and are ready to do some serious walking or cycling, then I recommend staying in this part of Malta. Without a car, you won’t get anywhere, there are no shops or pubs around, but Secco’s accommodation features one of the best views of the entire island. I absolutely loved our stay here. We relaxed on bean bags, drank wine and watched the sunset over the horizon. We made friends with the dog who lives there (you must be a dog person to stay here), we even lit a bonfire and made lasagne. In Secco’s Sea View Accommodation you get access to the entire kitchen, you can use the bread, eggs, butter and other things which are currently in the fridge if you want some easy breakfast or dinner.
For me, this was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time, and definitely featured something totally different than what I expended from our weekend trip to Malta in November.
What to See in Malta in November
You can visit all the major places in Malta in November, excluding Blue Grotto or Comino because the sea is too rough and the waves are dangerous. You can still view it from the cliff top and admire the strength of Mother Nature, but if you want to visit the cave, you’d have to visit Malta during the summer.
Some of the best things to do in Malta:
Visiting Malta Off-Season
I’m so glad that we visited Malta in November and incredibly grateful for the amazing weather we had. One of the best advantages of travelling to Malta off-season is the fact there are fewer tourists and fewer queues. We didn’t have to queue anywhere we went at all, and we got to enjoyed incredible views and breathtaking scenes while saving tons of cash. If you haven’t visited Malta yet, make sure it is on your bucket list, especially if you are a fan of ‘The Game of Thrones’.
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Hi, I’m Karina and ordinary bores me. When I was 22, I felt stuck in my life, so I packed my life into one suitcase and moved to England. I am a strong believer that life is what you make out if it.
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