Malta Geography and Climate

Malta is a real paradise for diving enthusiasts. Also here you can perfectly combine swimming in the clear sea and relaxing on the beach with interesting excursions that will introduce you to the interesting history of Malta.

The comfortable swimming season in Malta lasts from May to November, however, although you don’t swim in the sea in December-April, this does not mean that you should not go to Malta at this time of the year. Firstly, there are a large number of pools around the island, and secondly, there are a lot of attractions here, from which you will get more pleasure from visiting in winter, since there is no risk of getting sunburned under the scorching sun, and there is also less influx of tourists.

The official languages are Maltese and English. The Maltese language, probably originating from the Phoenician, is one of the dialects of the Arabic language, which is quite well understood in neighboring Tunisia, but has undergone later influences. The influence of the Italian language, especially its Sicilian dialect, is noticeable (for example, the names of the months are Italian, and the names of the days of the week are Arabic). Many Maltese speak Italian.

Geography in Malta

According to top-engineering-schools, the Maltese archipelago, consisting of three main islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino), as well as many uninhabited ones (Cominotto, Filfla, St. Pauls and others) is located in the very center of the Mediterranean Sea, at a distance of only about 90 km south of Sicily and 230 km from the North African coast.

The total area is 316 km2 (Malta 246 km2, Gozo 67 km2 and Comino 2.7 km2). The length of Malta is about 27 km (from the southeast to the northwest point), the greatest length from east to west is 14.5 km. Gozo is 14.5 km long and 7.2 km wide.

in Malta there are no rivers or mountains. The terraced fields descending from the slopes of the hills, separated from each other by low stone walls, are the most characteristic feature of the Maltese landscape. The deeply indented coast of Maltaforms numerous harbours, rocky bays and sandy beaches. The length of the coastline of the island of Malta is 137 km, and the island of Gozo – 43 km.

Climate in in Malta

The Maltese climate is warm and conducive to health. There are no cold penetrating winds, fog, snow or frost in Malta. The total amount of precipitation during the short rainy period, which occurs in the winter half of the year, is only 585 mm per year. In summer (May-September) it almost never rains. The average temperature in summer is 25..30 degrees during the day and 20..25 at night. The hottest time is from mid-July to mid-September: during this period, the air temperature reaches 35.. 38 degrees, and the sea warms up to 26 degrees. But the fresh breeze and the influence of the sea, even at the highest summer temperatures, do not allow the feeling of unbearable heat. This is also due to the fact that in Malta there are no high mountains or strings of hotels rising to the sky that would close the natural ventilation of sea beaches.

Winter in Malta is mild. The weather is usually rainy and damp, with cool winds blowing. Daytime temperature in winter is 12..20 degrees, and at night it drops to 8..15. Water temperature in winter usually does not fall below 12..14 degrees.

Best time to visit:
The comfortable swimming season in Malta lasts from May to November, however, although you don’t swim in the sea in December-April, this does not mean that you should not go to Malta at this time of the year. Firstly, there are a large number of pools around the island, and secondly, there are a lot of attractions here, from which you will get more pleasure from visiting in winter, since there is no risk of getting sunburned under the scorching sun, and there is also less influx of tourists.

BEACH HOLIDAY

Malta’s coastline pretty badly cut. There are many bays and coves here. Because of this, the sea coast is very diverse, and you can find a place for every taste: there are sandy and rocky beaches, both civilized and wild. The advantage is the almost complete absence of ebbs and flows, as well as undercurrents. There are also no dangerous fish or jellyfish. Therefore, swimming in Malta is safe and enjoyable.

The most famous and popular beach resorts in the country are Sliema, St. Julian’s, Golden Bay, Jnaina Bay, Mellieha Bay, as well as St. George’s and St. Paul’s bays in the northern part of Malta and the area between Manikata and Mjar and the Blue Grotto to the south. The most popular beaches in Gozo are Ramla, Xlendi and Marsalforn. All of them are quite small, surrounded by sheer cliffs and are known for their purest water.

Among the sandy Maltese beaches, one can note:

Mellieha Bay (otherwise Adira) is a long sandy strip in the north of the island near the town of Mellieha. The bottom is flat, shallow water extends for about 50 m. It is good to relax here with children. On the beach there is a rental of sunbeds, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, there are kiosks with soft drinks, cafes, restaurants, rental of water skis, windsurfers, canoes, sea bikes, scooters.

Ain Tuffiha Bay is located near Golden Bay. A long staircase leads to this beach. There is a rental of sun loungers, sun loungers, sun umbrellas and kiosks with drinks and snacks.

Paradise Bay is a small beach located in a lagoon in the northwest of the island, near the town of Chirquehua. you also need to go down the stairs to this beach. It also offers rental of sunbeds, sun loungers, sun umbrellas and kiosks with drinks and snacks.

Jneina Bay is a sandy beach located on the west coast. You can get to this beach through the town of Mjorr. in addition to sand, this beach has flat platforms of white rocks. There is a rental of sunbeds, deck chairs, sun umbrellas and kiosks with drinks and snacks, rental of water skis, windsurfers, canoes, scooters, banana boats.

Preity Bay is located in a bay near Birzebbuje on the southeast coast of Malta. This beach is considered the best sandy beach in the region. There is a rental of sun loungers, deck chairs, sun umbrellas and kiosks with drinks and snacks, a cafe.

Rocky beaches, which some vacationers appreciate more than sandy ones for the transparency of the water, with flat cliffs of the coast, make it possible to comfortably accommodate for sunbathing. There are also many such beaches in Malta.They are located along the coast of the cities of Sliema, St. Julians, Bugibba, Qawra, Marsaskala, Zurrik.

Malta Geography

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