The Maltese islands can be found right in the middle of the Mediterranean Ocean between Sicily and Africa, and consist of the inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo, Comino along with other uninhabited isles. It’s an archipelago with a long history of different invaders that only gained independence in 1964 and became a republic 10 years later, making it a location that is truly rich in history.
Malta has been a popular holiday destination for decades thanks to its enviable Mediterranean climate and stunning natural scenery. Visiting the islands in March is a great way to avoid any oppressive heat and make the most of the great outdoors before the high season for tourism begins and many of the beaches, towns and cities get flooded with travellers from all over the world.
Reasons to Visit Malta in March
- March falls outside of the high season for tourism in Malta, meaning that the islands won’t be particularly busy and you’ll have many attractions almost entirely to yourself
- Although it isn’t scorching hot in Malta in March, temperatures can reach almost 20ºC during the day which makes for very pleasant weather conditions
- Prices for flights and accommodation will be cheap at this time of year, making it the perfect time to enjoy a stay at a holiday resort or splash out on a beachside hotel or villa
Weather in Malta in March
March is the first month of Spring in Malta, and as April approaches temperatures across the islands start to rise and conditions gradually improve. You won’t get the hot Mediterranean weather that the country is best known for in the summer, but there is a fair chance of bright and warm days with a lot of sunshine and very little chance of rain.
The average high temperature in Malta in March is 18ºC during the day, which will feel very warm when the sun is out. At night, temperatures usually only drop down to 15°C so there isn’t much change in how warm it is outdoors from day to night.
The average sea temperature in Malta in March is only 16°C, which is considered far too cold to swim by most people. It will be pleasant enough for paddling on days when the weather is warm, but unless you are very used to cold water swimming then we don’t recommend you take a dip in the ocean until the summer months when the water has heated up.
Clouds and Rainfall
On average, there are around 9 days of rain in Malta in March. Most days will be fairly cloudy at some points, but any rain showers that do occur are usually quite light and do not last very long.
There is an average of 7 hours of sunshine every day in Malta, and although the temperature is only mild this weather provides excellent conditions for spending time outdoors. You might even be able to sunbathe on days when the sky is cloudless, although you may want to find a spot that is out of the wind to stay warm.
Where to Go in Malta in March
Mdina is one of the most famous places in Malta, known as the ‘silent city’ because it has so few inhabitants and no cars are allowed inside it. It’s a place with a fascinating and rich history, from being one of the first walled cities in Europe to supposedly being the place that the Apostle St. Paul lived when he was shipwrecked on the islands of Malta.
There are numerous archaeological and historical sites to be found in Mdina, making it a brilliant destination for those who enjoy sightseeing and learning more about the places they visit. Whilst this is a city that can get very crowded, in March you shouldn’t have any problems with the number of other travellers visiting the area.
The island of Gozo is found just off the coast of the main island Malta and is an excellent place to visit for a day trip when the weather is good. Despite the popularity of the Maltese islands as a holiday destination, Gozo remains relatively undeveloped and untouched by tourism, offering a slice of respite away from the other two, busy islands.
With miles of stunning scenery to explore, Gozo is a great place to enjoy a hike or spend the day exploring the coastline. The island is thought to have been the place referred to as the home of the titan Calypso from Homer’s Odyssey, and you can really understand why this place was thought to be magical when you visit.
What to Do in Malta in March
The capital of Malta is the city of Valletta, known for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the place where the Ottoman Turks were defeated during the Great Siege of 1565. In the summer months the city can get incredibly busy, but in March you’ll be able to explore its historic streets at your own pace and sightsee to your heart’s content without having to wait in any queues.
Visit a Local Market
March marks the start of the harvest season, and many local markets will start to overflow with fresh produce as the month progresses. If you’re cooking for yourself or just want to put together a picnic during your holiday, there’s no better way to enjoy the flavours of the islands than buying ingredients fresh from local farmers and enjoying them in the landscape they were grown in.
Brave the Water at St Peter’s Pool
St Peter’s Pool is found near Marsaxlokk on the southwest of Malta and is a naturally formed swimming pool that has been formed from the limestone cliffs that surround it. This is a very popular swimming spot in the summer, and if you are tough enough to withstand the cold temperature of the water then there is no better place to take a refreshing dip in the sea.
Crowds & costs
The high season for tourism in Malta happens between July and September when travellers arrive on the islands from all over the world to make the most out of its good weather and beautiful scenery. Therefore, March is a great time of the year to visit the islands if you want to avoid sharing it with hundreds of other tourists and make the most out of the off-season prices.
Of course, one of the reasons that Malta is less busy in March is because it is not as hot and sunny as later in the year, which tends to rule out activities such as sunbathing and swimming in the sea. However, there is still lots to be done across the island, and having fewer crowds to wade through and queues to wait in means that you’ll have more time to enjoy yourself during the trip.
March festivals & events
Freedom Day is a public holiday in Malta celebrated on the 31st March. It commemorates the day that the last of the British troops and the Royal Navy departed from the islands, leaving it entirely independent and without any other foreign power.
This public holiday is celebrated by all people in the country having a day off from work or school, as well as several official activities which mark the occasion. There are official events at the Freedom Day Monument in Birgu attended by the country’s president, and a Regatta is frequently held at the Grand Harbour in Valletta.
Depending on when Easter falls in the year, Malta’s annual carnival sometimes happens in March. This yearly event is held just before the Christian holiday of Lent, and historically was the last occasion where the people of Malta could eat meat and celebrate together before the reflective religious period began.
Carnival is now a four-day event held in Valletta that consists of many different parades and performances. There are other celebratory events held across Malta at this time as well, and wherever you go you are likely to get swept up in the fun and find yourselves partying for days on end. Enjoy it whilst it lasts!
Feast of Saint Joseph
Whilst some churches in Malta don’t celebrate this religious festival until the summer, the official public holiday for the Feast of Saint Joseph is on the 19th of March every year. This is a Catholic festival that has been taking place since the 10th century A.D, with celebrations mainly held in the towns of Rabat and Mdina.
The Feast of Saint Joseph isn’t as big as an event as Carnival or the island’s Easter celebrations, but many churches hold special masses that are very well attended and in Rabat, there is a procession through the streets complete with live music and a statue of Saint Joseph. Fireworks displays take place in the evening, which you can watch all over the islands.
Frequently asked questions about Malta in March
Is Malta warm in March?
The average high temperature in malta in March is 18ºC, which most people will find very warm. Temperatures don’t drop that much in the evenings, so if it has been warm during the day these temperatures will usually continue well into the evening, which is ideal if you’re spending time outdoors.
What is the coldest month in Malta?
January and February are the coldest months of the year in Malta, with an average high temperature of only around 13ºC. It does start to warm up quite significantly in March however, although you may still experience winter weather if you are visiting right at the start of the month.
If you’re after an island holiday in the Spring then there’s no better place to visit than Malta, home to an incredible array of landscapes, attractions and historic places of interest. Enjoy the pleasant weather that March brings to the islands and explore Malta, Gozo and Comino to your heart’s content.