Weather Averages for Malta in May
Averages for Malta in May
May is the first of the reliably dry sunny months in Malta, while it is generally minus the heat that is associated with the summer months. The mean maximum temperature at Luqa Airport is 23°C and the mean overnight minimum is 15°C, which should be comfortable for a large majority of holidaymakers. Temperatures tend not to fluctuate much either side of those values, due to moderation from the surrounding seas, though on rare occasions, imports of hot air from northern Africa can send the temperature shooting up to within the range of 30 to 35°C.
The mean monthly precipitation total is a mere 7mm during May, falling on an average of just three days per May, implying that a one or two-week holiday in Malta during May has a good chance of remaining dry throughout.
Sunshine is reliable in May with a mean monthly total of 301 hours, which is an average of just under ten hours per day. The relative humidity remains fairly high thanks to moisture from the surrounding seas, even though rainfall is rare, with a mean of 74%. The sea temperature climbs to approximately 18°C during May, and shows a warming trend as the month progresses, though this is still on the cool side for swimming and diving in.
The hot, dry and dusty sinoco wind from northern Africa blows occasionally during the spring months, associated with depressions moving eastwards across the Mediterranean Sea, which makes for rather unpleasant conditions.
Dates for the diary
May is known in Malta as the main month of the harvest, and features a succession of festivals and feasts, mostly with a religious theme. The 1st May features the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, which is celebrated across the island, with special feasts at Ħamrun and Birkirkara. Also worth trying out is Our Lady of Fatima which is held late in the month at Gwardamanġa, Pietà.
Things to do
Those who enjoy wildlife can consider the Malta Falconry Centre, which is a birds of prey centre in which falconers fly various species of birds of prey, giving visitors the opportunity to view them in full flight. At this time of year the Falconry Centre is open from 09:00 to 15:00, and the main display times are 11:00 and 14:00. The centre also offers courses for those who would like to take up falconry. The Blue Grotto at Coast Rd, Zurrieq has spectacular cliffs and an array of wildlife, and the resort offers regular boat rides in the area, for those who would like a tour of the scenery.
Gnejna Watersports at Gnejna Bay, Mgarr offers a very wide range of watersports opportunities. It does not offer diver training like most of the dive centres, but there are guided diving and snorkelling trips offered by boat, as well as a range of adventurous boat trips such as banana boat rides, crazy sofa rides, water skiing opportunities, canoeing and kayaking. In the case of water skiing, they also provide some lessons for novices. They also offer a sea taxi service to Qarraba Bay and to Ta' Ċensa and Fomm ir-riħ Bays, and you can also hire self-drive boats that serve up to four passengers. Thus, those who are into water sports should be well catered for, regardless of preferences.
The main alternative is D1 Watersports at Portomaso Marina, Saint Julian's, which offers paragliding and jet skiing in addition to boat cruises and fishing trips, plus the likes of banana and crazy sofa rides.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants at Malta, catering for a wide range of tastes. The Venus Restaurant at Pioneer Road, Bugibba, is a luxurious restaurant, particularly good for special occasion dining, and serves mainly Mediterranean food. For a mixed Asian experience you can try The Flora- Asian Fusion Restaurant, which serves a mix of sushi, Asian, Chinese and Thai food.
Munchies Bar Pizzeria and Grill at Golden Bay Beach serves a good variety of food, including pub meals, and is a good one-stop location for dining while relaxing at the Golden Bay Beach. The Chamber of Mysteries at Valley Road, Qormi, offers good meals and musical entertainment on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The Wednesday evening events have the greatest amount of entertainment but re also more expensive.
Hit the beach
May is a good time to try out Malta’s beaches, for the weather is usually dry and sunny but not excessively hot, and tourists are less prominent than during the peak months of July and August. Qawra Point is a pleasant secluded beach surrounded by greenery, and is also good for water sports.
For those based mainly in the south of Malta, Pretty Bay at Birzeebugia is the only major beach in the south of Malta and features a range of facilities along a nearby promenade, and it offers opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.
Where to stay
Malta’s accommodation options are many and varied. A good beach hotel with high-quality, if rather expensive, accommodation is the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, located at De Paule Avenue, San Anton. For family stays, the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa at George Borg Olivier Street, Mellieha is a good family-friendly resort with a large and attractive outdoor swimming pool. The Splendid Guest House at Parish Priest Magri Street, Mellieha offers good B&B accommodation and highly-rated breakfasts.
Those on tight budgets are fairly well catered for too. The Porta del Sol at Xemxija Hill, St. Paul's Bay is a guesthouse which offers excellent views over the bay, and has some good on-site eateries too. For fans of self-catering accommodation, one good choice is the Blue Horizon Apartments , on the main promenade at Bugibba.