Mellieha Weather January Averages, Malta
The weather in January is characterised by cold temperatures and wet weather. It is similar in climate to Lisbon in Portugal with its relatively mild conditions compared to the rest of Europe. The average temperature in this month is around 120C, although the days can reach a high of 150C with overnight lows of 90C. This is the coldest month of the year, and temperatures have dropped as low as 40C in past years, but also climbed to as high as 220C. Temperatures are generally constant throughout the month, neither getting higher or lower as the month progresses. The days are quite short in this month, with only around 5 hours of sunshine each day, but they are gradually getting longer later in the month. The latest sunrise is at the start of January and is at around 7.15am, and the earliest sunset, also at the start of the month, is at 5pm.
January is often a wet month, and average rainfall at this time of year is 89mm that falls over 13 days during the month. The probability of seeing rain if visiting at this time of year is around 51% and mostly the rain will fall in moderately heavy showers, with the occasional thunderstorm. Cloud cover is usually around 50% on any given day, so pack an umbrella and warmer clothing when visiting at this time of year. Snow is exceptionally rare in this resort so there is virtually no chance of seeing snow in January. Don't let the chance of rain spoil your plans and check the forecast before heading out for the day.
The humidity is generally relatively low in winter, and varies between 60% to 95%, increasing later in the month. The winds help keep the temperatures down and can be cold when blowing from the north. They range in strength from 1 m/s to 8 m/s, occasionally reaching 12 m/s which is quite a strong breeze. Water sports are not a common activity in January, as sea temperatures are a cool 160C.
Where to stay
Situated inland on the scenic hillside overlooking the bay is the 4* Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa. With a spa, four restaurants and an indoor heated pool for the cold January days, this is a great hotel to stay in when the beach is not on the agenda. The hotel is located 1km from the beach but has views over the bay, the town and the countryside. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, there is a sauna, gym and massage treatments available, and wifi is free. Guests can enjoy fine dining at the on-site restaurant, a drink in the elegant cocktail bar, or a drink while watching the football in the English pub.
For a family holiday, the Shamrock Flats apartments are ideal for a centrally located holiday rental. Less than a five-minute drive from the sandy beaches, this apartment has a balcony overlooking the town, with views of the sea and the cathedral. The apartment is on the second floor, it has Wi-Fi throughout, a fully equipped kitchenette, with modern furniture and a washing machine. There is free parking in the street outside, with the buses run from close by. There are restaurants, bars and shops including a supermarket in the near vicinity.
The 4* Pergola Club Hotel and Spa is situated on the sides of one of the valleys in Mellieha with stunning views of the village, bay, church and the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino. The village of Mellieha is only 200m away from this hotel with all the restaurants, bars and shops on offer there. The resort itself has a choice of restaurants and bars and there is a spa offering treatments for relaxation. This resort has a children's' area, a choice of self-catering or hotel style rooms, a games room and an indoor pool for those cold winter days.
Things to do
The Sanctuary of Our Lady church was built in the late 19th century and is situated on the hillside in the centre of Mellieha. The original and oldest part of the church was built in the 16th century and part of it still remains today, although the building has been extended many times over the years. The crypt is one of the natural caves that are found across Malta, and along with a great deal of fascinating history and culture of the site, there are also fantastic views over the bay to Gozo and Comino.
Why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a relaxing day at the spa while visiting in colder January? There are several spas situated within hotels which offer a wide range of wellness treatments and therapies for luxurious pampering. Choose from a massage, facial or reflexology, or a whole package designed for your total enjoyment. Come away feeling like a million dollars and looking and feeling your best. The spa includes facilities such as sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzis, while treatments include body scrub, manicure and pedicures, and have treatment rooms for either individuals or couples' treatment.
Eating and drinking out
For great dining at the top of Mellieha hill with stunning views of the bay, go to Bouquet Garnir restaurant. This is a small, friendly restaurant with welcoming hosts who will ensure your dining experience is fantastic, and a charming atmosphere. Offering five-star service, the dishes include fish, seafood, meats and vegetarian options, while the wine list and dessert options are delicious as well. Try the homemade bread with some locally produced olive oil for something extra special.
For a lovely dinner in the town, the Al Ponte restaurant, located in the Maritim hotel, offers delicious Italian cuisine at great value. This à la carte restaurant is situated in a lovely building, under a rustic vault ceiling, with a beautiful terrace available for year-round dining outside. Known for its Mediterranean food, selection of local and international wines and with pizza cooked in a stone oven, this is a popular restaurant with both locals and visitors.
For a family friendly restaurant located in the town, go to 717 Bar and Grill. This friendly restaurant serves delicious ribs, steaks, and barbecue, with sides of chips and wedges for the perfect place to take the whole family. The service is fast and friendly, and the desserts are to die for if there's still room after all that food. The house wines are also very good and match well with the main courses, while beers and soft drinks are available.