5 Things to Do in Malta When It's Raining

So last weekend we had our very first storm of the season, it was very well needed after a long dry summer, but our little island is not well equipped for this time of weather. I like to say that in Malta we only have two kinds of rainy weather - either no rain at all, or else torrential rain that will last for a couple of hours or so before clearing up and allowing the sun to shine down. In that respect I guess we're very lucky not to have the constant drizzle, and cold weather like in the UK. So, what do you do when you visit an island that is normally sunny and boasts a minimum of 300 days, and you are unlucky enough to experience a rainy, stormy day? Here are a few ideas of things you can do...

1. Visit St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta

This cathedral is the our chosen must-see site when visiting Malta. We estimate that a walking tour around the cathedral should take around one hour, however if you are one that loves art and history you might even end up staying there for an hour and a half! There's lots to see in the cathedral including a Caravaggio painting. 

2. Visit the Malta Experience

Want to learn all about Malta's history? The Malta Experience is an audiovisual show that goes through the milestones of Malta's 7000 years of history in a short, gripping documentary that lasts around 45 minutes. This attraction is open daily and can be watched in 16 different languages simultaneously.

3. Shopping at The Point Shopping Mall

 Need to get some shopping done, but don't want it to get in the way of your holiday? A rainy day is the perfect day to visit The Point Shopping Mall in Sliema. This is Malta's largest shopping mall, and is home to over 50 brands from high street names to designer brands. They also have a number of restaurants serving tasty food - our favourites are Fratelli La Bufala, Chophouse, or Costa Coffee if you're only after a light snack and a warm cup of coffee. 

4. Take a CitySightseeing Malta Tour

This is an easy way to see the island without getting too wet. The buses usually pick-up and drop off their clients right outside a number of sites in Malta. There is usually a bus every 30-45 minutes, giving you enough time to view the sites of your choice and not have to wait in the rain for too long. You can either buy a 1 day ticket or a 2 day ticket, and once you have your ticket you can hop on and hop off the bus as many times as you like! 

5. Watch a Play or Opera at the Manoel Theatre

The Manoel Theatre in Valletta is beautiful and majestic. Built in 1731, it is also reported to be Europe's third oldest theatre. If you're looking for something to do on a rainy evening and like the theatre then visiting the Manoel Theatre is definitely something you should consider. In January, which is one of Malta's coldest and wettest month, the Manoel Theatre hosts a Baroque Festival which is a must see for theatre lovers. You can visit their website to see what's on during your visit.

If you would like to book any of the above activities, or maybe organise a private tour to one of the above mentioned sites, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. 


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