What to Wear in Malta & Gozo

Marsaxlokk Sunday fish market, in January

Marsaxlokk Sunday fish market, in January

Spinola Bay, Saint Julian's, Winter

Spinola Bay, Saint Julian's, Winter

Al fresco dining in Valletta, April

Al fresco dining in Valletta, April

Exploring the streets, in April

Exploring the streets, in April

Ir-Rabat in April

Ir-Rabat in April

L-Mdina in April

L-Mdina in April

Marsaxlokk quay front in April

Marsaxlokk quay front in April

Valletta in Springtime

Valletta in Springtime

L-Mdina's main gate, Spring

L-Mdina's main gate, Spring

Marsaxlokk market, spring

Marsaxlokk market, spring

The Blue Lagoon, Comino, in Spring

The Blue Lagoon, Comino, in Spring

Local fishermen, October

Local fishermen, October

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General Style Tips

  • The same applies in Malta as is the case pretty much throughout the Mediterranean islands - our advice would be to travel light.
  • Smart casual wear will make you feel instantly at ease.
  • Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe, except in the high summer when it is just too hot and humid. Wear them with light layers such as t-shirts or camisoles for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and sweater in the winter.
  • All you need for a day by the pool or on the beach is swimwear, flip-flops, sunglasses, a sunhat and a sarong or kaftan to wear at lunch.
  • Malta is a devoutly religious (Catholic) country. Show respect in cathedrals and churches (of which there are many) by making sure your shoulders and knees are covered (both men and women). You may be refused entry if you are not dressed appropriately.
  • If visiting the underground temples, catacombs or war rooms in summer, consider it will be noticeably cooler inside away from the sun; take a light wrap or jacket to put round you.
  • Nightlife is a huge part of the Maltese culture and you will find the clubs, bars and restaurants mainly concentrated in the towns of Paceville and Bugibba where the young dress to impress.
  • But dining out is mostly casual; there is no requirement to really dress up (unless you want to) even in the more expensive restaurants. Outdoor seating is popular, so take something to put round you to keep off the evening chill.

What Shoes To Pack

  • There are only a few sandy beaches, so be sure to pack some dive shoes or similar for the rocky coastines.
  • There is loads to see and do away from the beaches so you're likely to do a lot of walking. Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Save your high heels for the bars and nightclubs.
  • Or try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • For day trips out, Capri style cropped pants or a sundress are perfect.
  • Our advice would be to limit your shorts and sarong to the beach, as wearing them elsewhere will label you as a tourist and skimpy tight-fitting clothes may get you unwanted attention.
  • For the evenings again keep it light and simple - lightweight cropped pants or a skirt work well with flip flops.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too, as well as keeping you warm in a chilly breeze or covering your shoulders in church.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • November, December, January, February, March and April will be cooler and wetter, so be sure to pack a lightweight raincoat and a travel umbrella will come in handy too. It can get chilly at night so pack a light sweater - but during the day it is still warm in the sun.
  • Strong winds can make it feel cooler too - light layers are the key to coping with variable temperatures.
  • Malta has very hot, dry summers; in June, July, August and September lightweight natural fabrics will work best in the heat and humidity.
  • In the summer wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a hat.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Malta & Gozo

  • The St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta is an iconic site. The entire floor is made up of multi-colored marble tombstones, and you must not wear pointed or narrow heeled shoes as these may cause damage (although you can buy protective slippers).
  • The back streets of Valletta are steep and not always in great condition, so comfy footwear is a must.
  • The high stone walls of L-Mdina help keep the city cool and shaded. It's a welcome retreat on a hot day, but you may feel chilly out of the sun. If visiting the catacombs in Ir-Rabat next door, make sure you have flat non-slip footwear as the underground tunnels are cramped and tricky to navigate.
  • Comino has very few facilities and little shade or shelter. It's hot, dry and dusty, so if you plan to explore take plenty to drink and wear good sun protection. For swimming in the Blue Lagoon be sure to take your swimwear too.
  • Hiking and birdwatching are popular activities and stunning countryside walks can be found right around Malta, Gozo and Comino. Make sure you have comfy and sturdy walking shoes or sneakers as the terrain can be rough and rocky.

Other Things To Pack

  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug (they use the same as the UK) and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Also take a comfy day sack or beach bag to carry your daytime essentials.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage. A waterproof phone case will keep it clean and dry at the beach.
  • The tap water is safe to drink, but most is converted from sea water and does not taste pleasant. Rather than buying bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Hand-blown glass from Mdina, ceramics and handmade lace are all popular traditional Maltese goods, and the Ta' Qali craft village or market at Marsaxlokk are good places to shop.
  • If you plan to hire a car, be warned that driving in Malta is erratic at best and they have the highest road accident rate in Europe. Consider taking out excess waiver insurance in case you have a bump.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.