a VirtualTourist member from Manchester asked on Dec 1, 2014
Hi, I'm from the UK and will be coming over to St. Pauls Bay in December 2014; Can someone please give some constructive (seen alot of abrupt answers from ex-pats on this sight) advice on whether we need to purchase bottled water, do we need a travel adapter, what is the average temperature ( do I need a brolly) and the best restaurants to dine out. My partner and I are young 50 year olds, so are open to suggestions please. Thank you in advance.
No, no, 14c (only if it rains), and Ta'Pawla.
Sorry, I couldn't resist that. The average high temperature in December is 17c, and although the number of rainy days is 19, the average rainfall is only 105 mm. The water is ok to drink, and the voltage and plugs are the same as UK, so no adapter needed. There are a lot of excellent places to eat. Our favourite was Ta'Pawla in Bugibba, [original VT link] . There are a number of others, see [original VT link] , but do note that some of these were from early visits, so it would be best to check other reviews here or on Tripadvisor. Hope this information is helpful (at least more helpful than my first answer!) Bruce
I'm surprised that you've seen 'a lot' of abrupt answers on VT..or many from ex-pats. You've only just joined the site, so maybe you've just been unlucky and looked at a few which seemed abrupt to you?
1. Bottled water? Up to you. Water in all EU countries is safe to drink (that's part of being in the EU) but changes in mineral content can upset sensitive stomachs and sometimes water is more chlorinated than one is used to. Malta's water is derived largely from desalination plants and you may not like its taste. So the answer is that you definitely do not need bottled water for health & safety reasons but may well choose it for taste reasons.
2. Malta uses the same socket type and voltage as the UK. So you will not need an adaptor. Your electrical things will work fine.
3. Yes, do take a brolly. And do pack clothes you can layer, plus a fleece or two and a waterproof or water-resistant coat. I visited Malta at the same time of year and found myself in short-sleeved t-shirts some afternoons. But I hadn't packed sensibly and found myself exceptionally chilly on other days. Temps were in the high teens, certainly not hovering around 20 (which would have been lovely!). I had never before worn 4 t-shirts at once and deeply regretted not packing a prope fleece and sweaters. :-(
Even if you are lucky with daytime temps it will most certainly become chilly once the sun sets.
You can get a rough idea of what to expect from the climate stats here:
but do remember that these are averages. Day-to-day weather can be substantially different.
4. Can't help with restaurants in St Paul's, sorry. Didn't stay anywhere near there.
Agreeing with Leics - the taste is different. I used the water for tea and coffee but preferred the bottled water for 'water drinking'.
Take your brolly - a fold up one preferably as like all small islands things can change rapidly.
Enjoy your visit. Malta has become one of my favourite destinations for it's abundance of history, beauty and friendly people.
I don't know if any of the others are maltese but I am and with regards to tap water..... It is NOT Pk to drink!!!! Unless there is a filter or reverse osmosis installed! You have to buy bottled water definitely!!!