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a VirtualTourist member from Gozo asked on Mar 4, 2016

Malta

Need we bring warm clothing?

We will be staying in an apartment in Marsaxlokk from middle of March to middle of April. What with climate change and all that I am really wondering what to pack clothes wise? Will real winter clothing still be necessary I wonder?
Many thanks,
Songlines



9 Answers


answered on 3/4/16 by
a VT member from Evesham

It might depend on what you consider to be warm or cold. I'm just back from walking in southern Spain and the locals were wrapped up in warm coats and a few scarves, as I sat round at the end of my walk in a tee-shirt.
We were in Malta around that time a few years back and were very comfortable in light jackets in the evening and shirt during the day.




answered on 3/4/16 by
a VT member from Gozo

Thank you both Ranger49 and KakapotheParrot, it is good to get these suggestion from people in the know, I did look up Malta's weather on Google, and I did read the packing suggestions on our VT tips but was still not sure. I guess layers it will be. I am travelling with an elderly person and that is my main concern, keeping him warm enough. Many thanks to both of you.




answered on 3/4/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Another vote for layers, most definitely...plus waterproof/water-resistant outerwear (think lightweight jacket over a zip-up fleece, perhaps?). I'd want a couple of light scarves too (think pashmina type), because I've found that keeping my neck warm keeps me warm, especially when it's windy.

You certainly don't need to pack winter woollies, wellies and thick coats but you will almost certainly have days/times when you need an extra, warmer layer or two.

If the worst comes to the worst Malta has plenty of shops, including out-of-town 'malls' (almost always with a bus services), so unless you're in the middle of nowhere...which is actually quite difficult in Malta...you'll be able to buy anything you haven't got and really need.




answered on 3/4/16 by
a VT member from Gozo

Thank you Anamahmed, for your good advice. I shall go with layers, the best option.
Many thanks to everyone.
Songlines




answered on 3/4/16 by
a VT member

Enjoy one of my favourite places. Another one agreeing with layers. My 'don't go anywhere without' is a pair of lightweight leather but sheepskin lined slippers (some call them flat scuffs) as I often find marble floors both hard and cold yet these give relief after walking all day and are soft and warm and give relaxation before bed. The pair I have now don't look slipperish and are quite suitable for wearing when going to meals if dining in the hotel.




answered on 3/5/16 by
a VT member from Gozo

Wow, all these answers have been hugely helpful and have given me the picture that I needed, I know exactly what to pack on the strength of the advice. I also like to thank Kuskiwi for the advice of sheepskin lined slippers, exactly a good idea as we are not used here to stone floors, only wood and I think that the difference is huge. And Leics for the advice of a warm scarf (I'm also a scarf person)
Thank you all my VT community for making my preparation easier. Now I am so looking forward to my first glimpse of Malta.




answered on 3/5/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Agnes: I wrote 'light' scarves rather than 'warm' ones! I'd hate to think of you packing thick woollly scarves for your trip! You're very unlikely to need those! :-)




answered on 3/5/16 by
a VT member from Gozo

Oh thank you [VT member 73696], I overlooked the 'light' bit :-) Sounding good!




answered on 3/5/16 by
a VT member from Europe

Light neck scarves, cotton lined long or short sleeved woollen vests and sun/wind glasses, are part of my sun/wind/cloud/rain arsenal for the transitional weather here in Sicily, which is not many miles away from Malta. The vest can be dispensed with as and when.

Have a great trip!





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