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Malta summers are legendary – sunshine that stretches on forever, crystal-clear waters begging to be dipped into, and an endless party atmosphere. But before you pack your skimpiest bikini and hit the beach, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your Maltese summer is pure bliss and not a sweaty disaster.

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Hydration is Your BFF

Let’s face it, Malta heats up like a pizza oven in July. Staying hydrated is key to avoiding meltdowns (both literal and metaphorical). Invest in a reusable water bottle you love (because #savetheplanet) and keep it filled throughout the day. Bonus points for a cute, insulated bottle that keeps your water icy cold.

Sunscreen: Apply, Reapply, Repeat

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Malta doesn’t mess around with its sunshine. Slap on that SPF 50 sunscreen every single morning, and reapply religiously throughout the day, especially after swimming. Don’t forget those sneaky shoulders and backs of your knees! Nobody wants a souvenir lobster tan.

Embrace the Siesta

The Maltese know a thing or two about beating the heat. Take a cue from the locals and embrace the siesta. During the hottest part of the afternoon (usually 1-4 pm), take a break from the sun. Hit the shops, grab a long lunch in an air-conditioned restaurant, or chill by the pool under an umbrella. Your skin and your energy levels will thank you.

Dress for the Weather, Not the ‘Gram

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Sure, those tiny little shorts look amazing on your Instagram feed, but they’re not exactly practical for scorching Maltese streets. Opt for loose, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen. And don’t forget a hat! A wide-brimmed sunhat will shield your face and neck from the harsh rays.

Embrace the Maltese Mosquitos

Let’s be honest, mosquitos are a fact of life in Malta, especially during the summer months. Pack a good quality insect repellent (especially if you’re prone to bites) and consider wearing long sleeves and pants in the evenings if you’re a mosquito magnet.

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Cash Isn’t Always King

While many places accept credit cards, there are still situations where cash comes in handy. Small kiosks selling ice cream or fresh fruit, or little cafes tucked away in alleyways, might be cash-only. Avoid the scramble for an ATM and keep a small amount of cash on hand throughout your trip.

Know Before You Go Ferry

Malta’s stunning sister island, Gozo, is a must-visit. But those ferry rides can get packed during peak season. Book your ferry tickets online in advance, especially if you’re traveling with a group or have a specific itinerary.

Malta After Dark

Malta isn’t just about beaches (although they are pretty darn amazing). The island comes alive at night with vibrant nightlife, open-air concerts, and traditional festas (village festivals) filled with music, food, and fireworks.

Research what’s going on during your visit and plan an unforgettable night out under the Maltese stars.

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Bonus Tip: Learn a few basic Maltese phrases. A simple “bonjour” (good morning) or “grazzi” (thank you) goes a long way with the locals and shows you’re making an effort.

With a little preparation and these handy tips, you’re all set to have a summer in Malta that’s sizzling with fun and memories that will last a lifetime!

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