Things to Do in Spring
The last couple of months have been rather wet and windy in Malta. Temperatures dipped below 5 degrees Celsius on the coldest night of the year, and wind speeds have reportedly reached over 150 kph! Luckily, the weather is now starting to turn around. Slowly but surely, spring is kicking in. Spring is notorious for being one of the most beautiful seasons in Malta. Indeed, the same can be said for many other countries in the world.
Spring is associated with renewal and rebirth. In springtime, animals come out of hibernation and plants begin to bloom after a winter of dormancy. Many religions the world over celebrate spring and the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox is the date in spring, where the day and night are pretty much equal in duration. This year, it will fall on the 20th March. So, from next week, we’ll see our days getting gradually longer and longer right up until the Summer Solstice. This date, at the end of June, will signal the beginning of summer. There’s so much to be enjoyed in Malta in the spring. How will you be enjoying the longer days and warmer temperatures? If you are in need of some spring inspiration, read on!
Spring is the ideal time to enjoy Malta’s countryside. It’s practically the Goldilocks season; not too hot and not too cold. Winter can be bitter, and the summer sun is roasting! Even if you’re not normally a nature lover, you can definitely enjoy the great outdoors this spring. Before it gets too hot to sit outside, you can make the most of the spring sunshine! Enjoy a long, boozy lunch outside at your favourite restaurant. Make sure you don’t choose a windy day, otherwise you’ll be chasing after your napkin! You can go for a beautiful countryside walk or a hike, if you’re a bit more adventurous. Do a quick search online and you’ll find some wonderful recommendations from local guides. Spring is also the perfect time to go to somewhere like Buskett and have a picnic.
If walks won’t quite cut it for you physically, you could go one step further and take up a new sport. Rock climbing is becoming more and more popular in Malta. This is the perfect sport for people who want to push themselves physically and enjoy nature at the same time. In spring, you can also enjoy many outdoor sports, such as tennis, basketball, football and baseball. In the summer, if you want to be running around on a court or a field, you’ll most likely have to get up super early or practise much later in the day. On the other hand, in the spring, the temperatures are much more outdoor sport-friendly. There are even places where you can rent a bike, if you feel like going for a cycle.
Aside from embracing the weather and the great outdoors, you can also make the most of the culture. There’s lots going on in Spring in Malta. There are plenty of events for you to attend and celebrations for you to join in with. Easter is around the corner and, in Malta, the Easter celebrations are outstanding! Malta is a predominantly catholic country and the Easter festivities reflect the deep religiousness and faith of the Maltese. You can attend mass at your local church and delight in the stunning, colourful and passionate processions. Even if you aren’t necessarily religious, the processions are something to behold. In addition, there are some delicious Maltese sweet treats you can enjoy around Eastertime. Excite your taste buds and fill your tummies with traditional Maltese honey rings, figolli, kwarezimal and more. Oh, and don’t forget the not-so-humble chocolate Easter egg, the likes of which are already filling supermarket shelves the island over.
On top of the Easter celebrations and festivities, there are many other cultural events going on in Malta this spring. One such event is the returning Festa Frawli, aka the Strawberry Festival. This is being held on the 7th of April. It’s back by popular demand as it’s always a hit with locals and tourists alike! Festivalgoers can enjoy the strawberry in myriad different ways! On sale will be strawberry liqueurs, strawberry desserts, strawberry smoothies and, needless to say, lots of fresh strawberries. Maltese strawberries are beyond delicious! Later on in April, you can celebrate the International Fireworks Festival and the International Musical Festival. For more information on spring events in Malta, you can refer to www.visitmalta.com and www.whatson.com.mt.
Spring doesn’t have to be all about going outside. If you’re more of a homebody, you can celebrate spring in your own way at home. As the name would suggest, spring is the season of the spring clean! Many people in Malta and beyond will deep clean their homes at the beginning of spring. This yearly tradition sees homeowners the world over giving their homes a big dose of TLC! Further to giving your home a spring clean, you could redecorate a little. In winter, you probably filled your home with extra rugs, cushions, blankets and other cosy furnishings. Now that the temperature is rising, you’re probably switching off your heating and snuggling a lot less! Fill your home with bright colours and put away the heavy rugs until next winter. It doesn’t just have to be animals that come out of hibernation in spring, your home can too!
Also at home, this is the perfect time to work on your garden. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, or you’re making do with a balcony or windowsill garden, it doesn’t matter. Either way, it’s time to get planting! There’s no doubt that, after the winter and the recent extreme weather, your plants need some serious attention and care. Prune, fertilise and repot your plants to show them some love and help them flourish in the spring sun! If you’re looking to introduce some new plants into your garden, there are many that like being planted at this time of year. Tulips, pansies and violets all do well with a spring planting. So do herbs, such as rosemary, chives and thyme.
That’s it for our spring recommendations. We hope you love this season as much as we do! If you’re looking for a fresh start and want to find a new apartment to rent this spring, contact our Lettings Specialists on Facebook or over email or phone.