Sports & leisure
Your winter bucket list for the Maltese islands! 21 activities to make the most of the season
There’s so much to do and so little time!

Kristina Cassar Dowling

It's time to embrace the cosy season again! Fancy a bucket list for all your winter needs, wants and should dos on the Maltese Islands this winter? We got you! We’re thinking sports, exercise, adventure, and even some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, as well as a good dose of cultural, religious and environmental activities. Here are some top suggestions to try this winter.

Get your legs moving

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  1. Hike it out on the sister isle - try the walk from Xlendi Bay all the way round to Sanap Cliffs;
  2. Comino needs some love too, and while you're there factor in a visit to the old electric substation;
  3. If you're into cycling, take your bike along and discover a new part of the Maltese countryside.

Get those creative juices flowing

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  1. Fancy learning something new? Join one of your local council’s workshops or look out for classes you can join;
  2. You can also pass on your mean skills to the next generation - share them with a little one in your family;
  3. Whether it's a good old page turner or an epic piece of literature, winter is the perfect time to get back into reading.

Time to culture up

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  1. Take a trip to MUZA or another of Malta's museums and check out our national treasures;
  2. Visit a few of the local 300+ churches on our shores;
  3. Take a walk round the silent streets of Mdina or the bustling Valletta ones and soak up the heritage.

Get your hands dirty

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  1. Join a clean-up and do some good for your community;
  2. Or organise your own clean-up with family, friends or colleagues (at a safe distance, because of the circumstances);
  3. Give a local NGO a helping hand by donating or volunteering your time.

Self care at its best

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  1. Book a massage and make it a monthly commitment to your personal self care routine;
  2. Join a yoga class or give meditation a go to align the body, mind and soul;
  3. Find an active lifestyle that best suits your character and schedule.

Treat your tastebuds

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  1. Go to a  super classy restaurant - there are plenty to choose from, and you deserve it;
  2. Try out a local delicacy that you never really fancied (like bebbux, octopus, rabbit, kirxa);
  3. Go on a pastizzi tour and rate your favourites.

Christmas countdown

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  1. Have fun with all the fam and check out the Illuminated Trail this festive season;
  2. Watch your fave Christmas movie with your gang;
  3. Check out your local Presepju display.

Really, this could go on forever, but these are a great place to start. Make the most of your winter on the islands and always remember to keep warm, stay happy and be active. 

2nd January 2021


Kristina Cassar Dowling
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Kristina Cassar Dowling
A local writer in love with the Maltese islands, Kristina is a hunter for all things cultural both in Malta and outside its shores. A curious foodie, music fanatic, art lover and keen traveller with an open mind and a passion for writing.

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