Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t pinpoint Malta on a map. It’s not on everyone’s radar, and mostly unheard of by Americans…
International Living magazine has placed Malta at the top of its World Ranking for The Best Climate in the World in its 2011 Annual Quality of Life Index (www.internationalliving.com).
In her introduction to the special report on the World’s Best Climates, IL publisher Jackie Flynn writes: “For many people, an important consideration when moving overseas is the weather. Usually we yearn to escape harsh winters, snow, rain… and dream of living in a place where the sun shines every day and you don’t have to worry about scraping ice from your car before heading out to buy some milk!”
Climate is, of course, highly subjective, she continues: “Some people like to have a sharp, cold winter followed by a long, warm summer. Others want to eliminate the cold altogether and have sun year-round. And others prefer a more temperate climate… not too hot, not too cold, just somewhere in between.”
This IL report helps those for whom climate is a major factor in a decision on where to retire/buy a second home/start a new life overseas. The other countries in the top ten are Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Uruguay, Argentina, South Africa, Italy and France.
This is what International Living has to say about Malta: Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t pinpoint Malta on a map. It’s not on everyone’s radar, and mostly unheard of by Americans. Malta is anchored almost in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles (96.6 km) from the Italian island of Sicily, which is linked to Malta by regular 90-minute ferry service.
There is a modern airport at Luqa (on Malta) with flights to numerous other European countries. Rome is but one hour away by plane.
Fair weather, averaging 5.2 hours of sunshine a day – even in December.
Right into November, daytime temperatures often nudge 70° F (21° C).
Spring comes early, around late February. Frost and snow are mostly unknown. There is winter rainfall, but it tends to come in heavy bursts for short periods. And, while the islands boast few sandy beaches, there are compensations: Summertime brings a round of colourful village festivals (festas) complete with fireworks.
Diving and sailing are excellent. You can play golf, go horseback riding, and attend trotting races. The second-oldest theatre in Europe is the Manoel Theatre, in the capital of Malta, Valletta. In the cooler months, October through May, you can see opera, theatre, music, and ballet there.
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