Your definitive guide to Malta’s barbeque season

4 June 2018

There is something about summer that makes everyone want to pack up their BBQ and head off to some remote location to enjoy a feast of slightly charred meat and warm wine. Barbecue season is a good time to pick up some delicious local produce and get out to enjoy the great outdoors. But what do you need to know before you start planning? This is Air Malta’s definitive guide.

BBQ season in Malta


Malta is full of wonderful places to have a BBQ- beaches, rolling countryside, parks, cliffs- you really are spoilt for choice. The thing is however, you cannot just pitch up and start cooking where you like as there are rules and regulations that need to be respected. Some beaches do not allow BBQs at all, whilst others require a permit that can be acquired from the local council for a nominal fee. To be on the safe side, it is always best to check with the council that is responsible for the location of your intended soiree.


Golden Bay Malta

What kind of food?

When it comes to deciding what food to take with you, it really depends on what you fancy.  Irresistible grilled steaks, marinated chicken and juicy hamburgers are amongst the most popular choices people normally indulge in by the sea. One can also opt for fresh fish, as these are widely available and there is nothing more delicious than wrapping it in tin foil with a bit of garlic and olive oil and sitting it on top of the charcoal for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can plump for some Maltese sausage which is delicious when served in fresh bread or with a side salad. Seasonal summer vegetables such as peppers, courgettes and aubergines are always a treat when seasoned and grilled so be sure not to forget your five a day!

BBQ food

Don’t forget to clean up!

Once you have finished your delicious meal and decided to head home, there is one thing that you must be sure to do before you go- clean up. Be sure to pack up all of your rubbish including bottle caps, glass, plastic wrappers and cigarette butts, and then deposit them in a recycling bin, or take them with you until you find somewhere suitable (and legal) to dispose of them. Don’t put your BBQ directly onto the grass or rocks as it has a tendency to leave a nasty mark behind, and remember, never to empty anything (even the coals) into the sea. The place where you have your BBQ should look the same, or better after you leave, than it did before you arrived!

Whether you are a local or someone spending their holidays in  Malta, having a BBQ during the summer months is a super way to enjoy fresh, local food whilst taking in the beautiful scenery that the island has to offer. Just be sure to respect the rules and the countryside around you, ensuring that others are able to enjoy the space for years to come.


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