Malta is a sun-blessed, English-speaking Mediterranean island just a three hour flight away from the UK. With a land mass of only one-hundred and twenty square miles, it’s a country that can easily be explored in a week. Add to that the almost constantly good climate and Malta starts to look like the perfect place for a get-away break any time of the year. But the one question you may still be asking yourself is – Is Malta good for a family holiday?
One thing that is particularly hard to do when choosing the destination for a family holiday is to please everyone. It makes it even harder to decide where to go if you have several different age groups to consider. Book Malta as your family holiday destination and you won’t need to worry any more. Malta really does have something for everyone. No matter what ages of kids or adults you’re travelling with they’ll all be enchanted by not just the beautiful bays rimmed with golden sands and azure seas where they can swim and snorkel to their heart’s content, but by the city-scapes, the theme parks, the natural wonders and even the museums. Malta is so diverse on all levels that you’ll fall in love with it and be planning your next visit before you’re even halfway through your first.
Best Family Hotels In Malta
If being near a good, un-crowded beach is one of the most important factors for your family holiday, you’ll find the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa – Malta Golden Sands, perfect. Located on the north-west coast of Malta in one of the island’s prettiest coves, Golden Bay, the magnificent hotel has its own private beach, luxury spa facility, four restaurants and three bars. The hotel is family-friendly presenting the young ones with their own welcome pack and providing special children’s menus throughout the stay. They also have a childminding service for when you want to relax and indulge in a spa treatment.
Book a stay at the Qawra Palace Hotel in St Paul’s Bay on Malta’s north-east coast and the whole family will be singing your praises. The enormous hotel complex has plenty of activities on-site to keep even the most active youngsters occupied. There’s a mini golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools plus a games room as well as lots of bars, restaurants, cafeterias and nightly entertainment. The hotel is also well-situated for heading out to visit some of Malta’s best sights too.
For a hotel with some of the best views on the island, try the Paradise Bay Hotel. Located on the very northern tip of Malta, from the balcony you’ll be looking out across the sea to the neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino. Situated at the back of a cove with a private but slightly rocky beach, the hotel has three large swimming pools, tennis courts, a hot tub and sauna, a playground for the kids and several on-site restaurants.
But if you want to stay somewhere that is really all-out-impressive, you’ll want to book your Maltese holiday at the Ramla Bay Resort. The resort occupies a prime location on a small peninsula facing north towards Gozo. The enormous complex is fronted by three immense swimming pools and also has an indoor lap pool. There are lots of lush gardens with private, relaxation terraces and as well as a private beach, the hotel has its own boat quay. All the rooms are air-conditioned and most have fantastic sea views. If you’re contemplating booking the Ramla Bay Resort for your holiday in Malta, you may just want to consider leaving the kids at home with their grandparents and going by yourself.
Best Beaches On Malta
The excellent hotel accommodation in Malta might tempt you to not even put a foot outside of where you’re staying the entire time you’re on holiday, but you’d be missing out big time doing that. Hire a car for a day or two and set out to explore the beaches of Malta and you won’t be disappointed. St Georges Bay is on the island’s central-east coast and is one of the areas renowned for its large amount of British visitors. St Georges Bay Beach is a sheltered curve of soft golden sand backed by a lengthy promenade and lots of bars and restaurants, many of which serve English food.
High up on the north coast is Mellieha Bay and where you’ll find one of Malta’s most popular beaches. Mellieha Beach curves around the entire bay in a pristine stretch of white sand stacked with sun loungers and parasols. Even though the beach is always busy, the shallow water remains crystal clear. Pretty Bay in the very south of the island has a good long strip of whitish sand with shallow bathing ideal for the not so confident swimmer. Pretty Bay Beach is by the side of Malta’s port area and the kids -and probably dad too – will be fascinated watching the tug boats pulling the container ships into harbour.
Best Things To Do In Malta For Families
You won’t struggle to find somewhere to go for the day that will keep all the family happy when you’re in Malta. Young and old alike will love the Popeye Village Theme Park. Originally constructed as the film set for the Robin William’s musical Popeye, the eclectic and colourful seafront village of wooden shacks is a delight to explore. The kids will love starring in their own movie and seeing themselves on the park’s big screen with a real-life Popeye look-alike.
If your youngsters are not of an age to go snorkelling or have yet to master the skill, show them the underwater world at the Malta National Aquarium. The impressive aquarium is divided into five distinct zones each one featuring the marine life that can be found in different areas of Malta. They’ll be totally spooked by the Roman ghost ship exhibit and wowed by the baby station where many species of fish are bred.
Spook the kids a bit more with a visit to the Mdina Dungeon Museum where they’ll get to see just how gruesome life was in medieval times in Malta. They’ll love the blood and gore, the witches being burned at the stake and the skeletons hanging in metal cages. It’s amazing how scary waxworks and a few sound effects can be.
One short boat ride all the family will enjoy is the one from a small fishing village on the south-west coast to the Blue Grotto. The boats sail right into the limestone cave formation where the waters are an incredible shade of blue. Yes, it is touristy, but still worth doing. If you’re holidaying with very young children and in the Blue Grotto area, make a short detour to the Playmobil Fun Park in Birzebbuga. The only problem you’ll have there is the same one you’ll have when it’s time to pack your suitcase for the flight home, they won’t want to leave.