Malta: a family haven

04 March 2020

 The uniquely beautiful Maltese Islands boast over 300 days of sunshine each year and are just a short three-hour flight away from the UK, making Malta a spectacular destination to visit anytime of the year. The surrounding tranquil waters are the ideal environment for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming, whilst the verdant landscape provides ample opportunity for sensational rock climbing, hiking and mountain-biking, making Malta the perfect destination for everyone in the family.

Where to stay

Whether you’re looking for a city escape or a rural adventure, Malta caters to every type of traveller with its exuberant activities and blissful beaches.

Qawra

Nestled in St. Paul’s Bay, Qawra features a vibrant promenade that hosts a wealth of chic cafes, restaurants and bars. Admire the historical 17th century Qawra Point watch tower, or take a dip at Ta’ Fra Ben Beach, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Mellieha

Visit the tranquil haven that is Mellieha, where you’ll enjoy a serene atmosphere that is home to Għadira Bay, Malta’s longest white sandy beach. Once the location of the 1980s musical production ‘Popeye’, this rejuvenating region treats visitors to a variety of unmissable activities across its idyllic towns and villages.

Bugibba

Ideal for basking in the rejuvenating Maltese sunshine, the sheltered waters off Bugibba’s rocky beach also offer a variety of enthralling water sports. Boasting an idyllic promenade that’s lined with delightful restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops, this eclectic region has everything a family needs for an unforgettable Maltese escape.

“The highlights were a chilled-out day at Cafe Del Mar which is great for people watching with chill-out tunes and a divine sunset. Bugibba was perfect for the kids as it had a good holiday feel to it. We loved the capital Valletta and we were fascinated by the WW2 history.”

Marc, Travel Counsellor

Top events

Boasting over 400 events a year ranging from theatre performances to carnivals, there’s something for the whole family in the Mediterranean archipelago.

Easter

Hosting a wide variety of unmissable processions and an Easter Vigil, the Maltese islands are the perfect destination for an unforgettable Easter getaway. Savour the festive figolla, an almond-filled pastry in the traditional shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish or heart, covered in icing sugar for a special Maltese Easter treat.

Earth Garden

Showcasing a variety of stellar art, musical and cultural performances, Earth Garden hosts an impressive variety of facilities that cater to everyone in the family. Kids will love the musical playground and enchanted forest, while adults will revel in the sensational food court and captivating performances from an array of musicians playing everything from jazz and funk to blues and reggae.

Summer Carnival

This spectacular five-day celebration features colourful floats, extravagant costumes and unforgettable parties that last until the early hours. During this unmissable festival, hundreds gather in Bugibba wearing flamboyant costumes and heavy make-up, creating a colourful party atmosphere. If you’re travelling in the winter months, you’ll still be able to enjoy this mesmeric event in Malta’s capital city, Valletta and sister island Gozo.

International Fireworks festival


Held in various locations including Valletta’s Grand Harbour, this annual event takes place at the end of April to commemorate Malta’s accession into the European union on May 1st, 2004. This free of charge event invites visitors to an unforgettable night in Malta as the skies are vibrantly illuminated for everyone to enjoy.

Activities and experiences

Discover more than 7,000 years of history on the Mediterranean archipelago. The Maltese Islands are home to a wealth of historic sites including the Megalithic Temples, the oldest freestanding structures in the world - predating even the Great Pyramids of Giza by 1,000 years.

Repeatedly voted as the second-best destination for diving in the world, Malta’s pristinely transparent warm waters boasts a rich variety of reefs, caverns, caves and shipwrecks. Families that are yet to experience scuba-diving can feel confident learning in Malta. Tthere are number of accommodating dive centres, the Maltese speak perfect English and children can gain their PADI certification from the age of 10. Boasting excellent water quality and an abundance of caves and shipwrecks such as the Um el Faroud (one of the Mediterranean's most popular wreck dives), Malta’s dive sites are also well suited for experienced divers.

Our recommended itinerary    

Begin your Maltese adventure by exploring the capital city of Valletta where you’ll enjoy the beautiful Upper Barrakka Gardens and majestic St. John’s Co-Cathedral before taking the Dghajsa boat trip to the fascinating three cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua. Stay in the historic city of Birgu. Travel to the western coast where you’ll admire a spectacular view from the Dingli Cliffs, be captivated by the enchanting history of Mdina and marvel at the majestic architecture of Mosta – where you’ll spend your second night.

Trip to Ghan Tuffieha, stroll along the tranquil beach, swim the welcoming warm waters and spend your third night in Golden Bay after watching Malta’s most remarkable sunset. Visit and spend the fourth night in Silema for its modern eateries, chic waterfront cafes and sensational restaurants before taking a ferry to see the The Ġgantija Temples, the oldest free-standing structures in the world in Xagħra. Spend your fifth night in Gozo where’ll enjoy the blissful Ramla Bay. The following two days can be used to discover Mellieha Bay, the Blue Lagoon of Comino, the charming village of Marsaxlokk and the picturesque Blue Grotto, staying in Marsaxlokk for your sixth night before making the short trip to Malta International Airport for the end of an unforgettable Maltese adventure.

Treat your family to the sensational Island of Malta by contacting your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll enjoy exclusive access to benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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