Malta: the perfect family-friendly holiday destination

20 September 2018

If you're looking for the perfect sun-kissed family holiday destination with activities for all ages to enjoy, the Maltese Islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino will tick every box. With short three-hour flight times from the UK, a warm year-round climate and friendly English-speaking locals, the Maltese Islands are ideal for Easter and half-term breaks, as well as the main summer holidays.

Offering beautiful beaches, historical sightseeing, and adventurous activities, it’s hard to find a more family-friendly holiday destination than these charming Mediterranean islands.

Discover an amazing world

With warm crystal-clear waters all year round, the deep blue Mediterranean Sea boasts ideal conditions for sailing and swimming, whilst water sports enthusiasts can indulge in more adventurous pursuits, including surfing and paragliding.

All three islands also offer a wealth of unique diving experiences, with natural reefs, caves and spectacular wrecks all waiting to be discovered. With such an incredible underwater world to explore, it’s no surprise that the Maltese Islands were recognised as one of the ‘Best Diving Destinations’ at the Diver Awards in 2017. It’s also possible to obtain your PADI Certification from just 10 years of age here, so your children can return home with their very own diving qualification.

"I found the public transport system excellent and very cheap at only 2 euros to go anywhere, plus we were blessed with great weather. 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 found the 2nd World War history fascinating and would recommend the war rooms to any 2nd world war enthusiast as well as the artillery battery with its lovely views and gardens."

Marc, Travel Counsellor

Explore the stunning landscape


Back on dry land, you’ll find an array of country footpaths and off-road trails to explore, giving you a great opportunity to appreciate the unique character and beauty of the islands.

Take an awe-inspiring Segway tour through the historic streets of Mdina, or discover the gorgeous island of Gozo by quad bike. Go off-road with a thrilling jeep safari to explore the rugged countryside, spectacular cliffs, jagged coastline and magnificent hidden inland valleys, or experience the unspoilt landscape and spectacular views at your own pace by bike. End your day with a horse ride on the beautiful sands at Golden Bay and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking sunset over the brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

A climber's paradise


The Maltese Islands are an ideal destination for climbers. There are over 1,300 excellent climbing routes across Malta, Gozo and Comino, and the rocky terrain and sheer cliffs that characterise much of the Maltese archipelago are ideal for practising this exhilarating adventure sport. Whether it be traditional climbing, bouldering, sea level traversing or abseiling, you can enjoy a plethora of climbing styles here.

Relax and unwind


After all that adventure and exhilaration, it’s great to know that you’ve got somewhere relaxing to return to, and when it comes to choosing your holiday accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a superb selection of options to suit every budget. From the rural tranquillity of Gozo and laidback Mellieha Bay to the buzzing resorts of Bugibba, Qawra and St. Julians, you’ll find the perfect place for your family stay, whether you’re looking for relaxation, activity or a little bit of each.

Together with delicious Mediterranean and continental cuisine, and a rich history spanning over 7,000 years, there’s something for all the family to enjoy on these hidden island gems.

Try Malta for your next family holiday - get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to book. 

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