Malta with kids: 5 top family activities!
Malta with kids is top notch! We were really positively surprised when we visited this country for two weeks during summer vacation. We already wrote the blog about the country with the ten most beautiful places of the island, which are beautiful to visit, but there are some places that will certainly delight kids as well. In this blog, we want to focus on why the country is so ideally suited for families with kids.
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Why go to Malta with kids?
Malta is truly a top destination to vacation in with kids. Thus, it is a small island and thus the distances between sights are small. As a result, you never actually spend more than half an hour in the car. We really thought that was a very big plus. Especially if you also enjoy visiting some towns and sights on vacation.
In addition, of course, the country has a very pleasant climate, with a good chance of warm weather from April through October. This makes it possible to visit the country in several vacations. What we also really liked were the prices. Malta is certainly cheaper when compared to the Netherlands. For example, in a restaurant or on a terrace, you often don’t pay the top price right away.
Also, in a relatively small area, the country has a fair amount of nice places and villages to visit, with plenty of catering establishments in every town and village. We really noticed that there are so many cozy terraces to eat and drink. We really liked Malta!
Finally, we noticed that the people in Malta are all fluent in English, making it easy to communicate with the people. We always like that too when we visit a country. There are also plenty of fun things to do for families with kids, and we discuss the five best things to do in Malta with kids in the blog.
Malta with kids #1: Splash and Fun Waterpark
We love water parks and when we go on vacation somewhere, we always check to see if there is a water park nearby. Malta has one major water park and this is the Splash and Fun Waterpark. We found this a very nice water park and the water park can be found in the north of the island. From our hotel, it was just over a five-minute drive to this water park.
The water park has several spectacular slides and when we were there it was not super crowded. As a result, we didn’t have to queue for a long time at most of the slides and were therefore able to go down the various slides dozens of times. In addition, the pool has a cool diving board and also has a lazyriver, where you take a tire for a spin around the pool.
For the smallest kids, there is a pool with a large playground in the middle, and there is also a kind of lagoon with artificial waves. We found it very relaxing to go here for a day and stayed here all day. We wrote the extensive blog Splash and Fun Waterpark Malta with kids about this water park .
Malta with kids #2: Popeye Village Malta
Another fun park to visit during your trip through Malta with kids is Popeye Village Malta. This old movie set is all about kids these days. Anyway, the village is very beautiful in a bay and you can visit the cottages from the movie set with your kids. At these cottages are also a variety of games that kids can play.
The park also has a large area in the sea with inflatable play equipment, where both kids and adults can run an entire course. Here our daughter enjoyed herself most of the day. For the smaller kids, there is also a separate pool with also a playground in the middle with several slides.
During the day, there are also a variety of shows that you can watch. A film will also be shot every day, starring visitors. Our daughter really enjoyed participating in that, too. We wrote about our experience the blog Popeye Village Malta with kids, where we give more information.
Malta with kids #3: St. Petersburg. Peters Pool
Another attraction that far fewer families in Malta with kids will visit is St. Peter’s Cathedral. Peters Pool. To visit this rock, however, it is convenient to have a car, so you can drive yourself to the parking lot of this sight. The last part of the road is very narrow and a tad challenging, but we were there within twenty minutes from our hotel in St. Louis. Julians.
Apart from the fact that the St. Peters Pool is a beautiful place to visit and that the water is very clear, the biggest activity here is to jump off the rocks. The water is deep enough in most places to “safely” jump off the rocks. This is as high as eight feet in some sections.
Our daughter loved doing this and of course the first time was a little scary, but after that she couldn’t get enough. Anyway, in Malta there are several places where you can jump off the rocks into the sea and most kids find this a fun activity to do.
Malta with kids #4: Beaches
Malta is not known for its beautiful and many beaches, yet there are plenty of beaches on the island that are worth visiting. The most famous beach on the island is Golden Beach, which is also the one that most tourists visit. Special buses also run to it from various points on the island.
Golden Beach is a beautiful beach, but we found the beach that is a 15-minute walk from Golden Beach perhaps even more beautiful (Ghajn Tuffieha). This is because at this beach you do not overlook the large Radisson hotel that is at Golden Beach but look out more over the natural rocks.
Other beaches that are fun to visit are Paradise Beach, Mellieha Beach and Ramla Beach. The latter beach is on a different island from the main island, though. In fact, this beach is on the island of Gozo and you can get here by ferry. Of course, in the category of beaches, you could also mention the Blue Lagoon, but that’s not really a beach where you will lie down for a whole day. Indeed, it is far too crowded for that and there is no sandy beach here either. We wrote the blog the most beautiful beaches in Malta with kids about it.
Malta with kids #5: the Pool
This may be a bit bland, but we spent much of our vacation by the pool anyway. Kids often don’t like to spend a whole day walking through a town and going to see all kinds of things, but if you make a nice alternation every day between something to see and the pool, it will keep things fun for kids, too.
During our two-week vacation in Malta, we stayed in two hotels and both hotels had swimming pools. In the first hotel we had a rooftop pool and you see that at many hotels in Malta. These tend to be somewhat smaller pools, though, and they are a little less suitable for kids to play in. Our daughter obviously did, but at the second hotel we did have a bigger pool.
The first hotel we stayed at during our vacation was the Mayflower hotel and at the second hotel we slept in an apartment through Antoniel Suites. The pool at the second hotel was not at the accommodation, but was more like a public pool shared with several hotels. The first hotel was in the St. Louis area. Pauls Bay and, in turn, we found that to be a nicer neighborhood than the second neighborhood of Saint Julian’s, where there was a lot of youth and an emphasis on getting out.
Of course, there are dozens of hotels in Malta and many of them have swimming pools, so check below for a list of all accommodations in the three most popular resorts:
Where to eat and drink in Malta with kids?
As we mentioned earlier in this blog, you can eat just fine in Malta with kids. There really are numerous options in every village or town to eat and drink with your kids. Because the prices are not too high, we actually went out to eat three times a day. Obviously not super elaborate at every meal, but everywhere we found a fine restaurant or joint to eat.
It is also very easy to pick up food such as a pizza, a roll or some sushi. We did this several times as well. You also have large supermarkets on the island where you can get all kinds of things. In these supermarkets, they have plenty of products that we also have in supermarkets in the Netherlands, and we often bought fruit for our daughter here as well to offset the high snack content a bit.