Why Malta makes a great holiday for kids and adults alike
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There is lots to love about Malta – its sunny shores and quaint villages have made it a popular getaway for couples or groups of friends. But beyond that, it also makes an amazing family-friendly break for parents with kids of any age – here’s why.
Malta: The hidden gem of the Mediterranean
Malta offers an unrivalled mix of brilliant beaches, a mild climate, family-friendly food and fascinating historical sites, which make it a wonderful choice for family visits.
Enjoy days on the beach, with lovely sandy stretches that will keep the kids happy for hours. During peak season some of the larger beaches have designated swimming areas with lifeguards on duty. The initiative was pioneered by the Red Cross, which now sees over 40 lifeguards operating across twelve of the island’s most popular beachfronts between June and September.
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Family friendly days out in Malta
If you’re after something more active than a day at the beach, try your hand at some of the water sports and adventurous activities on offer like sailing, scuba diving and kayaking. One of the highlights of any family visit to the island is likely to be a day out at the Mediterraneo Marine Park, with its fantastic dolphin and sea lion shows and lots of educational ecology presentations. It even has a high spec water park next door to keep everyone entertained all day long.
There is also a wonderful range of museums and exhibitions that you can visit, including those within The Citadella, a fortified town in Malta’s capital city, Victoria. A lot of the museums are geared towards children and families, so even quite young children will be kept entertained. There is a fantastic national aquarium too, where you can see sharks and all kinds of tropical fish and enjoy the nautical play area..
Of course, one of the easiest but most enjoyable activities on any holiday is exploring the area on foot. With young children, you might enjoy taking a gentle stroll through Zurrieq, where you can admire the pretty windmills and captivating countryside.
For a more challenging hike with older kids, try the renowned Bahrija walk which meanders along gorgeous coastal cliffs and offers some truly stunning views. You might even catch a glimpse of the islet of Filfla, a mysterious, uninhabited outcrop that has been used as a film set!
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Food and drink for all the family in Malta
Malta imports a great deal of its food from neighbouring Sicily. That means there are lots of family-friendly pizza and pasta options to choose from when dining out. Despite its relatively small size, there are a good range of vegetarian options available in mainstream Maltese restaurants.
There are lots of family-oriented eateries with special children’s menus too, catering for all tastes. Of course, there’s still lots to love about Maltese food if you’ve got an adventurous palate, so make the most of their stunning fresh seafood at the cute harbour cafes.
Overall, Malta makes a great family getaway,
with lots to see and do with kids and teenagers. There is lots to keep the
adults occupied too, meaning that everyone can return home feeling like they’ve
enjoyed a great break.