30 May 2018
Looking for a great holiday destination for a family with older children? The Mediterranean island of Malta has all the ingredients for a perfect family break with a wide variety of sightseeing opportunities and activities. With year-round sun, warm crystal-clear waters, stunning landscapes and coastlines and mystical ancient buildings, the whole family is catered for. Read on for a list of reasons why this Mediterranean gem can help you to create lifelong memories of fantastic family holidays.
With warm sea waters from early summer till late October, Malta’s many water-based activities are an attractive option for older children. Adrenaline-charged teenagers who dream of spending hours at sea trying different water sports will enjoy windsurfing, paragliding, sea-kayaking, jet skiing and dinghy and yacht sailing. Snorkelling and diving, also popular activities in Malta, are available to children from age 12 and everyone from beginner to expert level is catered for. With some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the Mediterranean, it’s no wonder that over 50,000 people a year choose Malta for their underwater adventures.
Boat trips are a great opportunity for some quality family time while taking in some of Malta’s spectacular coastline and rock formations. Take a trip to Comino where you will find the Blue Lagoon – Malta’s hottest swimming spot – and the surrounding caves, or take a round-trip of the island from Gozo and enjoy swimming and snorkelling at several locations along the way. For a more historic adventure, a boat trip to the Two Harbours located in the peninsula of the island’s capital is a must.
For those who prefer dry land, activities such as horse riding, go-karting, mountain biking or archery are available, and the island also offers over 1300 different routes for those who want to try their hand at rock climbing. For a full day out book a jeep safari tour around the island of Gozo. With everything from transport to and from your hotel and lunch included, and the benefit of authentic guides on hand to pass on their expert local knowledge, all you need to do is sit back and take in some of Malta’s most beautiful scenery. Highlights include visits to the ancient citadel in Victoria, the limestone quarries and historic salt pans, and a powerboat ride back to Malta via the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves (weather permitting).
For a cultural experience visit the Grand Harbour where the recently restored Fort St Elmo and Fort St Angelo are open to the public, and the Malta War Museum can also be found just across the harbour. Older children will be fascinated here by the underground tunnels which protected hundreds of people during the bombings of the Second World War. Underground exploration also awaits beneath Valletta – the Maltese capital – in the form of the Lascaris War Rooms, and at St Paul’s Catacombs, where the spooky yet intriguing Roman tombs lie.
When it comes to satisfying older children’s seemingly never-ending appetites, Maltese cuisine has something for everyone. Try some traditional Mediterranean seafood ‘straight from the sea’ or a wide variety of slow-cooked meats, as well as a wonderful selection of pasta dishes and risottos. Even the fussiest of eaters won’t be disappointed with the delicious pizzas on offer.
If you’ve been tempted to try Malta as your family’s next holiday destination contact your Travel Counsellor today – we love fulfilling dreams and creating memories!