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When you are choosing a holiday for the whole family, keeping everyone happy might seem a daunting task; especially if you have older children. Long gone are the days of buckets and spades; it is time to find a getaway that will even keep teenagers entertained, without losing the feeling of a traditional family holiday.

Malta is an idyllic island destination that offers a plethora of activities for family holidays. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, this archipelago is known for its clear waters, beautiful beaches and ancient architecture. With a rich history, stunning natural landscapes and a range of exciting activities for all ages, Malta is an excellent choice for families seeking an adventure and all just a three-hour flight from the United Kingdom

Hit the beach

Malta has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, and they are perfect for families looking to relax and enjoy the sun. The most popular beaches in Malta include Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay, and Paradise Bay. These beaches are also safe and suitable for children, as the waters are calm and shallow. There are also many water sports activities that you and your family can enjoy, such as snorkelling, diving and kayaking.

Kick back and relax: Malta is blessed with some of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean

Credit: Visit Malta

Visit the Popeye Village

Popeye Village is a theme park located in Anchor Bay, Mellieha. The park was built in 1980 for the filming of the musical production of the movie Popeye, and it has since been transformed into a popular attraction for families. The park has various activities and facilities, including a water park, a trampoline park, a play area and a cinema. There are also shows and performances that are held throughout the day, which are great for kids.

Explore the history of Malta

Malta has a long and fascinating history, and it is dotted with numerous historical sites that are perfect for a family outing. Some of the finest include the ancient capital of Mdina, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and the megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. The capital city Valletta is a must-visit for families. It is home to many historical landmarks, museums and galleries that are perfect for anyone who loves history and culture. St John’s Co-Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in Valletta, featuring ornate baroque architecture and intricate designs. The Malta Experience is also a great attraction that highlights the history of Malta through a 45-minute audio-visual show.

Step back in time: Malta’s capital Valletta is brimming with history and is a must-visit for families

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Mdina is a mediaeval walled city located in the heart of Malta. It is known as the “silent city” due to its peaceful atmosphere and is a beautiful place to visit for families who love history and architecture. The narrow streets, ancient buildings and grand palaces will transport you back in time to the mediaeval period. The Mdina Dungeons is also a great attraction that provides a unique experience for families, highlighting the dark side of the city’s history.

Discover the underwater world

The clear waters surrounding Malta are a haven for underwater explorers. Families can explore this mesmerising world with a range of activities including snorkelling, diving and boat trips. Malta is home to several popular dive sites, including the Blue Hole, Cirkewwa and the wreck of the Um El Faroud. Children from the age of 10 can gain their PADI diving licence in Malta.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Malta is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. Explore the island’s countryside with a range of activities, such as hiking, cycling, quad biking, segways, horseback riding, abseiling and much more. The picturesque Dingli Cliffs are perfect for a family hike, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Explore the island: a Segway tour is a fun way for the whole family to discover the sights

Credit: Visit Malta

Gozo is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago and is a wonderful place to visit for families who want to explore the countryside and enjoy outdoor activities. The island is known for its scenic landscapes, beautiful beaches and rural villages. The island also has many hiking trails, biking routes and water sports activities that you and your family can enjoy.

Go on a boat trip

Malta’s coastline is dotted with stunning bays, coves and caves that are perfect for a family boat trip. Families can explore the island’s coastline with a range of boat trips, including a traditional Maltese luzzu boat or a luxurious yacht. The Blue Lagoon is a popular destination for families, with its clear waters and picturesque setting.

Taste the local cuisine

Malta is known for its delicious and unique cuisine, which is a blend of Mediterranean and North African flavours. There are many local dishes that you and your family can try, such as pastizzi (savoury pastries), fenek (rabbit stew), and timpana (baked pasta dish). There are also many restaurants and cafes that offer international cuisine, which is great for families.

Unique flavours: Malta has an abundance of delicious local dishes, including pastizzi (savoury pastries), pictured above

Credit: Visit Malta

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