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Family-Friendly Malta

By Viator, April 2013

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Malta is perfect for family holidays, with beaches lapped by calm Mediterranean waters and plenty of hotels with pools. It’s also small enough to get around easily so day trips to the Mediterraneo Marine Park Malta for the dolphin and sea lion shows or to Popeye Village Fun Park for themed musical shows, animated films, and water fights are not too arduous for younger kids. All the family can enjoy a day out at the newly opened Sant’Antnin Family Park at Marsascala, where facilities include swimming pools, abseiling and rock climbing, magic shows, and live music; the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta has a full arts program aimed at kids in the summer months.

Choose a sunny day to visit the fabled turquoise waters sparkling in the Blue Grotto on Malta’s south coast and combine it with a side trip to the awesome cliffs at Dingli, where land meets the Mediterranean Sea with a dramatic drop of 820 feet (250 m).

Most older children will love a day exploring fortified Valletta; start off with a boat trip around the Grand Harbour to see the scale of the fortifications before heading to the multi-media exhibition Great Siege of Malta & the Knights of St John on Republic Square, which neatly explains one of the island’s most important historical events. From there take kids to see the Noon Day Gun blasting across the harbor from Upper Barrakka Gardens, followed by a walk around the fortified walls for great panoramic views. Stop off at Fort St Elmo for a dip into the National War Museum with its tales of Malta’s bravery in both World Wars and round off the day in a horse-drawn karozzini for a trip around the bastions.

For teenagers, Malta offers a load of water sports like wake boarding and wind surfing at Mellieha, and a buzzing but safe nightlife at Paceville plus movie theaters, bowling alleys, and ice-skating rinks.

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Gozo Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

There is no better way to see the island of Gozo than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! Admire the rugged island landscape, and see top Gozo attractions ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $18.80

Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

While you’re in port in Malta, explore this beautiful island on a private sightseeing shore excursion. With your own driver to chauffeur you around, you’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.59

Malta Sightseeing Tour: Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk and Ghar Dalam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover dazzling sea caves, sleepy fishing villages and prehistoric ruins on a full-day sightseeing tour around the island of Malta. After visiting the Blue ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.16

Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover Malta’s luxurious side while you’re in port on this shore excursion to the palaces and noble houses around Valletta. Malta has a long history with ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.61

Malta Shore Excursion: Malta Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

No matter when your cruise ship arrives in Malta, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion. Discover Malta’s top attractions on a hop-on hop-off ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $18.80

Vittoriosa and Senglea Tour Including St Lawrence Church and Malta Maritime Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit Vittoriosa and Senglea, two of Malta’s historical Three Cities, on a half-day tour led by an expert local guide. Learn of the towns’ brutal albeit ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.59

Malta City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 11 Reviews

Experience the perfect introduction to Malta aboard this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights of the city in a comfortable and ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $18.80

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple

If you’re interested in the fascinating and long history of Malta, this is the perfect shore excursion while you’re in port. On this private tour from ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.16

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

While you’re in port in Malta, get to know its two capitals – Mdina, the ancient one, and Valletta, the current one – on this shore excursion that will ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.01

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