When it comes to family days out in Malta, there are options for all. You could choose to spend a day in one of its top-rated visitor attractions, or explore a wider area and the history, heritage, and fun in the sun it has to offer. Here are some of our favourite suggestions.
Words by Lauren John | Extract taken from October's 2022 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
Esplora Science Centre, Kalkara
We had to give a mention to one of Malta’s newest attractions, the Esplora Science Centre. Easily reachable by bus from Valletta, or hop-on hop-off tours, it’s an interactive attraction which will open up the wonders of science, whatever your age. There are a host of science and tech exhibits, planetarium area, and workshops themed around space or science topics.
Famous for its crystal-clear waters in the Blue Lagoon, and appearances in films such as Troy and the Count of Monte Cristo, Comino may be one of the smallest Maltese islands, but it stands out from the crowd as a day trip option.
Getting to the island is easy with daily ferry services running from the ferry terminals of Marfa and Ċirkewwa (Malta) and Mġarr (Gozo). There are also a number of tourist boats running sightseeing trips that stop off at the island.
Book an early ferry to enjoy swimming or snorkelling before the peak crowds arrive, then take some time to explore the rest of the island. Lunch options to suit all tastes are available from street food trucks up the hill from the Blue Lagoon.
The entire island is walkable, so take some time with the family to enjoy the picturesque views, spot the local flora and fauna, and stop off at some other points of interest. These include the quieter Santa Marija Bay, its caves popular with divers, and the watch tower dating from 1618.
The history and heritage of Mdina
Immerse yourself in the fascinating and sometimes dark side of Malta’s past with a day exploring Mdina. Less than half an hour from the Maltese capital Valletta, it’s the perfect place to explore the varied history and heritage of the island.
A former ammunition store, the Casa Magazzini building now operates as the immersive Knights of Malta attraction. Uncover 250 years of rule by the Knights of St John, and the contributions they made to architecture, military engineering, and medicine in walkthrough tableaux and a 3D audio-visual show.
If you’re visiting with older children, why not venture into the dark underground cells and chambers of the Malta Dungeons? Located beneath the Magisterial Vilhena palace building, just inside the main entrance to Mdina, this attraction tells stories from the Roman, Arab, Byzantine, and French Periods. With a history of executions, torture, and crime, you can expect a touch of realism in the tableaux.
For a final trip underground before heading back to your hotel, take a quick trip to the Catacombs in Rabat. This network of underground cells, chambers, and passageways unlocks stories from the Arab, Byzantine, French and Roman periods in Malta’s history, and the interconnecting cemeteries are early evidence of Christianity on the island.
A beach and waterpark day
Soak up the Mediterranean sun with a trip to a beach, waterpark, or both! Splash & Fun Water Park is ideally located for connections to nearby beaches, so why not experience the thrills of all the water slides, then top up your tan on the beach, or relax on a promenade.
Splash and Fun Water Park in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq has something for all, from lazy rivers, quiet pools, and sunbathing areas, to thrilling water slides like the ‘Black Hole’. With a wave pool, diving pool, kids splash area, and family slides, a trip can be as active as you want to make it. Check out the high and low season opening dates and times before you travel, and if you want double the fun you could combine a waterpark visit with a trip to a nearby beach.
Opt for the small but popular St George’s Bay and you’ll be on the doorstep of the restaurants, shopping, and bars that form the Paceville Entertainment District. Balluta Bay also wins visitors for its beautiful clear waters, which are a haven for divers, swimmers, and snorkelers. Many of the beach resorts are close to public transport links, so it’ll be easy to explore and pick the right beach and amenities for you.
Mellieħa and Popeye Village
With a mix of year-round family fun, international cuisine, and a laid-back village feel head to the Mellieħa area in Northern Malta. It may be smaller and laid back than some areas, but this beautiful area is a great place to spend a day. From clear waters and sandy beaches within walking distance of the village to the Popeye Village film set and entertainment complex, there is something for all ages to enjoy.
Feast on a choice of Lebanese, Japanese, British and traditional Maltese food before exploring some more. With Mellieħa’s air raid shelter, panoramic views at St Agatha’s Watchtower, and Għadira Bay, Malta’s longest beach within easy reach, a day here will bring unforgettable memories.
Whether you opt for one of our favourite family days out or create your own itinerary, fun and fascination are guaranteed for every generation.