Explore the beautiful islands of Malta and Gozo.
Calypso Cave & Ramla Beach, Gozo © Visit Malta
Explore the beautiful islands of Malta and Gozo.

Overview

Situated between Sicily and the North African coast, the sister islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are small but utterly delightful, with a great deal to do and see. And you can hop between them by short ferry rides, which is fun in itself. Their thrilling history involves no less than the swashbuckling Knights of St John, which you can see in various fascinating sites, while exciting outdoor adventures for active families include hiking, snorkelling, sea kayaking and paddleboarding.

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Things to do with kids in Malta

Head to Malta's sandy beaches with their shallow, crystal-clear waters and ample space for sandcastle-building and beach games, for snorkelling expeditions and water sports. Some of the more popular beaches are Mellieha Bay, also known as Ghadira Bay, with soft golden sands and safe paddling, and Golden Bay, a Blue Flag beach with lots of amenities, including cafes, restaurants, and water sports facilities. On Gozo, Ramla Bay is renowned for its stunning red-gold sands and clear waters brilliant for snorkelling. It's also surrounded by lush countryside lovely for family walks.

Explore the narrow alleyways and lovely architecture of Malta's capital, Valletta, UNESCO listed and steeped in history from the days of the Knights of St John (who founded it in the 16th century) to the part the island played in World War II. The Baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral is captivating for older children and adults - not least for the Caravaggio painting depicting the beheading of St John the Baptist.

Enjoy the fantastic views from Valletta across its breathtaking harbour to the Three Cities that surround this international port: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. You can travel to them across the harbour by traditional djhajsa (water taxi), then tour them by small electric car.

Take a drive around Malta or Gozo to discover the churches with their splendid domes and steeples. The Mosta dome is among the largest unsupported domes in the world and is also remarkable for having survived being pierced by a bomb during the war – miraculously, it didn't detonate, sparing the lives of more 300 people inside at the time.

Explore Malta's 'silent city', the ancient, walled former capital Mdina, with spectacular views and a warren of small alleys – especially atmospheric by night, when lamplit. Other great things to do with kids in Malta are to venture to the Blue Grotto, with caverns lit by phosphorescent underwater plants, and to take a day-long boat trip around the coast, including lunch and stops for swimming.

You might also enjoy a seafood lunch by the harbour in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, known for its colourful boats and Sunday fish market, a tour of Game of Thrones filming locations, and trips to the National Aquarium and to Popeye Village, the film set of the 1980 musical.

Take the ferry to Gozo for outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling. The Ggantija Temples enchant kids by being even older than the Egyptian pyramids, while from Dwejra Bay there are boat trips to the Blue Hole and Fungus Rock.

Family enjoying fresh seafood in Marsaxlokk in Malta. © Visit Malta

Tuck into some fresh seafood in the colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk in Malta.

Eat

From charming seaside cafes to family-run eateries serving traditional Maltese fare, there's no shortage of dining options that cater to families looking to enjoy delicious cuisine and warm hospitality. Seafood is a particularly popular element of Maltese cuisine, and the islands offer a tantalising selection of seafood dishes reflecting the flavours of the Mediterranean.

Family kayaking around the coastline of Malta. © Visit Malta

Enjoy a range of adventurous activities from sea kayaking to mountain biking.

When to go to Malta

The best time to visit Malta is during the spring and autumn months, from April to June and September to October, when the weather is pleasantly warm. During these months, temperatures range from around 19°C to 28°C, making it ideal for exploring Malta's historical sites, beaches, and outdoor activities without the intense summer heat. Additionally, the sea temperatures are comfortable for swimming and water sports. While the summer months from July to August offer hotter temperatures and vibrant cultural events, it can also be a busier time of the year and more humid, so visitors may prefer the quieter and more temperate seasons.

The summer months bring the festive and lively traditional Maltese festas, deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric of Malta and Gozo and providing a captivating glimpse into the islands' rich heritage and religious devotion to the patron saints of their villages and towns.

Popeye Village in Malta. © Visit Malta

Have a fun day out at Popeye Village or one of the water parks in Malta.

Destination stats

Capital cityValletta

Flying time3.25hrs All flight times are based on flights from UK London airports, to the capital or nearest destination airport.

Carbon footprint1.82 CO2 Estimated tonnes of CO2 produced for return flights for a family of four.

TimezoneGMT +1

CurrencyEuro

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11°C

52.1°F

Valletta in Malta. © Visit Malta

Discover the history of Malta's colourful past and the beautiful buildings that remain.

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Children having fun on the beach in Gozo. © Visit Malta

Have fun on the many beautiful beaches in Malta, Gozo and Comino.