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Overview

Situated between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta, Gozo and Comino are small but beautiful, with a great deal to do and see.

Whether you love or hate Malta depends on where you stay, but it has some lovely beaches, both sand and rock, hidden away off the beaten track. Tiny Gozo is the place for a real rest, taking you back to the pace of life in the 1950s. Locals love the British and are very family orientated. 

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Things to do with kids in Malta

For sandy beaches, head to Malta's Melleiha, Paradise Bay and Golden Sands. On family holidays, you'll probably want to avoid Blackpool-like Buggibaa and clubby Paceville in St Julian's.

Explore the narrow alleyways and fine architecture of Valletta, the capital, steeped in history from the days of the Knights of St John up to the part the island played in World War II. There are fantastic views from Valletta across to the Three Cities that surround this international port.

Take a drive around Malta or Gozo to discover the churches with their splendid domes and steeples. On Malta, the Rotunda of Mosta's dome had a bomb drop on it during the war, which never exploded and is still in the church.

Explore Malta's silent city of Mdina, with spectacular views and a warren of small passages and streets.

Visit Gozo in spring, for the spectacular flowers alone. 

Venture to the Blue Grotto on the southern coast of Malta, with caverns lit by phosphorescent underwater plants.

Take a day-long boat-trip around the coast of Malta, including lunch and stops for swimming.

You might also take a day-trip to Sicily, to see Mount Etna. 

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Blue Lagoon, Comino

Eat

Children are welcomed at the vast majority of restaurants on the islands, where you'll easily find something to suit all tastes on family holidays with kids of all ages. The fish, in particular, is good and fresh.

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Cittadella view

When to go to Malta

Malta gets very hot in summer, with temperatures reaching 38°F, so this time of year is not best-suited to family holidays with younger children. April, May and June are normally warm and sunny. There is a rainy season that begins about the middle of September. Winters are warm compared with the UK.

Every weekend in the summer months, one or more village will be celebrating its saint's day with a feast, processions, bands and firework displays.

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Marina

Cost

Week-long family holidays in Malta start at £300pp, depending on where you stay, but the cost of living is cheaper than in the UK.

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

Weather Today

20°C

68.3°F

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Church

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