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A Family-friendly Vacation in Malta


15 Apr 2024

While it’s true that Malta is a popular tropical destination during the summer months, the winter season unveils a different side of this beautiful island. With its mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and stunning landscapes, Malta in winter is an ideal destination for an affordable family-friendly getaway, even if you encounter some rainy or windy weather. Read on to explore how to make the most of your family trip to Malta during the winter months, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.

Day 1: Valletta – The Capital City

Start your family trip in Malta by exploring its historic capital city, Valletta. No matter the weather, Valletta’s charm remains intact with its winding streets, grand architecture, and rich history. Begin your day with a visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, offering panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. Then, head to the interactive Malta Experience to learn about the island’s history in an engaging way, perfect for keeping the kids entertained. Don’t forget to explore St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a masterpiece of Baroque art, before winding down with a cosy meal at one of Valletta’s family-friendly restaurants. Valletta has a lot to offer, you can do a lot in one destination and minimise your travelling time, especially if the weather is rainy.

Day 2: Mdina and Rabat – The Silent City and Beyond

On day two, venture to Mdina, often referred to as the “Silent City.” Despite its compact size, Mdina is packed with history and charm. Explore its narrow streets, visit the Mdina Dungeons for a spine-tingling experience, and don’t miss the Mdina Experience for an immersive journey through the city’s past. Visit the playground right outside Mdina so your kids can have time to run around while you enjoy the breathtaking views. Afterward, take a short walk to Rabat, where you can visit St. Paul’s Catacombs and the Domus Romana for a glimpse into Malta’s ancient past. Wrap up your day with a traditional Maltese meal at one of Rabat’s family-friendly eateries.

Day 3: Gozo – A Day Trip to Malta’s Sister Island

Hop on a ferry (or the Gozo Channel for those travelling with a vehicle) and spend a day exploring Gozo, Malta’s tranquil sister island. Despite the weather, Gozo’s rugged coastline and picturesque villages offer plenty of opportunities for adventure. Visit the Ġgantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back over 5,000 years, and marvel at the island’s natural beauty. Take a scenic drive to the quaint village of Xlendi by tour bus or rental car for a relaxing lunch by the sea, followed by a visit to the Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village to pick up some unique souvenirs. End your day with a leisurely ferry ride back to Malta, taking in the sunset over the Mediterranean.

Day 4: Family Fun Indoors

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, fear not! Malta offers plenty of indoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. Spend the day at Esplora Interactive Science Centre in Kalkara, where kids can engage in hands-on learning experiences and interactive exhibits. Alternatively, head to the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra to discover the wonders of the underwater world without getting wet. Wrap up your day with a movie night at the Embassy Cinema Complex in Valletta, where you can catch the latest family-friendly flicks in a cosy setting or head to Eden and Baystreet in St Julians for a match of bowling and some arcade games.

Day 5: Outdoor Adventures in Nature

Embrace the slight winter chill and embark on an outdoor adventure in Malta’s stunning natural landscapes. Explore the Dingli Cliffs, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, or take a scenic hike through the Buskett Gardens, Malta’s only woodland area. For a unique experience, head to the Blue Grotto and embark on a boat tour to discover the island’s hidden sea caves and crystal-clear waters (in bad weather, these tours might not run so make sure to check beforehand!). End your day with a picnic in the countryside, savouring local delicacies surrounded by Malta’s natural beauty.

Whether you’re exploring ancient cities, embarking on outdoor adventures, or enjoying indoor activities, Malta offers something for everyone, even on rainy or windy days. So pack your bags, gather the family, and embark on an affordable but adventure packed winter getaway to remember in the heart of the Mediterranean. Watch out for our next blog with more ideas for indoor activities coming in March! 


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