With its beautifully rugged terrain and sun-kissed facade, Malta is an
Island Country that you will fall in love immediately. Located in the
Mediterranean Sea and a stones throw from Sicily, Malta is an intruiging
country and with its long and absorbing history, there is so much to see,
even the children will love it.
Read on for our snapshot of Malta, with the focus on the Capital City, Valletta ...
In this Review:
* A little bit about Malta
* 5 things to do with the children
* Something for just Mum and Dad
* How to get there
* Where to stay
* Some beautiful pictures of Malta
The weather in Malta is beautiful and mild pretty much all year round.
The summer (June-August) can reach averages of degrees 28C (82 F) and be as
low as degrees 13C (55 F).
North of Libya.
Click on the map to the Right to zoom in to the Town using Google Maps.
A quick history lesson on Malta...
Pottery found by archaeologists at Skorba resembles that found in Italy, and suggests that the Maltese islands were first settled in 5200 BC mainly by stone age hunters or farmers who had arrived from the larger island of Sicily. After 2500 BC, the Maltese Islands were depopulated for several decades until the arrival of a new influx of Bronze Age immigrants. Skip to 1530, when Emperor Charles V gave the islands to the Knights Hospitaller under the leadership of Frenchman Philippe de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Grand Master of the Order, in perpetual lease for which they had to pay the Tribute of the Maltese Falcon. These knights, a military religious order now known as the Knights of Malta, had been driven out of Rhodes by the Ottoman Empire in 1522. The Knights' reign ended when Napoleon captured Malta on his way to Egypt during the French Revolutionary Wars in 1798. In 1814, as part of the Treaty of Paris, Malta officially became a part of the British Empire and was used as a shipping way-station and fleet headquarters. During World War II, Malta played an important role owing to its proximity to Axis shipping lanes. Malta achieved its independence on 21 September 1964 (Independence Day) after intense negotiations with the United Kingdom. Malta then adopted a policy of neutrality in 1980. Malta joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.
Main Facts about the Republic of Malta:
Dominant Religion: Catholic
Language spoken: Maltese and English
Population: 446,000 (as at 2013)
Distance between Airport and City of Valletta - 15 mins.
Find out the currency conversion measures to your currency.
Read the Malta Airport Guide for details on how to use Public Transport to reach your hotel.
Alternatively, most hotels will have a Bus Shuttle Service available to take you to and from your hotel for a fee.
How long should you stay in Malta?
There are sufficient activities and things to do to last for at least 4 days in Valletta.
We think that 5-6 days is optimal.
Typical Souvenirs you can buy from Malta
The children will love the little Knight figurines from any of the souvenir stores.
Malta is also well known for its stunningly intricate lace, which always makes the perfect
gift for family and friends.
Hospitals around Malta
Just in case you find yourself needing the Emergency Room during your stay, here are some
Hospitals around Malta. Click on the map to the right or here to get all of the details for these facilities.
Five (5) things you can do in Malta with the kids includes:
1. Take a horse and Carriage ride around the City of Valletta
If you are interested in taking the children for a horse and carriage ride, you will be able to see almost the entire waters-edge view around Malta's Capital City, Valletta. The sights are interesting and the view is spectacular. Expect to pay around 40-60 Euros, and the pick up areas are everywhere around the circumference of the city.
Remember to tip a couple of Euro's if you think it was worthy!
2. Do the Hop-on Hop-off bus! For sure, this is a must do activity.
Take a look at Malta Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus tours.
You will not only be able to see Valletta (the Capital of Malta), but also the scenery outside of the city. Here, you will be able to see how the locals live on the outskirts of the city.
Hint: If you are staying in the City of Valletta, take note of the various towns that you see along the way. You may wish to return to those places (for example, St Julians) for a day out, perhaps to the beachside area.
3. A Cruise around Malta or closer Islands
A visit to Malta is certainly not complete without a Cruise around the Country itself.
There are a handful Cruises that you can choose from, be it a short morning cruise
to nearby Regions, or a day Cruise around the entire Country of Malta. On the longer
cruise, you have the opportunity to swim in the sparkling clear blue waters in a far
away swimming spot. This is a fabulous day out.
Hint: Bring your swimmers this day for sure and possibly a good book - you may be
able to sneak 1/2 hour to relax.
4. Beach at St Julians
If you are staying at St Julians (which is a very popular destination), you have access to this
area at any time. However, if you choose to stay within Valletta, you may wish to spend a day
in St Julians. It is a very popular destination for families, and has a beach and many restaurants.
St Julians is about 15-20 minutes by car from Valletta. Enquire at your hotel as to the best way
to reach St Julians. See further below for our Hotel Recommendations.
5. PlayMobil FunPark and Factory
A visit to Playmobil caters more for the younger children. The Fun Park was created to give children the opportunity to play with Playmobil's range of play-sets and figures. There are a couple of play areas for the children to enjoy. There is a tour that you can join that lasts for 45 minutes. You get a 10% discount when buying something from the Playmobil Shop, plus you will get a Playmobil Souvenir.
Note: Children under 5 cannot enter the factory due to safety rules, but they can enter the FunPark playing area.
You must wear closed flat shoes when entering the factory.
Read more at PlayMobil's Website.
Other places we recommend include:
Popeye Village - From the Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production "Popeye' remains PopEye Village.
It is one of the major tourist attractions on the Maltese Islands. Enquire with your hotel on how to get
there. If you take the Day Cruise around Malta, you will get the chance to take a look at the Village from
the boat whilst it is cruising by.
Splash and Fun Water Park -
If you have some time to head to a Water Park and splash around with the children, Splash and Fun
Malta is a fun place to take the kids. It is about a 13 minute drive from Valletta. Take a look at their
website for details.
Lascaris War Rooms - Without a doubt, one of the most interesting War Rooms we have ever visited.
The guide there is extremely fascinating and quite animated. If you are interested in how the battles of
WW2 were fought and the strategies that were used - dictated right from Malta, you will love the
Lascaris War Rooms.
St Johns Co-Cathedral - whether or not you practice the Catholic faith or not, this
Cathedral is possibly one of the most stunning Cathedrals in the world. It is immensely stunning (see our pics). The Cathedral is right in the middle of Valletta.
How to get there?
Find some options here on how to get to Malta.
Click on the map to take you to Malta -
Where to stay?
Our Recommended Hotel for Valletta, Malta
is the Grand Hotel Excelsior.
Our Recommended Hotel for St Julians, Malta is the Resort Intercontinental, Malta.