Promotional feature with Jet2Holidays It may be a small island in the heart of the Mediterranean, but Malta has picture-postcard scenery and a plethora of fun-filled activities.
It’s sunshine all year round for Malta, which along with Gozo and Comino forms a small archipelago of islands, nestled in the sparkling blue Med near southern Italy.
Packed with beautiful prehistoric temples, pristine beaches and rugged coastlines, Malta also offers a calendar filled with festivals and music extravaganzas.
All these factors make it a great destination for all ages and perfect for extended families looking for somewhere to holiday together.
Island-hopping is a must do
Sailing trips are the perfect way to get around and experience all three islands. Feeling adventurous? Try a fun-filled family sailing lesson.
Take a trip to the magnificent Blue Grotto just off the southern tip of Malta, where the cave walls mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; or enjoy the magnificent wartime wrecks off Gozo and explore caves teeming with fish on a diving or snorkelling experience.
For the ultimate relaxation, drift away to the quieter car-free island of Comino, perfect for swimming in the famed Blue Lagoon or a gentle hike across the rolling hills.
The Maltese islands are all so individually beautiful, you can see why they were the backdrop for Murder on the Orient Express and Game of Thrones (tours available).
A treasure trove of history
Steeped in history, the UNESCO-listed capital of Malta – Valletta –has been named European Capital of Culture for 2018 and boasts the must-see 16th-century St John’s Cathedral and Grand Palazzo Casa Rocca Piccola.
With the Island’s varied history, you’ll be hard pushed to fit it all in, but make sure not to miss the Ggantija and Tarxien temples, which predate Stonehenge and The Great Pyramids.
Younger family members will love exploring the maze of St Paul’s Catacombs or the fascinating Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a 4,000-year-old underground necropolis.
Maltese food has many influences, from Italy and the Middle East to North Africa. Fish-lovers should head to Marsaxlokk or St Paul’s Bay for restaurants that serve the day’s catch.
The island’s traditional food is fairly rustic rabbit or lamb stews that taste divine.
Check out ‘pastizzi’, golden, flaky savoury pastries filled with ricotta or peas, washed down with ‘Kinnie’ a bitter orange fizzy drink that dates back to 1950s.
With its huge, 50s-style bowling alley and multiplex cinema, Paceville near St Julian’s is the perfect place to keep the whole family entertained. Packed with restaurants, casinos and clubs, the local area is teeming with youngsters as the sun sets.
Or slow the pace and make the most of the late opening times during the summer months with a competitive game of mini golf at the Popeye Village in Mellieha.
Treat junior family members to the Splash and Fun Waterpark at Bahar Ic Caghaq – the black hole tunnel slide is not to be missed.
You’d be forgiven in thinking you’re the other side of the world, yet this beautiful haven can be reached in less than four hours with Jet2holidays. Flying from Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast, Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands and London Stansted airports, Jet2holidays also gives you a hefty 22kg baggage allowance, great rep service and transfers.
Jet2holidays also has an abundance of fantastic 2-5* hotels across the islands including in the popular locations of Mellieha, Qawra and Sliema.