a VirtualTourist member from Barcelona asked on Oct 30, 2014
Is the island a good place for a family with a 3 years old twins? How is the weather in august? the beach is good for them? Any attractions for this age? I mean kids attractions, farms, playgrounds, amusement parks?
We are thinking in a 3 weeks stay in a private house.
Malta is a great place for kids. Like most Med nations they really love them, they are welcomed in restaurants etc. I spent a month out there last year (off season) and the local people were quite happy about bringing youngsters into places.
Two things you need to think about. Depending on where you stay, Malta is now "party island(in season)" like Faliraki or Ibiza and also the heat can apperently be opressive in the high season when you are going. Keep the little ones well covered in either clothes or very high factor sun stuff.
Other than that, Malta is extremely kid friendly and you will have a great time there. It is a wonderful place.
As always, normal sensible precautions and you will be OK, just don't book anwhere near the "Hip Strip" in San Julian as it goes all night and most of the day, you will not get a wink of sleep.
Hope this assists,
I haven't been to Malta in August, but I heard from some friends who spend in Malta this summer, that it was very hot
I agree Malta is great for kids. Children can have fun, since there were places where kids can enjoy themselves too.
Visit the popeye village [original VT link]
Bugibba promenade or hop on to the train [original VT link]
There is a new water park open recently in Bahar ic-Caghaq http://www.splashandfun.com.mt/ it is also a great place to spend during summer time
I agree that Malta is a good location for children but August will be very, very hot and probably humid too. I have visited at that time of year and I often found myself flagging (I'm from the UK, so you may be better adjusted). You'll need to be aware of that issue, will certainly need to take appropriate sun precautions for the children and may well find that you have to be indoors during much of the afternoon.
Its only downside is the lack of sandy beaches. There is, however, a lovely stretch of sandy beach at Mellieha and another directly across the island at Golden Bay. For that reason..and if it is possible... I'd suggest you base yourselves in or near Mellieha itself rather than in other parts of the island, where there is much less sand (and usually none at all). Rocks are fine for older children but not very good for small ones.
Additionally, Mellieha's bay has a gentle slope so paddling will be safe. That is not automatically the case with the rocky beaches.
[original VT link]
Although Malta still has a good and extensive bus system:
with two small children you might do better to hire a car in order to explore more widely. Malta drives on the left and, although it is a small island, getting from e.g. Mellieha to Valletta by bus can take a good chunk of time...not much fun in very hot weather.
I live in Malta and have a 2 yr old and 5 month old. Malta is a good place for kids.... But NOT in August!! It is very very hot for them and you have to keep them indoors between 11am-4pm. It will be too hot for them to enjoy any of the nice places for kids which are mostly outdoors in the sun. I would suggest maybe early June or else September. Places you can visit with kids:
Beach - ghadira, golden bay, pretty bay, armier...all sandy beaches
Bugibba water park is free entrance but opens July to September only
President's Kitchen Garden
Ta qali adventure park
Various swings/playgrounds in each village
Then I see probably Malta it is not a good idea for my case. It has to be on august, unfortunately I can not choose.
As a parent no I wouldn't recommend it. Do Malta when she is older :)
As always Jordi, I recommend taking local advice. Oriana lives there should know what is what. That is one of the great things about VT, you can get absolutely local info usually.
You answered me kindly last year but finally I changed my destination because of the weather.
But in 2016 we'll have a week of holidays at the end of june and we would like to visit the island.
Is the weather at that moment good for children? Is the beach water good for swimming?
What is the best location to sleep, near nice family activities?
June is lovely..not too hot and not too busy...if before the end of June kids would still be in school with exams. Beaches are great to play on... The water depends on whether your kids mind it a bit cold or not....mine hate it cold but still enjoy playing in the sand. I would suggest looking for somewhere around sliema or St Julian's area as there are playgrounds, restaurants and its well connected by public transport. Enjoy your holiday!
What about July? We are going to spend our holiday on Malta 6th - 13th of July with two children (5 and 11 years old) and I'm starting to worry about the weather. Is there similar hot days as in August? Thank you for your responses.
Yes, July will be hot in Malta....pretty much as hot as August. Look at the climate averages here:
But I don't see why you should 'worry' about the children? Children live in Malta! And thousands of children visit Malta in July and August.
Just use normal common sense. Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, use and regularly re-apply good suncream, make sure they wear hats and cover up with e.g. t-shirts, make sure they drink lots of fluids.....
There is absolutely no need to 'worry'. Just be sensible with your children.