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Malta attractions for 19year old, 11 year old and 6 year old

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Malta attractions for 19year old, 11 year old and 6 year old

Hi, we visited Malta in 2011 for a fantastic holiday with a 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl. It would've been near perfect but for the buses, so this year we're returning with both kids, now 2 years older plus my niece, nearly 20 years.

We'd like to see and do things, not just sit on the beach for 10 days, what would be suitable? We went to the waterpark 2 years ago and will return there, but what else would you suggest?

We are booked into the Seabank in Mellieha for 10 days in August.

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1. Re: Malta attractions for 19year old, 11 year old and 6 year old

The new public transport service has improved since it was introduced some two years or so ago. I still remember how the chaos, misinformed timetables, overcrowding, the delays and new drivers who couldn’t remember their routes. This is now all in the past, and I am sure some lessons were learnt.

But the good news is that a 7 days bus pass still costs 12 euros. With that you will have the freedom to use any bus to anywhere and at anytime till 11:pm and as many time as you like within the 7 days. Malta is a small country and the average journey time by bus from town to town is 40 minutes. Here are some places you may wish to go to:

BUGGIBA/QAWAR/ST PAUL

This is a very popular region with the Brits. It is like home from home. By that I mean there are many bars and restaurants that are run by ex Brits. Along the Tourist Street you will come across endless of such bars and restaurant. Most would have nightly entertainment.

The beach is rocky, apart from a small man made sandy section, which tends to fill up quick with sun bathers. But the sea is lovely.

No historical sight of any significance. But there is the classic car museum

The town also has a main bus station where you can get a bus anywhere in Malta.

MELLIEHA

This town is further up north, and it knows for its beautiful beach which is the best in Malta. The town is much quieter than other towns, and night time is very much confined to the few bars and restaurants along the main street Oliver Borg.

Nearby there is Popeye Village which is a theme park geared towards family with young kids.

Mellieha is also a gateway to Comino Island and Gozo. For Comino there are boats from the Jetty on the bay right in front the Mexican Restaurant on the beach. It takes to 45 minutes to get Comino and its beautiful blue Lagoon. For Gozo, there are buses to nearby Cirkewwa for the ferry across to Gozo

GOLDEN BAY

Second best sandy beach is a remote area, where is just one hotel, a beach restaurant and nothing much else. But the beach is beautiful.

VALLETTA/SLIEMA:

These are two large bustling places. Plenty to do and see. Ideal for sightseeing, dining out and shopping. Valletta is full of historic places and museum. The nearby there are the three old cities especially Birgu and Isla where the Great Siege was fought and won by the Maltese people

PACEVILLE/ ST JULIAN

Nightclubs and music. Full of teenagers and young people out clubbing particularly at night time

RABAT, MOSTA, M'DINA AND MARXSALOKK

Rabat and M’Dina are typical Maltese towns with true Maltese character. In Mosta there is the great Dome which worthy of minute of the day to marvel at. Marxsalokk is a very colourful traditional fishing village.

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Cas

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2. Re: Malta attractions for 19year old, 11 year old and 6 year old

august - will be very hot. The kids probably will not want to move from the pool.

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As you've been told it will be very hot. A day in Gozo is a good idea.

I think a day that would suit your family is a visit to Valletta. Then from the Barakka Gardens go down to sea level with the panoramic lift. From there you can take a boat across the harbour.

In Birgu (Vittoriosa) there is a huge underground WWII shelter and a small museum of how the Maltese survived the war. Walking round the town wouldn't be bad as the roads are narrow so there wouldn't be too much sun.

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Hat should have added the noon day gun, which goes off at - you guessed it!- in Upper Barracca. There is a good walk -through exhibition in Republic Square of the Great Siege, with models, gory details , commentary, if you like that sort of thing.

You may also coincide with the re-enactments at Fort Rinella, including the largest cannon in the world.

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5. Re: Malta attractions for 19year old, 11 year old and 6 year old

Yes Sean you're quite right. There used to be a bus laid on to take people to Rinella after the noon ceremony - I think it's still like that nowadays.

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8. Re: Malta attractions for 19year old, 11 year old and 6 year old

Thanks for all your replies

Cas, it's good to know that the buses have improved - they were truly awful in August 2011. Thanks for your informative reply about different areas of Malta. We will definately visit Buggiba/Qawra and return to Valletta.

Hat, thanks for the info about the lift, and Sean for reminding me about Fort Rinella. Last holiday we went to Valletta on a Monday and missed out on the bus to the big gun. Plus the kids will love the lift and boat trip. Also, thanks Sean, I didn't know about the Great Siege walk-through - we will have to see that.

Stella, the kids will be bored for 10 days round the pool, I doubt it'll be significantly hotter in Aug 2013 than it was in Aug 2011, but yes. we will spend a lot of time at the beach or in the pool.

Two more questions - is there anything kid-friendly on Gozo? apart from beaches, and we'd like to spend a day at the Blue Lagoon, what is the best way to get there early?

Thanks, Sam

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You could also leave the oldest one at the pool and take the youngest to the Playmobil factory, where there are indoor and outdoor play areas, a chance to do a factory tour and a large shop (take the plastic!) - have a look online.

Did you also last time get a chance to soak up the atmosphere at one of the parish feast? let me know your exact dates and I will let you know which are on and the best.

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