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Malta for toddlers

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Malta for toddlers

Hi,

We are planning an extended family holiday in Malta this May, and will have three kids under three along with grandparents.

Can anyone recommend the best hotel/resort/area to go to? None of us have been before but it looks lovely.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Malta for toddlers

MALTA

You are right. Malta is lovely and most importantly, it is very much toddlers and small children friendly.

It is small place full of history, culture, beaches and cuisines and it easy to explore the whole place from wherever you base yourselves.

Here some information I hope you will find helpful:

WEATHER:

The weather in May should be lovely and warm with some hot days to enjoy under the sun and by the sea.

RESORTS:

BUGGIBA/QAWAR/ST PAUL

This is a very popular region with theBrits. 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 nightly entertainment.

The town also has a main bus station where you can get a bus anywhere in Malta. It is also full of hotel to suit all budget. Topaz, Seashells and Qawra Palace are just few hotels I would recommend. For top class there is the San Antonio hotel.

MELLIEHA

This town is further up north, and it knows for its beautiful beach which is the best in Malta. The town is much quiter than other towns, and night time is very much confined to the few bars and restaurants along the main street Oliver Borg. Pergola spa hotel and the Solano hotel are in town. By the bay you will have Mellieha bay hotel.

Nearby there is Popye 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.

VALLETTA/SLIEMA:

These are two large bustling places. Plenty to do and see. Ideal for sightseeing, dining out and shopping.

PACEVILLE/ ST JULIAN

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

RABAT, MOSTA, M'DINA AND MARXSALOKK

These town are not sea resort (although the later is on the sea it is very much a fishing village). But for history and culture these are the places to visit.

WATERPARK:

There is a huge water park with slides and theme park on route between Qawra to St Julian. I don't know the exact name of the location, but it is very much visible from the bus. There is a bus stop right at the entrance of this park.

A FINAL RECOMMENDATION:

To make the most of Malta I would advise a 7 day bus pass which cost 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.

Have a great whenever you decide to go

Cheers

Cas

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2. Re: Malta for toddlers

This is great, thanks for such an informative reply - it gives me a much better idea of what's what. Really good to know about the water park and Popeye village too, in case they get bored at the beach!

Thanks again

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3. Re: Malta for toddlers

they also have a new place called PlayMobile but dont know whats really involved with it. There are some very nice playgrounds along the promenade between St Julians & sliema with the Sliema one being the more recent & is also is divided into age appropriate playgrounds even the adults have a section. Have often read that Mellieha is great for small children as they have a shallow sandy beach, as most other beaches are rocky & water very deep immediately.

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4. Re: Malta for toddlers

sorry its playmobil funpark....read TA reviews too. One in particular thought it was a good way to occupy his little one before departing for the airport as its about a 10 min drive by car from the airport.

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5. Re: Malta for toddlers

Thanks for this Stella, sounds perfect.

I think we will stay in Mellieha and do a few day trips to other places.

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6. Re: Malta for toddlers

If you plan to stay at Mellieha, look at the recently refurbished all Inclusive Seabank Resort. It has play areas & animation for children. From the hotel you can take various excursions from Hello Malta Tours & day tours on the Maltasightseeing hop on hop off which pick you from the hotel. Ghadira bay, situated infront of Seabank Resort is the largest sandy beach of the Island which is just perfect for kids. You should also consider car hire if staying at Mellieha, since Malta is a small island within minutes you can travel from one place to another . Looking forward to welcome you in our sunny Malta.

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7. Re: Malta for toddlers

There is a new water park opened in Buggiba (no slides or rides more of a splash park) it should be open in May it would be perfect for little ones because the beach at Buggiba is non existent.

Buggiba is very much the Blackpool of Malta but no where near as rowdy, Mellieha beach is beautiful and very safe too.

If your looking for budget stay in Buggiba if you want P&Q head to Mellieha because you can flit between the 2 places very easily on the buses, the service is great always on time, and it's so cheap to use the public transport and a great way to see the sights too, also everyone speaks english so theres no language barrier.

Popeye Village is nice but not something I would rave about to be honest, good to fill a morning or an afternoon but nothing more really, it could do with a bit more to keep you there in my opinion.

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8. Re: Malta for toddlers

For the ages of your children, Mellieha is a good choice, a nice sandy beach (sea starts to warm up around the end of May), and, for the adults, Mellieha village , although up a hill, is a pretty place with atmosphere. The Playmobil factory and centre is, I believe, worth it (though take your plastic if they start to want to buy!) - where they can try out and see it made.

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