What to do with a family whilst on a short stay in Malta
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n Malta you’ll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You’ll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.
The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands’ mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul or see where the Knights of St. John defended Christendom.
Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you. And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best.
In just 48 hours and a kilometre or two, you can try a new sport, laze on an island cruise and tour the most important historic sites, and still have time to join in the nightlife. That’s the real advantage of a stay here. These are the top activities for families with children.
Esplora Interactive Science Centre at Bighi is Malta’s latest visitor attraction which was officially opened on 26th October 2016.
The main exhibitions halls and the landscaped gardens consists of over 200 exhibits making this science centre fun.
The renovated building now consists of several buildings and outdoor spaces, all interconnected following an extensive restoration and development process. The main exhibitions halls and the landscaped gardens consists of over 200 exhibits making this science centre fun.
Moreover, there is an exciting Activity Centre for visitors to experience hands on workshops and entertaining science shows, making science relevant to our everyday lives, and guaranteed to be a hit with all members of the family.
It is the first aquarium in Malta, and opened in 2013. The public aquarium has 41 tanks including reptiles, insects and amphibians, amongst others, Mediterranean fish, including fish commonly found in Maltese waters together with replicas of historical artefacts that one can find in the seas around the Maltese islands.
The main tank of the aquarium houses species from the Indian Ocean, including black tip sharks, zebra sharks, leopard sharks, bamboo sharks, rays, eels and other exotic species. The main tank is approximately 12 meters in diameter and has a walk-through tunnel that allows visitors to experience the fish at a much closer range.
All tanks are expertly themed to replicate the underwater environment. Additional features of the public aquarium include a laboratory, food preparation room and quarantine facilities.
The national aquarium is in an iconic curved shell structure in the form of a starfish. The adjacent promenade provides additional recreation facilities for pedestrians including a children’s play area.
‘Popeye Village Malta’, the Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production “Popeye”, also known as ‘Popeye Village’ today is one of Malta’s major tourist attractions. The film set was constructed in Anchor Bay during the last 7 months of 1979.
To construct this authentic wooden village, tree trunk logs were trailered overland from Holland, and wood shingles, used in the construction of the roof tops, were imported all the way from Canada. A 165 international construction crew consumed eight tons of nails and two thousand gallons of paint to finish off this massive Set.
No less than 20 wooden structures had to be built. Before construction could begin, an access road leading to the Set had to be constructed.
Also, Anchor Bay needed a 200-250 foot Breakwater at its mouth, to protect the Set from high seas during the shooting months of the Film Production. Filming commenced on the 23rd of January, 1980.
Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex, offering fun for all the family.
San Anton Gardens are beautiful gardens adjacent to the President’s Palace in Attard and are open to the public.
San Anton Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Malta with a large variety of beautiful flowers and plants.
This garden has been open to the public since 1882 and it was built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence, San Anton Palace, which today is the residence of the Maltese President.
The garden has several walkways that take you through the green gardens where you will discover fountains, ponds with families of ducks and several plants and flowers such as roses, Bougainvillea, Norfolk, Araucarias as well as other trees from all over the world some of them over three centuries old.
The San Anton Gardens are surrounded by walls giving the park a rustic and private atmosphere. There are ponds and some animals such as ducks, peacocks and tortoises in ponds, as well as a maze for children to play in.
From the back of the gardens there is access to the Presidents’ Kitchen garden, where one can find more animals for children to see and various playing areas, allowing children to play in the open air, whilst parents can have a snack.
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