and in the spring, or playful dolphins jumping in and out of the ocean. For a slightly quirky slice of island life, head to Popeye Village, a theme park that's bound to be a hit with the whole family. If military history is your passion, then Manoel Island with its huge fort and glorious views is a winner. Malta things to do should always include a ferry-ride to Valletta, where you can spend the day browsing charming boutiques and cafés in the island's historic capital. If you're a beach lover, head to Bugibba and laze in the sun on the unique perched beach.

Attractions

This small island manages to pack in a lot of things to do, so you'll never be bored. Attractions in Malta range from family-friendly theme parks to marine parks, classic car collections, and ancient temples. The Malta National Aquarium is a must-visit for the whole family, while the Mediterraneo Marine Park is the perfect spot for young nature lovers to meet some of the island's most colourful characters. Fortunately, it's also right next door to the Splash & Fun Water Park, so you can combine two family attractions in one. There are several waterparks on the island, with the Bugibba Water Park a perfect spot for youngsters to let off some steam. True petrol-heads won't want to miss the chance to stroll around the Malta Classic Car Collection in Qawra, while history buffs are bound to make a bee-line for the Skorba temples, home to one of the world's oldest freestanding structures.

Places to visit

There are so many places to visit in Malta, but thanks to the compact nature of the island, you should be able to fit nearly all of them in during your holiday. Make sure you don't leave St Agatha's Tower off your list of must-sees: it's just a 20-minute drive from Qawra and one of the island's most iconic sites. If you want to escape the crowds for a while, hop on a ferry over to St Paul's Island, with its dramatic cliffs and statue of St Paul, who was believed to have been shipwrecked here in 60AD. People-watching is a wonderful part of any holiday, and there's nowhere better on the island to do it than from a café in Bugibba Square, overlooking the promenade. Whether you're taking a holiday to Malta with the whole family or just your other half, there's so much to see and so many things to do in Malta, we're sure you'll want to come back again. Check out our recommendations and book your holiday today.

17 Things to do in Malta