Travelling with teenagers can be challenging. To hit the right note, there must be a balance of family bonding time and solo space so young adults feel as though they’re independent. Luckily, with an abundance of adventure sports and cultural sites to explore, there are plenty of great activities for teens in Malta. From water sports in St George’s Bay to active adventures on a day trip to Gozo, and the best water parks in Malta, here’s our guide to the ultimate things to do on a family holiday on the Maltese islands.
Malta’s sister island, Gozo, is a hub of adventure sports. From climbing and hiking to kayaking and diving, there are endless opportunities to get the adrenaline pumping on this beautiful island. Gozo Adventures organises action-packed activities for teens and adults. Get back to nature with a fast-paced biking tour of the wild countryside, explore the stunning shorelines in single or double sea kayaks, test your strength with cliff rock climbing, or take a more relaxed hike through winding valleys via historic caves and temples.
here’s no better bonding experience than learning a skill together, especially one as exciting and rewarding as scuba diving. The waters surrounding the Maltese islands are brimming with sea life and seeing species such as stingray, octopus, parrot fish and moray eel swimming in the wild is an unforgettable experience. And there are plenty of places with dive schools to get to grips with it.
A hiking or cycling sightseeing trip may not win you many points as a ‘cool parent’, but quad biking is another story. Take older teens with a need for speed on a quad biking tour and see the island through their excited eyes. Guaranteed fun for participants of all ages, quad biking is offered by a number of companies, but there are some age restrictions so make sure to check in advance.
If you’re travelling with young teenagers, you can’t go wrong with a trip to a water park. Splash & Fun Water Park has a multitude of rides and attractions to entertain all ages, including lazy rivers, enclosed and open flumes, and signature rides for more adventurous visitors such as The Black Hole – a 120m long closed tube with a dramatic 12m drop. Set up a base in the park and let youths explore, but don’t forget to get together for some family action snaps on the biggest rides.
Malta is one of the region’s top teenage holiday destinations because as well as being an adventure playground, it’s a hotbed of art and culture with myriad attractions to broaden the mind. The island is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the subterranean Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and Megalithic Temples of Malta, as well as acclaimed museums such as the National Museum of Archaeology and the National Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Valletta (another UNESCO site in its own right).