Where to stay in Malta for families with kids: 5 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about Malta without a car (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Malta for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Malta for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Malta and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels for various budgets.

Malta is a small island country in the Mediterranean Sea, located south of Sicily, Italy. It’s known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches. The capital city is Valletta, which is renowned for its well-preserved Baroque architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Malta has a fascinating history that dates back thousands of years, with influences from various civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Knights of St. John, and British.

Tourism is a significant part of Malta’s economy, with visitors attracted to its historic sites, beautiful coastlines, and vibrant culture. The country is also a popular destination for diving enthusiasts due to its clear waters and abundant marine life.

Is Malta a good place to visit with family?

Yes, Malta is a fantastic destination for a family vacation! With its rich history, beautiful beaches, and numerous family-friendly activities, Malta offers something for everyone. 

Your family can explore ancient temples, visit medieval cities like Mdina, enjoy water sports and boat trips, or simply relax on the beach. The small size of the islands also makes it easy to get around and see many different sights during your stay.

Where to stay in Malta for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Malta for families with kids include Valletta, Bugibba/Qawra, Mellieha, St Julians/Sliema, and Marsaxlokk. These areas provide plenty of family-friendly accommodations for all budgets and preferences.

Valletta is the best area for families who want a central location, with easy access to many historical attractions, including the Grand Master’s Palace and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Just be mindful that there’s stairs everywhere, it can be challenging for those with strollers.

Mellieha, located in the north of Malta, is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for families who want a relaxing beach holiday. It’s a quieter area compared to St. Julian’s and Sliema. Nearby attractions include the Popeye Village, Golden Bay, and the Mellieha Bay Aquarium.

Bugibba/Qawra are neighboring towns in the St. Paul’s Bay area offers a range of family-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment options. There’s also a long promenade perfect for evening walks with kids.

St. Julian’s and Sliema are great bases for families who want central locations and a vibrant atmosphere. They’re well-connected to buses and ferries. While St Julians is the nightlife hub of Malta, families can still enjoy the promenade, boat trips, and visit nearby Valletta.

During my trip to Malta, I traveled as a couple, and stayed at the budget-friendly Osborne Hotel, in Valletta. It had a prime location, in a nice quiet street, close to everything, only a few mins walk from Malta’s St. John’s Cavalier and St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Perfect location near attractions and bus stops.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Malta for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Malta for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Malta for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Malta, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Malta have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

5 Best areas to stay in Malta with family:

1. Valletta 

Valletta is a fantastic choice for a family holiday in Malta if you’re interested in immersing yourselves in history, culture, and stunning architecture. Valletta is centrally located and well-connected to public transportation, making it easy to access various attractions and amenities.

Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll find numerous historic attractions to explore with your family, such as the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and Upper Barrakka Gardens.

You can take leisurely strolls along the Valletta waterfront and enjoy beautiful views of the harbor. You can also take boat tours or ferry rides to explore nearby attractions, such as the Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua).

Valletta boasts a diverse culinary scene, with plenty of restaurants offering both Maltese and international cuisine. It’s an excellent opportunity for your family to try local specialties like pastizzi (savory pastries) and ftira (traditional Maltese bread).

Best places to stay in Malta in Valletta with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Grand Hotel Excelsior, 5-star family-friendly beachfront hotel conveniently located just outside the historic entrance to Valletta, easy access to a bus station and ferry to Sliema. It has beautiful views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. There are also 2 pools, free parking, a fitness center, and a private beach area. The Grand Excelsior Suites can accommodate up to 10 adults.

Mid-range ($$): Palais Le Brun, 4-star kid-friendly hotel located in Valletta’s city center,  close to Upper Barrakka Gardens and Manoel Theatre. It features a rooftop pool, a terrace, paid airport shuttler, and delicious breakfast. Children 18 years and above will be charged as adults. Two Bedroom Suites are great options for families of 4 and 5.

Mid-range ($$): The Embassy Valletta Hotel, 5-star children-friendly hotel located in central Valletta, within walking distance to many attractions and eateries. It has an outdoor pool, a rooftop restaurant, 24-hour front desk, and airport transfers. Great base for families to explore the city.

Budget ($): Paulos Valletta, 3-star family-friendly self-catering accommodation right in the heart of the wonderful Valletta, within only a few mins walk from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, National Museum of Archaeology, and Casa Rocca Piccola. They have baby facilities such as high chairs and baby cot. There are many restaurants and supermarkets near the hotel.


2. Bugibba/ Qawra

Bugibba and Qawra are popular tourist destinations in Malta, especially for families. They are neighboring towns located on St Paul’s Bay on the northern coast of the island of Malta. 

These areas are known for their vibrant atmosphere, numerous hotels, restaurants, bars, and water sports activities. They offer beautiful coastal views and easy access to various attractions, including the Malta National Aquarium, the Bugibba Water Park, and the Qawra Tower. 

The seafront promenade stretching from Bugibba to Qawra is perfect for leisurely walks or bike rides with the family. Enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and take advantage of the various cafes and ice cream parlors along the way.

Bugibba and Qawra serve as convenient bases for exploring other attractions in Malta. You can easily organize excursions to places like the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino, the historic city of Valletta, or the medieval town of Mdina.

Best places to stay in Malta in Bugibba/Qawra with kids:

Mid-range ($$): AX ODYCY Hotel, 4-star children-friendly seafront hotel, welcomes children of all ages. It is conveniently located on St Paul’s Bay in Qawra, easy access to a rocky beach and a bus stop for exploring other parts of Malta. It has a children’s pool with slides, an organized kids area and an adults only rooftop pool. There are activities for kids and adults in the evening.

Mid-range ($$): Pebbles Resort, 4-star family-friendly hotel in St Paul’s Bay, steps away from Bugibba Square, Perched Beach and National Aquarium. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, currency exchange, 24-hour front desk, and very good breakfast. They can help arrange transport and excursions.

Budget ($): Mayflower Hotel Malta, popular family-friendly hotel in St Paul’s Bay,  within walking distance from Bugibba Perched Beach, bus terminal, and National Aquarium. Location very close to shops, bars and restaurants. It has a rooftop pool, and stunning views, especially at sunset. 


3. Mellieha

Mellieha is an excellent base in Malta for a family seeking relaxation and outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Located in the northern part of Malta, this area is a picturesque town known for its beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and stunning landscapes.

Mellieħa is also home to historical sites such as the Mellieħa Air Raid Shelter, which offers insight into Malta’s wartime experiences during World War II. 

The town itself has a charming atmosphere with narrow streets, quaint shops, and delicious restaurants serving fresh seafood and Maltese cuisine. 

Additionally, the nearby area boasts natural wonders like the stunning Red Tower, the picturesque Ghadira Nature Reserve, and the scenic Anchor Bay, where the iconic Popeye Village stands.

Best places to stay in Malta in Mellieha with family:

Mid-range ($$): Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa, popular 4-star family-friendly hotel located in the hillside village of Mellieha, in the north of the island, 15 mins walk down a steep hill to a patrolled beach, 30 mins drive from Valletta. It has free parking, good breakfast, and 3 swimming pools. They have good facilities for the kids to enjoy. 

Mid-range ($$): Solana Hotel & Spa, 4-star children-friendly accommodation, located only a 10 mins  walk from the beach on Mellieha Bay. It has a rooftop terrace with pool, a spa, and 3 restaurants. Easy access to the old town with nice restaurants.  Rooms are very clean and modern.

Mid-range ($$):  Pergola Hotel & Spa, 4-star family-friendly hotel situated on the sides of one of the valleys in Mellieha, easy access to many shops, bars and restaurants. They have one, two, three-bedroom apartments, which are great for families of 3 to 7. The pools are useful for families with young kids. Mellieha Bay is perfect to go with children and relax in the sun and sea.


4. St Julians/ Sliema

St. Julians and Sliema are vibrant coastal towns located on the northeastern coast of Malta, offering a central location, wide range of attractions and amenities that make them popular choices for family holidays.

Both St. Julians and Sliema boast beautiful waterfront promenades that are perfect for leisurely strolls or bike rides with the family. You can enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, relax in waterfront cafes, or indulge in some delicious ice cream while taking in the scenery.

Sliema is known for its excellent shopping opportunities, with numerous malls, boutiques, and shops offering everything from designer brands to local crafts. Meanwhile, St. Julians, particularly Paceville, is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and bustling dining scene, with a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars.

There are numerous beautiful beaches in the areas including Balluta Bay, Exiles Beach (rocky beach), and St George’s Bay with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent.

In Sliema, you can visit the historic Fort Tigné or take a walk to the nearby town of Gzira to see the beautiful Manoel Island.

Best places to stay in Malta in St Julians/Sliema with family:

Luxury ($$$): The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta, 5-star family-friendly hotel located in St Julian’s, featuring 2 private beaches, indoor and outdoor pools, superb breakfast, and free parking. Only a few mins walk from St Julian’s Bus Terminus. Rooms are comfortable for families of 4,5, and 6. 

Mid-range ($$): Mercure St. Julian’s Malta, 4-star family-friendly accommodation in  St. Julian’s, offering views of Spinola Bay. Easy access to Balluta Bay, St. George’s Bay and Portomaso Marina. Lots of entertainment options nearby such as restaurants, casinos/clubs, diving centers. Family suits are great for families of 4 and 5.

Budget ($): Azur Hotel by ST Hotels, popular 3-star hotel in  Il-Gżira, close to Sliema Ferry, Balluta Bay Beach, Qui-Si-Sana Beach and The Point Shopping Mall. Rooms are spacious, beds are big. Breakfast has a big variety of options.


5. Marsaxlokk 

Marsaxlokk is a great location for families seeking a more authentic and tranquil experience. It is a  charming fishing village located on the southeastern coast of Malta, known for its colorful traditional fishing boats, fresh seafood restaurants, and relaxed atmosphere.

Marsaxlokk is renowned for its seafood restaurants, many of which line the waterfront and offer picturesque views of the harbor. Families can enjoy fresh fish and seafood dishes while soaking in the tranquil ambiance of the village.

 Marsaxlokk serves as a convenient base for exploring other attractions in the southeastern part of Malta. Your family can take day trips to nearby destinations such as the prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, or the picturesque fishing village of Marsascala.

Best places to stay in Malta in Marsaxlokk with children:

Budget ($):  Fisherman’s Cove Guesthouse, 3-star kid-friendly hotel in Marsaxlokk, short distance from Il-Ballut Reserve Beach, Qrejten Beach. It has a lift and luggage storage space, family rooms, and a sun terrace.

Budget ($): Port View Guesthouse, 3-star family-friendly guesthouse located in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, a 15-minute drive from Valletta and Malta Luqa Airport. Easy access to the seafront promenade, with lots of seafood restaurants and bars. Great base for families of 4.

Budget ($): The Shipwright’s Lodge, 4-star beachfront  bed and breakfast in Marsaxlokk, featuring accommodations with a private bathroom, and fully equipped kitchenette (in some units). Rooms are compact but have everything you need.


In conclusion, Valletta, Bugibba/Qawra, Mellieha, St Julians/Sliema, and Marsaxlokk are the best places to stay in Malta for families with kids. These areas have plenty of family-friendly accommodations and activities, making them great locations for families to stay and explore Malta.

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There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Malta. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

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