With blue skies, bluer seas, 300 days of sunshine years round, and a perfect Mediterranean climate, you’ll probably be wanting to spend most of your time in Malta outside.
Most people’s idea of outdoor activities is sunbathing and the occasional splash in the sea, and that’s fine, but if you’re after a more active holiday, then Malta has you covered.
There is more than one way to get a tan, and if you fancy shaking up the cycle of cocktail drinking and lilo snoozing on holiday, then why not try one of the many activities a holiday in Malta has to offer?
Snorkelling and Diving
As a series of Mediterranean islands, activities in Malta are understandably seaside focused, especially in the warm summer weather.
Snorkelling and diving are especially big in Malta, even in spring, which has been voted Europe’s top dive location for multiple years.
The underwater landscape in Malta is spectacular, and its coastline is also packed with shipwrecks and wildlife, much of which is reachable from the shores of Comino, Gozo, and Malta.
There are loads of dive centres across Malta, where you can learn as a beginner, or go to brush up on your diving skills.
But you don’t have to breathe through a tube to enjoy Malta’s underwater delights.
Snorkelling is a popular option and can be just as enjoyable as donning full diving gear.
There are loads of boat trips that can take you out to particularly pretty spots, or you could just buy a snorkel and explore the beach.
If you’d rather stay completely above the water, you can still be active on the Maltese coastline.
Sailing is popular in Malta, and there are courses, trips, or chartered options available.
All the big seaside hotspots like Mellieha, Zurrieq, have the usual range of water skiing, jet skiing, and banana boating on offer, providing an easy way to turn your beach lounging into an active day out.
Surfing can also be really good in Malta, with the most popular beaches, like Mellieha Bay, located in the Northern region of Malta.
Windsurfers will also find pretty good conditions in Mellieha Bay and in St Thomas’s Bay.
In Gozo, sea kayaking is a great way to explore the coastline or to even cross over the strait into Comino.
With kayaking, the benefits of an active approach to holidaying become especially obvious – you can access caves and bays that lazier tourists on big boats simply can’t get to.
If water really isn’t your thing, but you still want to have an active holiday, then there is plenty you can do on dry land too.
The Maltese countryside is truly glorious, and one of the more special ways to see it is on horseback.
There are quite a few horse riding tours available.
For a more vigorous trek, Bidnija is a good location to head to, or if you’d rather a more gentle coastal ride, there are lots of operators in Golden Bay.
If you want to stay active in an even more unusual fashion, then you might be interested in Malta’s prominence as a centre for the sport of archery.
Shooting a bow and arrow is surprisingly hard work, but it’s incredibly satisfying and makes for an exciting day out.
Malta Archery is a popular location for archery in Malta, but there are other centres dotted around the islands.
If outdoor living and vigorous walks are your thing, then you’ll be in your element in Malta.
Malta’s coast is spectacular of course, but the natural landscape is beautiful even when the sea isn’t in sight.
At Dingli, the cliffs centre offers a wonderful introduction to the area, and there are also plenty of guided walks available in Majjistral National Park and in Gozo too.
You can find lots of information online about routes, and walking centres are ubiquitous across the islands.
Just pick your route and head off, but don’t forget to bring sunscreen on your hike, and perhaps a picnic so that you can relax and enjoy lunch al fresco by the sea.
With a mind-blowing landscape and some truly unusual rock formations, it’s no surprise that Malta is also a great location for rock climbing.
Thanks to the islands’ rugged limestone terrain, Malta and Gozo are home to more than one fantastic climbing location, so it’s worth doing your research.
Climbing has really ballooned as a serious sport in Malta over the past few years, and so have the options available for dabbling tourists and enthusiasts alike.
From abseiling to deep sea traversing and bouldering, there’s something for every climber in Malta, it just depends on your skill level and tolerance for heights!
Due to the prominence of steep cliffs around the islands, cliff climbing is pretty big in Malta.
In a few locations around Malta, you can even cliff climb without ropes, dropping to the azure sea below when you come off the rock.
Not for the faint-hearted, a cliff climbing vacation in Malta is probably the epitome of an active holiday!