Besides all the history and architecture, there is another side to holidays in Malta that involves visitors pitting their wits and strength against the natural wonders that occur here, and enjoying the waters.

Climbing and bouldering the dizzy heights on Malta are both old activities. Climbing and bouldering now have renewed popularity on the Maltese islands, particularly on Gozo and Comino. The trails were originally developed by the British Army, but were forgotten over time. Since then, climbers have returned to enjoy the challenges of the spectacular sea cliffs and the inland limestone crags. Climbing is most popular on Gozo, where there are numerous sites for climbers of various abilities to enjoy. Comino is better known for its bouldering opportunities, with two main sites consisting of huge, sandstone boulders overlooking the water.

DivingUnderwater caving is also popular. Beneath the water, the massive limestone cliffs can achieve depths of up to 100 meters, creating a submarine world of caves and tunnels. Gozo is known to divers all over the world, who rank it alongside some of the world’s major reefs and locations in Egypt as a place they must visit. In addition to the cliffs, the seas around the Maltese Islands are peppered with reefs and wrecks that act as home to a startling abundance of marine life including seahorses, eagle rays and sharks.

Coasteering is a new name for an old pursuit. The limestone cliffs that rise up to 150 meters above the Mediterranean serve for this purpose. Extremely popular in Malta, coasteering entails climbing, jumping and swimming around the dramatic coastline. Climbers continue until the climb becomes impossible, before jumping into the clear, blue waters and looking for the next suitable point to begin climbing again. This is a truly exhilarating way to explore the coastline and reveals caves, archways and other hidden gems that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Spend a day at the Marsa Sports Club, just out of Valletta, which offers great chance to play golf, tennis, squash, cricket or to swim in its pool. An 18-hole golf course belonging to the Royal Malta Golf Club, as well as miniature one,  await you and your clubs.

If you are travelling with kids, offer them some unforgettable experiences:

Popeye Village is a spectacular open-air museum as well as an entertainment complex. You may recognize it from the Popeye film. Kids get to meet their favourite movie characters, sing the familiar movie tunes, climb the rocks and trees, ride and explore the whole village.

Splash&Fun Waterpark offers wet fun for kids of all ages. Located next to the White Rocks, this lovely waterpark is full of slides, pools, wave pools, along with the Lazy River and Dinosaur Park & Splash Land.

Mediterraneo Bio Park allows you and the kids to watch and actually swim with majestic bottleneck dolphins, feed sea lions and exchange the latest news with parrots. This unique park can be found in Bahar ic-Caghaq, and besides lifelong memories offers great educations regards marine life.

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