With its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, Golden Bay is renowned for being one of most picturesque resorts in Malta. Fortunately, if you're looking to combine relaxation and quality time with the kids, it's also a great base for discovering the island’s most fun-fuelled and family-friendly attractions.
Although there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied at Golden Bay itself, car rental allows you to enjoy unlimited family adventures all within half an hour's reach. Best of all, because they're so close, you'll still have plenty of time to soak up the sun.
Golden Bay beach
The prestigious resort of Golden Bay beach is nestled a cove on the Mediterranean, surrounded by untouched, outstanding natural beauty. It also happens to be one of the most kid-friendly beaches on the island with lifeguards on duty throughout the summer months, and plenty of water sports and activities on offer in the calm and clear waters. On the outskirts of the bay, a family-run stables offers horse riding treks for everyone aged five and up and a stunning sunset trek is great for families with older children.
Malta National Aquarium
Just 13 minutes from our Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands hotel, this conservation centre opened in 2013 and is home to a variety of Mediterranean fish, sharks, eels and other aquatic creatures. Alongside the viewing tunnels, you'll discover a vibrant history of the Maltese islands and replicas of historical underwater artefacts. When you need to rest your feet, the aquarium's two restaurants offer brilliant views over St Paul's bay.
Situated on Anchor Bay, the brightly painted wooden shacks of Sweethaven Village began life as a film set used by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney for the 1980 production of Popeye, starring Robin Williams. Today, its quirky buildings have been turned into a colourful amusement park with swimming pools, water trampolines, and puppet shows. Spend the afternoon on the lido where sunbeds overlook the azure waters of the bay, or enjoy a leisurely boat trip to get the full Popeye perspective of the park.
Splash and Fun Water Park
Kids will love a day at this fun-filled water park, just 15 minutes from Golden Bay. There are plenty of water-based attractions to keep the family occupied here, and facilities include one of Europe's largest wave pools. Those with more sedate tastes can relax on the sun-drenched decking area or float along the 240m long Lazy River, whilst those strictly in search of adrenaline can shoot through the swooping tubes of the Black Hole waterslide. You might even be treated to a tropical dance or some salsa lessons courtesy of the park's animation team.
Mediterraneo Marine Park
Situated adjacent to the Splash and Fun Water Park, Mediterraneo is Malta's only marine park. Here, you and your little ones can get up close and personal with a range of exotic creatures including sea lions, turtles, birds and snakes. The centre also runs several programmes focussed on animal conservation and visitors are also offered the chance to swim with dolphins.