If there is one thing we love in Malta, it is our pet dogs and with the introduction of pet passports a few years ago, we also see visitors to Malta frequently bringing their pets on holiday with them.
So here are the top five ways to enjoy some quality time with your pooch in Malta.
There are now three official dog parks in Malta. Two dog parks are in the Ta’ Qali area, one in the National Park and one near the National Stadium. However, the pick of the bunch for a family day out is The Sant Antnin Family Park in Marsascala. Free to enter, there are picnic areas, plenty of walking and cycling routes, playgrounds and mazes for the children and a lot more.
Take your dog for a swim. In the heat of summer, humans and doggies alike relish a cool dip in the sea, especially if they suffer from dog nose hyperkeratosis. In 2014, the government increased the number of official dog-friendly beaches on the island. Dogs must be kept on a leash when out of the water and as usual clean up after your pet!
Dog friendly beaches include:
- Bahar ic-Caghaq behind the Splash and Fun park
- Marsaxlokk at Il-Maghluq
- Marsalforn in the Ta’ Xwejni area
- Torri l-Abjad Bay near Mellieha
- Rinella Bay, Kalkara
- Marsascala Bay and Zonqor Point
- Mgarr ix-Xini in Gozo
There is nothing more relaxing than going on a long walk with your dog. There are some beautiful places on the island to stretch your legs such as Chadwick Lakes and Buskett Gardens.
There is no reason to leave your dog at home when you go out for a meal. There are some great places to eat which welcome dogs too (although its always advisable to check first). Try Saracino’s in Attard; Amigo’s on Dingli Street in Sliema; Cafe Cuba at Tigne Point and Maori in Valletta.
How about a weekend break for the family including the dog? There are lots of private holiday rentals, which welcome dogs by prior arrangement. But if you really want to pamper your pooch, book yourselves into the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa, where they have the Palace Pups hotel programme. Your dog can join you for lunch or afternoon tea and sit with you by the pool. They have a selection of dog-friendly bedrooms with doggie room service, complimentary dog bed, bowls, toys and treats. You can even book a doggie massage or pamper and there are dog-sitting services available also.