It has been suggested that the earliest ice skating happened in southern Finland 4000 years ago, using flattened bone strapped to the bottom of the feet. Skaters merely glided on top of ice until steel blades where invented by the Dutch in the 13th century.

The pastime became so popular in Europe that Emperor Rudolf II of the Roman Empire had an ice carnival constructed in his court for all to enjoy. Interestingly, the construction of modern ice skates has remained fundamentally the same: right into the 21st century.

To date however; ice skating does not seem to be a very popular pastime in Malta. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that there is only one, small rink currently available for use. In 2001 there was a real ice arena: “The Eden Ice Arena”, which initially opened its doors with the view of introducing recreational ice skating and ice sports to Malta. However, the initiative was fairly short lived and the ice rink closed its doors in August 2003.

Although it may sound surprising in such a Mediterranean climate, one can now indulge in an exciting ice skating activity when temperatures soar in Malta. How could they ever maintain ice in such a hot and dry environment, you may think? The answer is this: a synthetic rink; Malta’s own little taste of winter.

The first and only one of its kind on the island, Ice Magic Malta in Hal Farrug Road, Siggiewi now offers the opportunity to “ice” skate on a “rink” with flooring that feels and acts just like “the real thing”. Synthetic rinks are constructed from a solid polymer material designed for skating using metal-bladed ice skates, and are a brilliant alternative when real “ice” is not practical. Synthetic ice is also great for those whom are conscientious about looking after the environment.

The skating shoes are similar in shape to normal ice skating boots, so although the owners describe it as “a bit of a challenge” for beginners; both experienced skaters and novices alike are certainly guaranteed an entertaining and exciting time.

So although it is unlikely to cool you down, it is surely a great change of scenery!

“A welcome addition to the numerous choices of Malta’s activities” (Mr A Zammut, father of 3, Mosta)
“Just like the real thing” (Miss A Borg, ice skating enthusiast, Siggiegi)

Further information about Ice Skating in Malta.

Opening times:
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays – 4:00pm till 10:00pm (open for all ages)
Thursdays – Closed
Fridays – 6:00pm till 11:00pm (between 6:00pm and 8:00pm – open for all ages;
between 8:00pm and 11:00pm – open for adults only)
Saturdays & Sundays – 11:00am till 11:00pm (between 11:00am and 8:00pm – open for all ages;
between 8:00pm and 11:00pm – open for adults only)

Sessions:
1 session every hour … on the hour (duration 45minutes)

Price List:
Children: €3.00 per session, inclusive of skating shoes (children 8yrs – 12yrs accompanied by a guardian)
Adults: €5.00 per session, inclusive of skating shoes.