With an agreeable year-round climate and a variety of facilities to choose from, it will not be difficult to engage in a sport activity whilst on holiday in Malta and Gozo.
The Marsa Sports Club - Malta's largest sports centre, is about 4km south of Valletta and lists among its numerous features an 18-hole golf course, miniature golf, tennis courts, squash courts, cricket grounds and a swimming pool. Visitors can join the club on a weekly basis. Non-members are welcome on the golf course and clubs can be rented at a small charge.
Most hotels offer facilities including tennis courts, squash courts, gym, swimming pools and saunas. Many of them also offer watersport facilities, including scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing and sailing.
Football is Malta's national sport, with matches played at various pitches around the islands, including the National Stadium in Ta' Qali, limits of Ħ'Attard
Horseback riding is another popular activity with locals and visitors alike. Horse racing is one of Malta's prime spectator sports, with races held every Sunday, between October and May.
Maltese lawn bowling called boċċi, and tenpin bowling are also very popular at a local level. Clay pigeon/skeet shooting is common, with competitive/practice shootings taking place on Sunday mornings.
The Malta Marathon is held at the end of February and attracts several long distance runners from around the world and the Malta Amateur Athletics Association also organises a great number of events such as road races, cross country races and track and field events.
Not surprisingly, watersports play a big role in the activity range on the Islands and equipment is available to rent at almost every major sandy beach or beach club.
Paragliding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and scuba diving are all enjoyed by locals and tourists. Sailing regattas are held regularly between April and November.
Other sporting events held locally include basketball, cycling, rugby, waterpolo, climbing and abseiling, hockey, judo, wrestling, table tennis, fencing and many more.
Who can help?
For a list of sports associations, facilities and organisers in Malta and Gozo, go to the Sports Contacts page or download the Sports Facilities Directory.