Discover historic Malta from our brand new base
Closing 2018 off with a bang, we are thrilled to launch yet another new base to our portfolio of amazing destinations, this time, historic Malta, making us the largest yacht charter company in the Mediterranean.
The small Maltese archipelago, consisting of Malta, Comino and Gozo, lies off the north coast of Africa in the Mediterranean and offers a warm, year round climate and calm seas making it the perfect place for our new base at Port Roland Marina in Ta’Xbiex Creek, Marsamxetto Harbour. In addition to the beautiful beaches and cobalt seas that welcome every sailor, Malta is brimming with fascinating history and opulent architecture making it an ideal destination to mix sailing with sightseeing.
With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to plan an itinerary that squeezes all of the main points of interest in, so to help, we’ve pulled together a list of our top locations so you make the most of your bareboat yacht charter to Malta.
St Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina
Some of the most extravagant Baroque architecture in Malta can be found in the former capital of Mdina at St Paul’s Cathedral. Built in dedication to the Apostle, St Paul, the original building was said to have been built in the 12th century on the site where St Paul met with the Roman emperor Publus following his shipwreck on the island. It was later demolished and rebuilt in all its ornate glory in the late 17th century.
Take a walk around the cathedral before visiting some of local restaurants that serve up some of the best cuisine in Malta. Head to the Medina Restaurant, found in one of the city’s quaint winding alleyways, where you’ll be greeted with beautiful Roman architecture that will surround you while you dine. Try the local assiette of rabbit or the slow braised pork cheek.
Comino and its Blue Lagoon
Situated off the coast of the small island of Comino, the Blue Lagoon offers sailors an exceptional mooring opportunity to enjoy the stunning surroundings. The island itself is car free, meaning pollution is at its minimum allowing for beautiful views and scents of fresh cumin. Head inland and take a segway tour of the rocky landscape before taking to one of the unspoilt beaches where the warm azure waters invite you for some of the best swimming in the Med.
Its position and climate allow for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities and sailors can enjoy multiple anchorages where you can take to the water from the back of your yacht. See hundreds of species of fish in the unbelievably clear waters along with rich underwater flora and fauna in a destination that will make you think you are somewhere far more exotic than the Mediterranean.
Gozo and its Azure Window dive site
Located north of Comino, Gozo is an inhabited island but one that offers just as much, if not more charm than its archipelago sisters. Inland, the historic architecture will amaze you, particularly when you visit the Ġgantija Temples. These Neolithic masterpieces are older than the Pyramids of Egypt and made entirely of limestone.
Head to one of the best beaches in the archipelago, Ramala Bay, where golden sands meet Roman ruins – perfect for a day’s R&R. No visit to Gozo would be the complete without a visit to the site where the famous Azure Window once stood. This limestone arch was a popular tourist location until it collapsed during stormy weather in 2017 but has since been reborn as one of Mediterranean’s best dive sites. Huge chunks of the arch now lay eerily under the surface acting as the perfect habitat for colourful marine life and an inviting spot for keen scuba divers.
The Fortifications of Valletta
Head to the country’s capital Valletta for a real step back in time on a tour of the city’s magnificent fortifications. These limestone walls played a huge part in the security of the island in various historic battles, most notably during the French invasion of Malta in 1798 and World War II. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be the most important of Malta’s fortifications and with the lively capital behind the walls, is considered to be the perfect example of a Renaissance city.
The Blue Grotto and Um El-Faroud Wreck
Sail down to the south east coast of Malta for a truly magical adventure. The Blue Grotto, a series of caves both under and above the surface lies off the coast and provides sailors with excellent swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. The beautifully clear azure waters are home to an array of underwater marine life and attract more than 100,000 visitors a year. Head off on an organised boat tour of the caves including the Honeymoon Cave and Cat’s Cave and swim and snorkel from the back of your yacht while anchored close to the shore.
Sail further west around the island and you’ll arrive at the Um El-Faroud Wreck, a 10,000 ton oil ship that was deliberately sunk following a gas explosion to make way for an artificial reef and diving environment that attract hundreds of species of fish and sea creatures. The eerie wreck stands perfectly upright and is home to octopus and barracuda.
How to get to Malta
Chartering one of our bareboat yachts is the perfect way to discover this Mediterranean jewel, so check out our bareboat fleet. Fly to Malta International Airport (MLA) directly from all main UK airports with British Airways or Easyjet. It’s then just a 25-minute taxi ride to Port Roland Marina and we can help organise transfers for you.
Find out more
As well as our new base in Malta, we’ve opened new bases in Madagascar, Belize, St. Lucia and Exumas in 2018, giving you more destination choice than any other company. Learn more about our new base in Malta and our fleet, get a quick quote, or tell us your needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to us on +44 2380 455527