The Republic of Malta has long been an international crossroads and lies in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea.
Boasting an eventful history, few European countries are as steeped in history and culture as Malta, with beaches, ruins and picturesque cities all entwined in a concentrated area. Exploring Malta by yacht is an idyllic way to discover secluded bays and rugged coves and with warm crystalline waters a great way to take advantage of the best diving spots.
Remnants of Malta’s vibrant past can be found in the prehistoric ruins, beautiful baroque architecture and stunning cathedrals. The capital city of Valletta is one of the most picturesque in Europe and home to one of the most attractive harbours in the world. This glorious harbour has been guarded for millennia by the astounding castle and fortress which gleams a golden shimmer as you emerge from the Mediterranean Sea.
Malta is a place of natural beauty, with rustic shorelines and sandy beaches all drenched in the glorious Mediterranean climate. A nation brimmed with unique charm and charisma, Malta hosts an array of shops, bars and restaurants with a couple of places for an exuberant night on the town. As a former British colony, Malta is still home to British pubs and phone boxes and English remains the official language alonside Maltese, in addition to some widely spoken to Italian.
The sleepy island of Gozo lies just north of Malta and is often popular amongst vacationers looking for a peaceful yacht charter. Entrenched with old traditions and stone buildings, Gozo is a fruitful land of rural retreats and treasured tranquillity. Comino, the smallest island of the three, lies nestled between Malta and Gozo and is home to only a small handful of permanent residents. The Blue Lagoon is a popular location for charter yachts and an excellent spot for diving enthusiasts. The sparkling cyan waters are framed by rugged cliff faces and offer stunning panoramic views.
Strong influences from English and Sicilian cultures have evolved to result in mouth-watering Maltese cuisine with a fusion of vibrant restaurants, speciality eateries and local fare where pork and stewed rabbit are to be expected. Although influenced by an assortment of cultures, Malta itself is renowned for wine making and has won several accolades over the years for its talented grape harvesting, so be sure not to leave without a sample.
Shopping lovers will enjoy meandering around the many flea markets, designer boutiques and arty antique shops whilst beach lovers will enjoy the stretches of golden sands. This remarkable archipelago is an idyllic charter destination for ultimate relaxation and escapism with something to suit every visitor.