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Malta
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Known as the ‘Islands of Sunshine and History’, the Republic of Malta is actually made up of several islands and is an area just under 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Sicily in the Mediterranean. The three main islands in the Maltese archipelago are Malta, Gozo and Comino and they offer a luxury charter destination that is generally less busy than other Mediterranean islands.

The main island of Malta is only 246 square kilometres (95 square miles) and is easy to visit as part of a short yacht charter.  Malta is often underrated as a yacht charter destination but it has huge appeal with vivid fortified towns, off-the-beaten path beaches, beautiful Baroque architecture, colourful traditional festivals, premium vineyards and prehistoric sites.  For an extended trip, add in a visit to the less populated islands of Comino or Gozo.

Valletta, Malta’s capital city, is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and is easy to explore on foot with pedestrianised streets and lots of historical attractions. The pattern of intersecting streets allows breezes to pass between the buildings, making it unusually pleasant to wander around even in the height of summer.

Directly across from Valletta’s Grand Harbour, you’ll find Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua - collectively known as the Three Cities of Malta. They contain some of the most historically significant buildings in Malta and the interesting Malta Maritime Museum is found in Vittoriosa.

Due to its strategic location between Italy and North Africa, Malta has been ruled by many powers including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St John, French and the British. The different rulers have influenced Maltese culture and architectural construction, but none more so than The Knights of St John of Jerusalem who ruled the islands from 1530 for over two and a half centuries.  The Knights’ architectural feats are evidenced all over the island; they were influential in building palaces, churches, fortifications and hospitals.

Fine cuisine is a prerequisite on board a luxury yacht so to keep the momentum going ashore we recommend you venture to Mdina. This medieval city in northern Malta has many notable places to eat and you can try a traditional Stuffat tal-Qarnit; a stew of octopus in red wine with raisins, apples and roasted walnuts.

On the island of Gozo, the secluded beach of Mgarr ix-Xini is a perfect spot for an afternoon swim, or take a dip in the clear waters at Hondoq ir-Rummien.  In every port, brightly painted luzzu (Maltese fishing boats) concertina on bow lines, with each boat decorated with the customary Eyes of Osiris on the bow.  Diving enthusiasts can enjoy Maltese’s many dive sites, from the shelf drops of the Inland Sea, to the wreck of the El Farouk ship near the Blue Grotto and the Crystal Lagoon on Comino which is reached only by boat. 

Malta is a land steeped in history and mystery, with fine dining and rustic cuisine, castles and museums, pristine beaches and crystalline waters, and the best way to discover its hidden secrets are from aboard a luxury superyacht.

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