The second largest of the archipelagos seven islands, Gozo is renowned for its beautiful hills, countryside walks, colourful February Carnival and excellent beaches. It also boasts some of the best diving destinations in the Mediterranean. Other natural attractions are the Dwejra inland sea, Wied il-Mielah Window & the Azure Window which was featured in Game of Thrones but has since collapsed. There are also plenty of cathedrals, temples and chapels to visit. The Baroque style Cittadella Cathedral, and the onyx covered arch church, Gozo’s second-largest consecrated Church, are not to be missed.
Nestled between the islands of Malta and Gozo, this gorgeous island of Comino is a swimmer’s paradise, with crystal clear lagoons stretching over a remarkable coastline. Virtually uninhabited and with no urban areas or car access, it is the ideal island getaway to disconnect from the rest of the world and take in the picturesque surroundings. Explore the historic tower, discover the many hidden caves or hike the impressive coast for unobstructed views of the Maltese Islands.
Bays & Beaches
Mellieha is a village up North, located on a hilltop above one of Malta’s largest sandy beaches and provides breath-taking views, beautiful valleys and charming villages. It is the perfect place to go if you wish to experience a traditional Maltese village that is close to the beach, hike up to the historical Red Tower or pop down to Popeye’s Village & amusement park.
The perfect place to soak up the sun and work on your tan, Golden Bay is known for its natural dunes and glorious golden sand. Located along the northwest coast, this sandy beach is a hive of activity for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, water sports and beach BBQs. The rugged shoreline of the beaches northern end provides excellent snorkelling and is by far, one of Malta’s most popular beaches both for locals and visitors.
History & Culture
Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temple
Two magnificent Megalithic Temples should be on everyone’s Malta Bucket List. They are about 500m apart and are some of the world’s oldest religious sites. At Hagar Qim which means worshipping stones, the main temple made of limestone and dating back to 3200 B.C. is joined by 3 additional megalithic buildings that are even older. In 1992 UNESCO recognized Hagar Qim as a World Heritage site.
These Temples translated to Belonging to the Giants’ are thought to be the world’s oldest religious structures dating back to the Neolithic period and are even older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids. Located on the island of Gozo, it is a must-do while exploring the Maltese Islands.
Malta is a wonderful archipelago centred in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from the obvious attraction of the beautiful golden beaches and a dazzling turquoise coastline, this island country is rich in history & Maltese culture, dating back to 4000 B.C.
Explore Malta’s fascinating 1000-year-old fortresses, Megalithic ruins and Neolithic burial chambers, while you spend your days sunbathing on gorgeous beaches, eating delicious Maltese cuisine and hiking through fossil-rich limestone cliffs or scuba diving through underwater caves.
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Cities & Villages
Known as the fortress city, Valletta is located on Malta’s southeastern coast and boasts a long history. It is Europe’s southernmost capital and the European Unions smallest Capital city. It is made by gentlemen for gentlemen, the architecture is inspired by neoclassical and modern styles. When Visiting Valletta we suggest going to St. John’s co – cathedral, the National Museum of Archaeology or simply walk around the bustling streets full of café’s and restaurants to suit anyone’s tastes.
The Three Cities
Your home berth while onboard our vessels, this trio of fortified cities names Birgu, Senglea & Cospicua. These Harbourside towns are full of history while walking around the quaint side streets, you cannot help but admiring the imposing bastions, restored to their former glory. Dive into the history of the cities, have an Aperitivo in the yacht marina or watch the sunset behind the Capital City of Valletta from the back deck of your yacht.
Found in the northern region, this fortified settlement served as Malta’s Capital throughout the Middle Ages, until the Order of St.John designated Birgu as the administrative centre. It is still a walled city with a population of fewer than 300 people to date. This city was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century B.C. and was named Melita by the Romans. It is now one of Malta’s most popular destinations. One of the reasons for the cities nickname as The Silent City is that it does not allow any cars. Explore the city walls, The Roman Catholic St. Pauls Cathedral and the French Baroque Pallazzo Vilhena at your leisure.
Malta’s main traditional Maltese fishing village known for its regular open air fish markets and infamous world war two military outposts. In addition to its photographic harbour, lined with colourful fishing vessels, when the fish markets sell directly to the public on the quay, this peaceful village is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Take a walk along the Xrobb L’Ghagin nature park which covers 1550 square metres of land and coastline or visit one of the 4 nearby beaches.
St.Julians & Sliema
North of Valletta, it was once a fishing village but now is a hub for nightlife and tourism with a range of opulent hotels and restaurants dotting the waterfront. There is plenty to see and do in and around St.Julians, take a walk along the promenade, grab a bite to eat or perhaps you prefer going to the movies or bowling. Whatever your preference, this entertainment centre definitely packs a punch.
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