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7 days exploring Malta by superyacht

7 days exploring Malta by superyacht

Day 1

Valetta: Explore ancient Malta

Valetta, Malta

The indented Mediterranean coastline of Malta, Gozo and Comino stretches for 200km offering a range of harbours and anchorages (depending on the prevailing wind) so that a visit here allows you to lazily cruise and explore the islands.

Whether visiting the islands with your own yacht or chartering a superyacht in Malta the area gives you a chance to explore ancient Europe while enjoying great diving and swimming in turquoise waters.

Day 1 — Valetta: Explore ancient Malta

Use your first day to explore the citadel of Valetta. This is good opportunity to do some shopping — most of the old town is pedestrianised, or perhaps take a horse and carriage ride to explore the sights. Further inland you can visit the ancient capital Mdina — known as the Silent City.

This ancient fortress is testament to Malta’s long and sometimes troubled history. The views are wonderful. St John’s Cathedral, built by the Knights Hospitaller is worth visiting: its treasures include Caravaggios, tapestries and ancient relics.

Malat’s Meglithic temples make the Knights’ building seem pretty modern — these monuments date back nearly 6000 years — they’re older than the pyramins and are thought to be the oldest free-standing structures on earth.

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Day 2

Valetta to Island Bay / Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk, Malta

Leaving the harbour of Valetta behind, you’ll pass between brooding castles and fortifications before you reach the open sea. If conditions allow you can drop anchor at Marsascala — this small bay is home to a picturesque fishing village.

This is a good chance to head ashore and discover the southern part of Malta, the least touched by modern mass tourism. Finally, you’ll settle in at Island Bay. There are some beautiful anchoring spots, and there is a natural rock arch. If the wind is from the Northwest you may tuck into Marsaxlokk instead…

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Day 3

Island Bay / Marsaxlokk to Golden Bay / Gnejna

Gnejna, Malta

Begin the day in Marsaxlokk, a beautiful, colourful fishing village, perhaps pick up some seafood for lunch… This bay is also home to the container port including petroleum products, so swimming might have to wait. Remains of megalithic tombs can be found on the hills above Marsaxlokk.

You’ll have more of a chance to cool off at the Blue Grotto and Wied Iz-Zurrieq. If you get to the series of caves that make up the Blue Grotto at 1pm, you’ll find some of the caverns mirroring the bright colours of the sea-life, while others will glow deep blue; a great spot for kayaking.

In the afternoon you can swim off Golden Bay, one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, and anchor here or in Gnejna depending on the conditions. This secluded bay with clay and limestone cliffs is popular with locals for a spot of night fishing — bobbing lights illuminate the bay.

Picture courtesy of Esinel/Shutterstock.com

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