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The island nation of Malta is characterized by its location between Europe and North Africa. Its culture, such as language and cuisine, is an exciting mix of peoples from both continents who have lived on or ruled the islands. The archipelago is rich in historical traces – such as temples from the Stone Age and influential orders like the Maltese left behind impressive fortifications. The soft limestone that makes up the archipelago and the force of the wind and water have created special coastal landscapes and hollows where you can dive or explore by dinghy or motor yacht. Starting points here are Kalkara and Msida.

Climate: Mediterranean with temperatures between 23 and 30 degrees
. Winds: Scirocco, Grigal
Sailing season: April to October

Yacht charter Malta

Malta is an island nation located south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. The islands form an own republic, Repubblika ta' Malta. The islands of Gozo, Comino, the main island Malta and the uninhabited islands Cominotto, Fifla, St. Paul's Islands and Fungus Rock belong to it. Malta is part of the EU and the Schengen area and also carries the Euro as its currency. The archipelago is a popular vacation destination. It has beautiful beaches and rocky landscapes as well as small towns and historic cities.

Valletta is the capital of Malta and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is because the city reflects the influence of different cultures that have shaped not only Valletta, but all of Malta: Arab, Italian, French and British. The language is a mixture of these influences, and you can also find them in the cuisine. From the time of the Knighthood of the Order of Malta comes the defense of the city with its wall and the many bastions that make the city seem impregnable from the outside.

Ancient temples, wind and weather shaped coasts and a fusion of different cultures on a yacht charter Malta

The international airport is located in the island's interior, but only 5 kilometers from the capital. Valletta is located on a headland jutting into a bay. In this bay are also our bases: Kalkara to the south and Msida to the north. From here you can start your trip to the north. In St. Paul's Bay in the northeast, the Knights of St. John once ruled and left a large watchtower here, the "Selum Palace". It rises above the bay and is now a restaurant with a good view. In the bay there are also two islands where the ship of the Apostle Paul is said to have crashed, so a statue of the Apostle was erected here.

The island of Comino is rather rocky and lies between the larger islands of Malta and Gozo. On the west coast there are protected lagoons for swimming like the Crystal or the Blue Lagoon. Especially in the morning hours a trip here is worthwhile, when the crowds of tourists have not yet arrived. Divers can descend to the wreck P31 in the bay north of Lantern Point. Above the bay you can see St. Mary's Tower, the remains of a fortification of the Order of St. John. If you want to explore Comino further, you can circle the island to the north and head to the Santa Maria Caves. You can explore the caves in the limestone rocks, for example, by dinghy or on a dive.

Above Mgarr, in the south of the island of Gozo, towers the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. The harbor is bustling with ferries, fishing boats and yachts, yet it does not seem overly large, but offers a good infrastructure. Gozo is greener than Malta and on the coast there are many bays with steep cliffs. It is worth taking a trip inland to one of the oldest freestanding temples and buildings in the world. It was built between 3600 and 3000 BC and bears the name Gigantija, as it was later believed that giants had built it. And when you see the 50 tons stone blocks, you could believe this. Along the coast to the northwest you will see beautiful cliffs, towers of old fortresses and temples.
In Dwejra Bay, the 65 m high Fungus Rock rises out of the water. Here the Maltese once discovered a sponge which they used as a medicinal plant and mistook for a mushroom. They marketed it to the European noble houses and equipped the rock with a cable car and a watchtower. Also nearby are the Blue Hole, a 15-meter deep rock hole at sea level, and the Inland Sea, a naturally formed saltwater lake connected to the sea by a tunnel. Both are popular with divers.
As of early 2017, only the rock remains of the former natural attraction, the Blue Window, a stone jetty that led to a rock standing in the sea and was formed by the collapse of two cave complexes, as the rest collapsed in rough seas. Malta and its islands are made of limestone that water, wind and weather are constantly shaping - creating impressive coastal landscapes over time.

The Dingli Cliffs on the southwest coast of Malta are the highest point of the island nation. From the cliffs, which drop steeply into the sea, you have a beautiful view and the formation offers an imposing impression from the water. On the cliffs you can see the round dome of a former radar station of the Royal Air Force.

Continuing south, one drives along beautiful cliffs and can discover a number of caves. A scenic and popular destination is the Blue Grotto. There are several high hollows here in the rock, which can be explored when the sea is calm. In the morning sun, the water here glows particularly blue. The blue glow comes from blue-green algae that have settled here. Nearby are other historical sites of Malta: the Hagar Quim temple complex. The four temples date from around 3000 B.C. A short distance to the southwest is the somewhat older temple complex of Mnjadra.
Marsaxlokk is a fishing village on the southeast coast of the main island. In ancient times the Phoenicians and the Romans used it as the main port of the island. Today, fishing is still very important here and in the harbor there are many of the typical colorful fishing boats, called luzzus, which are a tourist attraction. There is also a large market here every Sunday, where you can buy not only fish, but also other culinary specialties of Malta, as well as clothing and souvenirs.

For over three decades, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has been held annually. The start of the demanding and appreciated sailing race is in the Grand Harbour in Vittoriosa and it goes from Malta to Messina, around Sicily, past Pancelleria and Lampedusa back to Malta. The participants have to face the challenging conditions of the sea and the weather, so that sometimes two thirds of the starting participants do not cross the finish line.

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