Malta: Shipwrecks & Culture

At the geographical centre point of the Mediterranean, the tiny island cluster of Malta, Gozo and Comino has been an important crossroads for sailors for centuries and now offers a favourable tax regime for commercial yachting. Lying 60 miles south of Sicily, Malta’s reputation – as far as it reaches – is one of megalithic temples, ancient Hypogeums, fortified cities with towering walls and staggering architecture. Malta packs such a historical punch that its capital, Valletta, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But it’s not all history. The island has a thriving yachting community. Party at Portomaso Marina, where the cappuccinos rival Italy's finest. Paceville is as nocturnal as Barcelona, but without the pretensions. Indulge in excellent dining around Grand Harbour, Europe’s largest natural harbour, which has a spectacular backdrop of limestone fortifications. Ensure you try fenkata, a traditional stew of rabbit in garlic. Set sail to escape the heat of the summer and explore deserted beaches and the eerie moonscapes of weather-worn limestone. Anchor offshore to dive shipwrecks, swim through caves and fish off the back of the boat, or tuck into Selmun or St Paul’s Bay for some secluded beach walks and a chance to explore the countryside, decorated with wild flowers.

When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August



Watch the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which sets sail from Malta in October


Walk the cool, narrow streets of Medina, the Silent City


Dive in the unspoiled waters of Gozo and Comino



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