Lying 60 miles south of Sicily, Malta’s reputation 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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
However, it’s not all history. The island has a thriving yachting community. Party at Portomaso Marina, where the cappuccinos rival Italy's finest, then retreat to the luxury surroundings of your private yacht.
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. Make sure to try a fenkata during your private yacht charter in Malta, 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 and dive fascinating shipwrecks, swim through caves, and fish off the back of the boat on your Malta yacht charter. Alternatively, tuck into Selmun or St Paul’s Bay for some secluded beach walks and a chance to explore the countryside, decorated with wild flowers.