The golden craggy coastline flanked by a dramatic ancient skyline and dark blue waters will make you feel like an explorer of a bygone era. Malta is a curious destination, caught beneath the shadow of Italy, flung deep into the Mediterranean Sea. Prehistoric sites litter the 200km of coastal paths, the flavors have a staunch Sicilian flair, and the beach clubs near Valletta are pristine pearls inviting you to make the most of the sundrenched climate. For superyacht dreamers, here are the very best spots to sail for in Malta…
Where to Go
The capital city of Valletta should be the first port of call on your Maltese journey. Brimming with 16th century romantic splendor, you are sure to fall hard for its golden stoned fortresses, ornate spires, and grandiose flea markets that take place near the Couvre Porte. After wandering the fine art museums, letting music press its fingers into your heart at the Opera House, and dining within the 16th century mansions you can set sail again for less concentrated shores.
Head out early and heed the siren call of Gozo, a smidge of an island set in the Maltese archipelago. The sister island boasts a richer, greener, and more rural feel and is said to be the famed Calypso Isle in Homer’s Odyssey. Stroll the streets of the capital Victoria, duck into the stunning citadel, and turn your eyes towards the collapsed ruins of the famous Azure Window.
The Blue Lagoon is a veritable slice of paradise and one of the major draws for Malta being a savvy superyacht destination. The water here shimmers with iridescent grace, inviting snorkelers and divers to spend hours kicking their fins through endless shades of ultramarine.
Marsaxlokk is the spot for those seeking a piece of authentic Malta. The quaint fishing village is woven with color and offers divine opportunity for seafood lunches, exploring ancient megalithic tombs, and kayaking through the watery shades of the Blue Grotto.
Where to Dine
With its well-worn pages of history, Valletta boasts some beatific spots for casual and high-class dining. Medina is one of those places that you fall in love with on first sight. The leaf shaded courtyard, the wild scent of oleander, and artistic Mediterranean flavors that bring shades of nouvelle cuisine are just the ticket for soft springtime suppers.
De Mondion is another five-star treat for those who crave the crispness of white linen tablecloths, excellent views atop the Xara Palace Hotel, and award winning intricate dishes that have earned this restaurant much prestige.
Over on Gozo and Tmun Mgarr sits right on a bluff overlooking the harbor. For 25 years the husband and wife team have been putting their spin on traditional Maltese dishes and setting the precedent for highly distinguished fare. Be sure to order the rich bouillabaisse curated lovingly with seven different kinds of fish.
Where to Play
The Baia Beach Club sets a stunning scene for those who dream of flopping on stylishly chic beds, getting a massage and sipping a cocktail or two. Perched deliciously on the gorgeous Ghadira Bay you can soak up far reaching views that stretch across the blue and over to golden Gozo. Pearl Club is another local favorite with the well-heeled crowd. Expect bamboo shades, lido pools, and a young and restless crowd.
Art lovers will fall in love with the fact that Valletta is home to one of Caravaggio’s masterpieces. The Beheading of St John the Baptist and The St Jerome can both be found on the walls of St Johns Cathedral.