Situated just 80 km south of the Italian island of Sicily lies the marvelous archipelago of Malta. For centuries, Malta has been a crucial trading port for its advantageous location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and a favorite among the most daring of explorers. From the endless coastlines and red-gold beaches to the limestone cliff formations and hidden coves, Malta is home to a dizzying array of otherworldly natural landscapes. While nation may be small in size, Malta also packs a large punch of delightful cultural experiences that include prehistoric temples, majestic architecture and a world-renowned culinary scene – all shaped over thousands of years of civilization. While Malta has come a long way in recent years, the nation remains deeply Catholic and steeped in tradition. You’ll want to prepare a style that reflects the easygoing and warm-hearted nature of Malta, but also respects the local culture.
Exploring the Relics of Valletta
Likely the first port on any yachting itinerary to Malta is Valletta. Built by the Knights of St. John, the trivial capital of Malta offers an abundance of must-see historic and religious relics such as the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Elsewhere, it’s hard not to admire the beautiful Baroque architecture, golden-hued military fortresses and ornate mansions that help to retain the 16th century heritage of Valletta.
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Sunny Afternoons & Sandy Beaches
Wherever you find yourself on the islands of Malta, you’re never too far from the sea. Whether you wish to explore the soft sands and hidden coves of the popular Golden Bay Beach or you’re simply looking to relax under the sun at the peaceful and remote Fomm ir-Riħ, Malta has enough choices to fit whatever your desire.
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Marsaxlokk Sunday Market
Taking place in Marsaxlokk Bay, the weekly fish market is undoubtedly one of the best ways to immerse yourself in authentic Maltese culture. The market is a bustling environment that stretches far beyond the transaction of fish and into an extensive range of produce, fresh food and local goods from across the island. Lined with charming bazaars and wooden stalls, the market retains its authenticity as it’s pitted against the backdrop of the deep blue sea.
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The Mediterranean destination of Malta has been a favorite throughout history for explorers of all sorts. While exploring the three largest islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino is a given, there are also a number of uninhabited islands scattered throughout the archipelago that await – each with their own sandy curves and dramatic rocky cliffs.
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No holiday to Malta is complete without uncovering the wonderful rock formations and coastal backdrops that it has to offer. As you look out onto the Mediterranean Sea, appreciate for a moment its location that has been used as a gateway between worlds for centuries. From exploring the Blue Grotto and its magnificent sequence of sea caverns to partaking in some of the most extraordinary snorkelling adventurers in the world, no trip to Malta is complete without experience the abundance of natural phenomena it has to offer.
The Everest Isles Adventurer is a great swimwear option for roaming around as it was designed for the most daring of adventures – and it really doesn’t get much better than the limestone cliffs found across Malta. The suit is cut with an internal bungee cord and two side pockets large enough to fit your waterproofed phone. Similarly, the classic print of the Vilebrequin Modernist Fish is good for a timeless look that will also keep you comfortable for all the exploring that awaits.
Malta’s unique culinary scene is an exotic blend that has been shaped by Italian, French, British and Middle Eastern influence for centuries, making for a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you find yourself enjoying the freshly-caught seafood along the coast of Birżebbuġa or you are taking to the quintessential Maltese meal of rabbit alongside a glass of wine, there’s no better way to enjoy it than overlooking the sea at sunset.
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Deep Sea Diving
With the abundance of natural reefs, caves and shipwrecks, Malta is home to some of the most unique diving experiences in the Mediterranean Sea. Whether you find yourself at the famous Blue Hole in Gozo or Cirkewwa in Malta, the archipelago remains famous for its beautifully clear waters, calm currents and rocky scenery – generally pleasant conditions all-around.
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