It was a hot day in Vienna, yet heading southward to Malta I expected even hotter temperatures, and true to expectation – it was really sweltering – and wonderfully so. Taking a direct flight from Vienna to Malta was a quick and easy experience and luckily, on landing at the island airport, being met by a good friend was very welcoming.
The first two days in Malta were spent exploring the island and what a fantastic wonderful island it is: full of history and archaeology, geography and geology, and especially the coastline and sailing waters around the main island of Malta and its accompanying islands, Gozo and Comino. I was staying in the Gzira area and enjoyed walking around the marina and mooring areas around Marsamxett Harbour, north of the main Valetta Peninsula, with the little peninsular of Manoel island in the centre. Additionally pleasurable was exploring the Grand Harbour area, south of Valetta – and not forgetting the film set of “Popeye”, you can find the Popeye Village on the main island – a seafaring set you’ll surely remember.
More tourism information can be found here: Visit Malta.
On to business for the second two days of my visit, I visited two of our charter partners who took time to show me their yachts and with whom I gained first hand knowledge of their operations and the harbours and marinas around Valetta.
This was my second time in Malta, this time travelling by air and exploring by land; though the first time I was here I arrived by sail, on an Amel 54 Ketch. Malta was one of my exploration stops while on a 3000 NM circumnavigation of the Mediterranean over a few months. Sailing into and around Malta on that occasion was an amazing experience – approaching the front of Valetta, and then exploring the bays and coves and also across the southern side of Sicily which was easily within reach (and would still be with a two week charter).
To cap it all – I would love to sail here again and am sure I will soon – but for now… take the plunge yourselves and ask us at SCI for some yacht options to explore and sail around this wonderful destination…