The country of Malta is an archipelago comprised of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The tiny country lies in the middle of the Mediterranean, just below Italy. It’s historical significance rests in the hands of many industrious countries as a strategic navel destination. As a result, it’s awash in a rich and diverse culture that’s influenced by some of the world’s strongest powers. With the islands so small and in such close proximity to one another the best means of exploring then is to charter a sailboat. Before setting off, plan your expedition by getting acquainted with the full scope of destinations that the Maltese Islands have to offer.
Azure Window, famous stone arch of Gozo island in the sun in summer, Malta
The island of Malta is home to the vast population of the countries’ inhabitants, making it one of the most densely populated places in the world, at 1,265 residents per square kilometre. It is here that you can witness some of the finest architecture on earth. Malta is home to some of the oldest freestanding constructions in the world. Huge boulders come together to create an edifice that’s persevered since between 3500-2500 BC. Malta is a museum of architecture where periods of authentic styles from all over the world can be found. Conquering countries spared no expense in adding their own touch to the vast repertoire of architecture.
Valletta, the capital of Malta, is accessible by water and is the major cultural hub of the string of islands. Here you will find a host of plays and concerts in the official languages Maltese and English, as well as Italian. You’ll also find tourist-friendly Megalithic temples, underground catacombs, and ancient and modern churches. To get the most out of your stay you can go on a number of walking tours. Being one of the most southern islands in the Mediterranean, Malta has a year-round climate that suits outdoor activities such as strolling the city and water adventures.
Yachts near pier in Birgu near Cospicua in Malta
The second biggest island of Malta is home to 30,000 residents and is known for its calm environment and natural landscapes. Common to Gozo are baroque churches that spring up out of quiet villages decked with old stone farmhouses. This island also has its fair share of historical sites, such as the Ggantija. Ggantija dates back to between 3600-2500 BC and is recognised as the second-oldest manmade structure that is still intact, in the world.
Victoria, also known as Rabat, is the perfectly-preserved medieval capitol of Gozo. Victoria is located in a citadel that is still enclosed by the wall that was reconstructed in the 16th century by the Knights of Saint John. Sinuous streets leave tourists meandering the length of a town home to the Cathedral of the Assumption, the main square of It-Tokk, Saint George’s Basilica, and many other great historical sites.
View over Popeye village, Malta
3.5 pristine square kilometres make up this car-free island located in the middle of the Maltese Islands. The sparsely inhabited island has a solitary hotel, providing an even better reasons to bareboat charter to Comino. It is the perfect place for any nature lover who wants to kick back and take a dip in the most transparent water in the world. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most sought-after swimming destinations; a natural pool of water that is completely unadulterated by pollution. Considering it’s the most popular destination on the island, expect large crowds from July to August.