DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF MALTA
Holding secrets and memories spanning centuries, the shimmering crystalline waters gently lapping on Malta’s warm shores tell tales to capture the imagination. From the mythological remains of a lost Atlantis to the ghostly skeleton of a Second World War bomber, this island’s story is written beneath the waves. The magic of Malta is that even when you think you’ve uncovered its final stone, there’s more to be explored.
A jewel set in the sea between Sicily and Libya, Malta is the world’s 10th smallest country and its strategically important position in the Mediterranean has attracted a potpourri of influences over the years. With Romans, Greeks, Arabs, French and British all contributing to its unique DNA, a stroll through the ancient streets of Malta’s majestic capital Valletta is a window into the intricate heart of Europe itself.
Yet for all the island’s history, so exquisitely weaved through a tapestry of distinct cultures, it’s the promise of a golden summer that keeps Sunseeker customers returning to Malta. “We have almost no rain from June to September, just sunshine and blue skies,” says Victoria Meyer, Sunseeker Malta’s Yacht Charter and Services Manager. “So, the weather is absolutely perfect.”
And being blessed with such pristine conditions, Malta isn’t short on coastal activities for those with an adventurous spirit.
“With the sea and the weather being so nice, you can do lots of water sports. You can go diving, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, anything,” she says. “Malta really is an outdoor country.”
That gleaming azure sea twinned with Malta’s turbulent history has turned the island into a diver’s paradise, attracting fascination from around the world. Boasting superb visibility and welcoming warm waters, there’s a host of alluring relics beneath the waves awaiting discovery.
“It’s one of the top ten dive sites in the world with the crystal-clear waters we have,” explains Meyer. “And on good days we have visibility of up to 40 metres.”
But don’t forget that back on land lies one of the world’s finest Baroque and Renaissance cities and it would be a tragedy to not spend a day or two meandering through Valletta’s ancient limestone alleys. With buzzing cafes and restaurants spilling out onto winding sepia streets, this UNESCO World Heritage Site city is experiencing a 21st-century revitalisation, where its organic wine bars hold as much curiosity as the majestic Roman ruins.
Beyond the rustic charms of its beguiling capital, Malta is a land of hidden coves and temple ruins where you’re never more than 15 minutes from the ocean. That rare timeframe gets even more compressed on the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino, where the latter is home to the other-worldly Blue Lagoon. While it attracts a flock of swimmers during the summer months, taking your yacht out to see its glittering shades of turquoise is almost a rite of passage.
“Gozo is really nice. It’s greener than Malta and there are some great places to anchor like Dwejra Bay and also Ramla Bay with its beautiful sandy beach,” says Meyer. For an eye-opening cruise into far less chartered waters, Meyer recommends seeking out Fomm ir-Riħ bay on Malta’s western coast. One of the wilder and more secluded bays on the island, its sheer fossil-studded cliffs and boulder-strewn pebble beach make for a stunning landscape to explore, and offers cinematic widescreen panoramas, especially at sunset.
Although, for Meyer, it’s the simple things that ultimately make this Mediterranean island so seductive and keep enticing Sunseeker customers to return.
“The weather is great, the people are friendly and the sea is everywhere,” she smiles. “I think that is the magic of Malta.”
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