With more than 300 days of sunshine, deep natural harbors, extensive superyacht refit and repair facilities and fantastic infrastructure, Malta is an ideal gateway to the Mediterranean’s most popular cruising grounds. At the heart of the island lies the deep water port of Grand Harbour Marina, one of the region’s largest natural harbors. The marina is ideally located for yachts looking for a winter stopover or for cruising Malta and the neighboring islands of Gozo and Comino. The waterfront itself has a backdrop of watchtowers, monuments, archways and ancient merchant houses as well as plenty of amenities, shops and a nautical museum. Lying just opposite the marina is the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta, a dynamic capital with plenty to offer in terms of culture, dining and leisure pursuits. Ancient palazzos and honey-hued buildings house a vibrant cultural scene of independent cafés and bars – Caffe Cordina is a real institution known for its pastries, while Rubino is the place to try traditional local dishes. Back along the waterfront is where you will find some of the hottest restaurants in town, including Risette, The Harbour Club and Noni – one of the five Michelin-star restaurants that can be found on the island. For early evening drinks, the wine bar Cru is a firm favorite with the superyacht crowd, while Yard 32 is the place to head for more than 180 varieties of gin.
Cruising around Malta, you will come across picturesque fishing villages, beautiful anchoring spots, grottos and secluded bays aplenty. From Marsaxlokk to Golden Bay and Gnejna in the south, to Mellieha, Selmun and St. Paul’s Bay in the north, the island has plenty to offer the waterborne. For those looking to explore further, the islands of Comino and Gozo are a short sail away and offer protected anchorages, crystal clear waters and fantastic beaches. With so much to offer, it is no surprise that Malta is fast becoming the yachting hot spot of the Mediterranean.
If you are interested in further information on cruising around Malta and her surrounding islands, or for winter home berthing in the Grand Harbour Marina, fill out the form below or contact your Northrop & Johnson expert.