The Islands of Malta

21st June 2018

While many holidaymakers will seek respite in major cities throughout the Mediterranean this summer including Barcelona and Rome, there are many more destinations that are often overlooked. One of the most impressive of these is Malta – an archipelagic nation comprising of three islands and providing a home for more than 400,000 inhabitants. Covering an area of 316 square kilometres, it is one of the smallest nations in the world, but also one of the most densely populated.

Three unique inhabited islands make up Malta, with the largest and most familiar of these sharing its name with the nation as a whole. The island of Malta is home to the nation’s capital of Valletta, which is one of the most familiar destinations to visit. The other two islands are often overlooked, with Gozo being less than half the size of Malta, while Comino is considerably smaller with an area of less than three square kilometres.

The islands of Malta and Gozo can both be visited throughout the summer on a Mediterranean sailing with Star Clippers. This week, we take a look at some of the things to do and keep an eye open for during your visit to these charming and historic islands.

Valletta | Malta

Valletta

Docking into the capital of Malta opens up a plethora of opportunities, with much of city’s historic 16th-century architecture remaining intact. Wandering around the city and glistening harbour will offer a glimpse into the vibrant colours and heritage of the city. After taking a moment to soak in your surroundings, there are a number of impressive landmarks worth factoring into your visit.

St John’s Co Cathedral may not look like a landmark worth visiting judging by its exterior, but the inside of this impressive landmark is truly ornate. Featuring some of the finest artwork by famed artist Mattia Preti and intricately-laid marble floor, you will be truly astonished by the magnificence of this historical building. Other buildings worth exploring during your visit include the Palace of the Grand Masters, which home to the President’s office and the Maltese parliament. It is also home to a series of ornate staterooms and the knight’s armoury, which is open to visitors on a daily basis.

Gozo

Gozo

Gozo offers a similar experience to that of which you may enjoy in the Maltese capital, but with fewer tourists and a higher level of authenticity. It is also renowned for its beautiful countryside, spectacular sunsets and dramatic coastlines that will create a truly romantic experience.

The island’s capital of Victoria – referred to as Rabat by some locals – is home to an ancient citadel and was often used as a safe haven when the island was raided throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. Areas of particular interest include the bastions which contain a gunpowder magazine, lower battery, a series of silos and some air shelters. Alternatively, if you are seeking a location within which to relax and soak up the sun, head to the beach of Ramla il-Hamra. Translated, its name means ‘red sands’ and the bay has been entirely cordoned off from development, which means you will be able to enjoy a uniquely tranquil and relaxing experience.


Malta is one of the many beautiful destinations you can visit aboard a sailing through the western Mediterranean with Star Clippers this summer aboard the Royal Clipper. Alternatively, you can embark on one of the many sailings through the eastern Mediterranean aboard the authentically-designed Star Flyer.

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