Destinations > Malta
The South: Delimara, Marsaxlokk and Wied iz-Zurrieq
The southeast of Malta is extremely beautiful, and
reserves interesting surprises for cruisers wishing to
swim in the clear waters of Delimara, or even to take a
close look at Malta's traditional fishing village of
Marsaxlokk. Here too, you will see the colourful
traditional fishing boats, or luzzu, which is somewhat
an icon of Malta.
Undoubtedly, fishermen now work with big fishing
trawlers. But the Marsaxlokk fish market, the Church and
the family-run restaurants still provide an insight into
this part of Malta where people have not parted with
Weather permitting, a cruise around the south coast
towards Zurrieq makes for a memorable dip in the deep
blue sea next to the famous Blue Grotto caves. Except
when there is a northwest , west or southwest blow, when
this part of Malta is extremely exposed, sailors can
proceed on this route to reach the picturesque western
bays and eventually Gozo.
The West Coast: Dingli Cliffs, Gnejna, Ghajn Tuffieha
The western side of Malta is perhaps the wildest scenery
around the Islands. Approaching from south with a
following southeast wind, Dingli cliffs appear majestic.
The cliff sides testify to centuries of weathering by
the rough sea and the prevalent west and northwest winds
which have given this side of Malta the rugged shape it
has today. Further north, there are some excellent
anchorages at Gnejna Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, even if
these are rather exposed in strong northwest or
southwest winds. The main characteristic of this area is
its beautiful clay slopes.
The East Coast: Sliema, St Julians, St Paulís Bay and
The east coast is Maltaís busiest area, not only because
it is more built up than the west side, but also because
the entertainment mecca is concentrated in this area.
Some of the best nightlife is to be found in the area of
Sliema and St Julians, with all sorts of restaurants,
five-star hotels, cafes, clubs and bars. It is easy to
reach this area by anchoring in Spinola Bay or St
Georgeís Bay. If berthed in one of the marinas, these
areas are easily reachable by taxi.
Sailing further north on the east coast, one finds some
beautiful spots for swimming. Qawra, St Paulís Islands
and Mellieha Bay are excellent spots for anchor and are
extremely popular with Maltese boaters. The east is very
sheltered in a southwest blow, which makes excellent
sailing in flat calm waters. In a northwest, which is
the prevailing wind in the Maltese Islands, St Paulís
Bay and Mellieha make for good sheltered anchorage to
enjoy an afternoon lunch, or even to spend the night.