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 tradition.

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 East Coast: Sliema, St Julians, St Paul’s Bay and Mellieha Bay.

The east coast is Malta’s 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 George’s 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 Paul’s 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 Paul’s Bay and Mellieha make for good sheltered anchorage to enjoy an afternoon lunch, or even to spend the night.

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.

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.