Grand Harbour Marina Malta: It’s the most picturesque location for a marina that I’ve ever seen! Valletta stands proud on the ocean, rising up on the skyline in a mish-mash of Baroque architecture.
The city is a photographer’s dream, overflowing with colourful doors and balconies, pots of flowers, and little cobbled streets. And although it’s not as well known as some of the European capitals, it became the European Capital of Culture for 2018, which really increased its popularity with visitors.
The whole city is also listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, given its wealth of history. Its churches, museums and palaces are all crammed into a very small space as Valletta is only 1km long and 600m wide. This makes it one of Europe’s teeniest capitals. So this means you can easily explore the city in a couple of days and also head out to see what’s just nearby.
The history of Valletta cannot be separated from the city’s relationship with the sea. Cultural influences literally sailed in from Italy and Tunisia, among other places. Wars were fought on the waters, with enemy ships facing Malta’s naval fleet and the well-fortressed city. Also, the fishing industry is still a large part of life on the whole island.
One of the most iconic superyachts on the water, the 88m/289ft sailing yacht ‘Maltese Falcon’ turns heads wherever she cruises thanks to her three, DynaRig-designed 190′ (58m) masts.
It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.