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 Malta - Profile

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  • A small archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta is a very popular tourist destination. The Republic of Malta consists of three islands, the largest, Malta, being the economic and administrative centre and most heavily populated. Gozo is smaller and picturesque, with the prehistoric temple of Ggantija, 5500 years old, while Comino is a very small island between the other two.
  • Malta became a member of the European Union on 1 May 2004.
  • Malta has long been an important yachting centre because of its convenient location, excellent harbours and good range of repair facilities. Its mild and pleasant winters make it a perfect wintering spot and a good place to refit a yacht between seasons. However, there is a severe shortage of berths available for visitors and long-term planning is required if wishing to spend time there.
  • Malta's position almost in the centre of the Mediterranean makes it an ideal jumping off point for many other cruising grounds and an increasing number of European yachts make their base on the island. Fortunately there is more to Malta than just its repair and maintenance facilities, as besides the impressive Valletta harbour, there are many delightful anchorages around the islands.
  • English is one of Malta's two official languages and is widely spoken.
  • If cruising the waters bordered by southern Sicily, Malta, Tunisia and Libya, be aware that because of an influx of migrants attempting to leave from Northern Africa there is an increase in Navy patrols in this area and the danger of small unlit craft carrying passengers.

Weather

The climate is similar to North Africa, with extremely hot, dry summers and mild winters. Prevailing winds throughout the year are northwesterlies. When the hot sirocco wind blows from the south, it comes laden with dust.

Weather forecasts are broadcast daily by Valletta Harbour Control on VHF Ch. 12 in Summer : 09:03, 13:03, 19:03 and 00:03 local time, and winter 08:03, 12:03, 18:03 and 23:03.

Malta Radio broadcasts the same imfomation on VHF ch. 04 1 hour earlier.

Malta weather www.maltaweather.com or tel +356 50043344

Malta weather www.maltairport.com (very reliable)

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

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Warandher
Warandher says:
Mar 21, 2016 04:54 PM

Kalkara Marina is probably the cheapest in the Grand Harbour.It is also a boatyard, so you can easily fix any kind of problem.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 04, 2015 04:14 PM

Posted on behalf of anonymous:
We're cruising Malta right now, so a few impressions: marinas are very expensive, at least in the summer, but they respond well to email enquiries, so you can always check their long term winter rates. English is one of the state languages, so that's helpful as well.
Most food stuffs out of season come from the continent, so unless shopping at a farm, provisioning costs a bit more. Though their selection is excellent with very good mix of English, Italian, and French assortment.
Chandleries are very good, with excellent quality, quantity, and exuberant prices. Marine technicians are knowledgeable and most speak excellent English.
The islands themselves are gorgeous with an anchorage for every weather, history behind every turn (even more so than in Turkey imho), and colourful people. However, I don't think we'd be able to handle being the whole season here as it's quite small.
The charts are the best sounded we've seen in The Med yet (out of France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Turkey).
Most European destinations are via Rome or Sicily, except for destinations covered by Air Malta. Most fresh produce is Sicilian as well.

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