There are numerous marinas around the Maltese Islands which are ideal for berthing your yacht, providing it with plenty of shelter and ample facilities. Here is a look at Maltese marinas.
Grand Harbour Marina
The Grand Harbour Marina is located in one of the creeks of Malta’s Grand Harbour, which is purported to be one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours. It was set up some 15 years ago and plays host to many a fabulous yacht, featuring berths of up to 100 metres in length. If you have a yacht which is particularly large, then this is the ideal place to berth it. Some of the famous yachts which berth or have been berthed here in the past include The Maltese Falcon and the Pelorus, which is currently owned by record producer David Geffen. It is definitely one of the most famous of the Maltese marinas.
Manoel Island Marina
Manoel Island Marina is on the other side of the Sciberras Peninsula to the Grand Harbour Marina on which Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is constructed. It is also located in a creek, known as Marsamxett Creek, and the marina is located on the south side of Manoel Island, which is connected to mainland Malta by means of a road bridge. The marina is close to Malta’s commercial hub, namely the Gzira, Sliema and St. Julian’s areas, and provides all the standard facilities one would come to expect from a yacht marina which allows for the berthing of yachts up to 80 metres in length. Bowlines are provided, however stern lines must be provided by the yacht owner.
Mgarra Marina is situated on Malta’s smaller sister island, Gozo. It is not capable of berthing yachts the size of the previous two marinas in this blog entry, consisting of 208 berths. The Gozo Channel ferry, which links the islands of Malta and Gozo by sea, can be observed entering and exiting the area adjacent to the Mgarr breakwater. It is an ideal stopover marina for anyone who is in the Maltese Islands on a short stay aboard a yacht.
The Msida Marina is both substantially large, featuring some 720 berths, and very well-sheltered following the construction of a breakwater across its entrance. It features floating pontoons unlike other Maltese marinas there are 15 of them, which provide berths for boats or yachts up to 22 metres in length. Water and electricity is provided to berthing yachts, together with service modules. It is a very well-established marina, being full to the brim with yachts and boats throughout the year.
Portomaso Marina is arguably the most glamorous of the Maltese marinas and a wonderful place to berth a yacht in Malta, having the five-star Hilton Malta Hotel as a backdrop, together with many luxurious facilities close by which can be accessed by yacht owners. It is situated to the North of the Malta’s Grand Harbour area, with the marina’s entrance located next to St. Julian’s Bay. In operation since 1999, it has some 110 berths, which allow yachts or boats of up to 16 metres to berth.