Why Berth on Malta? All about the Marinas in Malta

  • 20.August 2013
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Why Birth in MaltaSo you’ve heard of Malta and you wonder if you could visit with your boat/yacht/superyacht and berth around the island for a while? A key spot in the Mediterranean, Malta has become a highly sought yachting location and has been hailed as a superb berthing place, especially for those who want to winter their boats some place safe but not only.  In this article we will avail you to the advantages of berthing in Malta and explain how easy it is to find suitable holiday rentals in Malta or temporary accommodation for medium term stays for your crew.

A number of marinas are situated within the island’s natural inlets which are sheltered in neat creeks that afford protection from harsh weather conditions. All marinas are serviced with the provision of key required services including supplies, fuel bunkering, free marina-wide wireless broadband, car parking facilities, shipyard services, towage, pilots, and other. Moreover, all the marinas around Malta as well as the located in Gozo, are situated in locations which are key sites that provide fantastic eateries, sights, local interest points as well as historic buildings and intriguing cultural backgrounds.

Re-locating your boat to Malta provides you a choice of marinas to pick from. Consider the Portomaso Hilton berth, the Vittoriosa Marina (within the old Three Cities), the Msida Marina, the Manoel Island Marina, the Kalkara Marina, the Ta’Xbiex Marina,the Grand Harbour Marina, and the Mgarr Harbour on Gozo.   Ongoing works on the Cospicua Waterfront will eventually see the inclusion of yet another busy marina in the Three Cities area.

Marinas generally operate on the basis of annual rental agreements. Occasionally the opportunity to actually purchase the berth itself does come up on the market, so it is best to keep tabs on this option if it is tantalising enough. Sometimes, previous owners may decide to sell boat and berth in conjunction, and this may prove to be a great opportunity to secure space in any of these marinas. Since the islands are so small and since they are so very popular with yachting enthusiasts, free available spaces get snatched up pretty quickly.

For superyacht owners, the Grand Harbour Marina is a superb Mediterranean destination. This is proven by the presence of several high-profile superyachts that visit the marina on a regular basis, even several times a year. The Grand Harbour Marina is situated within a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Grand Harbour itself. This harbour is one of the biggest naturally formed harbours with deep waters to booth. Apart from top notch facilities, the marina is close to the Palumbo superyacht shipyards which can service, refit and repair some of the biggest superyachts around.

As mentioned above it is also possible to find suitable holiday rentals in Malta or even long term accommodation in Malta.  Renting a property in Malta is quite affordable and the selection of property types and standards are vast. Crew members may rent a standard apartment in Malta, whereas for higher ranked officers you may rent a luxury apartment in the Portomaso Marina or a different lifestyle development.  If you would prefer a Seafront apartment then there are great option located in Sliema and St. Julian’s.  Every Marina in Malta including the Shipyards are centrally located. The maximum driving time would be a 10 min drive in the morning to the Shipyards.

Apart from these yachting facilities, the islands themselves allow plenty of favourable conditions for people who berth on the islands. Most of these travellers are enthralled by the safety of walking the streets and the neighbourhoods even during late evenings. The proximity of shops is also another benefit as is the smallness of the island which allows for any number of different activities to be carried out during any given day – feats un-thought of in countries which are hampered by their own hefty size.

More excitingly for people who love the sea, is the fact that the marinas are all situated along key seashore locations that provide a strong inkling to the islands’ maritime traditions. A case in point is the Vittoriosa Marina whose waterfront includes the building which houses the Malta Maritime Museum, and which waterfront was the site of key scenes in the 1998 movie ‘The Count of Monte Cristo starring French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Whichever marina tantalises your fancy, you may eventually be tempted to abandon your sails and re-locate permanently to the Malta, choosing to set up base and purchasing Malta real estate that allows you to keep your feet firmly planted in Maltese island living.  Why not pick a seafront property to watch over your berth while you’re at it and enjoy the best of both worlds, all year long…..?

This article was written by Marika Azzopardi, a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.