Charter Sailing Adventure: Cruising and Chartering a Catamaran from Sliema to Valletta’s Grand Harbour

Imagine gliding across the azure Mediterranean waters, with the sun warming your skin and a gentle breeze guiding your sails. If this sounds like your ideal escape, then a catamaran cruise from Sliema to the majestic Grand Harbour of Valletta is the perfect adventure for you. In this blog post, we’ll take you through the thrilling experience of chartering a catamaran in Sliema, sailing across the stunning Maltese coastline, and arriving at the historic and picturesque Grand Harbour of Valletta.

Why Choose a Catamaran?

Catamarans are an excellent choice for a sailing adventure due to their stability, spaciousness, and comfort. With two hulls, they offer a smoother ride compared to monohull boats, reducing the chances of seasickness. Their wide decks and ample living spaces make them ideal for socializing, sunbathing, and enjoying the sea breeze.

Starting Point: Sliema

Sliema, located on Malta’s northeastern coast, is a bustling hub known for its lively promenade, trendy cafes, and stunning seafront views. It’s the perfect place to begin your maritime journey. The marinas in Sliema are well-equipped with modern facilities, and there are numerous charter companies offering a variety of catamarans to suit your needs.

Tips for Chartering a Catamaran:

  1. Book in Advance: Especially during peak season (June to September), catamarans are in high demand. Booking ahead ensures you get the best vessel for your trip.
  1. Choose the Right Size: Consider the number of people in your party. Catamarans range from small, intimate boats to large, luxurious vessels. Check our range of fleet Click here.
  2. Check the Amenities: Ensure your catamaran has all the necessary amenities, such as a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable cabins, and snorkeling gear.

The Voyage Begins

Once you’ve settled on your catamaran and completed the safety briefing, it’s time to set sail! Leaving the vibrant shores of Sliema behind, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Maltese coastline. The clear waters around Malta are ideal for sailing, offering a mix of gentle breezes and more challenging winds for those seeking a bit of excitement.

Highlights Along the Way:

  • St. Julian’s Bay: Just a short sail from Sliema, this picturesque bay is a great spot for a swim or a quick stop at one of the seaside restaurants.
  • Manoel Island: Located in Marsamxett Harbour, this small island is rich in history and a lovely sight from your catamaran.

Arriving at Valletta’s Grand Harbour

As you approach Valletta, the sight of the Grand Harbour will leave you in awe. One of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world, it is steeped in history and framed by the stunning fortifications of Valletta and the Three Cities: Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua.

Must-See Sights in the Grand Harbour:

  • Fort St. Elmo: Guarding the entrance to the Grand Harbour, this historic fort is a symbol of Malta’s rich military history.
  • Upper Barrakka Gardens: Offering panoramic views of the Grand Harbour, this is the perfect spot to relax and take in the beauty of Valletta.
  • The Three Cities: Explore the narrow streets and historic sites of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua. These ancient cities provide a glimpse into Malta’s past.

Optional : Docking and Exploring Valletta

Once docked, take the opportunity to explore Valletta, Malta’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through its charming streets, visit the awe-inspiring St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and enjoy a meal at one of the many exquisite restaurants offering delicious Maltese cuisine.