The archipelago of Malta, located south of Sicily and 185M east of Tunisia, is included due to its close proximity to North Africa and therefore an ideal departure point. It also offers several safe harbours and anchorages, good provisioning and repairs and an international airport for crew changes. It is also has a fascinating history with evidence remaining of its impressive fortifications and churches. It is worthwhile spending a few days imbibing the local culture and traditions.

Malta is the main and largest of 3 islands in the group. Gozo is to the NW and can be reached by ferry. The tiny island of Camino is uninhabited and lies in between.

The prevailing wind is NW throughout the year. It can be hot and humid for a few weeks in the summer and occasionally cold and uncomfortable during the NE gales in winter. The climate is otherwise pleasant. Tides are negligible.

It is advisable to book marina moorings in advance as Malta becomes very crowded in summer.

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