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The luxurious Grand Harbour Marina, Malta

On the east coast of Malta in the central Mediterranean, only 80 km south of Sicily, Grand Harbour Marina is located within one of the largest deep-water natural harbours in the world and boasts the striking UNESCO city of Valletta as its backdrop.

An established cruising destination for visiting yachts, Malta is ideally placed as a homeport, with the principle yachting centres of the south of France, the Balearics, Croatia, the Greek Islands and Turkey within approximately 2-days’  cruising. Not only is Malta an ideal and accessible destination for visiting yachts but also has excellent access, served by 26 airlines, to most European and Middle Eastern cities.

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The Maltese islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are part of the Eurozone, EU member states and are largely English speaking. Rich in history, culture and heritage that dates to the 16th-century and earlier, yet with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the islands are blessed with a year-round temperate climate. The waters are also widely regarded to be among the clearest in the Mediterranean, making it a perfect destination for diving.

Built in 2005 and maintained to Camper & Nicholsons exacting standards, the luxury Maltese marina offers exemplary service and security to luxury yacht owners. The only marina in the Mediterranean to have been awarded an IACS International Certification for its superyacht moorings, with 300 berths, including 33 superyacht berths and a dedicated superyacht quay, the marina can accommodate vessels up to 140m LOA alongside (100m stern-to) with a planned extension that will include a very rare 146m stern-to-berth.

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The luxury Mediterranean marina is very close to the capital city of Valletta, with a wealth of dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities amongst the ancient architecture.

Malta offers all the benefits of being within the EU.  In addition, as Malta has the EU’s largest fleet under its flag, the maritime sector is very important to the Maltese economy, and the Maltese government has been reliably friendly in respect to taxation and the regulation of yachts.  A stable long term yacht friendly environment can be expected with good and direct access to government at a senior level.

With the luxury Mediterranean marinas world class facilities, and the many economic attractions for owners and crew of Malta’s low-cost, high standard of living, it has become a much sought after marina destination for superyachts.

Marina berths are available for purchase on long-term licenses of 25-years and more in the form of public deeds that provide purchasers with greater security than other jurisdictions.  Berths from 30m up to 100m are currently available for purchase with a planned upgrade that will see additional berths of 120m, 128m, 137m and 146m available.  Grand Harbour Marina is also considering the release of small to mid-size berths, from 10m to 25m, available for sale.

Coordinates

35°53′.5N 14°01′.0E

Time

UTC/GMT +2 hours

For more information visit cnmarinas.com.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 29, 2012 | Malta Travel | View comments

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