9th March - 19th March, 2021
Leaving the Greek waters "accompanied" by the warship, with the majestic snowcapped mountains of Crete in the background
Approaching Valletta we had to sail through this crowd of tankers/cargo ships anchored 12 nm outside Valletta, in the dark.
Now out on Internationell waters. Flying the spinnaker into the sunset
The inlet to Valletta harbor
For two days we have walked the old streets of Valletta and the surrounding cities. Such a beautiful place with so much history. Here are some highlights. Hope you enjoy it :-)
First day of our road trip in Malta. Interesting driving on small narrow roads, driving on the left side of the road. Love the spectacular south coast
Second part, and two more days, of our road trip in Malta and Gozo. We love these islands. Everywhere you want to drive to in Malta it's 20 min, in Gozo it's 10 min Wherever we go, even to the most touristy places we are all alone, so it's really easy to get good pictures
Since the pool was closed due to Covid I took a morning swim in the ocean
We took the ferry over to Gozo.
Interesting ferry with two levels and a pretty steep ramp down
Just out exercising the horse. Love the sound of the hoofs against the road
The spectacular cliffs of T'a Cenc on the south coast of Gozo. Can you spot me?
Here I am sitting on the edge to the cliffs
Anders is taking a picture straight down the cliffs...Pretty steep and deep...
Got to love the navigation app Maps.me This time we ended up in a closed gate...but the app is free
The Citadel in Victoria is built on one of the many flat-topped hills in the center of Gozo, in the last part of the Middle Ages. At one point all the population of Gozo had to take shelter within these walls
On 26 July 1551 Gozo suffered it worst siege in history. The Turks descended from a fleet of one hundred and forty five vessels. All the people sought shelter within the Citadella, their only place of refuge. However, the medieval fortifications without flanks and terreplein to resist gunpowder bombardment, succummed. The whole population of Gozo, about 5000 persons, was dragged into slavery
The cathedral inside the Citadell was built late 1600th. We couldn't get inside since it was closed
This inscription records the house of Bernardo de Opuo. In 1551, when the City fell to the Turks, Bernardo, preferring a noble death to slavery, killed his wife and two daughters and then fought the enemy until he himself fell under their scimitar.
View from the Citadell looking east
Lots of narrow alleys within the Citadel
One of the tunnels leading down to the outer lower levels with gardens and canons
The view from our hotel in Xlendi, on the south coast
Just love the colors in this picture
We climbed up the hill to the west on these carved out steps
Anette made it up the stairs...
Beautiful views over the Xlendi bay and our hotel
Sunset over Xlendi bay from our room
Next day we went to the the Inland Sea, on the west coast of Gozo. It's a sea filled basin surrounded by high cliffs and pebbly beach. The water is warmer here, so great for swimming.
Always some boat projects. Here we're doing some small patch repair on the spinnaker
Our last night in Malta was in Il Marbat anchorage on the north west tip of Malta. Beautiful sunrise when we left at 06:30am
Round the corner from our anchorage we passed through the channel between Malta and the little stunning isle of Comino
Passed outside Xlendi, Gozo, where we stayed one night in the hotel. Very sheltered bay from N-SE winds
Leaving the stunning cliffs of Gozo, and Malta. Next stop Africa...200 nm