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Ferries to Malta

The Maltese archipelago comprises three small islands situated 80km south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.

With a combined area of just 122 square miles and a population of 450,000, it is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. Malta is the largest and most visited island, Gozo exudes rural charm, whilst Comino is the smallest and least populated.

It is a fascinating country and is often regarded as an open air museum due to the quantity of historical and natural landmarks. It also offers everything else you would expect from a Mediterranean island, namely stunning beaches and exquisite food.

The islands are perfect for sailing between, with a number of gorgeous coves and bays to explore. The water itself offers fantastic diving opportunities, boasting excellent visibility and an abundance of marine life including octopus, seahorses and colourful coral.

There are several Megalithic temples in Malta, with seven listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. They are considered to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world, so they are definitely worth a visit.

Whilst on the island of Malta, be sure to visit the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta. Wander through this magnificent building and you’ll find over 5000 types of armour, stunning tapestries and majestic rooms.

If you would rather unwind and soak up the Maltese sun, there are plenty of idyllic beaches to choose from. The most notable is the Blue Lagoon on Comino, a picture-postcard natural pool with crystal clear water.

Overlooking Gozo’s Ramla Bay beach is the legendary Calypso Cave, where Odysseus was imprisoned by a beautiful nymph in Homer’s epic poem.

There are regular ferry routes from Sicily, arriving in the Maltese capital, Valletta. The ferries depart from Pozzallo on the south coast, with services running every day and the option of a bus transfer from Catania.

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  • "Very good"

    everything was fine

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  • "Swift connection Sicily Malta"

    We used this connection for a weekend to Malta from Sicily. This catamaran service provides a swift connection between Sicily, Pozzallo and Malta, Valletta. Beautiful ship with all facilties on board for the short trip. Time of departure from Sicily is rather late and from Malta very early, but gives you opportunity for a day trip from Malta to Sicily. On the ferry you can arrange a taxi to other destinations, including the busstation in Pozzallo. Excellent service!

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  • "Excellent service"

    Check-in a little confusing but all else was very good

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  • "Easy travel"

    Virtu Ferries was an easy hassle free way to travel. For a small fee I upgraded to 'club class' although on their site there was no explanation to be found of what that offered (that could be improved on), it meant a sectioned off area with reclining chairs, and blankets (fabulous if you need to catch up on some sleep), outdoor area if you wold rather some fresh air and priority disimbarking.

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