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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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Malta reviews

  • "Excellent new experience"

    Normally I fly to Sicily and the only time I travelled by Catamaran to Sicily was several years ago on the smaller one. I must say I was extra surprised by the ship itself as well as the organisation. The trip itself was a very pleasant part of the holiday. My companion was taken ill yesterday due to severe stomach ache so we were unable to leave in the evening. Virtu Ferries very kindly changed the booking to tonight's one very smoothly and without any hassles which is very much appreciated. I certainly would be travelling to Sicily again with Virtu Ferries in the future and would recommend it to my relatives and friends.

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  • "Great Ferry, Terrible Bus"

    The ferry tryp was nice, everything was great. But when we took the transfer bus to Catania, it was terrible, the bus probably is from 90s, terrible, small, air condition doenst work. like a nightmare

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  • "An excellent crossing"

    Things couldn't have gone better with my Pozzallo -Valletta crossing with Virtu Ferries in Club class. Everything was top quality and all the staff extremely competent and kind. Highly recommended.

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  • "Very good and comfortable ferry"

    The ferry was very good and comfortable. It was also very clean. The service was excellent

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