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Valetta, Malta

Image: Map of our voyage from Tunisa to Pantelleria, Italy and then Malta and Porto Palo, Sicily. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Map of our voyage from Tunisa to Pantelleria, Italy and then Malta and Porto Palo, Sicily. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entries

Dates: 07/28/09-08/15/09
Sailed from: Pantelleria, Italy
Distance: 145 nm
Lat: 35°53.8’N
Long: 14°29.7’E

Our first impression of Valetta is that this is a heavily fortified place! When we arrived this afternoon after sailing 145 nm from the island of Pantelleria, it seemed that every landmark was a fortress. It was either that or one of the large, modern hotel or apartment complexes lining the coast, including a towering, iridescent blue Hilton Hotel. Here in the harbor, we can see a fortress wall everywhere we look. We were also impressed by the limestone formations and quarries along the coast of Malta and Gozo, the island which lies just to the north. The use of both the natural and man-made barriers provide evidence of the long history of defending this piece of rock located off the south coast of Sicily.

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