Malta’s capital, the historic port of Valletta, prepares for the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race, October 22-29, 2016
The Royal Malta Yacht Club is well into its preparations for the 37th edition of the event. The entries being received for the 608-nautical-mile race represent a good mix of familiar names and new ones signing up for first time. What is truly unique for a race of this length is that it starts and finishes in the same place, Valletta’s historic Grand Harbor.
Valletta offers visitors a perfect mix of fascinating history and vibrant fun. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. It was in fact one of the earliest sites that got listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its old-world splendor and magnificent Baroque architectures. Valletta’s Grand Harbor is probably the island's greatest geographic asset, and a cardinal determinant of Malta's history.
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sites and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta's patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire's most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious, and military architecture from the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife, and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.
For more information, visit: www.visitmalta.com
PHOTO: Malta's Rolex Middle Sea Race in Valletta
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