Take a stroll down to Valletta’s magnificent Grand Harbour and any one of the deck-shoe- clad feet that pass you by could belong to an insouciant billionaire.
A great place for lunch is the Riviera della Marina Restaurant at Vittoriosa Waterfront. A wonderful dish to try is Sea Urchins, scooped out raw and cooked through by a bed of hot buttery pasta
Devoid of the flashiness of St Tropez or the ‘nouveau-bling’ of Cannes, the island plays host to a sparkling jet-set scene that is extravagant yet discrete.
Late season is a time for many local festivals and events and perhaps the most stylish of all is the Rolex Middle Sea Yacht Race- now in its 31st year.
Spectators from across the world line the city walls to cheer their country on
“People don’t realise what a fantastic spectator sport sailing is. My wife and I specially book our holidays to coincide with the Rolex Regatta. We meet people from all over the world and we just love sitting with a chilled wine at the harbour bar, cheering our UK crews on.’
As might be imagined, Rolex’s involvement brings with it a certain sparkling style.Lavish crew parties are held under the sixteenth century ramparts of the harbour, celebrating the start and finish of the race.
At one of these crew parties I chat to Lorenzo Bonfili, an Italian who is on-board the Yes Achab – a Jeppeson X-46 from Rome. Like most of the sailors here he displays a fearlessness that makes light of the dangers of the route: “I don’t feel scared, for us it is natural. We are trained and we all have our jobs to do. The one thing that we cannot guess is the weather-we just have to hope and pray that the sea is kind to us.”
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