Malta's Capital, the Historic Port of Valletta, Prepares for The Annual Rolex Middle Sea Race

VALLETTA, Malta, Aug. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Malta will once again play host to the annual yachting event, The Rolex Middle Sea Race, which will take place from Sunday Oct. 22 until Saturday, October 29, 2016. This is one of the most widely anticipated competitions for both sailing crews and yachting fans, which in 2015 attracted over 120 boats, representing more than 24 countries. The Grand Harbor of Valletta, Malta's capital, provides a spectacular setting for this classic race.

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 the 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.

About Malta:

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 sights 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.

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CONTACT: For more information, visit: Malta Tourism Authority: Michelle Buttigieg Tel: (212) 213-0944 Fax: (212) 213-0938 E-mail: MTA US Editorial Contact: The Bradford Group Karen Hoffman/ Bianca Pappas Tel: (212) 447-0027 Fax: (212) 725 8253 E-mail:

Source:Malta Tourism Authority