The Marsa Sports Club is a huge sporting complex that has sufficient facilities to keep you active for days. Affordable membership is available on a daily or weekly basis. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, 17 hard tennis courts, five squash courts, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a cricket pitch and billiards tables. In addition there is a fitness center with gym and sauna and, in season, a swimming pool. In the vicinity of the club there are polo grounds, a horse-racing track, football and rugby pitches and an athletic track.
Mistra Sports Club
Within Mistra Village, overlooking St Paul’s Bay, the center is equipped with squash and tennis courts, gymnasiums, and indoor pool, saunas and massage facilities.
Malta and Gozo are ideal for diving and the costs are reasonable by European standards. A full range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club) courses is offered, as well as taster sessions for the total beginner. Diving takes place either from the shore or from boats. For any diving course you need a medical certificate of physical fitness. This can be arranged locally for a fee (but sometimes the fee will be included in the price of a course).
The Maltese National Tourism Organisation provides excellent leaflets on diving courses, diving clubs, equipment hire, emergency numbers, and information on the best dive sites on the islands. All necessary equipment can be hired on the spot. Any experienced diver wishing to dive independently of a diving scholl must obtain a Malta Government Dive Permit or present a certificate to the authorities equivalent to at least the CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques) 2-star certificate.
No fishing licence is required and fishing is permitted from the rocks anywhere around the islands. It is possible to go out to sea if you arrange it with a local fisherman, but you are likely to pay a great deal for the privilege. Ask at the village of Marsaxlokk and be prepared to bargain.
Sailing and Yachting
Regattas are held from April to November, many of them starting from the Royal Malta Yatch Club. The principal events are the Comino Regatta in June, the Malta to Syracuse (Sicily) race for keelboats in July and the Rimini / Malta / Rimini race held in August. Malta has exceptionally good boating facilities. The main yachting center focuses on Msida Marina and Whitehall Quay, both on Msida Creek, which together provide around 7,000 berths. Facilities such as electricity, water, showers, IDD telephones and 24-hour security are provided. The Mgarr Marina in Gozo has been expanded to accommodate 150 berths.
The clear Maltese waters are excellent for snorkeling. Equipment can be bought or hired locally.
The Maltese are mad about water polo and special pools have been constructed in some of the main centers. The national pitch is at Ta-Qroqq in Msida.
Facilities are available on the main beaches. The most popular are to be found at Malta’s Mellieha beach and Golden Bay. Water-skiing trips and tuition are available from Divewise Services, Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julian’s.
Windsurfing boards can be hired at the main beaches in Malta. Mellieha is particularly good. The Sicily-Malta Windsurfing Race, held in May, and the International Open Class Boardsailing Championships held in September and October, both attract competitors at international level.
The Malta Archery federation organizes archery at the Marsa Sports Club. The International Archery tournament takes place mid-April each year in the club grounds
The Malta Marathon is an established event, held every February or March. The route is 42 km, from Rabat to Sliema. A ladies half-marathon is run concurrently. The Malta Amateur Athletic Association organizes track and field events, which culminate in the athletics championships held in May at the Marsa Stadium.
The Eden Super Bowl, St George’s Bay, St Julian has 20 lanes for tenpin bowling, complete with fully computerized scoring. The Malta Tenpin Bowling Association organizes a variety of tournaments and championships here. The Maltese bocci (akin to the French pétanque) is very popular at village. The bocci league and competition are played mainly between April and October.
The Maltese are crazy about soccer and there are countless teams on the islands. The regular football season is from September to May. Malta competes at an international level and the main venue for matchers is the National Stadium at Ta’Qali. The local Football Association headquarters is in Valletta at 280 Triq San Pawl (St Paul Street). For latest news about football worldwide and betting tips, check out futbol bahisleri (tr).com!
Malta has an 18-hole golf course at the Royal Malta Golf Club at the Marsa Sports Club. Visitors can join on a daily or weekly basis and lessons are available from the resident professional. Reservations are recommended – this is currently the only golf course on Malta, though there are plans in the pip line to build more.
This is one of Maltas top spectator sports and on Sunday afternoons (from October to may) the Marsa Racecource draws large crowds. Programmes normally consist of seven or eight trotting races and one flat race.
Sadly, one of the favourite Maltese sports is shooting or trapping anything that flies. Unlike the French who will make a meal (or a least a pâté) out of a small songbird, the Maltese normally kill for the sport or trap birds to sell in cages. The local Ornithological Society estimates that over a million finches are trapped, and around 200,000 thrushes shot, every year. Despite legislation to reduce hunting and conform with European standards, the hunters, who murder around 30,000 birds, are still trigger-happy.
Tennis and Squash
Some hotels have their own courts and there are excellent facilities for tennis and squash players at the Marsa Sports Club and the following clubs: The Mistra Sports Centre, Mistra Village, St Paul’s Bay, The Union Club, Tigne Street, Sliema, Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club, Corradino Hill, Paola.