"We found Vittoriosa enchanting -
a place that could really get under your skin"

Vittoriosa & Valletta’s history

When staying at our holiday accommodation you’ll be following in the steps of the maritime Knights Hospitaller who were captivated by the settlement next to the Grand Harbour back in 1530.The Hospitallers adopted the town known as Birgu, fortifying and embellishing it. Following the victory in the Great Siege of 1565, the town known as Birgu was bestowed with the name Vittoriosa.

Vittoriosa makes for a more adult experience. It appeals to those interested in history, cafes, restaurants, wine bars and the local way of life. Vittoriosa is a pleasant 10 minute ferry journey from the capital city of Valletta, making it an ideal base to discover the island from.

Right on your doorstep

Here is a map, a few choice places of interest and some established events, all within walking distance or a short bus journey from your holiday rental.

Winding lanes of history

Wander through the narrow winding streets of the ancient part of this city - the Collachio. They have witnessed history & survived to tell the tale.

On your doorstep, Vittoriosa | Photo by MHH

Birgu Marina

The Birgu waterfront with its exclusive yacht marina offers a picturesque area for dining al fresco & views of the Grand Harbour at one of the restaurants and cafes along the seafront.

10 min walk, Vittoriosa Waterfront

Vittoriosa by candlelight / Birgufest

Vittoriosa celebrates the month of October with a weekend of events called BirguFest. On Saturday evening the town is imbued with the light from thousands of candles. 

On your doorstep, Vittoriosa | October | More information

Inquisitor's Palace

The seat of the Maltese Inquisition from 1574 to 1798. It now houses the National Museum of Ethnography.and exhibits relating to the Inquisition. Look out for the graffiti on cell walls.

1 min walk, Triq il-Palazz ta' L-Isqof, Vittoriosa | More information

Maritime Museum

Built in the 1840s as the main bakery for the Mediterranean Fleet of the British Royal Navy, this building now houses Malta's Maritime Museum. 

7 min walk, Vittoriosa Waterfront | T. 2166 0052 | More information

Fort St Angelo

This jewel in the crown of the islands has played a vital role in the Great Siege of 1565. Recently restored and reopened to the public with information presented in various media.

14 min walk, at the tip of the Vittoriosa peninsula | More information

Dock 1

A lovely walk along the newly landscaped Dock 1 which spreads on the shores of the Three Cities. Used since the Romans as a harbour, now more likely used as a practice spot for the regatta.

10 min walk, Dock 1, Bormla waterfront

The Hypogeum

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, dating back to about 4000 BC. The complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC.

20 min bus journey | Burial St., Paola | More information

Getting to Valletta

There are 3 different bus services which get you there or you can call a cab. The quickest way is by water taxi or ferry (approx 15 mins), both of which depart from the waterfront.

Buses No. 2, 3 & 4 | Water taxi or ferry from waterfront | Cab Service

St John's Co Cathedral

The Grand Masters & knights contributed to enrich their conventual church with the best works of art and to make this one of the most fabulous of Baroque churches.

20 min ferry & walk| St John's St., Valletta | More information

Malta at War Museum

Housed in an 18th century army barracks and underground rock-cut air raid shelter, this museum boasts a collection of artifacts, memorabilia, medals, uniforms & weaponry.

4 min walk, Couvre Porte, Vittoriosa | T. 2189 6617| More information

The Regatta

Held bi-annually to commemorate withdrawal of British Royal Navy and Victory Day respectively. Rowers from 7 different clubs compete in races which can be viewed from waterfront.

31 Mar & 08 Sep | Anywhere by the Grand Harbour

Norman House

This private house, parts of which date to the 13th century has been meticulously restored by its owner and is at times open to the public. Notice its 15th century Norman window.

2 min walk| Triq it-Tramuntana, Vittoriosa

Grandmaster's Palace

Do visit this beautiful palace, even if it's just to see the 18th century French Gobelins tapestries and the visual narration of the Great Siege painted by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio

25 min ferry & walk | St George's Square, Valletta | More information

Malta International Fireworks Festival

Fireworks are a feature of the many village feasts in summer. This festival attracts a variety of international pyrotechnic companies competing to outdo each other.

28 Apr to 02 May| Waterfront, Vittoriosa | More information

The Chinese Garden of Serenity

Four gardens make up a layout symbolising the journey of life, embracing the Yin and Yang philosophy. A quiet space to be alone with one's thoughts away from the noisy traffic.

25 min bus journey | Triq Katerina Vitale, Santa Lucia

Casa Rocca Piccola

This private house, parts of which date to the 13th century has been meticulously restored by its owner and is at times open to the public. Notice its 15th century Norman window.

20 min by ferry & walk | 74 Republic St., Valletta | More info


Wake up early for the Farmer's Market on Sat mornings to purchase fresh fruit & vegetables. Tuesday morning's is a good size market selling all and Sunday morning is flea market.

10 min walk | Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays | Fortini, Vittoriosa

Birgu Main Square

The noisy hub of Birgu where the locals congregate. Plenty of cafes where to take your morning coffee out in the sun while watching the world go by. Try Cafe du Brazil or Bebirgu.

4 min walk| Misrah ir-Rebha, Vittoriosa

St Joseph's Oratory

Quirky museum open weekdays 10am to noon. Amongst exhibits related to local history, one can find La Valette's sword and hat. Look out for the beautiful set of 1609 playing cards.

4 min walk | By St Lawrence Church, Vittoriosa

Renzo Piano's Parliament building

Valletta's new entrance by renowned architect Renzo Piano is at once majestic & restrained. The parliament facade has been sculpted like Maltese stone eroded by the elements.

20 min ferry & walk| Valletta | Photo Cyril Sancereau

Swimming in Malta

Plenty of options: For best sandy beaches go West. Locals go as close as Kalkara (15 min walk) to swim. Our favourite is St Peter's Pool (pic above), close to Marsaxlokk.

23 min cab ride | St Peter's Pool

"The location is beautiful and makes getting around very easy."

2018 promises to be a great year for cultural events

Valletta 2018 European Culture Capital will enrich the island's arts programme.

Valletta International Baroque Festival

Malta International Baroque Festival

The International Baroque Festival has boasted a renowned line-up of artists and this edition promises an equally enticing music programme.

Valletta, Mdina, The Three Cities | 13 - 27 January 2018 | More information

Malta World Music Festival

Malta World Music Festival

This festival celebrates the beauty of cultural diversity through music. A great line-up of local bands and highly acclaimed international music acts.

Venue TBC | May 2018 | More information

Map of the Mediterranean, Malta

Map of the Mediterranean

Without migration, the Mediterranean would not be what it is today: a richly diverse amalgam of people. The POW Ensemble has made a musical show about migration based on a poem.

Maori, Valletta | 20 - 22 June 2018

Solar Cinema Malta

Solar Cinema

The solar-powered cinema brings unseen films to unusual places. Bring a cushion to watch a programme of short films, documentaries, & animations with a focus on the environment.

Various venues around Malta | May to October 2018 | More information

Map of the Mediterranean, Malta

Kinemastik International Short Film Festival

NGO Kinemastik's short film festival provides an opportunity to watch a number of local and international productions and to network.

Garden of Rest, Floriana | 27 - 29 July 2018 | More information

Solar Cinema Malta

Malta International Arts Festival

Each year, the festival enriches the cultural calendar with a host of events, music performances, visual installations,and dance at various venues in and around Valletta.

Various venues around Malta | 1 to 16 July 2018 | More information

Map of the Mediterranean, Malta


The Maltese carnival dates back to the rule of the Knights. Four days of colourful floats, marching bands, and dancers in elaborate costume.

Valletta and beyond | 9 - 13 February 2018

Solar Cinema Malta

Malta International Jazz Festival

A line-up of top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles over three nights at Ta' Liesse in Valletta with the spectacular Grand Harbour as a backdrop.

Ta' Liesse, Valletta | July 2018 | More information

Map of the Mediterranean, Malta

Rolex Middle Sea Race

The Maltese carnival dates back to the rule of the Knights. Four days of colourful floats, marching bands, and dancers in elaborate costume.

Valletta and beyond | 9 - 13 February 2018

Solar Cinema Malta

Notte Bianca 2018

Palaces & museums open their doors to delight everyone with exhibitions & performances, the streets & piazzas showcase the finest local and international musicians & dancers.

20 min ferry | Spread over Valletta | 6 October 2018 | More information

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