Old etching of Vittoriosa & the 3 cities
Traditional band in Vittoriosa
Balcony overlooking vittoriosa marina
Gardjola - a lookout on the bastions
the village square
Fort St Angelo
Norman House in vittoriosa
vittoriosa lit by candlelight for birgufest
a traditional boat, vittoriosa
inquisitor's palace, vittoriosa
houses in vittoriosa
Parliament building by renzo piano
village feast
the maritime museum, vittoriosa
Vittoriosa Lit up at night
Vittoriosa Marina

450 year old house
at the centre of local life

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.

Although World War II destroyed some parts of the city, today its blueprint remains unchanged with Auberges, Palaces and churches dating from the time of the Order’s arrival, to their post-Siege move to Valletta.

In short, Vittoriosa makes for a more adult experience. It appeals to those interested in history, cafes, restaurants, wine bars and the local way of life. Below are a few choice places of interest all within walking distance or a small bus journey from your holiday rental.

Vittoriosa is a pleasant 10 minute ferry journey from the capital city of Valletta, making it an ideal base to discover the island from.

Below are a small selection of the location's attractions.

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Inquisitor’s Palace

1 minute walk | 2182 7006 | WEB | Email

One of few surviving worldwide. Look out for the graffiti on cell walls. Re-live the Inquisition.

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Maritime Museum

Vittoriosa Waterfront | 7 min walk | 2166 0052 | WEB

Exhibits such as mid-18th century model of Order’s vessel in old British naval bakery.


Fort St Angelo

14 min walk

This jewel in the crown of the islands has played a great role in the Great Siege of 1565.

The Norman House

Triq it-Tramuntana | 2 min walk | Facebook

The house’s window and façade are 15th century but other parts date back to the 13th Century.

Malta at War 

Couvre Porte | 4 min walk | 2189 6617 | web

Guided tour in English through World War II underground shelter.

St Joseph’s Oratory

near St Lawrence church | 4 min walk | Email

La Valette’s sword and hat amongst exhibits, in museum dedicated to the city. Weekdays 10 to 12.


descend by Triq il-Kwartier | 4 min walk

View the fortifications that protected Vittoriosa during 1565 siege from olive gardens below.

Auberge D’Angleterre

39/40 Triq il-Majjistral | 2 min walk| Email

Built around 1534 for the langue of England by the knights. Now used as a library.

Collegiate Church

Birgu Marina | 4 min walk | wikipedia

St Lawrence was the Knights’ Conventual church and includes important work by Mattia Preti.

Flea Market

il-fortini | 4 min walk | map

Be an early bird on Sunday’s flea market and you might come across a gem of an antique.

Tuesday Market

St edward street | 5 min walk | map

From vegatables to household items, this crowded market is only 5 minutes walk from ID.

Farmers’ Market

IL-FORTINI | 4 min walk | MAP

Buy your fruit and vegetables directly from the farmers on Saturday mornings. 5 min walk.

Osteria VE

Triq Alessandru VII | across road | T: 7734 7136

Intimate space in local townhouse owned by two lovely Venetians. Lovely choice of food.

Don Berto

birgu waterfront | 6 min walk | T: 2180 8008 | WEB

Varied Mediterranean menu. Balcony with
unobstructed view of the marina and harbour.

Tal Petut

Triq P. Scicluna | 2 min walk | 7942 1169 | Web

No menu to choose from, just a dizzying array of tasters from a most passionate chef.

Two and a Half Lemon

Vittoriosa Waterfront| 6 MIN WALK | 2180 9909

Menu of meat and fish dishes, pasta & salads in architect Chris Briffa's fab designed setting.


Fort St Angelo| 6 MIN WALK | 9952 6500

Extensive wine choice and Mediterranean food.
Tastefully converted WWII shelter.

Riviera Della Marina

Vittoriosa Waterfront| 6 MIN WALK | 9999 7973 | Email

Best known for fish dishes. Small attractive
interior and outdoor terrace.


Old Bakery St. Valletta | 12 min ferry| 72122 4656 | web

Treat yourself & try quality Maltese cuisine. Private exclusive feel restaurant.

Del Borgo

Triq San Dumink| 2 MIN WALK | 9928 0000 | WEB

Lively Wine Bar with great atmosphere. 300
wines & Maltese food with a modern touch.


Victory Square| 4 MIN WALK | 9999 7973

Italian coffee at the band club set in a beautiful old townhouse. Also serves meals.