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“The pace is slow, the people are friendly and the area itself is unashamedly authentic.”

Vittoriosa & Valletta’s history

When staying at our holiday accommodation on the island of Malta, you’ll be following in the steps of the maritime Knights of St John who were drawn to a settlement at the time known as Birgu right next to the Grand Harbour. The Knights adopted the town, fortifying and embellishing it. Following their victory in the Great Siege of 1565, the town was bestowed with the name Vittoriosa (victorious) an the knights went on to build the new town of Valletta.

Indulgence Divine's location - Vittoriosa - makes for a more grown-up 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 Indulgence Divine's position on the map, a few choice places of interest and some established events, all within walking distance or a short journey from your holiday rental.

Winding lanes of history

Wander through the narrow winding streets of the old part of this city - the Collachio where our rental is nestled. The streets 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

Markets

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 the clear sea of 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."

Cultural events

Valletta 2018 European Culture Capital and beyond.

Artwork at Nisga

Nisga: Contemporary history

An exhibition featuring artists of different generations attempting to create a meaningful dialogue, exploring constants and differences within the memory landscape

St James Cavalier, Valletta | 07 September - 04 November 2018 | More information

String Quartets

String Quartets

Part of the Modern Music Days programme, String Quartets will present a programme of original works by composers Philip Glass, Alfred Schnitke, John Adams and Norma Beecroft.

The crypt of the Zejtun Parish Church | 04 November 2018 | More information

Artwork

Valletta Contemporary

2018 has seen a new gallery space in Valletta for the Maltese contemporary art scene. An interactive centre where culture is the subject of perpetual discussion.

15,16,17 East Street, Valletta | More information

Digital artwork

dis’: Betwixt the World Destroy’d and the World Restor’d

Multi-media exhibition posing questions relationg to environmental ethics and philosophy, underlining the need for solutions to repair the damages inflicted to our ecosphere.

Space C, St James Cavalier, Valletta | 15 Nov - 16 Dec 2018 | More information

Tactile Exhibition logo

Tactile

Works by Maltese, Japanese and other international sculptors within a dark space which encourages audiences to discover the artworks through the sense of touch.

Valletta University Campus | 05 Oct - 04 Nov 2018 | More information

Musicians at the Three Palaces Festival

The Three Palaces Festival

The excellence of the music is matched only by the uniqueness of its setting, with the three Presidential Palaces adding a further layer of history and narrative to the festival.

Various locations | 03 - 12 Nov 2018 | More information

Malta Book Festival

The Malta Book Festival 2018

Malta's own book festival is held at the end of the year and includes a conference (theme - Literature in Diaspora) on 7 November.

MCC, Valletta| 07 - 11 Nov 2018 | More information

The Malta Postal Museum in Valletta

The Order of St Michael and St George in Malta

An exhibition of the links between the Order and Malta in occasion of the restoration of the two large oil paintings of St Michael & St George by Pietro Paolo Caruana,

Malta Postal Museum, Valletta| 07 Nov - 06 Dec 2018 | More information

Comedy Knights

Let's Talk About Six

The Comedy Knights return with their hilarious new show, Comedy Knights: Let’s Talk About SIX! Get ready to have yourself a FUNNY little Christmas!

Teatru Salesjan, 45, Howard Street, Sliema| 20 Dec 2018 - 13 Jan 2019 | More information

Apotheose

Apotheose, a multi-media performance

A collaboration between a playwright, film maker, and musician, exploring contemporary Maltese political, social and feminist themes.

St James Cavalier Theatre, Valletta| 07 - 14 March 2019 | More information

Vanishing Valletta

Vanishing Valletta

Collection of 192 images of a socially deprived periphery of Valletta first exhibited in the Biennale of Photography in Paris (Mois de la Photo) in 1996.

Space C, St James Cavalier, Valletta| 21 Dec 2018 - 27 Jan 2019 | More information

Etnika

Etnika Live Concert

One of Malta's leading modern folk bands, launch Music in Malta – From Prehistory to Vinyl, a major exhibition of musical instruments & a programme of musical performances.

Manuel Theatre, Valletta| 30 Nov 2018 | More information

Valletta 2018 Closing Spectacle

The year 2018 sets the stage for a more vibrant and welcoming capital city – and this special after party for Valletta 2018 promises to keep spirits high.

The organisers promise a spectacular line-up of live shows, music.. and a few unexpected touches, too. So save the date and join guests, visitors, artists, curators, residents, volunteers and the Valletta 2018 team in a lively closing event that pays tribute to creative diversity.

St George's Sq, Valletta| 15 Dec 2018 | More information

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