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.
One of few surviving worldwide. Look out for the graffiti on cell walls. Re-live the Inquisition.
Exhibits such as mid-18th century model of Order’s vessel in old British naval bakery.
This jewel in the crown of the islands has played a great role in the Great Siege of 1565.
The house’s window and façade are 15th century but other parts date back to the 13th Century.
Guided tour in English through World War II underground shelter.
La Valette’s sword and hat amongst exhibits, in museum dedicated to the city. Weekdays 10 to 12.
View the fortifications that protected Vittoriosa during 1565 siege from olive gardens below.
Built around 1534 for the langue of England by the knights. Now used as a library.
St Lawrence was the Knights’ Conventual church and includes important work by Mattia Preti.
Be an early bird on Sunday’s flea market and you might come across a gem of an antique.
From vegatables to household items, this crowded market is only 5 minutes walk from ID.
Buy your fruit and vegetables directly from the farmers on Saturday mornings. 5 min walk.
Intimate space in local townhouse owned by two lovely Venetians. Lovely choice of food.
Varied Mediterranean menu. Balcony with
unobstructed view of the marina and harbour.
No menu to choose from, just a dizzying array of tasters from a most passionate chef.
Menu of meat and fish dishes, pasta & salads in architect Chris Briffa's fab designed setting.
Extensive wine choice and Mediterranean food.
Tastefully converted WWII shelter.
Best known for fish dishes. Small attractive
interior and outdoor terrace.
Treat yourself & try quality Maltese cuisine. Private exclusive feel restaurant.
Lively Wine Bar with great atmosphere. 300
wines & Maltese food with a modern touch.
Italian coffee at the band club set in a beautiful old townhouse. Also serves meals.