Senglea Travel Guide

  • Senglea
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  • Things to Do
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Senglea Things to Do

  • THE DRY DOCKS

    The dry docks were built by the British to meet the demands of shipping traffic caused by the building of the Suez Canal in 1869. The Somerset dock was built in 1871 and the Hamilton dock was built in 1892.

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  • Senglea

    Senglea got its name from the Grand Master who fortified it Claude de La Sengle. Beforehand Senglea was known as L-Isla coming from an Italian word, isola, which means an island. Its main street running along its centre is Victory Street or Triq Il Vitorja to give it its maltese name. Along this road is every type of social club imaginable - no...

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  • What did you say?

    During world war 2 the vedette was dismantled stone by stone, and numbered, to re install afterwards - so fortunately this historic landmark remains today.OK seeing as this a famous landmark for Malta I think it deserves a close up view - here the detail of the ear can be seen ...and look who's that messing about inside? ;-)

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  • View of Harbour

    A final view of the harbour of Senglea - this is how it looks from the fort Angelo on the tip of Vittoriosa - our next port of call on the Three Cities tour.Take time first for a stroll along the promenade and enjoy a drink in one of the many bars found along here.

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  • Dockside Creek

    The harbourside of Senglea is a pleasant area with is waterside houses and bars. Plus there ia a lovely view across to the old maritime city of Vittotiosa. This pic shows the harbour area of Senglea and right down a the far end of the pic the view is of Valletta so you can see how Senglea has far reaching views there too.

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  • Safe Haven Gardens

    The Safe Haven Gardens are at the tip of the peninsula of Senglea - the northern end of Victory Street. Wonderful views here of the Grand Harbour and across to Vittoriosa with its Fort Angelo.Here the peninsula tip is viewed from the water during a harbour cruise - the trees in the garden can just be seen.

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  • St Philip Neri Church

    The church with the red dome at the other end of Victory Street is St Philip Neri VChurch built in 1622.Just past this on the end of the penisula is a small garden with the Maltese landmake "Eye and Ear Vedette".

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  • Church of our Lady of Victories

    This is the main church in Senglea - its huge so you can't miss it, besides which its found in the main square of Senglea where you get off the bus. This present church was completed in 1957 - originally built 1743 but like much of Senglea was destroyed in the war. In front of the church stands a war memorial. The church attracts pilgrims from all...

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  • One of the Three Cities

    Senglea was one of the "Three Cities" where the Knights first settled after 1530. Little remains of that city though as it was almost completely destroyed in World War II - just three houses and one church stood. It was then re-built, rather haphazardly, but that just adds to its charm.

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  • Stepped Senglea

    Senglea is also sometimes known as Piccola Venezia as here like in Venice the houses are by the waterline. As in Vittoriosa and Valleta many of the streets in Senglea have steps.

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  • Watch Tower Symbols

    The watch tower in the gardens is known as Gardjola On the Gardjola (coming from the Italian guardare - to look at) in stone are carved the coat of arms of Claude de la Sengle plus an eye and an ear - the symbols of Vigilance as the guard on watch had to be all eyes and ears.

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  • Paola Church

    Paola church is immense and topped in silver domes. You can see it for miles around but nowhere gives as clear and uninterrupted view of it as from Senglea.

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  • City Gates

    The city walls and gates are beautiful, being on the road that leads from Senglea into Cospicua, one of the other "Three Cities". In the picture the road at the left goes up into Senglea, that at the right goes down to the waterfront area. The lovely old street lights add to the charm of the place.

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  • Marina

    The marina at Senglea is lovely, sharing the waterfront with its opposite neighbour Vittoriosa. The place looks quite Venetian, and yet typically Maltese at the same time, due mainly to the style of boats.

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  • Promenade

    The promenade along Dockside Creek, facing over to Vittoriosa, is probably the most picturesque part of Senglea. It's lined with cafes, restaurants and kiosks of varying quality and price, but all pleasant enough, and there are some quite nice collonaded buildings too. But the main attraction is the marina, and the views across it to Vittoriosa.

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  • Views Of The Harbour

    From the Safe Haven gardens at the end of Selglea peninsula you get fantastic views across the Grand Harbour to Valletta. While we were there the USS J.F. Kennedy, a huge airctaft carrier, was in as well as this cruise ship (in the pic it's being tended by an oil tanker).

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  • Views Of Vittoriosa

    Senglea is quite pretty, especially along its Dockside Creek promenade, but one of the main reasons for visiting is for the views from it to both Valletta and Vittoriosa. This view is across to Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa.

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  • Eye & Ear Vedette

    This is the Eye & Ear Vedette that I mentioned earlier. The eye and ear are symbols for watchfulness, and the vedette also has carvings of the fleur de lys and what looks like a stork. Don't ask me about that sybolism, I've no idea.

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  • Gnien il-Gardjola Gardens

    At the very tip of the Senglea peninsula are some small gardens. From here you get a magnificent view over to Valletta and across the Grand Harbour. At the very tip of the gardens is the famous Eye & Ear Vedette, an icon much used on Maltese publications (it adorns the guide book I'm looking at now...)

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  • Steps

    Along the length of Triq Il Vitorja there are steps down to the promenade that runs the length of Dockyard Creek, the body of water that seperates Senlgea from Vittoriosa. These steps are on the right as you walk up towards the tip of the peninsula. To the left are narrow streets leading to the other side of the peninsula which has less rewarding...

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  • The Main Street

    This is Triq Il Vitorja, the main street of Selglea that runs right down the centre of the spit of land on which the city is built. At one end is the square with the church of Our Lady Of Victories and at the other end is the gardens containing the famous "eye and ear vedette". Along the short length of the street is every faculty of the city - the...

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Senglea Restaurants

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    by steventilly Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    There are a few bars, cafes and kiosks along the fron at Senglea but when we were there, early in the morning, the only one open was the Alice Springs kiosk. And we even had to wait while the woman opened that one up.

    Favorite Dish: We only had a coffee to refresh us, though they sell the usual kiosk fare of cakes, pies, pastizzi etc.

    Alice Springs Kiosk

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Senglea Transportation

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    by steventilly Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    There's a frequent, regular and very cheap bus service to Senglea from Valletta. You can do all of the three cities in one day, so you can take the bus to Senglea or Vittoriosa and then get it back from the other.

    Bus, Senglea

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Senglea Local Customs

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    by steventilly Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    Every city, town and village seems to have one - or rather one of each. There's almost always a Labour club and a PN club somewhere in the town. From what I've seen the Labour clubs have a more sociable look and some welcome tourists in. I've never seen a PN building with its doors open.
    This is the PN building in Senglea.

    PN Building, Senglea

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Senglea Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming

    Swimming goes on everywhere in Malta. Anywhere that has access to some water has some kind of swimming going on. These kids were swimming off Senglea point which juts into the Grand Harbour. Tankers, cargo ships and cruise liners sailed past just a few yards away from them.

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  • Football

    Most towns have a football club too, some seemingly allied or named after clubs in the UK. This is Senglea Athletic, and OK, Athletic is quite a common name for football clubs, but in Paola there is Hibernians and in Pieta there is Hotspur...I don't know where games are played, I've never seen on in progress nor seen a football pitch, but then I've...

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  • by senglea Written Apr 10, 2006

    Favorite thing: at the week end here one will find karioke night and even dancing by the sea ,the wonderfull nice summer breeze,the coulored lighting, the friendly people,, by day one could walk in the prominade and see where the capstain which the knights had made to pull tought the chain from senglea to saint angelo, see the several men made shelteher
    Did you knowe that the first shelters where dug in Senglea bt miners from Durhan, wales, an from scotland,We had discovered an under ground city under our city,We are trying to find sponsors to help us clean and make lighting under ground so we could open them for toueist, at the moment the tourist i took down there had to wear wellintons as there is some pool,s of water here and there from leaking rain water,but the tourist i took down therethey said that they never seen any thing so big as far as shelters are concerned.There is even on top of saint getano bastions where one could have a fantastic view of the city of vittoriosa and bormla and the galleys creek. and even the french creek did you knowe about these places before ? a visit to our coucil office, to meet the mayor, and see the wonderfull city coucil offices which are very old building, does your readers knowe that the city of valletta was build on the same plans of senglea, that all for now.
    louis

    Fondest memory: i miss they very quite way of life in this city of gloud de la sengle,
    sorry i can,t add photos of the city

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