An Absolutely Gorgeous City
A butter-coloured warren of narrow streets and alleyways
I had debated putting this as a restaurant tip and the place appears to offer a good range of "bar" food which looked very good but I did not eat there myself so I will place it as a "things to do" tip.Malta, being Southern European, is very much a cafe society. People gather, normally outside, to have a drink or a bite to eat and discuss thing,...more
Although I did find very much more when I was there, my primary reason for visiting Birgu / Vittoriosa was to visit the Malta at War Museum. This is administered by the admirable Fondazzonji Wirt Artna, a charitable organisation who also administer the Saluting Battery and Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta as well as nearby Fort Rinella.The location...more
Notre Dame gate was built in 1675 by 'Grandmaster Fra Nicola Cotoner' as the principal gate into 'Cottonera' some 9km of continuous fortified trace that encircles 'The Three Cities'(Vittoriosa,Senglea and Cospicua).It is byfar the most imposing and perhaps the nicest of all historic town gates in Malta.It is built on five levels making the highest...more
The 'Norman House' dates from the 13th century.It's worth seeking out, for its window and external decoration (not sure what this is called in architectural terms). There have been the fashion for such decoration on houses at the time: I saw something very similar on a building from the same era in Buda.Horribly difficult to photograph the whole...more
Explore the history of the Great Siege at Vittoriosa by visiting the Vittoriosa 1565 Museum which is situated in a quiet street in the old part of Vittoriosa city.In this medieval house the visitor can see 30 life-size Knights and Turks in action, together with reconstructions of Dragut's camp, Turks scaling walls, La Valette's thanksgiving after...more
The Vittoriosa waterfront is dominated by the Watch Tower. This building was erected in 1545, to serve as the Order's Bakery. In those days the Knights were quartered in Vittoriosa. The upper storey was the office of the Common Treasurer of the Order.When Valletta was built some 20 years later, the Bakery and Common Treasurer were moved there. The...more
Our favourite wine-bar is Cantina Sant'Angelo. Its quaint, beautifully restored and has a warm ambiance which puts us at ease as soon as we enter. It is a family-run and the owners make you feel very welcome. The service is excellent and the platters divine and the prices so moderate. I wish you will try it out with your friends and family - you...more
This is Malta's first and only vegetarian and Vegan restaurant. We visited last week (oct 09) when in Vittoriosa. The owners were great and our table booking was changed when we arrived without ay problem. The food and the ambiance was excellent - much local food and other world dishes. The service was prompt and efficient and the setting perfect....more
Just a local Maltese cafe, with hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes and so on. Ideally placed for a rest-stop after exploring Vittoriosa and before wandering back to the bus stop on Triq 79.It's on a corner of Misrah ir-Rebna, the main square. Just sit in the shade at the outside tables with a beer or a coffee and watch the world pass (slowly) by....more
This was the worst experience ever, it was our first time at this restaurant ( and the last aswell ). The service (if you can call it so) was very disappointing. The waitress came up to us to have the drinks order, as soon as she left the table she smirked at us, then she came again to take our order. We just ordered two pizzas and we waited for...more
I ate in this place on Tuesday night this week. From a great start it ended up a very unpleasant experience. The cafe is in a beautful setting with magnificent views. There is plenty to choose from on the menu and my dining companion (a relative) and I ordered. Service was prompt and courteous and food came along in what I'd describe as normal...more
Right in the centtre of Vittoriosa in Victory Square is this small local cafe - just a couple of tables inside and a few outside overspilling onto the square where you can watch the locals go by. Enjoyed a local maltese toasted bread with cheese and tomato, peppers,olives and herbs. It took a while to come and some time to eat too as it was large...more
A former palace built in the 1500's, Casino di Venezia is the latest casino in Malta. Worth having a look inside even if not willing to play. Membership is free. Identification necessary. Click on the pic for more photos. 1400 till 1900 any decent clothes allowed. After 1900 smart / casual will do.Entries: Locals 25+ yrs and Foreigners 18+ yrs.more
Del Borgo must be my favourite wine bar. I love the place, the location, the food, the wine, the ambience, the interiors and the service is excellent. Just like a night out in Vittoriosa, the wine bar Del Borgo is a trance between the present and the medival times. I can actually compare it to my favourite wine bars abroad. You must try it out, you...more
This was one of the first wine bars that open its doors to alternative nights in Vittoriosa. Il - Forn owned by a foreign artist made a great hit and brought back life to the old Vittoriosa. It is a very old house situated in an alley, it has 2 floors and also a terrace where one can try maltese food and taste foreign and local wines. The...more
Il-Forn is the Maltese word for bakery. Il-Forn is this small welcoming wine bar where one can have a nice glass of wine or a drink. The place serves snacks and bagettes and cheeses and other food platters of your choice. The place is small and you intend going in the weekend you have to book as the it is always full up in the weekends ! casualmore
The harbour cruises from Sliema come into dockyard creek (the waterway between Vittoriosa and Senglea) and it's a nice way to get a different sort of look at both cities. I'd highly recommend one of these cruises.When in Vittoriosa a number of boatmen who loiter about will invite you for a "harbour cruise". I never took one of those cruises so I...more
The Vittoriosa market is open every Tuesday and one of the largest and most diverse in Malta.Located next to the beautiful Harbour and leading all the way up to 'Notre Dame gate'.There are hundreds of stalls selling pretty much everything you can think of from clothes,food,wine,souveniers,paintings,pets,jewellery etc.The market opens early in the morning and usually starts winding down mid afternoon.A real chance to mix and talk with the locals while finding that special bargain.
What to buy: Food,wine,clothing,etc.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy but should get plenty of bargains
Held every year on the first Saturday of October. Cermonies, Pageantry, art, food, music, late night opened Museums.... you name it. Should not be missed. Click on pic to see more photos and Please visit also my Travelogue
It's not always sunny in the summer - when we were in Vittoriosa this threatening cloud loomed overhead. ;-0)
Fortunatley it didn't amount to anything and no rain was seen...
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I came upon this purely by chance.....it is not mentioned in my guidebook, or anything else I read.According to the sign placed on the building by the local council, this was the house of the executioner during the times 'of the Order and the Inquisition'.High up above the first-floor window is his symbol of two axes, presumably the original.No...more
This Palace in Old Bishop's Palace Street was built by Bishop Cubelles in 1542 and enlarged in 1620 by the last Bishop that had his seat in Vittoriosa before moving to Valletta. Unfortunately the Palace was left to delapitate and there's not much to see, though the street is one of the best decorated in all Vittoriosa. Most of the houses in the...more