After Valletta and Mdina, it was time to take a ferry and explore the 3 cities Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. By visitMalta, “The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as they have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.”
After Valletta and Mdina, it was time to take a ferry and explore the 3 Cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. By visitMalta, “The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as they have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.”
It is well known that Malta has a very strong limestone heritage painting its landscape in beige-brown tones accompanied on the top by its bright blue sky and on the bottom by its dark blue sea.
As we associate the Greek islands to the white houses with blue ceiling, we associate Malta to these beige-brown tones.
Malta Island is about beige architectural cities, culture, fishers, Saints’ feasts, and history, not beaches. There are some sandy beaches in the North such as Golden Bay, being the rest mainly rocky ones.
I recommend spending first your time exploring the single beauty of the Maltese cities. For the beach lovers, there are rocky beaches surrounding almost the entire island mainly in Sliema, St. Julians, Balluta Bay and St. Paul’s Bay in the North, which is perfect for a quick bath without leaving the city.
If you want crystal clear blue water like a swimming pool (or just like Trunk Bay in the US Virgin Islands), then you should find your happiness in Comino Island at the blue lagoon near Gozo.
The summer in Malta last way longer than any other country in Europe. Even in October you can go to the beach, dress a playsuit, and you will find the perfect sunny days but without the humidity or the 42ºC found in July and August.
Ferries are the best way to circulate in the Island, from Valletta to Sliema (or vice-versa) and to the 3 cities, for around €1 and something you can take your coffee in the historic Vittoriosa Waterfront.
I admit heels are not the best choice to explore the 3 cities (nor any city in Malta) which have very inclined streets made of stones and have been inhabited since Neolithic times! Even so, after having taken some pictures and a great cappuccino in the Grand Harbour Marina, I decided to give a try and climb to the city’s highest spot in order to catch its best views.
What To Do & Where To Eat
What To Do: Take a drink in the Grand Harbour Marina in Vittoriosa! The Grand Harbour is one of the oldest one in Europe! In fact, it has been a very strategic and important location since the Phoenician times! Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, the Angevines, the Aragonese and the Order of Saint John all contributed to the development of Vittoriosa (also known as Birgu).
If you are in a mood to visit catholic monuments, then visit the St. Lawrence’s Church, the Monastery of St. Scholastica and Our Lady of Annunciation Church which is run by the Dominican Order, all of them are in Vittoriosa (where the ferry will drop you). You will have to climb some streets and stairs in order to visit the heart of Vittoriosa. In Senglea, visit Singlea Basilica, famous for its statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer. In Cospicua, known as the fortified city, visit its fortification lines mainly Santa Margherita and Cottonera, built to protect the land front defences of Vittoriosa and Senglea.
Where To Eat: Even if you are pretty near to Valletta’s best restaurants, you can always stay in Vittoriosa/Birgu for an Italian-Mediterranean degustation lunch or dinner hosted in beautiful Maltese townhouse. The Top 3 restaurants in Vittoriosa are the Osteria VE, serving traditional Italian food in a 17th century townhouse; Del Borgo, a Maltese cuisine with great wine bar located in a beautiful rustic traditional townhouse; and Tal-Petut, a Mediterranean intimate restaurant which its specialities include the lampuki (fish) in white wine and the slow-cooked pork.
Have you already been in the 3 cities or in Malta? Don’t forget to drop me a comment with any recommendation, suggestion, or question! I will happily reply 🙂
Wish you all the best,
Author: Melanie Martins
Photography: Diogo Novo