The Red Tower (St Agatha's Tower)
Marfa Ridge, Mellieha
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- Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing
Expert review of The Red Tower (St Agatha's Tower)
During the reign of the Knights of St John, Malta was always at risk from the Ottoman Turks keen to take the islands for their own, as well as from opportunistic pirates. The Red Tower was built in 1647-8 to defend the Straits of Comino (it had cannons on its roof and up to 49 men) and to communicate warning of attack via other towers (by flag or fire on their roofs) to the capital Valletta.
Climb up to the roof with its four corner turrets and you can see exactly why the Knights built on this spot: the 360º view is spectacular encompassing most of Northern Malta, Comino and Gozo. There are clear lines of sight to the Comino Tower and the White Tower (at the other end of the Marfa Peninsula).
Entry is 1.50 euros or free to members of the National Trust because it is run by Malta's National Trust, Din L'Art Helwa. Donations are always welcome.
More information on The Red Tower (St Agatha's Tower):
- Price guide:
- Historic site, Viewpoint
- Marfa Ridge, Mellieha
- 21 215 222 / 21 225 952
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm. Closed Sundays.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Tower, Knights, watchtower