Birgu / Vittoriosa
Birgu / Vittoriosa, The Three Cities
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing
Best for Romance - Expert review of Birgu / Vittoriosa
Birgu - officially now called Vittoriosa (but locals all call it Birgu) - is still Medieval in feel, and the Collachio – the area the Knights reserved for themselves when they took over Malta in 1530 - is much as they left it when they moved to Valletta just 40 years later. An historic maze of small streets, Birgu is a wonderful place to wander around just soaking up the atmosphere and the history.
Right on the Grand Harbour with creeks either side, Birgu was fiercely fought over when the Ottoman Turks attacked in the Great Siege of 1565, and again during the Second World War. It is surrounded by historic fortifications and offers marvellous views across the harbour to Valletta.
More information on Birgu / Vittoriosa:
- Price guide:
- Historic site, Neighbourhood / street, Viewpoint
- Birgu / Vittoriosa, The Three Cities
- Months open:
- All year round