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Malta Must-Sees: The Three Cities

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It´s time to find out the next spot in our selection of Malta Must-See locations. Let´s take a short tour around the Three Cities!

1. Birgu, Bormla and Isla Waterfront

Often referred to as Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla) these three ancient cities definitely deserve a visit. Dating back to the time of the knights of St. John when Grand Masters built palaces and stately homes pre-dating Valletta, these cities combine an air of grandeur with simple and derelict buildings (such as the old dock in Cospicua) that provide strong contrast. Walk along the water’s edge through these three cities admiring tiny traditional wooden boats alongside super yachts moored at Grand Harbour Marina in Birgu. Take in the stunning architecture and have regular coffee breaks at the waterside cafes and restaurants.

Birgu by nightGetting to the Birgu, Bormla and Isla Waterfront

The best way to arrive is no doubt by boat. Ferries and traditional dgħajjes leave Valletta at regular intervals; see schedule here:
Ferry Services

Buses are also available. Stop: Żejt.

2. Maritime Museum

Witness Malta’s maritime history from pre-history to present day through the fascinating artefacts kept in this Museum in Birgu. Discover intriguing ancient maritime instruments dating back to the 15th century, miniature models of ceremonial gondolas belonging to the Knights of St John, models of the different types of traditional Maltese dgħajjes (boats), and an impressive collection of artillery. Look out for the model Carrack, essentially a super yacht from the time of the Knights that included a large chapel, a small orchard of citrus trees and a bakery that supplied fresh bread daily.

Maritime MuseumVisiting the Maritime Museum

Tickets to the museum cost €3.50 for students and €5 for adults.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 09.00 – 17.00hrs.

Getting to the Maritime Museum

Found on the Birgu (Vittoriosa) waterfront, the Maritime museum can be reached by ferry or boat from Valletta (ask to stop in Birgu) or by bus. Stop: Żejt.

Check out our complete chapter “What to see & experience – Memorable Malta” in our Malta Travel Guide to find more suggestions. Download it now for FREE!

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