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“The pace is slow, the people are friendly and the area itself is unashamedly authentic.”

Vittoriosa & Valletta’s history

When staying at our holiday accommodation on the island of Malta, you’ll be following in the steps of the maritime Knights of St John who were drawn to a settlement at the time known as Birgu right next to the Grand Harbour. The Knights adopted the town, fortifying and embellishing it. Following their victory in the Great Siege of 1565, the town was bestowed with the name Vittoriosa (victorious) an the knights went on to build the new town of Valletta.

Indulgence Divine's location - Vittoriosa - makes for a more grown-up experience. It appeals to those interested in history, cafes, restaurants, wine bars and the local way of life. Vittoriosa is a pleasant 10 minute ferry journey from the capital city of Valletta, making it an ideal base to discover the island from.

Right on your doorstep

Here's the position of Indulgence Divine on the map and below it a few choice places of interest and some established events, all within a short distance from our holiday rental.

Winding lanes of history

Wander through the narrow winding streets of the old part of this city - the Collachio where our rental is nestled. The streets have witnessed history & survived to tell the tale.

On your doorstep, Vittoriosa | Photo by MHH

Birgu Marina

The Birgu waterfront with its exclusive yacht marina offers a picturesque area for dining al fresco & views of the Grand Harbour at one of the restaurants and cafes along the seafront.

10 min walk, Vittoriosa Waterfront

Vittoriosa by candlelight / Birgufest

Vittoriosa celebrates the month of October with a weekend of events called BirguFest. On Saturday evening the town is imbued with the light from thousands of candles. 

On your doorstep, Vittoriosa | October | More information

Inquisitor's Palace

The seat of the Maltese Inquisition from 1574 to 1798. It now houses the National Museum of Ethnography.and exhibits relating to the Inquisition. Look out for the graffiti on cell walls.

1 min walk, Triq il-Palazz ta' L-Isqof, Vittoriosa | More information

Maritime Museum

Built in the 1840s as the main bakery for the Mediterranean Fleet of the British Royal Navy, this building now houses Malta's Maritime Museum. 

7 min walk, Vittoriosa Waterfront | T. 2166 0052 | More information

Fort St Angelo

This jewel in the crown of the islands has played a vital role in the Great Siege of 1565. Recently restored and reopened to the public with information presented in various media.

14 min walk, at the tip of the Vittoriosa peninsula | More information

Dock 1

A lovely walk along the newly landscaped Dock 1 which spreads on the shores of the Three Cities. Used since the Romans as a harbour, now more likely used as a practice spot for the regatta.

10 min walk, Dock 1, Bormla waterfront

The Hypogeum

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, dating back to about 4000 BC. The complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC.

20 min bus journey | Burial St., Paola | More information

Getting to Valletta

There are 3 different bus services which get you there or you can call a cab. The quickest way is by water taxi or ferry (approx 15 mins), both of which depart from the waterfront.

Buses No. 2, 3 & 4 | Water taxi or ferry from waterfront | Cab Service

St John's Co Cathedral

The Grand Masters & knights contributed to enrich their conventual church with the best works of art and to make this one of the most fabulous of Baroque churches.

20 min ferry & walk| St John's St., Valletta | More information

Malta at War Museum

Housed in an 18th century army barracks and underground rock-cut air raid shelter, this museum boasts a collection of artifacts, memorabilia, medals, uniforms & weaponry.

4 min walk, Couvre Porte, Vittoriosa | T. 2189 6617| More information

The Regatta

Held bi-annually to commemorate withdrawal of British Royal Navy and Victory Day respectively. Rowers from 7 different clubs compete in races which can be viewed from waterfront.

31 Mar & 08 Sep | Anywhere by the Grand Harbour

Norman House

This private house, parts of which date to the 13th century has been meticulously restored by its owner and is at times open to the public. Notice its 15th century Norman window.

2 min walk| Triq it-Tramuntana, Vittoriosa

Grandmaster's Palace

Do visit this beautiful palace, even if it's just to see the 18th century French Gobelins tapestries and the visual narration of the Great Siege painted by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio

25 min ferry & walk | St George's Square, Valletta | More information

Malta International Fireworks Festival

Fireworks are a feature of the many village feasts in summer. This festival attracts a variety of international pyrotechnic companies competing to outdo each other.

28 Apr to 02 May| Waterfront, Vittoriosa | More information

The Chinese Garden of Serenity

Four gardens make up a layout symbolising the journey of life, embracing the Yin and Yang philosophy. A quiet space to be alone with one's thoughts away from the noisy traffic.

25 min bus journey | Triq Katerina Vitale, Santa Lucia

Casa Rocca Piccola

This private house, parts of which date to the 13th century has been meticulously restored by its owner and is at times open to the public. Notice its 15th century Norman window.

20 min by ferry & walk | 74 Republic St., Valletta | More info

Markets

Wake up early for the Farmer's Market on Sat mornings to purchase fresh fruit & vegetables. Tuesday morning's is a good size market selling all and Sunday morning is flea market.

10 min walk | Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays | Fortini, Vittoriosa

Birgu Main Square

The noisy hub of Birgu where the locals congregate. Plenty of cafes where to take your morning coffee out in the sun while watching the world go by. Try Cafe du Brazil or Bebirgu.

4 min walk| Misrah ir-Rebha, Vittoriosa

St Joseph's Oratory

Quirky museum open weekdays 10am to noon. Amongst exhibits related to local history, one can find La Valette's sword and hat. Look out for the beautiful set of 1609 playing cards.

4 min walk | By St Lawrence Church, Vittoriosa

Renzo Piano's Parliament building

Valletta's new entrance by renowned architect Renzo Piano is at once majestic & restrained. The parliament facade has been sculpted like Maltese stone eroded by the elements.

20 min ferry & walk| Valletta | Photo Cyril Sancereau

Swimming in the clear sea of Malta

Plenty of options: For best sandy beaches go West. Locals go as close as Kalkara (15 min walk) to swim. Our favourite is St Peter's Pool (pic above), close to Marsaxlokk.

23 min cab ride | St Peter's Pool

Local village feasts

Each village has its feast day dedicated to its patron saint, crowned by a huge party with many fireworks and a church parade the day after. Vittoriosa has two.

Late May to Mid September | All over Malta

Restaurants, bars and cafes

Click on the picture above for our favourite from the many lovely restaurants, bars and cafes in and around Vittoriosa. We hope to add more in time.

Vittoriosa & around

"The location is beautiful and makes getting around very easy."

Cultural events

A few of the events in Malta throughout the year.

Malta Jazz Festival

Summer’s on its way and life on the island starts to head outdoors making the most of the lovely weather.

The season brings with it various outdoor festivals, music and general joie de vivre. My favourite is the international Malta Jazz Festival, after all is there anything better than a seaside soundtrack to your holiday?

This year’s festival promises to be a good one with some big names up on stage including Jazzmeia Horn.

Valletta | 15 - 20 Jul 2019 | More information

Comedy Knights

Medieval Mdina Festival

The amazing ly preserved Medieval city of Mdina is the setting for two days of re-enactments and pageantry that evoke the island between 1200 and 1500 AD.

Streets of Mdina| 04 - 05 May 2019 | More information

Carnival float

Valletta Concours d'Elegance

International event where the finest local and international historic and concours level vintage and classic cars participate together in this Concours d’Elegance.

St George's Square, Valletta | 09 Jun 2019 | More information

Artwork

Valletta Contemporary

2018 has seen a new gallery space in Valletta for the Maltese contemporary art scene. An interactive centre where culture is the subject of perpetual discussion.

15,16,17 East Street, Valletta | More information

Musicians at the Three Palaces Festival

The Three Palaces Festival

The excellence of the music is matched only by the uniqueness of its setting, with the three Presidential Palaces adding a further layer of history and narrative to the festival.

Various locations | 01 - 10 Nov 2019 | More information

Vanishing Valletta

Malta International Arts Festival

Start Summer on a good note! Performances, music, visual arts, theatre, dance, opera, installations, films, community projects, interactive and participatory events.

Various locations | 29 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 | More information

Valletta Film Festival

Valletta Film Festival

Malta's largest festival of its kind, showing over 40 feature films and 25 short films. Organised by the Film Grain Foundation, screenings in various venues.

Various sites in Valletta| 14 - 23 June 2019| More information

World Music Festival

Malta World Music Festival

Celebrates the diversity of Mediterranean and world music, bringing together a rich programme of Maltese music bands and international world music acts.

Fort St Elmo, Valletta| September 2019| More information

Carnival float

Valletta Concours d'Elegance

International event where the finest local and international historic and concours level vintage and classic cars participate together in this Concours d’Elegance.

St George's Square, Valletta | 09 Jun 2019 | More information

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16th C. House
Sleeps 2 Adults
Air Condition
Self-Catering
Free WiFi
Airport Pickup

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