Visiting the Three Cities

June 28, 2017

Older than Valletta, and as important to Malta’s history as Mdina, the Three Cities are often left unvisited by many!


Yet, they shouldn’t be. These three cities – Senglea (Isla), Vittoriosa (Birgu) and Cospicua (Bormla) – were called home by almost every people that conquered Malta through the ages. They even helped us keep back the enemy during the Great Siege of 1565 and during WWII. That’s not the only reason you should visit; these places offer a slice of authentic Maltese architecture, lifestyle and flair.

birgu maritime museum

Maritime Museum, Birgu – Being an island, it comes as no surprise that Malta’s history is linked to the sea. Situated within the Old Naval Bakery, the Maritime Museum is Malta’s largest and oldest industrialised building on the island. 

inquisitor palace

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu – The Inquisition made its way throughout Europe and South America in the 16th and 17th centuries, but most of its palaces were destroyed by the French. Yet this palace survived, because the powers that be of every period of history over these past five centuries used it. Today, it is the only palace of its kind to be open to the public anywhere in the world, and hosts a permanent exhibition of Malta’s religious traditions and includes historic reconstructions of domestic kitchen areas and private quarters.

norman house

The Norman House, Birgu – Not many people know about this, and that includes the locals! The Norman House in Birgu is a 13th-century house which has been renovated and restored to its former glory. While here, make sure you look out for all the tiny details, including galleons and a Christ carrying the cross etched on the walls.

three cities

Birgu Waterfront – To complete your day, take a walk down the romantic Birgu seafront, where restaurants and bars face a stunning yacht marina. Sit outside for a drink, or go all out with dinner and enjoy a spot of people-watching while basking in the beauty of the view! If you go in the morning, walk to the end to get to Fort St Angelo – ‘the jewel ‘in the crown of The Maltese Islands’ fortifications’.