Best places to explore around the Three Cities

15 November 2018

Are you looking for some inspiration before you book your flights to Malta? Then let us introduce you to some of the best places to visit in The Three Cities.  In case you are not familiar with the term, The Three Cities is the popular name given to the neighbourhood of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua (aka Birgu, Isla and Bormla respectively) in Malta. They play an important role as a historical area and one should definitely take the time to explore them. Here are our tips for some of the best spots around the area!

Fort St. Angelo 

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Located in Vittoriosa, this is one of the most iconic places on the island, especially when viewed from the opposite side of the coast; the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. Heritage Malta has finally opened some restored sections of the fort to provide public access to the magical views of the harbour. 

The fort was also used as a location for the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. Admire the Red Keep Prison and the Underground Chambers in just one memorable visit to St. Angelo. 

Inquisitor’s Palace

Also known as the Sacred Palace, the Inquisitor’s Palace is one location in Vittoriosa that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Malta, especially because it is one of the very few surviving Inquisitor’s palaces around the world. The building holds a great history and it’s always open to the public. Nowadays, this place is the National Museum of Ethnography, which is visited by thousands of locals and tourists throughout the year. 

Fort Rinella

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Also located near Vittoriosa, Fort Rinella is a coastal battery built by the British in 1878, housing an Armstrong 100-ton gun. The aim behind building this battery was to protect the Brits’ naval superiority in the Mediterranean from the Italians, which were seen as a threat with their ironclad battleships. Thrilling, isn’t it? 

By going there, you and your family can enjoy a guided tour, a film show as well as access to all demonstrations and re-enactments. Sounds like the perfect cultural day out!


Are you into science and experimentation? Then, you’re going to love this one! Esplora is a recently-opened Interactive Science Centre located at Villa Bighi, Kalkara, a neighbouring village to Vittoriosa. Don’t miss your chance to participate in the hands-on workshops and explore the magic of science in this stunning location!

Maritime Museum 

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Located within the Old Naval Bakery, the Malta Maritime Museum, at Vittoriosa seafront, proudly showcases some unique artefacts, including the largest known Roman anchor in the world and the largest ship model belonging to the Order of St. John. Today the museum hosts over 20,000 famous pieces of art belonging to Malta’s maritime past. In just one visit, you can travel through a fascinating 7,000 years of history!

These are, of course, just a few suggestions of what you can see in The Three Cities of Malta. Even just a stroll around the narrow and winding streets and the marinas there, that have seen history unfold and evolve, will be a special experience. 

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Include these remarkable cities on your agenda during your holidays in Malta and experience nothing more than rich heritage, friendly locals and picturesque views!

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