Houses of Character
A beautifully reconstructed ancient tower, once the property of the Maltese Knights is located in the heart of Birgu (named Vittoriosa after the victory over the Turks in 1565) and overlooks the most elegant harbour in Malta - the Grand Harbour Marina - with stunning views over the waterfront. The tower is made of the typical honey-coloured sandstone (globigerina) and comprises two wings, one sleeping 7 and the other 4/5. The larger wing has a very spacious kitchen (and separate wc) with those wonderful sea views and a very comfortable sofa bed. The lift takes you to the three bedrooms: the main double bedroom (queen size bed) has its own bathroom (tub), the other two twin bedded rooms share a shower and wc. The lift then takes you to the very ample and stunning drawing-room with terrace and picture window over St. Lawrence’s church and waterfront. The smaller wing has its kitchen on the ground floor, with steps leading up to the very tastefully decorated dining/living area (sofa bed) with two twin-bedded rooms that can be put together to make a double and bathroom with tub, shower and bidet. This wing also has its own smaller terrace overlooking the harbour. Both wings feature washing machines, air conditioning, ‘round-the-clock free broadband wi-fi internet connection and well-equipped kitchens. Parking is provided free of charge in the garage (larger wing) and the house private parking, outside (smaller wing - one spot).
Vittoriosa, or Birgu, one of the Three Cities, lies on one of the promontories jutting into Grand Harbour, opposite Valletta. At its tip is Fort St Angelo, perhaps the oldest fortification on the Islands. The strategic position of both fort and city over the millennia has led some to call this area `the cradle of Maltese history'. Certainly settlers and rulers from the Phoenicians to the British all made use of the defences here. To honour the part played by the city of Birgu, Grand Master de Valette renamed it Civitas Vittoriosa, `Victorious Town'. Vittoriosa was the first home of the Knights when they arrived in 1530. As such, it contains many important architectural riches. The Knights `auberges' (inns of residence), palaces and churches here are older than those in Valletta. Highlights include the Church of St Lawrence, designed by Malta's most prominent baroque architect, Lorenzo Gafà, the Inquisitor's Palace, Fort St Angelo and the Maritime Museum.