11 Things to Do in the Three Cities, Malta

Malta, Birgu Guide (B): 11 Things to Do in the Three Cities, Malta

For many visitors to Malta, the nation’s capital of Valletta is the main Maltese city that they will explore. But it by no means the only city on the islands and you need only look across The Grand Harbour for proof. If you’ve visited Valletta and been to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, then you’ve likely looked across to the Three Cities and their fortresses.

The Three Cities is the popular name given to the neighbourhoods of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua that sit across the Grand Harbour and surround the Vittoriosa Marina. Each is known by multiple names, Senglea or L’Isla, Cospicua or Bormla and Birgu or Vittoriosa. This is due to their long history and Malta’s history of changing hands repeatedly. In fact, the fortified Birgu dates back before the founding of Valletta and both Senglea and Cospicua were built at the same time as the capital. Thus the Three Cities is an important historic urban area and one well taking the time to explore.

To be clear they aren’t the only three cities of Malta. It’s just the name for these close neighbourhoods, and there are far more than three on Malta. Relative to the likes of Sliema, St Julian’s and even Valletta, the Three Cities provide a far more authentic look at ordinary Maltese life. Just because they’re residential neighbourhoods doesn’t mean they lack attractions however. If you’ve explored Valletta and wondering where to go next, the Three Cities are worth a look and here’s why.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 11 Things to Do in the Three Cities, Malta
Guide Location: Malta » Birgu
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Maritime Museum   St. Lawrence’s Church   Fort Saint Angelo   Inquisitor’s Palace  
Author: David Johnston
Read it on author's website: http://www.travelsewhere.net/three-cities/