Cruising the Grand Harbour is one of Malta’s most peaceful and interesting tours… and has today become an integral part of the tourist itinerary for thousands of visitors to our islands.
The Grand Harbour (in Maltese: Il-Port il-Kbir) is a natural harbour. It has been used as a harbour since early Phoenician times. The natural harbour has been greatly improved with extensive docks and wharves, and has been massively fortified over centuries.
Our Grand Harbour set stage for various attacks and conquers leaving behind centuries of history and stories to tell.
This morning we set sail with Captain Bruce and Rayphil on a traditional boat named ‘id-dghajsa’ to discover the history of our majestic harbour and explore its magnificence from the sea.
What could be a better way to see the sights than from an exceptional vantage point, with the refreshing sea breeze caressing your face?
The main attraction of this harbour cruise is definitely the Valletta Grand Harbour. The imposing bastions of the fortified cities of Valletta and The Three Cities, together with the skyline of their baroque churches, provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable cruise around one of the world’s deepest natural harbours. One can also view the numerous Fortresses built by the Knights of St John that surround the entire harbour and the Historical Three Cities. The imposing Fort St. Angelo, at the tip of Vittoriosa (also known as Birgu), is considered to be the jewel in the crown of Malta’s architectural heritage.
Further in one can see the docks, which for centuries have provided a living for the inhabitants of the area, and continue to dominate the skyline.
Cruises can take place on different types of boats, all depending on the size of the group and a tour takes approximately 90 minutes.
This is definitely a experience not to be missed!
The Red Tower Opens After Major Restoration Project
Carried out in collaboration with the NGO Din l-Art Helwa, and funded by EU Funds and co-financed by the Malta Tourism Authority, Mellieha’s Iconic St.Agatha Tower, more commonly knows as The Red Tower, was reopened this week after extensive restoration on both its exterior and its interior.
This €306,000 restoration project is known as the Northern Coastal Watch and includes two other towers, one in Comino and one in Dwejra, Gozo, with a total investment of around 1 Million Euro.
The St Agatha Tower was built in 1649 by Grandmaster Lascaris of the Order of the Knights of St John, and is one of many defense towers which were built all over Malta and Gozo, hence its strategic position overlooking nearly all of Malta and Gozo. The Tower, which came to be known as The Red Tower, is under the remit of the NGO Din l-Art Helwa as from 1998.
Minister for Tourism, Julia Farrugia Portelli, speaking at the inauguration yesterday said that it is of great satisfaction that one of Malta’s Gems, which usually attracts some 30,000 tourists, has now been restored and conserved. She said that this project is part of the Government’s strategy, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to seize the opportunity, and enhance Malta’s Touristic and Cultural Heritage, through various restoration projects which are being carried out by the Malta Tourism Authority.
Find the full article here: https://bay.com.mt/watch-melliehas-iconic-red-tower-opens-after-major-restoration-project/
Exclusive viewing of the Fireworks Festival’s grand finale at Fort St Angelo
On Friday 7th August, the International Fireworks Festival will be coming to a close, displaying its grand finale of this year’s event. If you’re thinking of heading down to the Grand Harbour to watch the beautiful display, we’ve got the perfect idea. You can thank us later.
Heritage Malta is inviting the public to watch this spectacular fireworks fest from the glorious and extensive bastions of Fort St Angelo. Can you imagine the view? And there’s a bonus involved! This is the perfect opportunity to explore this historical landmark in Birgu.
Admission prices are at just €3; children under 11 years of age enter for free. Tickets will be available at the door, but it is important to note that for this event, the Heritage Malta students and seniors’ passports won’t be accepted.Sunshine, beaches, festas and more… this is summer in Malta!
Now that the days have gotten longer and the temperature has skyrocketed, the island has also become more and more alive. We can easily say that summer in Malta is one of the island’s main attractions!
Here are the top things to look forward to in summer in Malta!
LONGER DAYS TO ENJOY THE SUNSHINE
Summer days are longer which means that there is more sunshine to enjoy your day. Whether you’re going to the beach or you’re planning a fun day out to explore the island, you can count on daylight till around 8.30 pm.
DISCOVER ALL OF MALTA’S BEACHES
Whether you prefer rocky or sandy beaches, one of Malta’s highlights is the great opportunity of having the beach in close vicinity to everywhere!
WATCH THE SUNSET
Sunsets in Malta are glorious. If you’re spending a day by the beach, you can simply settle down with a beer or a bottle of wine and witness the island’s beauty as the sun goes down. Top sunset locations include Dingli Cliffs and the Mellieha area.
GO TO A FESTA CELEBRATION
There’s almost a festa celebration happening every summer weekend in Malta. Enjoy the perfect summer night with a fireworks display, celebratory bands and food from local food trucks. It’s the ultimate summer night on the island!
FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS ON THE ISLAND
Summer in Malta is jam-packed with various activities, especially when it comes to festivals and concerts. Popular festivals include The Isle of MTV, the Farsons Beer Festival, the Malta Jazz Festival, and many others. Make sure that you pencil in all the dates so you won’t miss a thing!
ENJOY DINNER BY THE SEA
Malta boasts a multitude of fantastic dining locations with an array of cuisines whilst you enjoy a breezy evening in Malta
DIVE INTO THE BIG BLUE
The Maltese Islands’ clear blue Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving. All three Islands offer some unique diving experiences with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks that make diving here some of the most interesting in the Mediterranean.
KAYAKING THE HIDDEN COVES
Enjoy the hidden spots and the island’s coast whilst exercising and enjoying the sea.