Within seconds of waking, you can step from the apartment and into a blissful, safe sea, in the midst of magnificence and majesty, for you are in the heart of the earliest settlement of Malta, which became the first Maltese city of the Knights of St. John, and later the British Naval Headquarters for the Mediterranean for 150 years.
You look out toward the old British Naval hospital in Bighi, a classical-style building, that is now home to Malta's restoration centre. Beside you is Fort St. Angelo, and before you the World Heritage City of Valletta, accessible in 5 minutes by boat taxi from the waterfront (or 20 minutes by bus). An international marina is behind you, together with the Maritime Museum, and the Inquisitor's Palace. You are a five minute walk from the historic town of Vittoriosa, packed full of heritage buildings to visit, including the homes of the Knights of St John. It is here in Vittoriosa, that the Knights established their administration of the Maltese islands.
There are several quality restaurants along the Marina promenade and wine bars within the alleys of Vittoriosa city. All are within walking distance of the apartment. Area Details Vittoriosa is one of the towns designated 'city' by the Knights of St. John. The atmosphere is steeped in history and intrigue. A profound sense of silence and peacefulness embraces you as you saunter through the streets of ancient houses and dwelling places. The church of St. Lawrenz dominates. Vittoriosa has been a popular film location and some of the buildings have featured time and again in films that you may well have seen. The Count of Monte Christo, Gladiator, and Troy were in part filmed within the Three Cities.
An international marina now plays host to an increasing number of super yachts from all over the world that come to berth for days at a time. Cruise liners gracefully glide into the Grand Harbour of Valletta, and these you can watch from the balcony of the apartment. Life on the sea is constantly rolling by. Always a quiet dignity prevails, and you can truly 'just be'.
The Maritime Museum is along the waterfront, and several small museums within the city walls. The Inquisitor's Palace is close by. From Vittoriosa square you have access to a swathe of exceptional restaurants with inspiring marina views: 'Sottovento', 'Manchurian', 'Tate' and 'Two and a Half Lemon' to entice you. There's also 'Twist', an ice cream bar here too. 'Cantina', and 'Del Borgo' are wine bars with food options ... all within easy walking distance of the apartment.
The Hypogeum, a world heritage site, is accessible by direct bus from the village of Vittoriosa as are the Tarxien Temples close by to the Hypogeum. DO BOOK your ticket(s) for THE HYPOGEUM on the internet before you leave home as tours do get booked well in advance. Go to: www.heritagemalta.org/hypogeum.html
The area is particularly popular with local fishermen. For those who love to fish, your meditative companions are more than likely to be Maltese. An inviting outcrop of rock immediately below the apartment is ideal for you to fish from. In addition the marina is popular with locals too.
Wireless Internet Access. Do bring a wireless card. Also available: A wide selection of videos (many for children), a selection of traditional board games, and the magical Spanish Frog game. Travel Details Local boatmen are available to whisk you by boat to the World Heritage City of Valletta, to Sliema in the north of the island, and to the newly restored waterfront warehouse promenade, where you can meander and enjoy dining. The cost of the boat to Valletta is about Lm 1.00 per person.
There are also frequent buses to Valletta. From Valletta you have access by bus to the entire island.
There are also taxi and car-hire firms nearby.
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