This week Marinanow invites you to Malta, the most fascinating and mysterious island of the Mediterranean. We will discover a safe and welcoming mooring: Grand Harbor Marina Vittoriosa
Malta and the city of Vittoriosa
Vittoriosa (in Maltese Il-Birgu) is a small town on the island of Malta known for its key role during the sacking of Malta in 1565 by the Turks.
The city, founded on the Great Harbour of Malta around Fort St. Angelo, has always been the main port on the island. In 1530, with the arrival of the Knights Hospitallers, Vittoriosa became the capital of the nation by replacing Mdina, located inland.
After 1565, the year of the Sacking of Malta, thanks to the help from all over Europe, Grand Master Jean de la Valette was able to build a new fortified city. The city was built on Mount Sceberras, located on the peninsula opposite Birgu from which the Turks had bombed the city. The new capital was called Valletta by the name of the Grand Master, while Birgu became Vittoriosa City.
In 1798, after Napoleon Bonaparte, the conqueror of the island, was expelled from the Maltese, the Royal Navy made Vittoriosa its military base in the Mediterranean Sea until 1979.
This incredible history makes Vittoriosa one of the most mysterious and fascinating cities in the world. The inhabited centre is made up of picturesque architecture, largely of medieval origin.
Among its streets you can enjoy a relaxing walk or engage in the history of this land by visiting its museums of art, handicrafts, folklore, military and maritime history as well as the churches, cathedrals, palaces, gardens and ancient archaeological sites.
In the modern part of Vittoriosa, near the marina, there are cozy bars and restaurants with an intimate atmosphere, wineries, taverns and all the shops.
But the island is undoubtedly famous for its stunning scenery. The colours are bright between the honey-colored stone of the buildings and the blue of the Mediterranean. The climate is mild and perfect for welcoming visitors in all seasons.
Due to its landscape, water-sports and outdoor activities are the island’s central attractions. For those who love the sea, there is scuba diving, water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing. Just a few miles from Vittoriosa, you can visit Gozo, the legendary island inhabited by the Calypso nymph, which features some of the most beautiful diving spots in the Mediterranean.
The city is also rich in sports facilities: tennis courts, golf, squash, cricket and rugby, while many of the larger hotels have gyms and spa centres.
Malta is also a destination loved by climbers and hikers. The luxuriant coastline with its magnificent cliffs offers a challenging but interesting terrain for both novices and experts.
The Vittoriosa Marina, Grand Harbor, is ideally located on the eastern coast of Malta.
Its promenade full of restaurants, bars and cafes is framed by historic buildings built about 500 years ago that are now protected and considered UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to taste local or international cuisine and spend an evening in the many local bars, the choice is really great. But among the most popular pubs, especially those who go by sea, there is the Cargo, which hosts many events throughout the year.
The marina can accommodate yachts up to 100 metres and its first-class facilities provide 24-hour assistance, all the best quay facilities and the amenities of a berth located just metres from the city centre.
Among the services you will find:
The Marina is also well-equipped with a naval shipyard with all the maintenance services for superyachts and large boats. Inside the shipyard there is a 160 metre dock and a 140 metre wharf, where you will find workshops, warehouses, and administration and crew offices. The yard provides you with:
- Electrical and electronic specialists
- Marine engines and hydraulic specialists
- Engineering, welding and mechanical workshops
- Repairs in steel, GRP and wood
- Travel lift and covered storage (up to 140m)
- Rescue boat and RIB maintenance service
The young and friendly team is at your disposal for all your needs and are ready to make your stay unforgettable!