Information about the Birgu(Vittoriosa) Ghost Tour
- Language: English
- Duration: 2 hours
- Meeting point: Vittoriosa Main Gate near Cafe Riche
- Ending point: Vittoriosa Waterfront
- Notes: comfortable footwear, warm clothing and umbrellas are recommended, includes uphill walking and stairs, advised to carefully manage transport since the tour ends at around 2200hrs
The beautiful and ancient maritime city of Vittoriosa, or Birgu as it is known by the Maltese, is the oldest settlement in the Grand Harbour area. Ideally situated for safe anchorage, the area has been occupied since prehistoric times, developing strong connections with maritime, mercantile and military activities over the centuries.
Serving as a home to the navies of the Order of St. John and the British, it also withstood 2 brutal sieges: by the Ottoman Turks during the Great Siege of 1565, and during World War Two, when the constant Axis air attacks between 1940-43 caused widespread death and destruction throughout the city.
These and the many other dark events witnessed by Vittoriosa throughout the course of history have left their imprint, as attested by the many ghosts that reputedly haunt this city. Tales of hauntings, the Holy Roman Inquistion and its torture methods, public executions, and tragedies that took place across the centuries are all included in the Vittoriosa Dark Tour. Join us to learn more about Vittoriosa's dark past.
This tour is a normal-paced walking tour of Vittoriosa by night. It is generally accessible but includes streets with stairs that offer no alternative method of passage.