Birgu, better known at The Victorious City, is an old fortified city in the South Eastern region of Malta. Surrounded by beautiful water and tall honey-colored stone buildings, the town is peaceful, and those heading to Birgu with coliving in mind can enjoy the less crowded streets.
Birgu was the island's first capital and is filled with proud history oozing through the architecture, churches, and museums. With origins dating back to medieval times, it's easy to see that Greeks, Romans, and Arabs influenced the expansion of Birgu.
One of Birgu's most famous sights is Fort St Angelo. It was built very strategically on the peninsula, the seat of Grand Master, and provided a military function during the Knights' period and beyond.
The historic Vittoriosa Waterfront that was once home the former Palace of the General of the Galleys and the Order of St John's treasury has been restored. It now houses a casino and the famous Malta Maritime Museum.
Most appealing about Birgu is the lifestyle led by the locals. The local's lifestyles are intertwined with the popular Birgu waterfront. Often days on end are filled with sunbathing on yachts, eating the most delicious food, and drinking only the best wines. The prestigious Grand Harbor Marina is often covered in a blanket of beautiful yachts, which makes it a perfect chance to take a boat trip to see the historic riches from the sea.
Birgu is filled with cafes and restaurants serving delicious foods complimenting the relaxed atmosphere. The food in Birgu is rich, homey, and will have you craving for more. Be sure to try the pastizzi, a savory pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas.
Although many swims in the harbor, if you are up for a little adventure, then St. Peter's Pool is just a short water taxi ride away from the pier to Marsaxlokk village. Rinella at Kalkara is also great at a small sandy beach great for swimming, relaxing, and sunbathing.
Birgu offers a simple yet historically rich and glamorous lifestyle. As the digital nomad trend and the ability to work anywhere grows, so does coliving in this stunning city. Most attractions are within walking distance. The city is safe, and what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm.
Here are some fun facts about Birgu:
- Birgu was instrumental in the Great Siege of 1565 as it withstood ferocious attacks from the Ottoman invaders
- Fort St Angelo was closed for almost ten years while being restored. The famous fort is now open to visitors
- Del Borgo is a restaurant offering a wine cellar with over 300 wines, definitely a wine connoisseurs dream
- Birgu has many festivals, but the Birgufest is a national celebration of the cities history, and architecture held in October is well worth the visit