The Citadel
The Citadel
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  • Passport643143
    Taunton, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Money well-spent in upgrading the Citadel
    A great experience. €5 for the museums including a really informative visitor centre. We really enjoyed our trip and seeing all of the upgrades making the visitor experience much better in the last few years. My little one loved running around in the ditch area which now looks lovely. The pushchair was a challenge with all of the steps but nothing that can be done about that!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Moniaits
    London, United Kingdom1,481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dominates Victoria
    Dominating the city of Victoria in Gozo, it’s impressive. We visited all the different museums inside as we purchased a Heritage Malta multi ticket. If you haven’t, however, don’t bother. They do not offer any further information than you have already seen from other sites in Malta. Just walk around and absorb the sites.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Tito O
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience! Very well restored Citadel, with lots of interpretive aids.
    Amazing experience! Very well restored Citadel, with lots of interpretive aids. Get to see splendid views of the whole Gozo island. Getting there from Malta is very easy via the ferry service.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • bulkington43
    York, United Kingdom20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good day out
    A short bus journey from the fast ferry from Valetta and then a steep climb upwards. The excellent visitors centre gives an overview before entering the main site. We bought the ticket for 4 of the museums and particularly liked the Historic House Folk museum and the Old Prison but the more interesting activity was just to wander the streets and the walls and enjoy the views. Don't bother with the cathedral.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic fortress on the hill top
    A 10-minute walk up-hill from the central square gets you to the base of the Citadel. You can climb stairs or take the elevator from there. Interesting to walk around. Several gift shops and cafes scattered throughout. And it's FREE unless you want to visit any of the museums. Great views from the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Richard C
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed.
    We were on Gozo in 2020 - but came back to the Citadel because a) it is a great place to wander and the views are fantastic and b) we wanted to visit some of the exhibitions that were closed in 2020 due to covid. We were not disappointed. The €5 for the museums / exhibitions is worth it to give a better understanding of the history and use of the Citadel. The prison and the town house are especially worthwhile. Note: entry to the Citadel itself is free…just walk in. But if you want to then visit any of the museums inside you will have to go back to the entrance or the prison to purchase tickets. Entry to the cathedral is completely separate. We visited at 10am and then went home for a siesta and returned at sunset to walk the walls and enjoy the atmospheric historic centre lit-up (again…there is no fee for walking the walls at sunset!)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Tiberiu_Baranyi
    Timisoara, Romania13,024 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Citadel of Victoria ...
    When you are visiting Gozo , a stop in Victoria is a must do and since you are there you may want to include a visit to the Citadel of Victoria. Built in XVIth century by the knights of St. John and expended later on - preserved nicely so today you can walk amongst the old fortifications. Pity the museum and the visitors center were closed during the time we were visiting , and the church inside the fortifications also - however it was a very stroll between the walls and bastions ... getting up the fortified walls and taking some pictures ... A very nice place to visit , loaded with history so when you are in the area I recommend you visit it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • juliaandadam123
    Ashford, United Kingdom1,733 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astounding
    Old architecture just makes me stand in awe of it. Unfortunately a mix up in our tour meant we had no time to go in and have a good look around, spending quality time there. But from the outside you can see just how majestic it is. We will definitely find some time to come and have a better visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • roermobl
    Hampshire, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to spend a morning
    Great to wander round, lots of little museums and shops, photo opportunities, great views, and plenty of shady spots to cool down in. It's worth going into the visitor centre for the interactive displays and to pick up a museums entrance ticket for €5. Not too busy when we went in early July. I'd suggest avoiding the open air cafe (drinks are extremely expensive) and going to one of the many other cafes in Victoria.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Gino079
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great free place to wander
    Free visit to Citadel, museums are pay on entry. A really good wander. We did Mdina on ferry trip and hop on hop off bus. Only had time for 3 stops but all worked as we hoped. Spoke to another couple who did coach tour in the same time and they described it as a hurded tour
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
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Fiona M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
My partner and I were astounded at only having to pay €5 for entry into the Cittadella - as tourist attractions go, the offering here is value for money in the truest sense of the word. Worth noting that entry cannot be paid by cash here.

We loved the modern and interactive exhibits in the visitor centre, the 9 min movie (which is screened on all 4 walls in the room) was excellent and we particularly loved learning about prison life, in the old jail.

We spent time just wandering around the winding paths and staircases and loved the views from the highest points.

I would highly recommend a trip to the Citadella to anyone that wants to get a real flavour of Gozo's history and immerse themselves in lovely surroundings.
Written October 12, 2022
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Ella C.
Maastricht, The Netherlands6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
The citadel is very easy to reach and for free, you can spend quite a while strolling through the streets and exploring the citadelle. Afterwards, we went around the whole island with a taxi for a very good price, Maria Lourdes Formosa brought us everywhere safely and told us interesting things about the location and local customs. Very recommendable! (You can reach her on +356 9942 9274).
Written August 26, 2021
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK3,596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
There is no charge to wander through the Citadella. However, for €5 you can buy a multi-ticket for the four (not that good) museums inside. We also splashed out an extra €2 for the car park located just beyond the main entrance. The views from the ramparts are impressive.
Written August 31, 2022
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mrc282
World8,292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
what a lovely place to spend 1-2 hours. the citadel is free to enter. you only need to pay 5e if you wish to visit selected museums

since it is located high up, it is also a good vantage point for surrounding neighborhoods and farmlands.
Written January 15, 2023
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George G
Barking, UK144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Definitely worth the climb. The views of the rest of the island & Malta are outstanding.
The building is amazing.
Make sure that you take a walk around the outside of the whole building.
Obtaining entrance to the building needs to be improved - you currently have to walk down a path way with a signing stating that the Citadel is closed for the day (ignore this) - you will find a small door way with a sign stating tickets available, make sure you go in - don't miss this place.
Written October 11, 2021
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roermobl
Hampshire, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great to wander round, lots of little museums and shops, photo opportunities, great views, and plenty of shady spots to cool down in. It's worth going into the visitor centre for the interactive displays and to pick up a museums entrance ticket for €5. Not too busy when we went in early July. I'd suggest avoiding the open air cafe (drinks are extremely expensive) and going to one of the many other cafes in Victoria.
Written August 14, 2023
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babystepper
Big Flats, NY332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Great place with no required entrance fee (!) If you are driving I highly recommend the parking lot at the last hairpin in the entrance road (gps may show as private for the church, seems to be this is only restricted if there is a church function otherwise anyone can use) - 2euro fee iirc.

Wonderful step back in time (or step up lol - use the lifts from the visitor center if walking up from town). Stroll through the narrow lanes, enjoy the incredible views, and poke into stores and museums and the church - also cafes. Lifts are free, the visitor center is part of a group of facilities for 5eruo pp including a historic home in the Citadel and a few other museums in the Citadel. Visitor center is small but well done.
Written August 31, 2022
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BillM007
Harrogate, UK275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We visited Gozo from Valletta on the Gozo/Valletta fast ferry (45 mins each way).
It casts €30 for four of us and on the return we paid €38 for the VIP seats (well worth the small extra). On arrival in Gozo we got the local bus to Victoria, the capital. The highlight of Victoria is the magnificent fortified Citadel. There is so much to experience and see in the Citadel and Victoria. We spent 3.5 hours there and congratulated ourselves in not using the hop on hop off bus as we would have not had long in Victoria. Nice cafés in Victoria often in beautiful squares.
Written April 20, 2022
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This huge citadel is overlooking Rabat and surroundings. It's an enormous structure - do not miss it when visiting Gozo. The walls are thick, the views are very good on a clear day. Behind the walls you will find a small city with its own streets, church, old prison, museum and so on. The whole citadel complex dates back to early 17th century - a lot of information can be obtained at the visitor centre, but if you don't have much time, just wander around and enjoy.
Written May 31, 2020
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pulcino3
San Francisco496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I visited the Citadel very early morning. One office in the Citadel had the door open, and there were two men chatting inside. I politely knocked, said hello, and asked if I could have some tap water, as stores in town were still closed.
One of the men (see attached photo) jumped from his desk, rapidly approached me threateningly, and angrily shouting "Get out, get out!". A surprising, scary, and outrageous reaction from Catholic staff, that left me with bitter memories of the Citadel. A shame!
Written February 3, 2020
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