Three Cities
Three Cities
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  • JPswim
    Ipswich, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip and views
    Having visited Valletta before we would looking for something different, the ferry is a great way to see Valletta from the water. 10 min ride enables a walk around Maltese streets and cafes along the waterfront. Ferry’s run every 30mins Easier way to locate is across the road at bottling m of millennium lift. Definitely recommend for a relaxed half day sightseeing, timed right would be able to see 12noon canon.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Zarza's Travels
    Auckland, New Zealand1,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Number. 1 thing to do in Valletta. Magical!
    The number 1 thing to do in Valletta in my opinion! Take the elevator down to the seafront and hop on one of the smaller boats (2 euros each way) and experience the splendour of both Valletta and the three cities. When you arrive, well...simply walk and take in the sights and smells! I'd suggest a morning or afternoon is long enough to have a good walk round - especially in the heat! Lovely views, cafes and people everywhere!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
  • KmanWent
    Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ferry to Three Cities
    Easy to get to from Valletta. Motorised catamaran holding 100 people costs 2.8 Euro return, or less if you qualify for a concession. I'm over 65 so my ticket was 90 euro cents return. Had ID but wasn't needed. You can also go over on a motorised skiff which holds 6-8 people (with no lifejackets, and you sit on the edge) for 2 Euro a head. Three cities themselves (well, Birgu and L'Isla) also well worth a visit, for tourist sites and restaurants.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Hobby
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,525 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A v interesting place to visit
    Caught the hydrofoil from Valletta, to Cospicua, cost €2 each return, then walked along the front to view Valetta. Then caught the land train, which cost €6 each for 30 min tour of all 3 cities. There were v few tourists so fairly quiet, completely different to Valetta, with lots of history and lovely looking buildings. We will return to explore on foot.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • RCRC
    Cork, Ireland172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So interesting and quiet compared to Valletta, well worth tge visit
    War of Malta museum and staff are great..St Lawrence Church is amazing and lovely lady hosting entrance..So quiet rather than Valletta. Happy train takes you everywhere, almost for € 6.. Ferry there us short with great views.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Matthew P
    London, United Kingdom5,616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful City
    The first thing you will notice as you get off the ferry, how quiet it is and so fewer people. A short walk and you are in narrow windy streets that cars in some cases are to big to fit. Hours could be spent just wandering around and getting nowhere.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2024
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eggtimer2016
Cambridge, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
You must visit and walk the area when it is cool though there is plenty of shade. The lift to it from gardens upper levels takes you to the public ferry across the road. Nice modern bridge when yoi arrive and you can walk and catch buses.Easy and lovely. You explare what you can see high up in the gardens UP THE LIFT. You can get back by bus to Valetta and use of lifts are free after 6 p.m. i.e. when cooler.
Written September 28, 2020
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Laura M
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A fabulous place to visit by boat.
As you come into the harbour you see many boats and the towns.
We visited the war museum in the town which was fascinating and you could go down into the bunker with hardhats on and see where people used to go for safety. Well worth a visit for 1 hour. There is also a fort you can visit which is on my wishlist when I visit again. There are some nice places you can visit for food.
In addition you can get one of the traditional to and from Valetta which we did on the way back to Valetta.
Reminded me similarly to Portofino in Italy.
Well worth a visit when you visit Malta
The boat over there only takes 5/10 minutes maxiumum.
Written October 10, 2021
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Darcon
London, UK258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Take the boat ride only 2€ pp and have such a romantic and picturesque entry to the 3 cities. Usually the gondolas will fill the boat up to about 5-6 people so I recommend getting the seats closest to the front for the best views. Once you arrive definitely take the train guided tour which will save you time walking around all 3 cities. For just 6€ pp it's a decent tour and also allows you to spot streets to come back to walk at. The rest of the time can be spent walking and just getting lost on the Maltese streets, there's also some good restaurants to choose from!
Written November 21, 2022
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angelica p
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Get away from the crowd Valletta and San Julian... Go up to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, pay 1 euro for the elevator and reach the port in 2 minutes. There, buy a tickets for 2,80 both ways on the catamaran and in less than 10 minutes you can enjoy relax and peace in front of the port that gathers the "3 cities". Best!
Written July 15, 2022
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Evelin H
Maple, Canada508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Just beautiful! You can take a bus to Valetta and then a small boat to one of the three cities for 4 euros p/p. The owner of the gondola offers us a half hour by boat to see the three cities from the water side. Was well worth it. 8 euros P/P and we saw beautiful view from the water, and was lots of fun. You can walk from city to city and grab nice lunch anywhere.
Written October 24, 2022
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shir1027
Westchester County, NY98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Start your trip with a 30 mins ferry tour of the Grand Harbor (for 8 Euro, it's a pretty good deal!), then ask to be dropped off in Vittoriosa and begin your exploration from there. Return to Valetta before sunset and enjoy the view during dusk. The golden hour = no filter needed for your photos.
Written February 16, 2020
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Lou576
West Midlands, UK142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Less touristic area, but with the hear, we didn’t really walk around too much. Very quiet and some areas were quite pretty.
I think I enjoyed the boat ride across in the water taxi yo be honest as it was so cooling in the heat. The boats charge 2 euros one way, maximum of 6 people per boat. Again we didn’t go around to all 3 cities as it was too hot.
Written July 17, 2023
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KmanWent
Ashby de la Zouch, UK188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Easy to get to from Valletta. Motorised catamaran holding 100 people costs 2.8 Euro return, or less if you qualify for a concession. I'm over 65 so my ticket was 90 euro cents return. Had ID but wasn't needed. You can also go over on a motorised skiff which holds 6-8 people (with no lifejackets, and you sit on the edge) for 2 Euro a head. Three cities themselves (well, Birgu and L'Isla) also well worth a visit, for tourist sites and restaurants.
Written August 22, 2023
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Hobby
Liverpool, UK1,525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Caught the hydrofoil from Valletta, to Cospicua, cost €2 each return, then walked along the front to view Valetta. Then caught the land train, which cost €6 each for 30 min tour of all 3 cities. There were v few tourists so fairly quiet, completely different to Valetta, with lots of history and lovely looking buildings.
We will return to explore on foot.
Written February 1, 2024
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jsrBrackley
United Kingdom292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Stunning, do not miss the The Cities when you visit Valletta. Take the small boats, we paid €8 for a 30 minute harbour cruise and we were given interesting facts about the cities. We also took one of the boats back for €2.
We wondered around the area our own admiring the beautiful streets and probably spent half a day in the area. A must when in Valetta.
Written March 30, 2023
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