The highlight of Birgu Fest is that the whole city is lit up with candles. The city dwellers turn out the lights in their homes, and light hundreds of candles both inside and outside their homes. If you happen to be in Malta during October, Birgu Fest is must-see!
Birgu, also called Vittoriosa, is one of Malta’s oldest cities. It is one of the “Three Cities”: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua.
They originally held the festival to showcase Vittoriosa’s historical architecture; now they have renamed it to Birgu Fest and it includes a concert, reduced museum prices, mini cruises, screenings, and food stalls.
The candlelit streets looked quite beautiful! People actually opened their homes so you could see their candlelit hallways.
There was music and artsy screenings in the side streets, and revellers stopped to watch and take pictures.
The Maltese are known for their love of sweets and pastry. And what’s a festival without food stalls!? I completely identify with this little girl in yellow, looking at all these sweets and thinking: decisions, decisions, decisions!
Having already had my quota of sweets for the day, I did not buy any here – it took great will power!
There was a mulled wine stall though and I did try that, but let me tell you this: it is a waste of your money. There was barely any wine in that thing! And I’m not even much of a drinker, but even I noticed!
Would I go back to Birgu Fest?
I would have loved to spend more time in at the festival, but my company wanted to retire early, which was such a bummer! That is a case for solo travel right there, I guess. However, I just think it is such fun to have company to share the good times with.
I returned to Vittoriosa a couple of weeks later, so as to see it by day. We took the ferry from Valletta this time, it’s only 1.50 Euro, and then took a guided tour around. It was quite lovely.
If I am in Malta around the same time next year, I will definitely go back for Birgu Fest. I loved it!
I would like to go for a little excursion myself tomorrow, and I am thinking of this quad tour. There is so much to do in Malta, unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to doing it all. If you do make a trip to Malta, you will certainly have plenty to choose from.