Flights to Cottonera
Known also as the Three Cities, Cottonera is a collection of three cities in Malta; Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea. It’s situated on the main island of Malta, in the Mediterranean, and the Three Cities are fortified by historical fortifications that were constructed by the Knights of St John.
Any flights to Cottanera will have to arrive at the Malta International Airport (airport code: MLA) outside of Valetta. You can get a bus from the Valetta to Cottonera, and it’s only about 15 minutes away. There are a handful of 1-stop flights to Cottanera when travelling from Johannesburg. BMI makes a connection in London, and Lufthansa transfers in Munich. A flight to Cottonera with South African Airways, makes a connection in Dubai instead.
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The Tourist Attractions of Cottonera:
Known as both Cottonera, and more famously as The Three Cities, this area in Malta is one of the nation’s popular tourist attractions. Although all three cities were largely destroyed by German bombings during the Second World War they have been rebuilt and reconstructed back to much of their former glory. Cottonera is made up of two peninsulas, Vittoriosa and Senglea, which are both about one kilometre in length. Connecting the two of these is Cospicua.
Known more locally as Birgu, Cottonera’s city of Vittoriosa is said to be the most interesting for tourists as there are a number of different attractions to see here.
These include St Lawrence’s Church, an old church that was used as the home of the Knights of St John before the cathedral in Valletta. The interior of the church is very beautiful. The Church Museum is a great little museum in Cottonera that includes various artefacts all relating to Birgu/Vittoriosa.
There are a couple of other attractions in this part of Cottonera but often simply exploring around the streets and the many squares is a popular pastime. You’ll come across the old fortification walls and the main gate, whose size gives you some idea of how passionate the Knights were in protecting Cottonera.
The city of Senglea is in the Grand Harbour area of Cottonera. It too has some interesting buildings, such as the basilica, and there are attractive gardens here too. Senglea Point, at the tip of Senglea is popular because you can get some lovely views from here.
Cospicua is the largest of Cottonera’s Three Cities. Its centre also contains attractive streets and several squares, as well as old churches, the city wall fortifications, and several gates.
When Should You Visit?:
Between May and August are the best times to visit Cottonera as there are is little rainfall during this time and pleasant temperatures to enjoy. August is the hottest month, with an average high of 26C, so it’s warm but not too hot that sightseeing is uncomfortable. During the winter months you can take advantage of Cottonera’s quieter streets. During this time the temperatures are mild, but rainfall is higher, so bring along a raincoat and a sweater, or jacket to keep warm enough.