Vedette (Watchtower)


The vedette is decorated with carvings of eyes and ears, symbolising watchfulness, and commands a view to the west over the length of the Grand Harbour and southern flanks of Valletta. At noon and 4pm, the surrounding Gardjola Gardens are a wonderful location to watch the cannon firing at the Saluting Battery across the harbour.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Malta attractions

1. Church of St Philip


First built in the 15th century, but rebuilt in 1561, this church was damaged in WWII. It has subsequently been repaired and is a popular venue for…

2. Chapel of St Anne

0.23 MILES

The 15th-century chapel in Upper Fort St Angelo is where the Knights of St John first worshipped on their arrival in Malta. Tours of Upper Fort St Angelo…

3. Fort St Angelo

0.26 MILES

The Knights took over this medieval fort in 1530 and strengthened it, and Fort St Angelo served as the residence of the Grand Master of the Order until…

4. Saluting Battery

0.26 MILES

The Saluting Battery is where a cannon once fired salutes to visiting naval vessels. The battery has been restored, and a cannon is fired Monday through...

6. War HQ Tunnels

0.27 MILES

Twice-daily one-hour tours negotiate the wartime tunnels under Valletta and focus on Maltese history from WWII to the Cold War. Good walking shoes are…

7. Lascaris War Rooms

0.28 MILES

A mechanically ventilated underground tunnel complex that lies 40m beneath the Upper Barrakka Gardens, this housed Britain's top-secret command in Malta…

8. Upper Barrakka Lift

0.28 MILES

There was a lift between the Grand Harbour and the Upper Barrakka Gardens from 1905 to 1973. In 2012, this was finally replaced by the marvellous…