Of Towers and Castles - The Red Tower
The island of Malta has needed plenty of protection from invaders throughout the decades so forts, towers and castles are part and parcel of the landscape. In this series, I hope to introduce you to some of them. Do visit.
The Red Tower
This defence tower overlooks Għadira Bay (Mellieħa) and the nature reserve / bird sanctuary so, along with those two, they make a good day's outing. The tower is also sometimes referred to as St Agatha's Tower due to the chapel within it dedicated to the saint. It's one of the structures designed by military engineer Blaise Francoise, Count of Pagan and his assistant Blondel des Croisettes and was commissioned by Grandmaster Lascaris. Like many of the towers, it's in a good position to spot any boats coming in from sea.
Although the National Trust of Malta's website mentions its opening hours, comments on Tripadvisor seem to imply it can only be viewed from the outside.
- This along with the St Lucian tower in Marsaxlokk were an essential part of the island's defence in the 1600s. It was constantly garrisoned with 40 and 30 men, supplied with enough ammunition and food to withstand a siege of 40 days and 400 extra muskets with bayonets in case of need.
How to get there: Take bus 4 from near Cafe Riche, stop at Blata l-Bajda then bus 42 for Ċirkewwa and stop at The Red Tower. Google map.