Tuesday 24 May: from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wignacourt arial view Wignacourt arial view2

Din l-Art Ħelwa, National Trust of Malta, will be holding two guided tours at the oldest standing coastal watchtower in Malta. Built in 1610 by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, the tower was erected to guard the coastline and St Paul’s Bay against pirate and corsair attacks.

The Tower curator, Martin Vella, and volunteers of the national trust will escort participants round the tower. The history of the tower, its restoration and the network of fortifications built by the Knights of Malta soon after the 1565 Ottoman Great Siege on Malta will be explained.

Entrance is against a donation of €3 which will assist with the upkeep of the Tower. To book please call 21225952 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and ask for Ms Rosanne Zerafa.

This initiative by Din l-Art Ħelwa is undertaken with the Celebrate Islands movement by the Conservatoire du Littoral and the International National Trusts Organisation to raise heritage awareness in the Mediterranean islands. www.dinlarthelwa.org Photos: Martin Vella