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Under the Patronage of
His Excellency the President of Malta

Villa Portelli, Kalkara

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 10.00AM to 06.00PM

Situated on the hill overlooking Kalkara Creek with views of Grand Harbour and Valletta, Villa Portelli is the most recent project taken on by Heritage Malta. Today comprising of 4 tumoli of land, the property boasts an impressive building surrounded by majestic gardens and sizable fields on either side. Villa Portelli contains the history of several historical figures who played a prominent role during the British colonisation of Malta. It was named after the property’s earliest known owner, Agostino Portelli, a prominent businessman and government official who acquired it sometime in the early 19th century. Villa Portelli saw Kalkara grow into a village with a bustling naval community before being acquired by the Royal Navy whereby it became the traditional home to a succession of Admirals.

Its last resident, Rear-Admiral Sir Oswald Nigel Cecil, vacated the villa in January 1979 and handed Villa Portelli over to the Maltese government as part of the military run-down programme which marked the end of 179 years of the Royal Navy’s presence in Malta and the beginning of a new era in Maltese history. Under the custodianship of Heritage Malta, Villa Portelli will be restored and opened as a visitor centre dedicated to Malta’s maritime culture and colonial history whilst its gardens will be made accessible to the public.

Getting There


Villa Portelli,
Triq il- Marina,
Other Locations

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Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Ġgantija Archaeological Park

Gozo Cultural Centre

Grand Master’s Palace

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Main Guard, Valletta

National Library, Valletta

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

St Elmo, Granaries, Valletta

St Elmo, Piazza D’Armi, Valletta

St Elmo, Piazza with Arches, Valletta 

Tal-Pilar Church, Valletta

The Armoury, Birgu

Underground Valletta