Witchcraft and Blood in Birgu

Learn ancient spells and torture techniques, and hear of macabre murders in one of Malta’s oldest cities

Witches, Ghosts and Tales of Torture

Come on a tour of Birgu, one of Malta’s oldest cities, and discover its long history of magic, witchcraft, ghosts and tragedy.

This tour will show you the site of Malta’s biggest-ever explosion; the public place where convicts were strangled to death; tell you how witches were tortured and reveal why the Order of St John’s navy was once flipped upside down.

During the tour you’ll also hear about witchcraft in Malta and encounter ancient spells that make the object of your desire fall in love with you, cure your nervous disposition, or throw a curse on an entire family.

And you’ll learn about the tragic stories of the ghosts that roam the city’s palazzos and fortifications.

All this, and more, on the Witchcraft and Blood in Birgu tour.

What to Expect

Horrible Histories

Dark Malta Tours tell true stories of murder, crime, witchcraft, tragedy and naughty behaviour from across Malta's history.

Historic Setting

This tour will be in Birgu, a picturesque city with narrow streets and ancient architecture that's older than Valletta.

Professional Guide

The tour will be conducted by Mario, a licensed tourist guide who has spent years studying the darker side of Malta's history.

Flexible Access

The tour is suitable for people of average fitness and ability. Please get in touch if you have mobility requirements.

Payments

Payment can be made by credit card in advance to secure your booking, or in cash or Revolut at the start of the tour.

Contact

Ask for more information or make a booking on +356 99892628 or click the icon above to send an email.

Tour Meeting Point

The tour begins in the paved area outside the Advanced Gate

€15 per ticket

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