ALARME is a military re-enactment that portrays the historic and turbulent tenure of Malta by French troops, following Napoleon's landing and conquest of the islands in 1798. The re-enactment gives an account of the French troops' arrival in Malta, the subsequent attempt to administer the Maltese Islands by the new Republican government, the rebellion of the Maltese that led to the blockade of the French troops inside the harbour towns, as well as the French troops' surrender to the British in 1800.
The re-enactment starts at 11.00 hrs and lasts 45 minutes, and will be held at St. John's Cavalier (close to Couvre Porte), in Birgu (Vittoriosa).
Tickets at the Gate:
Children (6 - 12 years) and Students: €3
One may be able to visit part of the fort only prior to the re-enactment.
The re-enactments are held according to schedule as above. However, in case of inclement weather or else due to some unforeseen circumstance the event may be cancelled without prior notice. When in doubt it is best to contact the Tourist Information Office at Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta on tel: 00356 22915440/1/2.
Buses no.2 and no.3 leave Bay 14 at Valletta Bus Terminus, every 15 minutes to reach Birgu in c. half an hour.
One may take advantage of this visit to explore Birgu and its historic attractions, e.g. Inquisitors Palace, Maritime Museum, Malta at War Museum and the Collachio area.
One may also visit Malta’s best flea market at Fortini football ground located just outside the town. To finish off the tour of the town one may also relax for a coffee or snack at one of Birgu’s many restaurants.