Senglea, or L-Isla as it is known to the Maltese, is a jewel of the Three Cities. This promontory, which sticks out into Grand Harbour behind the defences of Fort St Angelo, has unique land and seascapes that lend themselves perfectly to hosting this maritime festival.

The Maritime Senglea International Festival is an authentic celebration of cultural expressions which brings people together through diversity, cultural traditions and history. Local and foreign craftspeople, chefs, dancers, musicians and artists present an array of techniques, styles, tastes, tools and materials in their respective art forms, many of which are centuries old.  This Festival in its fourth edition is an invitation to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of the city of Senglea.

In 2010 L-Isla won the European Destination of Excellence for Aquatic Tourism Award through the Maritime Senglea Festival.