Valletta – Malta’s capital, a city covering an area of less than one square kilometre, is packed with history, splendid Baroque architecture, squares and alleys, traditional wooden balconies, monuments, museums, palaces, forts, bastions, churches and more than its fair share of restaurants, cafés and shops.
It is therefore of no wonder that the City of Valletta was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There is no better way to discover Valletta, which can easily be described as an open air museum on its own – than to stroll around the city and soak up the atmosphere that only this magnificent city can offer.
Below are some of the most significant sites you should consider visiting while in staying in the City.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral, this very baroque and very ornate jewel is a ‘must-see’ site during your visit.
Museums are not at all limited in Valletta; these include the National Museum of Archaeology, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National War Museum and of course the Grand Master’s Palace, which is only partially open to visitors.
Strolling inside the Upper Barrakka Gardens, with its panoramic views over the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities, is of course another experience not to be missed.
The national theater, the Manoel Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Europe, another beautiful example of baroque grandeur. An alternative is St. James Cavalier, a 16th century fortification renovated into a beautiful modern arts centre that also hosts regular exhibitions and performances.