Malta is an island in the middle of the mediterranean, may be well known for its beautiful sunshine and magnificent beaches but you need to know that that’s not all there is to see on this beautiful island. If you try to look around, you’ll see a lot of cultural treasures and attractions. If you’re thinking of visiting Malta anytime soon then you need to include Valletta on your itinerary.
Valletta is perhaps one of the most exciting places to visit in Europe because of its very distinct cityscape. Let’s take a close look at the top 5 best things you need to do when you visit Valletta.
Drop By Grandmaster’s Palace
The Knights Hospitallars of Malta definitely left a lasting impact on Valletta because they invested a lot of their time and effort in the great fortifications of this great city. On top of that, they also put up lots of hospitals and other infrastructures that helped turned Valletta into a thriving center at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.
Dropping by the Grandmaster Palace will allow you to get a good glimpse of the core of the operations that happened in the past. If you love visiting historical sites, then this is definitely a place you need to visit because of its medieval feel, which can be attributed to the suits of armor that come in different shapes and sizes that you can see lined up in the hallways.
Go To St. John’s Co-Cathedral
This is without a doubt one of the highlights that tourists have when they visit Valletta because this place is perhaps the best attraction you’ll find around the city.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral was put up by the Knights Hospitallars during the 16th century and it can be quite deceiving because it looks a bit dull outside but once you step into it, you’ll surely be in awe at its splendor.
Once you get your entry ticket, you will get access to one of the most well-decorated Baroque churches of the Occident. You can take your time in exploring it by carrying with you a self-guided audio tour.
Go Around Valletta’s City Gate
Valletta is always on the process of reforming itself and because of that, a lot of people say that it’s sort of a modern city that’s been squeezed into medieval fortifications. It has a combination of both clean straight lines that bump against crumbling foundations and barbicans made out of limestone.
The Porta Reale or the City Gate is a very striking feature of Valletta because it clearly portrays the city’s relationship between the old and new in a very clever way. A cool fact you need to know about the City Gate is that it has been rebuilt and redesigned a lot of times over the past centuries. The latest architect who got to work on it was Renzo Piano who finished his job last 2014.
Take A Look At The Upper And Lower Barrakka Gardens
What’s unique about these two gardens is that even though they are not linked in any way, they can be considered as twins of the same idea. They are mainly covered with pavers, stone, and arches. They offer a wonderful view of the Grand Harbour and the city of Valletta. These gardens are a great place to visit even during the summer because they have lots of trees and fountains that will help cool down the hot air and sun.
Take A Stroll Around The Parliament House Of Malta
This building was also designed by Renzo Piano and like the City Gate, it also serves as a representation of the city’s connection between the medieval past and the present. It has a lot of limestone features that portray a wonderful mixture of different textures, shapes, and colors.
Malta’s economy is going strong. So book your accomodation in advance. If you are a group of more than 6 people we recommend a Luxury Villa or a Farmhouse. If you are a couple or a family with children, we recommend a boutique hotel (high end and expensive) or a Bed and Breakfast.
And while you are in Malta, we highly recommend you visit Gozo
The sister island with a lot of charm.