Often referred to as ‘a city built by gentleman for gentleman’, the capital of the island of Malta has one of the highest densities of historical sites in one area. Surrounded on 3 sides by breath taking Mediterranean Sea, the peninsula can be found between 2 natural harbours: Grand Harbour and the harbour of Marsamxett.
The fortress city was built in 1566 by the Knights of St John, and remains today predominantly untouched, giving way to its timeless and historic atmosphere. Take the opportunity to wander around the narrow side streets, stopping at one of the many quaint cafes and soak up the historical works of art that lie on every corner.
Within the sixteenth century bastion walls in which the city is built, you will find the Grand Master’s Palace in the main square, where many reminders remain of the heavy WWII bombing that Malta encountered during this period. Providing many eras of historical sites to stumble upon, it’s easy to see how the capital has been named a World Heritage City.
Taking a break from the abundance of monuments, churches and forts why not enjoy a refreshing dip in the sparkling blue water, take a boat trip around the stunning coastline or sample the fresh and plentiful Mediterranean cuisine in one of the harbours. Malta enjoys sunshine throughout its peak summer season, but weather remains fine and often more comfortable for site seeing during the spring and autumn months.
MAKING YOUR WAY AROUND
As Valletta is only spread across a total of 1000m x 600m, wandering around on foot is the best way to fully appreciate what the city has to offer.
Traditional horse drawn carriages propose a fun alternative, as well as small golf buggy style transport available to take you through the streets.
Just outside the City Gate of Valletta, you will find bus links to most parts of Malta, so why not explore and discover the rest of the island!
There is just one international airport on the island of Malta, situated about 30 minutes from Valletta by bus or taxi, to which many UK destinations offer frequent flights. Flight time is a duration of around 3 hours from the UK.