An excellent Southern European city for a two-day visit.
This Capital city of Malta houses a unique lively vibe that is touched by baroque architecture and a lot of sunlight. It was built as a ‘modern’ city by the Knights of St. Johns, who laid the first stone in 1566. You can still feel the history of Valletta when you wander in its streets. You’ll also find a lot of good restaurants in Valletta with a great variety of food. As Valletta was awarded 2018 European city of Culture, you’ll also find a lot of cultural events hosted in the city this year.
Here’s an honest guide to how to make the best of your time in Valletta Malta. Make sure you don’t miss out this city on your roundtrip or all-in stay on the island of Malta. It’s a wonderful place to visit.
Valletta Malta, a city of History
Originally architected as a fortress city to defend Christianity, the Maltese Capital is a piece of Baroque art. Valletta was originally built as a ‘city by gentlemen for gentlemen’ in Malta, orchestrated by Pope Pius IV. He had sent his most qualified engineer, Francesco Laparelli, to design and built this city in a modern street grid. The likes of such a grid can also easily be recognized in other modern western cities like New York or Barcelona.
Valletta Malta was constructed completely from scratch on an entirely new construction site, on a peninsula of the island of Malta. The design of the city allowed water and sanitation to be accommodated in the best places. Even the air circulation was planned in.
This city of the Knights of St. John must have been quite something. Having its first stone laid in 1566, Valletta still is an architectural beauty. A lot of historical structures can still be found widespread throughout the city. From fortified walls with canons, majestic old buildings, a marvelous harbor area, to old religious buildings, everything is still there. Although the city was heavily bombed during WOII, Valletta Malta still is in pretty good shape nowadays. A proof for this is that Valletta was awarded as a World Heritage City by UNESCO. Either explore the more known places in the Capital city of Malta or visit an off-the-beaten-path location. Good examples of such locations are old war shelters and a network of secret tunnels. Valletta is amazing for just wandering around and for discovering hidden secrets from the past.
A European Capital of Culture in 2018
Good news: Valletta Malta will be hosting the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018.
What does this mean?
It means that will be a lot of cultural activities hosted in Valletta in 2018. From theatre plays, art showcases to music concerts and large events. Might be worth the shot to visit one of these events on your visit to Valletta.
A city of food and nightlife
Valletta is a city of good vibes and is well known for a unique blend of cuisine and proper nightlife. Don’t forget to skip at least one good restaurant in the Capital city of Malta when you are in the area.
As in the rest of Malta, the restaurant scene in Valletta is a blend of different origins. In history, many different countries visited and conquered this little island. And each of these countries made a small claim on the food scene in Malta. The long relationship between the Maltese islanders and the conquerors in the past caused an amazing marriage of Mediterranean tastes in the gastronomy in Valletta Malta. You will find a fine mix of French, Italian, North-African, English and local Maltese influences in the many restaurants in Valletta. The food in Malta is delicious, to be honest. You will find a lot of quality seafood and fresh fish too in Valletta as Malta is completely surrounded by the Mediterranean sea.
There is no way to write an article about Valletta Malta without mentioning its nightlife. It’s very lively. There are a lot of good places in town to have fun. Even in the off-season time of the year, there are always nice places to visit. Other than clubbing, there are some excellent wine bars and first-rate restaurants you can visit in Valletta Malta.
Getting around in Valletta Malta
As Valletta Malta was built on a grid plan with parallel streets and blocks, getting around in the city is quite easy. As the size of Valletta isn’t that large, you can walk around exploring with ease. There are quite a few hills in the Capital City of Malta however, so expect a lot of steep streets. Especially around the harbor area.
You’ll also have the option to rent a bicycle and cycle around the city. Keep in mind that the steep streets in Valletta can be a challenge.
It’s not recommended to drive around in the city as there are a lot of tight corners and one-way streets. Especially if you don’t know your way around it can be tough. Parking space is also limited in Valletta.
The best option is to walk to or to take public transport. Or you can a taxi, which is also a very convenient way to get to your chosen destination in the city.
The conclusion of a city trip in Valletta Malta
Valletta Malta has the history, culture, food, and activities to keep every traveler satisfied. You won’t have a bored time as there are many things to visit and do in the Maltese capital city. As Valletta Malta has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture there are loads of events being hosted in 2018. So make sure you take a look at the cultural program for Valletta Malta in 2018.
Valletta Malta is a great choice if you’re looking for a nice city trip, a gastronomy weekend with a lot of sun and sea or you just want to party hard. Culture and history fans will love the Capital city of Malta. It’s a great city for solo travelers, couples or family who want to have a good time. And once you’re there… Why don’t you stay any longer so you can explore the rest of Malta?