The Grand Harbour in Valletta in Malta, is described as one of the most beautiful in the world! It has been used as a harbor since Roman times. This is one of the most beautiful views of Malta and it is crowded both day and night. Do not hesitate to come and have a visit.
The truth is that to walk and wander through the capital is one great pleasure. Steep streets, balconies with hanging laundry, stairs, cats, closed balconies, doors and other features motivates you to keep moving. Also see the city's ancient walls of protection, real works of engineering genius, small springs and savor the history of this charming capital. I did not care who joined me, I just loved getting lost in the smell of the bakeries in the morning and chats with the elders to who love to share the history of Malta.
From the stronghold of St. Elmo, you can beautiful views of the bay. Once there, and after seeing the giant bell in the temple, take the street of Saint Paul, to visit other buildings that hosted foreign delegations of the Order of the Knights of Malta. It is quite a walk through history on this island that is truly a melting pot.
Along the harbour at Sliema, there are many agencies offering day cruises around the island of Malta. However, it is best to go by boat. The boat trips guide tourists superbly. It's cheaper on less touristy routes. It really is a great way to discover the island, and you can swim in peace.
The viewpoint of the park is none other than the old main watch tower. The park is very active and lively almost every day. Children play, the young go around as couples and the elderly and gather there almost every evening. The elderly are delighted to tell you the story of oldest and newest place, with its innumerable anecdotes, so you don't need a guidebook.
Never have I seen a facade as lavish! For my taste, is the best of all in Malta! A must! Admission cost us 5 euros and 3'50 for students (in April of 2012). It takes about 1 hour to visit and listen to the audio guide.
These so-called street niches were introduced in the 17th century and are an architectural feature in Malta. They can be found in almost every corner in Valletta. Virgins and saints flood the city, but what made me curious is the devotion of the people. You will meet many people, of all types and status, which do the sign of the cross on themselves as they pass by every saint, and even stop to pray and then move on. They are very devout.
Malta ... is, above all, for the tourist, the Knights of the Order. In fact, the cross is strongly present in the iconography of the island. The contemporary members of the order don't roam the streets of Valletta. In search of the Knights, discover portraits of the Great Matre in the museums; also the armor of warriors and powerful cannons of the following centuries. It's the Warrior role which is mostly retained in popular imagination, and not as carers or nurses who also existed. Souvenir shops abound, and are stocked full of medieval costumes with weapons.
I visited Malta on a stop on a cruise in 2009. Republic Street is the principle street of the capital, Valletta. It has all the palaces that belonged to the delegations of the Order of Malta, such as Castile, Aragon .... Apart from monuments you will find other things of interest such as the Queen Victoria, the Museum of Archaeology, Grand Masters Palace, and dozens of souvenir shops with the Maltese cross. At the end of the street after the Grand Masters Palace, and on the way to Fort St. Elmo, you can find many houses with typical balconies only found in the city of Valletta.
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in Malta are the buses! It's like being transported back 20 years! They not leave until they are full, they only have one door and this is open during the journey, no luggage, and you request the bus to stop by pulling a rope! There are no direct buses from the airport to anywhere, you must go to the bus station (there isn't really a station station there are two lines in which there are plenty of buses standing no particular) order. And there you have to find (ask the driver) which bus goes to your destination. And for the return journey the same.
In the capital of the island of Malta, Valletta, you have this great street where you can talk a walk, shop, drink, and admire the Baroque and Maltese architecture. Houses with windows and green shutters, commercial-style English, and a nice van market where the natives of the city provide food. There is a market in the morning along the street, selling almost everything, nothing of interest, but it's always fun to take a look anyways.
St. George's Square is the heart of Valletta, both geographically, and in terms of the institutions you can see here. It is right in the centre of the city, in an area that has been recently pedestrianised, and is surrounded by numerous buildings, old and modern. There's free wifi, and plenty of benches where you can sit down. On the right is the presidential palace (the entrance to the public is on the opposite side), and on the opposite side of the square are the Main Guard and the Chancellery.
The Three Cities pier is another of the small ports you'll find around Malta. It is, however, exquisitely beautiful with the aroma of history as strong as the smell of fresh coffee in the morning. It's seriously like traveling back in time. You'll see small fishing boats, the city wall, and an imposing church with piles of decorative flags all about. Make sure to try one of the restaurant around the port as they all have great fresh fish.
The Triton Fountain of Malta is the first prominent monument that welcomes visitors at the entrance of the city of Valletta. It stands in the square where you'll find the island's bus terminal, and was sculpted by Vincent Apap in the first half of the 20th century. In the evening, it's busy with young people who meet here.
Fort Saint Elmo keeps watch over the entrance to Valletta's Grand Harbour. You can explore it in a single morning, but I'd recommend bringing a sandwich with you as there aren't many options to eat in the area. You can always ask a local people about the history of the fort and, in our case at least, they were more than willing to tell us
Like Venice, Malta has its own unique gondolas which have become something of a national symbol. They are called Luzzu, and are brightly colored in red, yellow, green and blue. The eye of Osiris is usually painted on the bow and is said to bring good luck. Interestingly, they are originally of Phoenician origin. They're most common in the port of Marsaxlokk, but you can find then basically anywhere on the island.
There are signposts indicating where you can hire these horse-drawn carriages - towards Marsamxett Harbour, for example. They are not as brightly coloured as the ones you'll see in Seville or Marrakech, but the horses are charming.
As the name suggests, these are located lower than the Upper Baracca Gardens, and offer a splendid view of the three cities of Malta. The gardens can be reached by following the walk east of Valletta along the city walls. It's not long, but it can be a bit of a challenge due to the ups and downs of the walk. It's best to go early in the morning or at dusk, when you're assured great views.
Are you organizing your trip and are still unsure of stuff to do in Valletta? Don't worry! There are enough things to see and places to visit in Valletta to make you fall in love with the Maltese capital. Valetta is located in the central-eastern part of the island of Malta and main Valetta attractions include the stunning beaches and rich architectural heritage. Of all the things to do in Valletta, religious buildings and especially St. John's Co-Cathedral are an absolute must.
The central Old Town, with its bustling main street, is a vibrant hub of shops, restaurants, and cafes infused with Mediterranean flavor that should be high on your list of things to see in Valletta. If you dedicate an afternoon, you can get lost in the small side-streets and discover alleyways and hidden corners with genuine Maltese flair. Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, and Golden Bay are the most famous beaches in Malta, but if you are looking for smaller and quieter beaches, visit those at the tip of Malta.
You will never be stuck wondering what to do in Valetta. The various museums, cultural centers and thriving night life are all other options for those looking for fun and interesting Valletta activities. This Maltese town is a cheerful and lively place with various music festivals throughout the year. Don't wait to visit this mesmerizing island in the Mediterranean and find out for yourself all the fantastic attractions in Valletta!