Malta is an island country in Southern Europe, which is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean. Rich in history with hundreds of castles and impressive buildings, breathtaking landscapes, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and clear dark blue color sea, Malta is a small country but it has many places worthy of being admired. Today we will discuss about La Valletta, Malta’s capital city itself.
The best way to get around Valletta is on foot, as the city is specially designed with pedestrian areas, making your walks more enjoyable. Valletta is also the transport hub for the whole island, so here you can get buses to various cities of Malta.
Valletta is full of palaces and museums and two ports pretty cool: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour, where the view is quite impressive.
The National Museum of Art and Archaeology, hosted by an eighteenth century palace and St John Cathedral Museum, are among the best attractions to be visited and contemplate in the fullness of their beauty.
The Grand Master’s Palace is the place to admire the great rooms adorned with paintings and other valuables objects belonging to the Knights.
Barrakka Gardens are the ideal place which gives you the opportunity to enjoy lush vegetation, a green and colorful panorama and is the place where you can see the entrance to the Grand Harbor, which is the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean. Nearby, you can take a walk and enjoy the maze of streets with shops, restaurants and cafes. Here the atmosphere is so pleasant and welcoming. Sure will delight you!
Don‘t miss Sacred Sickbay, the Anglican Cathedral St. Paul and many splendid gardens, forts, theaters, which are in UNESCO World Heritage.
At chapter gastronomy, Maltese are very good. One of their specialties are desserts made of dough, chocolate chips, ruccola, Hobza – their traditional bread and delicious Pastizzi – Maltese favorite snack, a delicious pastry filled with cheese or peas. Malta has also some great specialist foods like jams, honeys, mini-cheeses (gbejna), local capers, olive oils, and antipasti, all neatly packaged in little containers that you can buy for home.
Shopping in Valletta is like in any other European country, so you will find nearly all the brands and find everything you need.
Essential things to know before you go in Malta:
- Malta is a safe country
- British model circulation – on the left side of the road
- 3-pin socket – also British model
- Tap water is drinkable (although it’s salty)
- English & Maltese are the official language
- The official currency is EUR