Covering less than half a square mile, Valletta is Malta’s capital city, taking the name of its founder Grand Master Jean Parisot de La Valette.
The city rises from between two natural harbours, namely Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. Valletta’s Upper Barrakka and Lower Barrakka Gardens provide some spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. The Upper Barakka Gardens are linked to the Grand Harbour by the Barakka Lift, which is particularly convenient for cruise ship passengers.
If you are in Valletta you should visit the Grandmaster’s Palace, the Palace Armoury, St John’s Co-Cathedral – which houses Caravaggio’s masterpiece The Beheading of St John – the National Museum of Archaeology, and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Valletta’s unique grid-like streets are vibrant with activity during the day, especially since the law courts, many offices, shops, restaurants, and Government departments are found here. In the evening the city winds down but if you’re a theatre aficionado you could be in for a treat as the city’s three main theatres put up some spectacular performances throughout the year.
The best way to go about the city is on foot, but you can also get an electric cab or one of the circular buses serving the city.