Vibrant Capital of Malta, Valletta

The island within an island and the capital of the capital of European culture, Valletta, is one of the top rated cities to visit with the beginning of the New Year. In this guide we will provide an implicitly written tour of the upper city of Valletta with its amazing botanical gardens and the lower city with the magnificent Falaknaz statues where you can click a hilariously momentous picture.

Walking the streets of Valletta is like strolling down the corridors of one big fort, every corner you turn is lined up with ancient European ethnic architecture like bell towers or chapels and libraries. The upper city is the richer part with beautiful baroque edifices and businesses. Valetta has only seven thousand inhabitants and qualifies as the smallest yet the most cultural capital of Europe. The emptiness of the city makes the surroundings quiet and more relaxing for tourists to breathe in the breathtaking beauty. Valletta is dense with pleasant, noiseless gardens with the amazing view of the port fenced with ornate porches. They are called the Baraka Gardens.

This Maltese city was occupied by several European colonies such as the French, Spanish, Italians and obviously the English which is why you encounter a blend of architectural influences in the city as every colony has left a mark over the years. The overwhelming St Johns Co-Cathedral is one of the most visited attractions in Valletta, every direction you can lay eyes on is overlaid with gold. The Maltese are very religious and you can easily find a huge church in the center of each village.

Moving on to the star shaped Fort St Elmo in Valletta that was a destructed ruin rebuilder in the later years after the Great Siege is a great Maltese specimen. One section of the fortress contains the war museum that contains extensive war exhibits ranging from the 16th to 20th Centuries. To this day the fort is a captivating sight due to its strategic location on a headland at the end of the peninsula, upon with the historic city is built.

The townscape of Valletta is still a fascinating site even though the city has so ancient and has suffered considerably through hundreds of years of war, especially the WW-II when it was heavily bombed. As one of the first cities of Europe to have been officially designed on a drawing board in 16th century, adds even more to Valletta’s uniqueness. The majority of the residences that people dwell in were also built during that time, the most striking feature of these houses is their traditional balconies available in all shapes and sizes. One of the most attractive buildings in Valletta is the tiny Teatro Emmanuelle that for many centuries has been an important cultural venue, with the antique yet impressively decorated theatres and walls the interior is a truly fascinating architectural gem.

Lastly, there is the extensive glamor of the Grand Master’s Palace, now the official seat of the president and the paramount specimen of 16th Century Maltese style.

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