You’ll spot Valletta’s waterfront area down by the Grand Harbour. Here, you’ll find stacks of different restaurants, so you can choose between the likes of traditional Maltese eats and international cuisine that come complete with stellar views. There’s a good selection of eclectic wine bars for after-dinner drinks, too.
Republic Street offers up everything from high-street favourites like Bershka, to tiny antiques dealers, so every type of shopper is covered. And, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants around for when you need to take a break.
This impressive cathedral was built back in the 16th century by the Knights of St John. Looks-wise, it’s a winner, thanks to its gold, vaulted ceilings and ornate decoration. It’s got a fair few cultural gems up its sleeve, too, featuring original paintings by big names like Caravaggio and others donated by the Grand Master of the famous Knights of St John.
If you want to get a glimpse of Malta’s past, this is the place to go. It’s based in the Auberge de Provence, which was originally built in 1571, when it started life as the main house of the Knights of the Order of St John. Now, it plays host to the National Museum of Archaeology, which lines up an impressive range of artefacts, including some that date as far back as 5,000 BC.
Fort St Elmo perches right at the tip of Valletta’s peninsula. It was built to defend the city’s pair of harbours, and was really important in the Great Siege of 1565, when the Knights had to stop the Ottoman Empire’s forces from invading. For a few years, the fort lay in ruins, but following a restoration it’s now a great spot to immerse yourself in Valletta’s history.
This 430-year old building is a great example of a traditional Maltese noble family’s home, built in the 16th century. You can explore the house solo, or opt to join one of the hourly guided tours. Look out for highlights like the portrait of Monica de Piro, the golden sedan chair, and the underground bomb shelters.
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