The Capital of Malta Is A Unique
Fortress City Rich In Maltese History
People from all over the world travel to see the capital of Malta, Valletta, an architectural masterpiece with it's fortifications, narrow streets, incredible churches and other treasures.
In fact, the capital of Malta is so unique and abundant in Maltese history that historians have produced documentaries and written books on this UNESCO World Heritage City.
It is one of the first and oldest pre-planned fortified cities in the world.
Named after Grand Master Jean De La Vallette, it is said it was "Built for gentlemen by gentlemen".
Valletta Malta Today
Today the capital of Malta is the main shopping and business district on the island and any visit should start at Triton Fountain and the City Gate, the entrance to this unique fortified city.
Through the gates and on your right you'll find what's left of the Valletta Opera House which was bombed by the Germans in April 1942.
The street directly in front is Republic Street, one of the most popular places on the island with it's outdoor cafe's and bars, great shopping and entertainment.
It stretches from City Gate to Fort St Elmo.
Things to See and Do in Valletta Malta
You will need at least a couple of full days to truly experience all the Maltese history here and the magic of Valletta Malta.
There is so much to see and do, like visiting:
- Upper Barracca Gardens - Reportedly the favourite spot of the Italian Knights with its magnificent view of Grand Harbour across to the Three Cities.
- Grand Masters Palace which dates back to 1571 and occupies an entire block
- Queens Square where you will find the renowned Cordina Cafe which was the House of the General Treasury dating back to the Knights.
- St Johns Co-Cathedral - a masterpiece of baroque architecture built in 1578, the walls are covered with carved gilded limestone and the floors are completely covered with tombstones. Amazing!
- St Pauls Shipwreck Church - one of the largest in Valletta housing sacred relics of St Paul who was shipwrecked on the island in 60 AD.
- Manoel Theatre - built in 1731 by Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena, it is said to be the third oldest theatre in Europe
- The Malta Experience - A must see short film that brings 7000 years of the islands history to life.
- Fort St Elmo - bore the brunt of the 1565 siege and now houses the Police Academy and the National War Museum
- National Museum of Archeology - built between 1571 and 1575 you'll find a collection of prehistoric artefacts that were recovered from Malta's megalithic temple sites, including the fertility goddesses.
- Casa Rocca Piccola - a 16th century palace of a noble Maltese family open to the public.
- National Museum of Fine Arts - one of the most beautiful and oldest palaces in Valletta housing art work dating back to the Order of St John.
Shopping In Valletta Malta
Running parallel to Republic Street is Merchant Street where you'll find the markets with plenty of:
- fresh fish, fruit and veg
- craft shops
- household goods; and
You'll also want to explore the many shops down the narrow side streets -- from jewellery to boutiques and antiques -- you're sure to find some special treasures to remind you of the magic of Valletta Malta.
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