"The Grandest Walled City" Valletta by DSwede

Valletta Travel Guide: 706 reviews and 1,810 photos

The capital city of Valletta is in a class of its own. The meandering coast line gives the area many coves and peninsulas, the majority of which have their own fortifications both towards the open water and to the dry land. The largest of these makes up the central area of Valletta. The undulating streets with projecting balconies give the town a unique feeling.

While the city has old roots as a military installation, some of which are proudly displayed like the firing of the Noon Day Cannon, the Siege Bell Memorial and the other forts, the town is now typically under siege by unquantifiable numbers of cruise ship visitors.

With good timing, you can see the fortresses, the exceptional engraved gravestones of St John’s Co-Cathedral and many of the other sites without delay or lines. Miss your window by a few minutes and you might be fighting with an entire cruise ship’s day tours.

For thoughts on my overall time here, feel free to visit my Malta page.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The old ramparts and citadel are in excellent condition with great views.
  • Cons:Within the city, transit is limited; and with the hills, it is not easy for people with mobility problems.
  • In a nutshell:Steeped with history and hidden gems, it would take ages to see everyting.
  • Intro Updated Jun 2, 2011
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