As the capital of the small island of Malta, Valletta is the smallest capital city in Europe; but it blows far above its weight for culture, cuisine and history. Valletta is easily one of the most beautifully designed capitals in Europe, with a city center surrounded by defensive walls dating from the 16th century.th Century.
When you walk through the older parts of the city, you can be forgiven for thinking you are walking through television or film, because Valletta has been used many times as a backdrop for historical drama and fantasy films. Valetta's unique architecture and the warm climate of Malta throughout the year make Valletta an attractive place to stay or take a vacation, and every year more and more people buy property in Valletta to use as a vacation home or as a place to retire.
Although small in size, Valletta and the island of Malta have a large amount to offer fans of architecture, food and culture, and in this brief guide we will show you the three most important historical properties that you can visit in the city.
Republic Street, Strada Rjali District, Valletta
A great way to see the variety of architecture that Valetta has to offer, as well as sample some of the best street food in the Mediterranean, is to take a walk down Republic Street.
The road which is mostly a pedestrian street is one of the most important cultural areas in Malta, with many government and commercial buildings Valetta and Malta located on its beautiful plazas. The road is more than half a mile long, and has a number of meeting places and beautiful squares where important buildings such as the Courts of Justice, the Royal Opera House and The Malta Chamber of Commerce can be found.
Watching all the sights of Republic Street can be a full day, and you will be well served by a variety of cafes on the street and some fantastic restaurants on the streets and side streets.
Cathedral with St. John, Central Valletta
Valletta Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John in the city center, is one of the largest and most dominant buildings in the city, and houses in it one of the greatest Baroque treasures in Europe.
Construction began at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1572, and has been maintained and renewed on many occasions throughout the centuries since. On the 17thth Century, the Cathedral received the most important feature of all – the intricate and ornamented Baroque interior. This addition has been carefully and lovingly maintained for hundreds of years, and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malta.
The cathedral is also an important part of Malta's history, having played roles in every era since its construction, including suffering damage due to air strikes in the Second World War.
Palace of the Grand Masters, Central Valletta
The Palace of the Grand Masters in Valletta, often only referred to as 'Palace', has been the home of the rulers and the government of Malta since the 16th century.th Century.
Officially, the Palace is now known as the Governor's Palace, and houses the Office of the President of Malta where much of the Malta government business is conducted. Parts of the palace are open to the public, but as historical attractions. Here you can visit the Armory Palace and the State Palace Room, as well as take a walk around the historic buildings and admire the exterior of the Mannerist-style outdoor courtyard and ornamental courtyard.
The palace courtyards also offer some architectural fun on their own, including the clock tower in Prince Alfred's courtyard. This hour was commissioned in 1745, but local legend insisted it was much older and was probably brought from the Greek island of Rhodes by the original Malta Knights when they settled on the island in 1530.
The city of Valetta is rich in history and architecture and makes a fantastic holiday destination, or a place to consider living in retirement.
Malta's location on the Mediterranean provides a warm climate all year round, with very hot summers that bring tourists from all over Europe to sample food and culture. This gave the island an excellent transportation network throughout Europe, with several countries on the continent less than an hour or two away. If you are thinking of visiting Europe, or maybe moving there, you should consider taking a trip to Malta and its beautiful capital, Valletta.