One of Britain’s prime ministers said that Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen. Truly, Valletta ranks as one of the most beautiful cities in the world filled with breathtaking architectures that reflect the richness of Malta’s culture and history. If you find your way in Valletta, it is a smart idea to have a camera with you because you will surely find yourself wanting to capture the wonderful sights of the city.
There are many places you can visit in Valletta and most of them are easily accessible by public transportation. Valletta is one of the cities in the world that has something to offer to anybody, whatever the interest.
Museums and Theatres
National Museum of Archaeology – All the prehistoric relics of ancient Valletta are displayed in this museum. Collections of pottery, scriptures, sculptures and other works of art by early Maltese natives can be found here. Each floor is dedicated to the different eras in Valletta: Baroque, Bronze, Byzantine, Punic, Roman and the modern age Valletta.
Grandmaster’s Palace Armoury – The House of Representatives and the President of Malta can be found on the Grandmaster’s Palace. The Palace’s armoury contains different types of armours, weapons and artilleries that date as far back as the 15th century. The British Government once tried transferring the collection to London in the 1850’s and caused public disapproval.
Malta War Museum – Located at Fort Saint Elmo, the place where the bloodiest battle in Malta took place. The fort itself has withstood the Great Siege against the Ottoman Empire. The Museum displays the important role of the military during the British occupation of Malta in the 1800’s.
Manoel Theatre – is the third oldest working theatre in Europe. The Manoel theatre is the National Theatre of Malta and is where the Orkestra Nazzjonali, or the National Orchestra of Malta, is found.
Royal Opera House – Designed by Edward Middleton Barry, and English architect, this opera house was built in 1866. During 1873, the interior of the opera house was burned but was restored four years later. Before being bombed in 1942 during World War II, the Royal Opera House was the most imposing sight in Valletta.
Gianni – Serves Mediterranean cuisine with a modern ambiance. The restaurant is located above an elevated bastion giving patrons a great view of the city and the sea.
Da Pippo Trattoria – Is a restaurant favourite by many of the locals. Da Pippo Trattoria serves different Sicilian and Maltese dishes. The only problem with this restaurant is that it can only accommodate few people, but the cuisine is worth waiting for.
Chiaro Scuro – Has a fantastic selection of wine, so if you are a wine aficionado, Chiaro Scuro is one of the places you need to visit. During the day, this restaurant serves buffet lunches.
Events and Festivals in Valleta
Malta Arts Festival – This festival starts during July 1 until the 15th. The Malta Arts Festival is packed with daily events and various displays of art in different media.
Malta Fireworks Festival – Is a festival boasts the ingenuity of the firework’s factory in Malta by the Malta Tourism Authority. This festival is held during April or May.
Village Fiesta – Once summer hits Malta, it is fiesta time! This tradition has been passed down for generations since the 16th century and is one of a must-see in Malta. The fiesta lasts for a week and ends on either Saturday or Sunday with firework display.