November 1, 2016


Valletta was built by the knights of St John on a tiny peninsula.  It retains it's 16th century elegance and has been described as on of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. 

The colonnades gardens overlooking the Grand Harbor were created in the late sixteenth century as a place of recreation for the Knights of the nearby Auberge d'Italie and still form a nice shady retreat from the hustle and bustle; from the balcony it also enjoys one of the most beautiful views of Malta.

The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily! Located high along Valletta's eastern historic ramparts, it enjoys unrivaled spectacular views of the Grand Harbor and its surrounding fortified towns. It is also perhaps the oldest saluting battery still in operation anywhere in the world.

Valletta is abundantly rich in sites to see and explore, intriguing historical buildings around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. Narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafes, while Valletta's main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for fashion, music, jewelry and much more.

We watched a couple of guys use a wheelbarrow to haul concrete up and down these steps.  No reason everyone here has amazing legs.

Here are some night shots I took at the Saluting Battery overlooking the harbor.

The best way to bet around Valletta, Senglea, or any of the nearby cities is on foot.  You will need to take a water taxi across the harbor (€2 each) way if you are staying Senglea, Vittoriosa, or Cospicua.  

Valletta is the hub of Malta and outside of the city gates  is where you will find buses and taxis.  We used our phones to find bus routes but if you don't have you phone with you, print out this map and carry it with you. You can find all information on bus routes at MALTA PUBLIC TRANSPORT.   

Tickets can be purchased from the Bus Driver on all our Buses. These Cash Tickets are Single Journey tickets that can be used to get to any destination within two hours, including interchanging. Rates vary between Summer and Winter months. Summer rates apply between mid-June and mid-October.  We arrived Oct 10 and the fare was €1.50.  


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