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Valletta, The Golden City

Why I love malta

Malta is packed with interest, yet is laid-back and easy. There are boat trips, beautiful villages and towns, periwinkle and blue sea, friendly and very very kind people and amazing views, and you can go from swimming in glinting sea to a clifftop prehistoric site, to a harbour side restaurant, all in the space of a few hours. Malta you’ve really surprised me! If you want to combine a city trip with some time to relax, visit Malta and you have the perfect holiday.

After spending two days in Malta (Zurriq and Sliema), I was more than excited to visit Valletta. I never heard from this city before, so I was more than curious.


Valletta, is more than just a city. Is an elegant golden city with so much history

From Sliema we took a bus to the golden city, Valletta.

We had a delicious breakfast in Sliema. We took a bus to the city centre of Valletta. From Sliema to Valletta it is about a ten minute drive. It was very croudy.. You can just relax and sit down to watch the amazing view. The bus stops at Valletta, then you only have to walk for five minutes and you are in the heart of the touristy side of Valletta.

Valletta, The Fortress City, Citta’ Umilissima, “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen” is Malta’s capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands.

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Get lost in the Golden City

This is easily done in Valletta, which, while a planned city, can at times be a labyrinth of streets and alleyways. But that’s part of the great charm of the city and why I fell so very deeply in love with it. The hills in Valletta are legendary, and walking down the imposing stairways to the waterfront below is daunting physically, but rewarding aesthetically. You can’t get lost for real. Valletta has a neat grid street system, so it’s extremely hard to get lost.

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St John’s Co-Cathedral

I just love history!

If you can to Valletta, you really must see St John’s Co-Cathedral.

St John’s Co-Cathedral, Malta’s most impressive church, was designed by the architect Gerolamo Cassar. It was built between 1573 and 1578, taking over from the Church of St Lawrence in Vittoriosa as the place where the Knights would gather for communal worship.

Luckily I wasn’t wearing high heels, because heels are not permitted, to protect the marble floor.

The National Library of Malta

The National Library of Malta, also known as Bibliotheca, you can find in Valletta. The library is free to visit and worth a visit.

OKAY BUT WHERE IS THE ZARA. Don’t waist your time for searching a Zara in Valletta, because the Zara is in Sliema. But Valletta is one of Europe’s great architectural showpieces. It’s often described as an open-air museum, and after 7,000 years of history, it still stands as one of the world’s best preserved fortified cities.

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