Valletta trail lets visitors explore Capital of Culture
The Malta Tourism Authority has added a new themed trail to showcase the culture and history of the island’s capital of Valletta.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s most concentrated historic areas, the city features an abundance of elegant 16th century architecture, museums, restored fortresses and an opera house.
Named European Capital of Culture 2018, the city’s increased profile is also encouraging more visitors to explore the ancient streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover why Valletta is one of the hottest European city break destinations this year.
- St. John’s Co-Cathedral – not only Malta’s most impressive church but also an exuberant work of art. Elaborately adorned in gold, gilded rooms with arched ceilings boast paintings donated by Grand Masters and Knights – including Caravaggio’s only signed work – and is considered the best example of Baroque style in the world.
- Valletta’s Waterfront – a landmark originally built for the Knights of St. John to use as a store, the now pedestrianised waterfront is awash with bright colours and makes for a perfect location for relaxation accompanied with great food and drink.
- Grand Harbour – also known as the port of Valletta, is the largest natural harbour in the world. Cruise liners regularly dock here and ferry services to Sicily run daily.
- Upper Barrakka Gardens – stunning garden that overlook the Grand Harbour and command one of the most beautiful panoramic views in Malta with the Three Cities as its backdrop. Visitors can see the guns fire everyday at 12pm, and a lift provides additional access down to the Valletta waterfront.
- Manoel Theatre – an important performing arts venue in Valletta and reported to be one of Europe’s oldest working theatres. Audiences can experience a vibrant calendar of events throughout the year.
For more information or to download the map visit www.maltauk.com/valletta-trail