One of the best things to visit in Malta is certainly its capital Valletta. The city holds an extensive historical background and because of that and because of its beauty, it will be awarded European capital of culture in 2018. Valletta has been restored in recent years and it is now a beautiful, innovative city.
Several things can be done and should be tried while visiting Valletta. So here is a list I compiled with the top ten activities to be done while visiting this wonderful city:
Scattered around Valletta, you can find pieces of modern art. These ‘monuments’ highlight the contemporary theme of this city against its historical side. This gives Valletta a unique feel that other places in Malta do not have. You can visit the Museum of fine arts which is also located in Valletta. So when in Valletta, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful art you find all around you as it is a big part of this city’s charm.
Visit a church
Whether you are christian, a jew or anything and everything else, I recommend you visit at least one church in Valletta. Malta is, and always was, a Christian country. Being so devoted, throughout the years Maltese people built the most magnificent churches (second only to Rome). In the churches, you can feel the devotion of the people and also you can admire the craftsmanship and skill put into these churches. I visited our lady of victory church, built in 1566, as you can see below.
Eat the best food on the island
Valletta is filled with very good quality restaurants and cafeterias. Whether you want a fancy dinner, sip coffee in a piazza or lunch in a hole in the wall, you can do it all in Valletta. Not only that, but most restaurants are the best in the country.
Get lost in the city
To get to know a place in all it’s glory, it’s best to just walk around without any destination. In Valletta, all roads form a grid shape so actually getting lost isn’t really an issue. Just take a long walk in the south of Valletta and you will find yourself amidst the locals, the old beautiful buildings and breath-taking views. You will get to see the uncommercialised side of the city and, if I may say so, the best part of the city. (Just a tip: wear comfortable shoes as there are a lot of steep hills ;).
Admire the houses in their original state
Most houses in Valletta have the same layout and front appearance as when they were first built. This is because in order to conserve the beauty of the city, there are laws in place to regulate demolishing and construction of property. This style of housing is very unique and a must see when visiting Valletta.
Party in strait street
In the past, strait street was not the classiest place. It used to be a hub for English military men and Maltese people. The place was one of the rowdiest in the ever quiet Malta. Nowadays the street is also quite lively but in a more accepted way. Strait street is full of bars and is the main ‘party street’ in Valletta. The atmosphere is very vibrant and lively. It is truly a great way to spend a night in Valletta. A new Maltese TV show also helped to increase this street’s popularity and many Maltese celebrities are known to frequent these bars.
Go to the open market
Open markets (Monti in Maltese) in Malta are a huge thing. From the market you can buy anything from underwear to fake raybans. Prices are up for bargaining and buying in bulk earns you discounts!
Shop till you drop
Whether you want clothes, jewelry, sunglasses and much more, you can find it all in this city. The first thing you will notice when you enter Valletta is the vast amount of retail outlets you find. Valletta is one of the main cities specialising in fashion retail outlets. Many Maltese people go to Valletta to buy things especially clothes. So if you are in the market for some shopping definitely head to Valletta.
Admire the views
From the waterfront in Valletta you can see a majestic view of the 3 cities ( Isla, Bormla,Birgu). This view is especially romantic at night and can be seen from various restaurants in the Valletta Waterfront. A definite favourite date place. Views from the ‘barracka ta’ fuq’ and views from il-Mandragg are also mesmerizing.
Go see a pantomina
A pantomina is a Maltese take on the theatrical performance. Pantominas are very unique to Malta and are usually performed in theaters around Valletta, like the Manoel theatre.
So there you have ten things to do in Valletta. Have you ever been to Valletta? Share your experiences in the comments section and feel free to share this post if you like it 😉