Whether you’re exploring the Mediterranean on a cruise or business trip, Malta and its capital city Valletta is certainly worth the visit. Malta is an underrated travel destination that can often be overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours; Spain, Italy, and Greece. However, with fewer tourists and equally beautiful sights, this island is a must-see!
Valletta is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. But, good things come in small packages! It is home to over 300 monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage site, culturally-rich areas, and friendly people. There’s no shortage of churches, museums, gardens, and buildings to explore in the pedestrian-friendly city.
St. John’s Cathedral
St. John’s Cathedral is one of the most notable landmarks in Valletta. It is both an artistic and architectural must-see. Completed in 1577, the stunning cathedral features complex and beautiful architecture and painting, carved stone walls, painted ceiling, a display of marble tombstones on the floor, and the famous painting by Caravaggio: Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The Valletta Waterfront
The Valletta Waterfront is a hub for bars, shops, restaurants, festivals, and activity. If you’re looking to meet people (or just people-watch), the waterfront is the place to be.
Although it’s located just outside Valletta, the Blue Grotto is easy to get to by car or cab. Witness the breathtaking clear waters and caves for the full Malta experience. There is a massive arch and caves system created naturally by the waves and elements of erosion. The seabed is sandy and it’s perfect for swimming and exploring. On top of this, the cave walls are naturally painted with orange, green, and purple from the reflections of the sand, sea, sky, and the minerals in the rocks. It’s truly a work of art, and you can see the different colours from sunrise until the afternoon!
Head to St. Julian’s for great restaurants, bars, and a gorgeous seafront promenade. Locals and tourists love St. Julian’s for entertainment. Whether you want to check out the Portomaso Tower, wine and dine like a local, or dance the night away, St. Julian’s the neighbourhood to make it happen. However, if you want something more wild, take the party up a notch in Paceville, the nightlife district,
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