Valletta is the capital of Malta, a country of under half a million people that is part of the European Union and lies south of Sicily in Italy. Situated in the north-east of the main island of Malta, it has a population of nearly 7,000.
But don't let those numbers fool you into thinking that this place is insignificant. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been so for decades, and the fact that it is home to 320 monuments that all fit in about 1 square kilometer might have something to do with that!
Valletta was established in 1566 by the Knights Hospitallers (Order of Saint John), immediately after the failed Ottoman Siege of Malta. The small city is mostly built in Baroque style and houses (typically cream colored) palaces, churches, museums, forts and bastions. Linked together by winding alleys and mostly narrow streets, and surrounded by a harbor on each side, this may just be one of Europe's most picturesque capital cities.
The list of places to see here is long, but if we had to come up with a few must-sees, those would at least include the St. John's Co-Cathedral plus the museum that accompanies it and the Grandmaster's palace. Of course take your time to stroll around the waterfront and streets of the old town, and you will come across many more things to see and do. [Review by travelindicator]
- Valletta is a city in Malta. It has a population of 6,675, is situated at an altitude of 180ft and the best airport to fly into is MLA (Malta International, Gudja)
- The currency used in Malta is the Euro (EUR)
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