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MALTA’S CAPITAL CITY

Valletta was declared a Unesco World Heritage city in 1980 and European Capital of Culture 2018

With its magnificent baroque architecture and floodlit bastions, numerous beautiful churches, palaces and lively people, Valletta is a delightful city. It’s slightly faded glory and its narrow side streets, its Grand Harbour will all remain imprinted in your memory long after your holiday in Malta. The Knights’ official name for the city was “Humilissima Civitas Vallettæ” (Most Humble) but the ruling houses of Europe rightly gave it its nickname “Superbissima” (Most Proud).

Malta & Gozo offer a myriad of great activities.

From history to adventure  – Malta is your Oyster.

For an idea of how to spend your time in Malta visit www.maltaexcursion.com  (click on the image on the left).

They offer 70 different tours in 5 different languages.

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“Valletta is a Mediterranean Naples, a lovely mix of baroque architecture and expressive hand gestures”

SIMON AND CATHERINE, VALLETTA G-HOUSE GUESTS
VALLETTA’S HISTORY

“Built by gentlemen
for gentlemen”

After the Order of St John was ousted out of Rhodes,  they first settled in Vittoriosa, as they tried to recreate the way of life they had there. It was only with the unexpected vistory over the Ottoman Empire in the Great Siege of 1565 that Grandmaster La Valette decided their was an anvantage to the peninsula of Mount Sciberras.

Grateful for the knights victory, the Pope in Rome sent his own architect Laparelli to help design the new city. The design saw a rigid grid plan of uniformly designed houses dotted with palaces, baroque churches and squares. There were to be eight auberges, one for each language in the Order, a Grand Master’s palace “as large as Palazzo Farnese in Rome”, a conventual church and a hospital. The building started in 1566 with the church of Our Lady of Victoria.

Gerolamo Cassar continued where Laparelli left off. Combining the two architects work, Valletta remains the beautiful and elegant baroque city they envisaged. Valletta suffered greatly with World War II as well as in the hands of successive governments who perhaps could have done more to maintain it.

In the last decade, people returned to Valletta, they restored old houses and palaces. Restoration on the fortifications and public buildings started in earnest and a new entrance to the city designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano came into being. With 2018 and the European City of Culture title looming, Valletta is having a renaissance.

THEATRE

The Manoel Theatre

One of the oldest working theatres in Europe the Manoel was conceived as an entertainment for the masses. Enjoy a theatre production in its atmospheric interior.

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CAFE’

Cordina cafe’

This cafe/gelateria (est. 1837) situated in a historic palazzo in Queen Victoria square has an exquisite interior with beautiful painted ceiling. Tables inside and outside.

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MUSIC FESTIVAL

Valletta Baroque

Valletta will warm the cockles of your heart in the month of January with its annual Valletta International Baroque Festival, a celebration of music, colour and dance.

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MUSEUM

Archeology

The National Museum of Archeology in Valletta covers the early Neolithic and Temple period  (5200–2500 BC). It holds its temporary exhibitions on the 2nd floor.

CULTURE CENTRE

St James Cavalier

A creative space within a historic Cavalier within the city’s fortifications. The building hosts a small intimate theatre, and exhibition space. He specialises in contemporary art.

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FINE ARTS

Caravaggio

Grand Master Wignacourt made Caravaggio a knight of magistral obedience. See Caravaggio’s ‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’ at the St John’s Co-Cathedral.

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BARS & RESTAURANTS

Valletta Waterfront

A series of 18th century baroque stores and warehouses  have been beautifully restored and now house various restaurants, and cafes with a view over the Grand Harbour.

GAY

Monaliza

A relaxed lounge bar carved out of the city fortifications with great views of the sea. Have a quick lunch, afternoon coffee and dance the night away.

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FEBRUARY FESTIVAL

Karnival

The companies who create the floats all hail from Valletta. February sees  the fruit of their year long labours. The festival dates back to the Knights and occurs before Lent.

MUSEUM

The Palace Armoury

One of the world’s largest collections of arms and armour still housed in its original building. Tangible symbol of the past glories of the Military Order of Malta.

MALTESE FOOD

Rubino

A daily changing menu of traditional Maltese and Med. food in an intimate setting. Mix of meat and fish dishes. Try the Maltese national dish – rabbit.

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MUSEUM HOUSE

Casa Rocca Piccola

A tour around this 16th Century Palace takes you through 12 palatial rooms and the way its original owners lived. Lovely walled garden & an air raid shelter.

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