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Known as The Fortress City, Valletta is the capital of Malta, and is a fully functioning living, working and commercially driven city on the island.
Though Valletta is known as being one of the more modern cities on all of Malta, it boasts such a rich historical past that it is home to one of the most concentrated historical areas in the entire world. This land of Baroque architecture, and historically European design blended with the every day functionality of the commercial, and administrative businesses in town is what gives Valletta such dual personality, but makes it so intriguing and absolute must visit.
There are many hotels throughout the city, however, it may be suggested to stay at one of the nearby resort towns, and travel into the capital city for shopping day trips, or historical sightseeing. The city can being credibly busy throughout the day. But once the workday is done, the entire city seemingly transported back in time as the streets quiet, and you can really soak in and appreciate incredible artwork that is the architecture of the palaces, churches and buildings scattered throughout the town. Because of all of these sites to be seen, is highly recommended to tour Valletta on foot, as it is hard to get a full appreciation of the world around you when you are just looking through the window of a moving vehicle. Besides, there is something of historical significance around nearly every corner in the Fortress City. With plenty to discover, such as statues, fountains and numerous coats of arms, tourists will have to keep your head on a swivel in order to soak it all in and not leave any sight unseen. Of course, since it is a fully functioning town, tourists visiting the city will not be left wanting more when it comes to cafés, restaurants and bars, as the city is flush with quaint little coffee shops and true gastronomical wonders - some of the best in all of Malta.
There is also a lot of shopping to be done in the capital city. With tiny little shops just off of narrow side streets, and large store selling international brands, the shopaholic on vacation will not be want for fashion, arts and jewellery to browse and purchase. Sights that should absolutely not be missed by those visiting the town are Valletta's many beautiful gardens. The city is full of them, but the three most popular ones amongst tourists, and even locals, are the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Lower Barrakka Gardens and the Hastings Gardens. Though, these are just three of the many, many gardens hidden away throughout the town just waiting to be discovered.
St. John's Cathedral and Museum should be on everybody's to see list, as well. This architectural wonder is home to some world renowned masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio and Mattia Preti. So, if the pure architectural wonder of the cathedral is not enough culture and art to quench your cultural thirst, and so can soak in some incredible paintings. And all of this is so close to so many resorts.
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