A trip to Malta would not be complete without visiting the stunning capital city of Valletta. European Capital of Culture (ECoC) for 2018 is a definite must see. Valletta is a fortress city named after its founder in 1566 Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Valette. This magnificent city was built by hand in just 15 years (built by hand as there were no such thing as power tools yet!)
The grid of narrow streets boasts some of Europe’s finest art works, churches and palaces. The grid system of streets makes it difficult to get lost and no finer day could be had than meandering your way around the beautiful architecture. As well as the museums and galleries there’s plenty of shops and eateries (for all purses) perfect for taking shelter in when the sun really blazes.
There are signs of the us Brits in Malta all over the country but it is especially noticeable in Valletta. The country was part of the British Empire for over 150 years, today you will find plenty peculiar blend of Mediterranean Britishness around in Maltese daily life, maybe this is why we felt so at ease there. English is spoken fluently and widely throughout the country, they even use the three pin electricity plugs that we do back, making travel with the family feel somewhat less stressful. A bit abroad, yet familiar.
Anyway on with the tour. I have to confess that we didn’t walk the whole way, we hired ‘Joey’ a superb guide who happened to have horse and cart that we could sit in while he showed us the sites! If you only have a day in Valletta then this is the way to see it!