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Guide to Valletta
Guide to Valletta

Interesting places and facts about the city Valletta in Malta

Visit Valletta, one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean and the modern capital of Malta, to admire the unique architecture, ancient streets and numerous castles. Famous tourist center, located in the north-east of the country with a population of about 6000 people has a rich cultural heritage. The history of the city dates back to the 9th century BC, when the Phoenicians first settled here. For centuries, the city was ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, and, finally, Normans, the last owners of the Mediterranean pearl . In 1974, attaining independence from Britain, Valletta becomes the official capital of the newly formed State - the Republic of Malta.

Attractions

Republic Street, the main street of the capital, bisects the city and concentrates the largest number of historical monuments. Walking along the main street of Valletta, be sure to pay attention to the Auberge de Castille built in the 1570s and mysterious Grandmaster's Palace, located on the Palace Square. Some halls of the Palace are open to foreign visitors: Here you can learn more about history of the ancient city, and even see a perfectly preserved 14th-century knight's outfit. Nearby is the Freedom Square, where tourists can admire the Palazzo Ferreria palace built in the 19th century or visit the world-famous Royal Opera House. Numerous churches and cathedrals of Valletta such as gorgeous St John's Cathedral, Church of St. Paul the Shipwrecked and Cathedral of St. John of Jerusalem will become an integral part of any tour.
Traditionally, most of the shopping centers, stores and retail shops located in the city center, on Republic Street and close to the the eponymous square. Visit Merchant street, if you are looking for quality clothes or traditional souvenirs. In general, the small size of the city will allow you to walk around all the shops in a few hours without any extra costs. So do not hurry, enjoy the Mediterranean climate and appreciate every minute spent on the north-eastern coast of the fabulous Malta island.
The narrow streets in the historic center and a small length of the cape where lies the main economic and political center of Malta, explain the low demand for car rentals. Choose a city bus as an alternative to avoid difficulties with parking and numerous pedestrian zones. Keep in mind that two buses are moving clockwise and counterclockwise going round the city with an interval of 15-25 minutes. Just a few streets are designed for two-way traffic, the others are pedestrian streets. You can call Valletta a pedestrian city ideal for tourist excursions.

Entertainment and tourism

Regular sea excursions on ships and marine vessels are carried out by local tour companies. If you have a few free hours and a little money, be sure to enjoy the opportunity to see the unique capital of Malta from the sea. Even in the absence of the Italian visa you will be able to book tours to Sicily, which are inexpensive and leave a good impression. Diving is very popular in Malta, and Valletta is definitely no exception in this regard. Many diving fans come to the southern capital solely for the sake of visiting the local popular dive sites, including the Delimara Point, L-Ahrax Point, Cirkewwa, Anchor Bay, and HMS Maori. As for a beach holiday, Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Paradise Bay are some of the most popular sandy beaches of the sunny capital.
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The narrow streets in the historic center and a small length of the cape where lies the main economic and political center of Malta, explain the low demand for car rentals. Choose a city bus as an alternative to avoid difficulties with parking and numerous pedestrian zones. Keep in mind that two buses are moving clockwise and counterclockwise going round the city with an interval of 15-25 minutes. Just a few streets are designed for two-way traffic, the others are pedestrian streets. You can call Valletta a pedestrian city ideal for tourist excursions.
Regular sea excursions on ships and marine vessels are carried out by local tour companies. If you have a few free hours and a little money, be sure to enjoy the opportunity to see the unique capital of Malta from the sea. Even in the absence of the Italian visa you will be able to book tours to Sicily, which are inexpensive and leave a good impression. Diving is very popular in Malta, and Valletta is definitely no exception in this regard. Many diving fans come to the southern capital solely for the sake of visiting the local popular dive sites, including the Delimara Point, L-Ahrax Point, Cirkewwa, Anchor Bay, and HMS Maori. As for a beach holiday, Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Paradise Bay are some of the most popular sandy beaches of the sunny capital.

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