Not 1 But 5 Reasons Why Valletta is a Perfect European City Break Destination
Are you craving for a vacation? Yes, then there’s no better choice than Valletta. With a perfect blend of grand architecture and buzzing cultural festivities, Valletta is an ideal destination for your weekend break or family vacation. Valletta is the magnificent capital and cultural city of Malta, and it is named as one of the European Cultural Capitals of 2018. During the Second World War II, Valletta experienced extensive damage and yet it retains its charm and elegance till today. Still not convinced? No, then here goes not 1 but 5 different reasons why Valletta is a perfect European City getaway.
Marks of Historical Architecture at Every Corner
Despite its small size, Valletta is filled with architectural and historical sites that date back to centuries ago. The city is surrounded by greatest fortifications in the world. Valletta boasts of 320 monuments located within an area of 55 hecters. UNESCO has declared Valletta as a World Heritage Site and described as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Also, the city boasts of numerous palaces, museums, and forts that are located within walking distance from each other.
Don’t Miss These Architectural Wonders of Valletta:
- Saint John’s Co-Cathedral
- Grandmaster’s Palace
- National Museum of Archaeology
- National War Museum
- Lascaris War Rooms
The City is Touted to be the European Capital of Culture 2018
Being a cultural hub of Malta and the European Cultural Capital 2018, Valletta will host a number of events attracting art, dance, theatre, music, and literature lovers. As a part of this, the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme kicked off on 20th January 2018. The programme includes more than 140 projects and 400 events which will take place across Valletta.
Valletta Festivals in 2018:
- International Fireworks Festival – 22nd to 30th April 2018
- The Valletta International Visual Arts Festival (VIVA) – The first exhibition of VIVA 2018 will open on 22nd March at The Mill in Birkirkara with Gabriel Caruana Foundation.
- Valletta Green Festival – 4th May to 6th May 2018
- The Malta Jazz and Rock Festival, TBC 2018 – July
- Malta International Arts Festival – 1st July to 16th July 2018
- Birgu Festival – 12th to 14th October 2018
Taste the Scintillating Flavors of Mediterranean Cuisine
Maltese food is a pack of Sicilian, Italian, Lebanese splashes fused with North African cuisine. The city boasts of numerous open-air and high-end restaurants. Valletta is home to the popular chefs such as Kevin Bonello and George Borg.
- Pastizzi – filled with rich ricotta cheese or mushy peas
- Mqaret – filled with dates and spice mixture
- Ftira – pizza filled with potatoes, eggs, cheese, anchovies, olives, etc.
- Maltese sausage
- Obejna – a cheeselet
Valletta is Nature Lovers’ Paradise
Valletta is famed for its serene beauty and blue-green beaches. Its crystal waters make Malta as the number one dive-destination in the Mediterranean region. Valletta is a peninsula surrounded by the sea. Gozo is a perfect place to explore hidden bays and to enjoy the best sea views. Its beaches are large and untouched by development. Never miss the boat trips at the Grand Harbor which is a popular European port. Taking a Grand Harbor cruise is an excellent way to watch the stunning skyline of Valletta. Valletta’s Grand Harbor has been used as a perfect backdrop for many Hollywood pictures such as Gladiator, U-571, Munich, and the Count of Monte Cristo.
You can also enjoy the beautiful views of the Valletta city from its neighbor city, Sliema. Catch a ferry or bus to Sliema and reach the Tigné Point resort to enjoy the city’s perfect views. It is a perfect hangout for Instagrammers.
Tip: Once you’re done with snapping pictures, return to a safe point to avoid the danger of sliding into a lapping tide.
Enjoy the Best Accommodation in Valletta
Though Valletta city is small, it offers numerous options to stay from luxury, boutique, to budget hotels. Every hotel offers exceptional hospitality during your stay. Get your booking at these hotels which are located in the heart of Valletta and make the most of your trip to Valletta.
- Palazzo Prince d’Orange
- Grand Hotel Excelsior
- Castille Hotel
- SU29 Hotel
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