The Best Views in Valletta

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Valletta is the capital of Malta, a bustling ancient walled city on the north side of Malta, situated on a promontory jutting out into the sea. Sliema lies to the west and is the quieter, less touristy of the two, typically the more popular choice to stay in of the two.

The entire city of Valletta is quite spectacularly a UNESCO world heritage site, having been so since 1980, and is one of the world's smallest capital cities with a population of less than 7000. Established in the 1500s, Valletta shows signs of the various countries that once lay claim to this island nation, and now boasts opulent streets and panoramic views around the harbour, across to the other cities, and out into the ocean.

Buses run frequently from all around the country to Valletta, as the main hub of the island. The popular ferry from Sliema to Valletta runs every half hour and is the preferred way for people to get between the two neighbouring cities.

I spent a hot afternoon wandering the streets, looking for the best views the city had to offer. Here's what I found:

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Doors of Valletta

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Wandering the streets of Valletta

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View from Upper Barrakka Gardens towards the 3 Cities

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Upper Barrakka Gardens

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Lower Barrakka Gardens

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Monument to Sir Alexander Ball in Lower Barrakka Gardens

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View from Lower Barrakka Gardens towards the 3 Cities

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View from Lower Barrakka Gardens of Valletta

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The view of the harbour where you catch the ferry to Sliema

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View of Valletta from the ferry to Sliema, with the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral


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Jana Meerman

Hi! I’m Jana, a British-Dutch-Canadian with a dream of seeing every country in the world. I am a storyteller, photographer and adventurer passionate about documenting and sharing my travels.

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