Valletta is the capital city of Malta, a small island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea.
With a population of around 6,500 people,
it is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe,
but it makes up for its size with its rich history and cultural offerings.
The city was founded in the 16th century by the Knights of St. John,
a Catholic military order, and its historic center is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city is located on a narrow peninsula,
and its streets are a maze of narrow alleys and grand squares, lined with Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
One of the most famous landmarks in Valletta is St. John’s Co-Cathedral,
a grand Catholic cathedral that is home to a number of priceless works of art,
including Caravaggio’s “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist.”
Other notable attractions include the Grand Master’s Palace,
the National Museum of Archaeology, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens,
which offer stunning views of the city’s harbor.
Valletta is also known for its lively street life,
ety of bars, cafes,
and restaurants catering to different tastes and budgets.
Many of these are located in the city center, around the bustling Republic Street.
Despite its small size, Valletta is a hub of cultural activity,
with a number of festivals and events throughout the year.
These include the Malta Arts Festival, the Malta Jazz Festival,
if you are interested in art and
food or simply soaking up the atmosphere
of a beautiful Mediterranean city, Valletta is a must-visit destination.