One of Europe’s smallest capital cities.
Built like a fort by the Knights of Malta (Knights of the Order of St. John), located on a peninsula between two natural harbours Valletta is the place I spent the most time in during my visit to Malta.
Some of the street planning in Valletta is truly unique (aligned in a grid-like layout), planned to allow the breezes free entry to the city in order to lower the heat during the summer time. Simple urbanism in the floor plans is much more interesting in reality. Some of its streets fall steeply as you get closer towards the back of the city, they look like huge waves. I was constantly walking straight, but going up and down.
Except for urbanism itself, quirky balconies were my favourite element of Valletta. Different colours at different heights give this city a distinctive note. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a capital city that small and that charming. To outline how tiny Valletta is, from south to north is only 1 kilometre and the width of the peninsula is even smaller, only 600 meters.
TIP: If you are looking for an off-season getaway I highly recommend Valletta, the climate is pleasant, the unbearable summer heat is gone same as tourists. You’ll have the city almost to yourself.
For best views over the city visit Sliema or on the other side, Isla or Birgu.
I hope you like this little photo diary I put together to share my time adventuring through Valletta. Let me know if you have visited Malta and how did you like it. If anyone has any feedback I’d be so appreciative to receive your comments and questions below.