Valletta, capital of Malta

 

Yesterday, I visited Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Old-Valletta-mapValletta is the smallest capital city of any EU member state, measuring just 600m by 1000m and with a population of around 6,000.

My arrival in Valletta coincided with a Scout music band marching along Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street) which already put me in a good mood because I love the sound of bagpipes.

Valletta was only built in 1566 to protect Malta against a Turkish invasion (this was after the Great Siege of 1565). It was the first planned city in Europe with a grid system of streets (see map above). The long straight streets allow the cooling sea breeze to circulate, serving like an air conditioning system for the whole city.

It’s easy to walk through the whole city in a few hours. You will come across everything from grandiose sights

to shops (and a cinema) that throw you back in time by 50 years:

Even the residential buildings are beautiful, with their countless bay windows and balconies.

Despite its small size, there are several parks to have a rest underneath trees and next to water fountains, primarily the Lower and Upper Barrakka Gardens and Hastings Gardens.

Overall, I found Valletta a relaxed and slow city which is maybe best summed up by the following picture:

I stayed in Valletta for the evening after sunset and I will share these photos in a separate post “Valletta at Night“.

(This article was featured on Hopper.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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17 Responses to Valletta, capital of Malta

  1. This photos is absolutely beautiful! Great work

  2. Sue says:

    So you arrived to Malta! Welcome :) Lovely pictures of Valletta. I didn’t think that the cinema in the picture still existed though – it was a ‘man only’ old cinema a long time ago. But for a good film in Valletta there’s the modern and Clean Embassy Cinema. Hope you’re enjoying your stay here and that you already found some new Maltese friends :)

  3. Interesting… I was doing a tour myself while you visited! Actually it was a ‘ghost walk’ of Valletta! :) Experience Malta… Your Way! http://www.YourMaltaGuide.com

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  5. John Erickson says:

    Any idea what make of car that was? I don’t really know older European marques that well. If you get the chance to take any shots INSIDE that cinema, I’d love to see them. And by all means, keep the architectural photos coming. What a beautiful old city! Thanks for sharing.

    • Lawrence Bonello says:

      Well I suppose patrons of that cinema wouldn’t like to be photographed while inside! That was an adult theatre and as far as I know its no longer in operation.

    • Marina Mifsud says:

      Hi John the car in the pic is a Ford Anglia. These model was extremely popular in Malta during its hey day

  6. Sue says:

    Hi Mr. Erickson, the car in the picture is an Anglia and here in Malta you can find a good number of these cars still being driven on the roads :) To see some real incredible photos I suggest Mr. Moser take some photos of the INSIDE of St John’s Cathedral in Valletta

    • John Erickson says:

      Thank you for the information, Sue. I’m rather new to being a European “petrol head”, despite being a “gearhead” over here in the States for over 40 years! (Yes, I actually remember helping my dad fix a carburetor when I was 6 or 7. Pity the short-term memory doesn’t work as well! :) ) And I will whole-heartedly second the motion for pictures of the Cathedral’s interior – I’m also a fan of architecture.

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  8. Dennis Debono says:

    The Scout Group you found playing along the Old but still nice Capital City of Malta are the Marsa Scouts Group Pipes and Drums!! :D http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marsa-Scouts-Pipes-Drums/136201019765636

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