What Not To Miss Whilst Visiting Valletta| Valletta In Two Days
- Jun 10, 2017
The Best Of Valletta For Our Esteemed Casa Ellul Clients ...
If you’re a first-timer looking forward to spending some time in Valletta, we have created a fulfilling itinerary to show you all that our beautiful city has to offer and to help tell the story of why Valletta has been designated as the European Capital of Culture for 2018. One of the most enjoyable aspects of exploring Valletta is that it’s easy to get around on foot, soaking up the scenery and the sun at the same time, whilst enjoying some gentle exercise ready to work up an appetite for the local cuisine. This City is enjoyable whether travelling with family, friends and even if travelling solo. So much to do, Valletta will not bore you!
Day 1 – History, Exploration & Education
Let us start by taking you on a tour of the stunning outdoor spaces: Start at the Lower Barracca Garden, pass by Victoria Gate and across to Upper Barracca Garden, where you can reach the Waterfront for some souvenir shopping and the dining district for brunch before taking in the historical architecture of the 250-year-old “Gateway to the City”. Within the area you’ll find evidence of the merchant activity of the Knights of St John, colourfully restored baroque warehouses and the Quay Wall, all speaking of the hustle and bustle of the Grand Harbour over the ages.
Shopping & Sightseeing
For shopping, walk through Republic Street, and be sure to check out the neighboring Republic Street at the same time, accessible by the adjoining passages and sides streets lined with typical Maltese town houses. Whilst you move from place to place, keep a look out for the bronze markers of the Valletta Commonwealth Walkway that highlights the twenty key points of interest across the city.
In the same area you will find the stunning St John’s Cathedral, along with its museum. After taking in the imposing cathedral, continue the journey through history by hopping across the road to the Grandmaster’s Palace and Armoury and the National Museum of Archaeology. The nearby squares have charming outdoor eateries if you’re getting a little peckish by now. You can then head over to The Embassy Complex to get into the cool shade and watch the Valletta Living History Show followed by some more shopping in the complex. If you’re feeling a little weary, travel back by a horse-drawn Karozzin to take in the majestic Fort Elmo.
Day 2 – Rest, Relaxation & Nightlife
After a busy first day exploring some of the most popular sites of Valletta, take it a little easier on day two. There are many boat tours to choose from in Valletta.
To make the most of Malta’s climate and environment, the stunning Blue Lagoon is well worth a visit if you’d like to experience pure white sands and sparkling blue seas, perfect for swimming, and sunbathing. Or else take the ferry to Cospicua the south of Malta, and walk along the three cities – Cospicua, Senglea and Isla – where you can get a feel of Malta’s authentic life, untouched and unspoilt.
After the boat trip before sunset, make sure you head to The Gunpost Bar for a beer and a beautiful view of Marsamxett Harbour.
In the evening opt for al fresco wining and dining in one of the many restaurants. On some nights, you can also witness spectacular fireworks too. After dinner, you can take a leisurely stroll back through the city centre for jazz at the Django Jazz Bar on South Street or Bridge Bar with live Jazz every Friday during the Summer months, or pop into any of the other local bars along the way – there’s a real variety to suit all tastes.
Insider Tips From A Local
Where to eat:
Guze Bistro for a romantic setting, Rubino for a family-run cozy restaurant, Trattoria Romana Zero Sei for an exquisite plate of pasta, Trabuxu Bistro for a casual environment, Legligin Wine Bar for wine and a tasting menu.
Where to go for drinks:
Café Society (for great cocktails), San Paolo Naufrago (for a relaxing evening with wine), Django Jazz Bar, Bridge Bar, Charles Grech, The Gunpost Bar, Streat.