Valletta is the historical capital city of Malta and is situated in the east of the Island. The city that is full of steep narrow streets is surrounded by high fortifications which were built to help defend the city during the many invasions. Valletta is a peninsula and has two harbours; Grand Harbour (which is Malta’s main harbour) and Marsamxett. The city also has a cruise-liner terminal situated along the old sea wall.
The City of Valletta is named after the man who defended the Island in 1565 from an Ottoman invasion; Jean Parisot de Valette. The cultural city of Valletta is composed of mainly Baroque architecture dating back to the 16th century. These buildings were built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. UNESCO recognised Valletta as a World Heritage site in 1980. Valletta is known for having the most number of churches in the whole of the Island (Malta is predominantly a Catholic country).
Republic Street is the place to go to for shopping not only in Valletta but in the whole of Malta. Along this pedestrianized street you which runs the length of the city from City Gate to Fort St Elmo, you will find designer shops as well mainstream high street style shops. If you are hungry after all that shopping, then you will be spoilt for choice, as there are lots of good quality restaurants to choose. Alternatively, if you just fancy a more informal lunch or a coffee after a leisurely stroll, you can find plenty of cafés both in and around Valletta where you can relax and watch the world go by. There are some trendy wine bars to go for a glass of wine or two in the evening, however.
There is a park and ride scheme in place in Valletta to cut down on traffic pollution. There are also more pedestrianized roads making it more pleasant to walk around and see this beautiful city.
Please note that a lot of shops may be closed on Sundays.
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