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day 1: valletta/sliema

Home explore day 1: valletta/sliema

The capital, Valletta, is probably the most obvious place to start. With the entire city declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, walking through its streets is nothing short of walking through an open-air museum.

Walk along Republic Street to St John’s Co-Cathedral, the jewel of Valletta, with its gilded interior enough to make one’s jaw drop. Look out for the Caravaggio’s only signed painting, The Beheading of St John. Exit the Catheral and dive into the open-air market in Merchants’ Street. All in all, Valletta is also a great place for shopping.

Do take the time to wander through the alleyways, up and down the slopes and stairways, and to sit under the sun with a coffee watching the pigeons. In whichever order you choose to do these, try to be at the Upper Barrakka Gardens at noon for the re-enactment and shooting of the cannon, and enjoy one of the most spectacular views in Malta, that of the Grand Harbour.

In the afternoon, take a ferry from Marsamxett to Sliema, Malta’s more modern hotspot for shopping and cafe’s. Various trips and tours depart from here, including the Hop On Hop Off Malta Sightseeing Tours and various cruises. For this afternoon we recommend a Harbour Cruise which takes you to see the the Three Cities from a unique perspective and which offers an insight to the essence of Maltese History.

When you disembark, why not take a leisurely walk along the beautiful seaside promenade to St Julians? This is Malta’s prime nightlife area, with several restaurants and bars to choose from and clubs to entertain you for the rest of the evening.