Valletta is the capital of Malta, a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya.
Valletta is a peninsula, with the sea surrounding most of the city. Malta, with fortress Valletta, has always been a great strategic importance as a naval base used by the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British. In Valletta buildings date back to the 16th century, the time of Order of St. John (the Knights Hospitaller). Valletta is named after its founder Jean Parisot de la Valette, the respected Grand Master of the Order of Saint John. In 1566 the construction of Valletta began and within 15 years the city was completed with impressive bastions, forts and cathedral. Valletta's rich historical past is seen in the beautiful historic Baroque buildings built by the Knights of St John with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture although during WWII a lot has been damaged.
Valletta is an European city of art and a world heritage city. This small city has one of the highest concentrations of historical sites in the world. The town with its narrow streets, laid out in a grid pattern, is home to some of Europe's finest art works, churches and palaces. You will find statues of saints, niches, fountains and coats of arms high hang on the walls. The narrow streets are full of small shops and cafés. The more well known international shops are found in the main streets, selling everything from fashion, music, jewellery and more.
Where to stay in Valletta
Five star hotels
Grand Hotel Excelsior Ursulino Valletta Palazzo Consiglia SU29 Boutique Hotel Casa Ellul Hotel Phoenicia Malta.
Three star hotels
Two star hotels
Grand Harbour Hotel British Hotel
Luciano Al Porto Boutique Luciano Valletta Boutique Tano's Boutique Guesthouse Lucky Star Sea-view Apartments Princess Elena Valletta Harbour View Appartment Princess Elena Luxury Apartments St. Elmo Apartments Valletta Sea-Esta Trabuxu Boutique Living Valletta Merisi Suites Valletta Barrakka Suites 10 Strait Street.