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Valletta Travel Guide, Malta

Valletta Travel Guide - Malta’s baroque citadel

The tiny island nation of Malta in the Mediterranean is a densely populated archipelago that despite its size has always been of crucial strategic importance. Throughout history, Malta has been conquered by numerous other nations, but it managed to retain its individuality. Its capital city, Valletta, is a cultural melting pot where native Maltese live together with various immigrants. Valletta’s picturesque baroque architecture and its other attractions draw millions of visitors every year, and it is no surprise that the city was declared a World Heritage Site. This Valletta Travel Guide will point out some useful information that will help you plan your holiday in this scenic city.

Valletta Travel Guide - Transport

If you travel by plane, there is no choice but to land at Malta International Airport, the archipelago’s only airport. The airport is served by most major airlines, so you can easily reach Malta from wherever you live. Flights to nearby cities such as Palermo, Tunis or Catania, take less than an hour and a half. Once in Malta, you have several transport options. Valletta can be reached via several highways, but you might have some difficulty finding a parking place for your car. Buses are the most common and the cheapest means of getting around on the islands. Malta’s buses have a unique vintage design, and they are almost a tourist attraction on their own. You can also opt for going by boat or ferry, but there is only a limited number of destinations. The city itself is quite small, so the best way to get around is on foot. There are many pedestrian areas in Valletta, and numberless steep winding streets. Keep in mind that the city is built on a hill, so be prepared to climb a lot of stairs when walking around the centre.

Valletta Travel Guide - Accommodation

Valletta is quite a popular tourist destination so there are lodgings to be found for every budget. The Asti Guesthouse is a great place for backpackers, it has a very lively atmosphere and cheap rooms, but it is usually very crowded so you should book well in advance. Another affordable hotel is British Hotel, a family-run establishment overlooking the harbour. Palazzetto Citta is not very expensive and offers luxury services. The building dates back to the 16th century and it has a wonderful old-world, baroque ambiance. If you don’t mind splurging, this Valletta Travel Guide recommends that you stay in the country’s most exclusive hotel, La Phoenicia, where Queen Elizabeth II lodged during her visit to Malta. The hotel building itself is magnificent, and the services offered are excellent. You can spoil yourself in the pool, spa or the fabulous Phoenix restaurant which offers some of the tastiest dishes in the city.

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    review by GoneFishing4 posted more then 30 days ago
    I wouldn't recommend Palazzetto Citta, I went there for my honeymoon and was very dissapointed by the lack of privacy, also I have the following comments: 1. The website says 'but also respecting your privacy as well as providing the full intimacy and warmth of your own home.' - there are...
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Valletta City Ratings

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    City Rank131
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  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 50%
  • Food: rated for 60%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 100%
  • Shopping: rated for 65%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 90%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 78%
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