It's captured the hearts of great poets, painters and politicians. Be the latest to fall under the spell on holidays in Valletta.
Disraeli called Malta's capital a city 'built by gentlemen for gentlemen.' The briefest glimpse of Valletta tells you why. Baroque palaces, awe-inspiring churches and pretty piazzas. Steeply sloping streets, staggered with ancient stone steps, leading up to spectacular views. Built five hundred years ago by the Knights of Malta, the capital has kept its chivalric splendour – Valletta will sweep you off your feet.
Where do you start? Stay in the lap of luxury at the distinguished Hotel Phoenicia. After a sumptuous breakfast, head into the centre for a spot of culture. The National Museum of Fine Art – itself a piece of Rococo finery. The Palace of the Grand Masters. And Caravaggio's largest canvas in the impressive St. Johns Co-Cathedral.
Pause for lunch at a quaint cafe or restaurant in Valletta's pretty squares. Tuck into bragjoli – a beautiful blend of beef and breadcrumbs, or gbejniet, compact peppered cheeses. Shelter from the midday sun in Hasting's Gardens, then dive into an afternoon of lighter entertainment – the Toy Museum, the energetic old Market and of course, the gold, glass and glittering antiques in Valletta's shops.
Valletta holidays aren't complete without al fresco dinner and drinks in the warm evening air. And that's what Valletta's harbourside bars and restaurants do best. Add an elegant touch with a trip to the Opera House or the Manoel Theatre – one of Europe's oldest playhouses. Or you could just have another glass of vino . . .
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