Valletta is the capital of the island nation of Malta. A harbour city, Valletta preserves much of its 16th century architectural heritage built under the Hospitallers.Valletta was one of the earliest sites inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list. Referred to colloquially as Il-Belt (“The City”), it takes its name from its founder, Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette.With its large array of shops, catering establishments, entertainment venues and culture, Malta’s capital has what it takes to capture people’s imagination. The iValletta.com project is a first for Valletta. Supported by the Valletta Local Council, the portal brings together all that Valletta can offer to the user and provides a vital link between businesses, cultural organisations, and the user. It is an easy-to-use, up-to-date interface providing quality content, which is updated regularly. Most bus routes and many arterial roads converge on Valletta. However, once inside the city there are many one-way streets and some pedestrian zones. Parking near one’s destination can be difficult. There is a large multi-storey car park in Floriana, about half a kilometre from the City Gate entrance to Valletta.In front of the main gate of Valletta is the main bus station for the entire island. Rather than buslines covering the island in a grid, they all spread out from here and return to here.The express bus X4 for the airport leaves from behind the corner of the wall on the right-hand side of the bus station area (southwest corner.) The bus runs at 15 minute intervals in busy times in the morning and weekdays, and in 30 minute intervals on quieter times in the weekend.Public Scheduled Ferry Service.There is a ferry that departs from Sliema (the Strand – Ferries) which will take you across beautiful Marsamxett harbour and past Manoel Island for 1.50, one way or 2.80 day return. Departures are every 30 minutes.Another little known way is to visit the Three Cities, Vittoriosa , Senglea and Cospicua is by ferry which departs from behind the old Customs House opposite the Barrakka Lift, a spectacle in itself. Departures are every 30 minutes and it is only a 6 minute crossing. The cost is 1.50 or 2.80 day return. The cost for using the Barrakka Lift which takes you up to Valletta is included in the ferry fare. The Grand Harbour is a must to visit. Once at the Three Cities, you may also then take the Maltese version of the gondola, the so called Dghajsa for a spectacular Grand Harbour short excursion.The Valletta peninsula is only a couple of kilometres in length and so the ideal way is to do everything on foot also allowing one to make use of the atmospheric stairs throughout this steep city. However, the city is built on a ridge, and is steep in parts (requiring walking up and down stairs in some places), which can be tiring. The alternative would be doing it by car which is not ideal for visitors due to lack of parking space, direction signs and the fact that the streets are very narrow, often one way and confusing if unfamiliar. Most of the main tourist attractions are along the main street (Triq ir-Republika) which does not involve steep hills. To get further historical information about the numerous places of interest through Valletta it can be useful to hire an audio guide. It is available in different languages (Maltese, English, Italian, French, Dutch, German and Spanish) from the Archaeology Museum in Republic Street. You can choose independently from the 24 stops and it is not necessary to follow the given order. Stops can easily be skipped or visited in another sequence when tired or full of the new information.Another possibility is to rent one of the horse carts (Karozzin), but be sure to haggle over the price.Bus route 133 runs around Valletta. It departs from Valletta Terminus.In debatable order of importance:You can take a spectacular walk along the sea around the outside of the city walls. Valletta is a peninsula, with the sea surrounding most of the city. To the north of Valletta lies Marsamxetto harbor whilst to the south is the Grand Harbour, arguably one of the nicest natural harbours in the world. The scenery is just breathtaking and you can feel yourself immersed in history as you enjoy the magnificent views of the harbour with its many forts and marinas. A really good spot to take in the views is the Upper Barrakka Gardens but the vista spot does get quite busy at times and there is little shade. An even better spot is St. Barbara Bastion, a quiet, residential street lined with hundred year-old olive trees which offer some respite on those sunny Maltese days. The views will sooth your mind. If you go to the mooring place where the ferry for Sliema leaves on the Marsamxetto side, there is the possibility to walk over the rocks towards the tip of the peninsula and then around it coming back up into the city just next to the Malta Experience. This walk takes about 30 minutes and is done by virtually no-one. You may also opt to take one of the free walking tours around the city of Valletta organised by tour companies such as Colour My Travel.All day and night in St George’s Square, there is a lovely water fountain, with coloured spouts of water which pop up and down – a fantastic play opportunity for children. They WILL get wet, so don’t let them go near if they are wearing their best clothing. Great fun for kids and a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day!Several of the Maltese English language institutes are in Valletta.The main street of Valletta is Republic street, a busy pedestrian zone leading down the middle of the Peninsula from the main gate down to Republic square, this is where many of the better shops are located, although it cannot quite compete with Sliema for clothing.The best souvenir shop (the least worthless trinkets etc.) can be found at the Malta experience, but there are many other reasonable souvenir shops in Valletta. At the beginning of the Republic street there are several reasonable souvenir shops but prices are far cheaper if you walk 20m down South street (turn left if you have the bus station behind you) which crosses Republic street very soon after you have entered through the city gates.The best bookshop of Malta is definitely the one formerly known as Sapienzas (now Agenda Bookshop as of 2008) on Republic street but can be a bit more expensive.There is a daily market selling cheap clothing in the parallel street to Republic street called Triq il-Merkanti, or Merchants street.Valletta has a collection of decent restaurants, due to most of the tourists residing either in Sliema or on the north coast of the island there are fewer of the trashy variety, although it does have the ubiquitous fast-food places (Burger King, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut). The Valletta waterfront is absolutely amazing especially at night, it contains different types of restaurants, from Chinese to the Hard Rock cafe, there is also a book shop and jewellery shop in the same waterfront. If you keep your eyes open you may run into one of the charming traditional bakeries tucked away here and there where the tourist economy hasn’t forced prices up yet and one can get lovely steaming fresh bread for mere cents.La Mere Restaurant situated in Merchant Street, Valletta, few metres down from the old market and very close to The Place. La Mere Restaurant offers a fusion of Mediterranean, Maltese, Indian and Arabian cuisine in a cosy and homey atmosphere and at wallet friendly prices. Open for both lunch and dinner. Tel: 00356 21 223 256 or email: [email¬†protected]Pintonino RestaurantTucked a few meters away from the Valletta waterfront, a fine restaurant that offers great food at reasonable prices, with a selection of more than 150 wines.Apart from some restaurants and bars open in the evening Valletta still has next to nothing happening in terms of nightlife, so apart from Republic street the streets are quite empty late at night. Most of the usual petty crime that travelers are confronted with may happen in Sliema and St Julians, but it’s something to keep in mind.Opposite to the Trabuxu wine bar at the beginning of ‘Strait Street’ there is Ziffa Internet Center which offers a wide selection of services including internet browsing and low cost international calls.Almost all of Malta’s bus routes start from the large roundabout just outside the main gate, making everywhere in the country accessible.There is also the ferry which goes to Sliema for 1.00.Valletta is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site but two more can be found in the suburb of Tarxien, in the form of the Megalithic Temples and the Hypogeum

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