Valletta Journals

Fortress, harbour city and commercial centre

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A travel journal to Valletta by marif

The Azure Window Photo, Valletta, Malta More Photos
Quote: Valletta is Malta's capital, former home of the Knights of St.John and later used by the colonial British forces as an administrative centre. Valletta's historic buildings, churches, museums, auberges and residential homes form a unique ensemble that echoes the history of Malta's last 400 years.

Fortress, harbour city and commercial centre

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Wooden balconies Photo, Valletta, Malta
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1. The Cathedral of St.John located along St.John's street is a prime example of the Baroque style prevalent in Mediterranean countries 300 years ago. The walls and the floor entirely covered with marble, the hanging handmade tapestries and the sculptured gravestones of the Grand masters interred in the cathedral are just a few of the attractions inside. 2. Republic street from City gate to the palace of the President of the Republic is lined with an abundance of chic shops, top restaurants and cafés. A short distance away along Merchants' street, a daily flea market is the chief attraction. 3. The Upper Barracca is a lookout point which offers excellent views of the Grand harbour, the C...Read More

Phoenicia Hotel Malta

Hotel | "Hotel Phoenicia Le Meridien"

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Conveniently located a stone's throw away from Valletta City gate bus terminus, Hotel Phoenicia is a five-star place of accomodation which provides clients with comfort and refinement. Formerly owned by Forte Hotels, it has recently been bought by Le Meridien chain. Fully redecorated with no expense spared, Hotel Phoenicia is definitely one of Malta's best hotels. The hotel's majestic entrance overlooks a small park whose central walkway is lined with rows of trees and hedges. The rooms on this side provide excellent views of Malta's Grand harbour and fort St.Angelo. However, being so close to the hustle and bustle of city life, these tend to be too noisy and should be best avoided. Much ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2004

Phoenicia Hotel Malta
The Mall Floriana
Valletta, Malta FRN 1478
(356) 2122-5241

The City of the Knights of St.John

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The Cottonera area Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Defeated during the Turkish siege in 1522, the Knights of St.John, known as the Knights Hospitallers were forced to leave the island of Rhodes. After 214 years residing in Rhodes where they developed a great military and naval base, the knights were in search of a new home. King Charles V of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor was generous enough to give the knights refuge in Malta with permanent sovereignty over the whole island. The Act of Donation, a historical document of great importance can be seen inside the National Library in Valletta. Upon their arrival in Malta in 1530, the knights opted to settle on one side of the Grand harbour, an area which was already inhabited to some extent by the ...Read More

Escape to Gozo for a day trip

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The Azure Window Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Less than 8kms northwest of Malta, the sister island of Gozo, much smaller and less densely populated is a haven for those who want to escape for a day to enjoy the greenery and relaxed atmosphere of small secluded villages, serene countryside and rocky seashore. A very efficient day and night ferry service links the two islands. From the ferry, a stone's throw away, you can see the tiny deserted island of Comino whose crystal clear surrounding sea is often exploited by snorkelers and scuba divers. From Valletta's City gate bus terminus, Bus 45 reaches the ferry terminal at Cirkewwa, now under reconstruction in about 1 hour. The bus trip gives passengers the opportunity to pass through the...Read More

Hop on a Malta bus

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A new bus service that gives you a good orientation of what Malta is like has just been introduced by the Malta Bus Transport Association. Aimed primarily at tourists and called 'Visitmalta', this service follows two routes, both operating from the Sliema ferries bus terminus which you can reach from Valletta by frequent scheduled Bus 61 or 62. Once you are in Sliema, you can choose either Route 505 which takes in the north section of the island or Route 506 which covers the towns and villages in the south. The bus ticket for either trip can be bought from the driver or from the ticket booth at the Valletta City gate bus terminus and costs £M2, equivalent to about US$6. Besides being both...Read More