Valletta is perfect for walking. Built on a grid plan in the 16th century, it’s easy to get around but more fun to wander. As a 2018 European Capital of Culture, the main sights have been renovated to their original beauty and ask to be photographed. We’ll show you our beloved pedestrian lane; Strait Street. Previously the refuge of bohemian artists and musicians, it evolved into a post war hangout for British and American sailors who introduced jazz to the island. Now it’s known for a buzzing nightlife featuring chic cocktail bars and concept restaurants. Another “must” includes walking through the original City Gate, past the Old Opera Theatre and onto the shopper’s haven of Republic Street. But don’t think you’re finished until you see the Prime Minister’s office at Castille Palace, smell the roses at The Upper Barrakka Gardens, pop by the indoor Is-Suq tal-Belt market for a fresh bite and finally saunter up to the panorama overlooking theGrand Harbour and Three Cities.
Straight across the Grand Harbour from Valletta are the Three Cities, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Isla (Senglea) and Bormla (Cospicua). Apart from Birgu, the Three Cities were founded and built by the Knights of Malta to defend the harbour for safety and trade. Today, the fortifications are restored, the views are remarkable and charming streets abound. We’ll guide you through scenic squares and working docks up to the historic Fort St. Angelo and the Gardjola lookout point and garden. Along the way, you’ll see where cannon balls crashed during the Great Siege of 1565 and Axis firebombs sent residents fleeing during WorldWar II. After both tragedies the Three Cities were rebuilt, a tribute to the people’s resilience.
This tour is flexible, we’ll work something out suited just for you.