Valletta Day 1

11-Apr-2023 • Valletta Malta

We decided right from the first day of our week long vacation in Malta that we were not going to waste any time.  We had six days to spend in Valletta and each day had to count.  While we did have jetlag at the time, we were not going to let it get in the way of our cultural blitzkreiging.  As soon as we had our breakfast at our lovely and centrally located Osborne Hotel, off we went to the city center to explore and discover.

We started our adventure by walking down Merchant Street. We did not have any specific plan as to which attraction to visit first but we did decide to visit any we saw along the way right away. 

From Merchant Street, we walked over to Republic Street where we saw the Valletta Food Market, the Library, the Palace of Justice and St. John Co Cathedral.  Then we made our way to Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum and later ended up at the Lower Barrakka Gardens.

Valletta was a definite feast for the eyes.

I have to say, the island of Malta looked like a museum.  Street after street was so lovely to look at.  Valletta is truly a beautiful city.

Maltese architecture

The Osborne Hotel, our home away from home in Valletta.  Its location couldn't be beat.  The breakfast provided was big and filling.

Carnival began the night we arrived.  Many locals wore colorful costumes.  It felt like Halloween in the middle of February.

The Valletta Food Market

The entrance to the supermarket inside the Valletta Food Market

The Lower Barraca Gardens

Inside St. John's Co Cathedral

The Siege Bell War Memorial

The Siege Bell up close

A view of the Lower Barraca Gardens from the Siege Bell War Memorial

Lovely buildings were everywhere.

Inside the Jesuits'Church

Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum