After dark ambience
As the sun goes down, Valletta turns into a magical fortified city. Without the hustle and bustle of shoppers and workers you can see the architecture lit up in all of its glory. Its nightlife scene is based on the infamous Strait Street also known as ‘The Gut’- popular amongst American and British military men calling at the port back in the day.
This narrow alley of entertainment is now the hub of Valletta’s nightlife. Expect sophisticated wine bars, al fresco restaurants and post theatre enjoyment. For something a little different- its Knights’ charming baroque Manoel Theatre hosts a number of opera and music events throughout the year.
There’s also the Grand Harbour waterfront where you’ll find your fair share of Mediterranean bars and restaurants- the majority serve Maltese cuisine so you won’t be disappointed if you’re wanting to try Malta’s famous rabbit dish. Or the traditional Maltese meze- pastizzi- a pastry full to the brim with cheese or mushy peas!
The best views in Malta
Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre are some of the capitals beautiful gardens. Offering calm spots away from the commotion- they’re one of the top things to do in Valletta. They’re also a particularly good way to enjoy Malta’s weather- an island that is fortunate enough to have over 300 days of sunshine a year.
The most popular are the Upper Barrakka Gardens- offering panoramic views of the majestic Grand Harbour and Fort St Angelo. If you’re up there at noon or 4pm sharpish you can witness history being brought to life with the firing of the gun at the Saluting Battery. Or stay a little later and catch the amazing sunset- a popular hotspot for those on a couples holiday.
There’s also the Lower Barrakka Gardens- perched on top of the bastion, this one has a more tranquil setting and is best for ship watching so keep your eyes peeled for your ship if visiting on a cruise!