Valletta is the elegant and historic capital of Malta. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Valletta is known to be one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Although the city is small in size, it is full of character and history. There was certainly no shortage of jaw dropping sights and breathtaking backdrops at every turn. Everything in Valletta, from the quaint narrow streets with beautiful golden hues to the distinctive steep stairs that give the city its old world character, worked to enrich the visual aspect of Malta’s streets. The abundance of colours, materials, textures and decorative motifs of the traditional balconies and doors also goes a long way in articulating the country’s history and defining its urban landscape.
A and I spent hours getting lost in a maze of winding streets, taking in both historic sites and new landmarks that give Valletta its allure. I must have taken over 300 photos of a city that covers less than one square mile. We stopped for dinner in a piazza called Republic Square, where we had traditional Maltese cuisine and fresh-as-can-be seafood. After dinner, we continued exploring Valletta by foot, exhausting whatever energy we had left at the end of a long day. Between the narrow pathways and steep uphill streets, we eventually found ourselves on the outskirts of Malta, where the cityscape meets the waterfront. To finish off an already perfect evening, we watched the sunset behind Valletta’s gorgeous backdrop of prominent buildings.