Arrive at the airport travel a short distance to the Phoenicia Hotel in Valletta and register, a great starting point for exploring Malta being situated in the Central eastern area.
Valletta cityscape can be viewed from many vantage points, stroll around the city to capture the atmosphere, containing the Grand Bay and Harbour, the magnificent Fort Saint Elmo and the many Baroque 16th century World Heritage Buildings.
The Grand Harbour being natural brings its own beauty with stunning views out to sea and waterfront, set within a picturesque wall and sheltered by breakwater. The docks and wharves were built around 1867 and cope with many visiting ships which is over looked by the Fort.
Fort Saint Elmo constructed 1550s and seen much intense fighting still as raised platforms with cannons and now houses the Police Academy plus the War Museum.
St Johns Co-Cathedral is a fine example of Baroque Architecture built between 1573 and 1578 containing eight rich chapels where the Knights stored their acquired relics. This is a great Cathedral interior, with magnificent stunning and picturesque views of works of fine arts and masterpieces situated on and around the stain glass, walls and ceilings.
Malta’s major museum for visual arts of European artistic styles is located in a Palace near the City Gate known as the National Museum of Fine Art. The Palace built in the 1760s was once the home to Admiralty House.
The Manoel Theatre located on Old Theatre Street built 1731 an old architecture feature and oldest in the Commonwealth of Nations. Having a small oval shaped auditorium with 623 seats a 3 tiers of boxes and built entirely of wood and decorated with 22 carat gold leaf and a pale blue ceiling. The Theatre is also home to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and having many visiting companies one being the Nottingham Playhouse.
The area is filled with numerous museums and palaces all with fine architecture and work of fine arts. One of the finest being the Grandmaster Palace situated near Piazz Regina built in 1571/75 around two courtyards and one as the Statue of Neptune. The Armoury houses a fine collection of medieval weapons with many treasures and decorated floors plus the spectacular Casa Rocca Piccolas Dining Room.
The Upper Barraka Gardens located top of the Bastions west of City Gate constructed in 1661. The paths are lined with Busts, Statues and Plaques about Maltese history many made from bronze. The gardens offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbour
Take a stroll around the Fountain Palace Square Districts watch the display of the water features and go to the Triton Fountain situated near the bus terminus explore around take in the view of the Watch Tower.