The tiny Meditterannean island of Malta has long been a popular destination for English tourist visitors. With a winter climate so much warmer than the UK, elderly holidaymakers often take an extended vacation during the winter mobths. 3, 4, 5 weeks or longer can be enjoyed for a bargain price. With expensive heating bills back home, many elderly visitors actually find that a winter vacation on Malta is great value for money.
No stay on the Island of Malta would be complete without a visit to the Island's capital.
When we visited Malta our base resort was Bugibba but we travelled through to Valletta on more than one occasion.
Valletta is home to the Island's main bus station. It is set just outside of Valletta's historic city gates. There is an impressive fountain in the middle. Buses from here travel all over the Island. They are fairly cheap but the journey can be hair raising. No wonder the drivers have a crucifix and worry beads hanging above their heads.
Valletta has a cosmopolitan feel and, in high season, can be very busy.
There is some stunning architecture around Valletta and you really will be spoilt for choice. The main walkway, Republic Street, through the city is a long drag through to the sea. You walk down and then up and it can be tiring.
However, there are taxis if you wish. Valletta also has a selection of horse drawn carriages that will give you a tour of Valletta. Make sure that you determine the price first though, before you committ your self. Just about all of the Maltese people speak English. Do not be afraid to haggle the price of your carriage drive. You may get a pleasant surprise.
Valletta has a lot of history and there are churches, galleries, museums, a palace and more to visit. With plenty of Cafes, with shaded seating areas, make sure that you take in lots of liquid refreshment. The square in Republic Street though, will be an expensive place to take refreshment
Be careful if you take a look at the infamous Strait, also know by seaman as The Gut.
Walk along to the water's edge for some welcome air. There are fortresses and gardens high above the water which are well worth a visit.
There is a large Sunday market held in Valletta. It is very busy and bustling, in high season. We did not buy anything, but enjoyed the experience. Remember though that, it is a foreign market and, as such, may have different practices, when selling birds and the like.
Valletta would not be a good place to base yourself. However, it is a great place to visit. If you enjoy visiting museums, and the like you, will need to visit Valletta more than once.