View of Valletta

A to Z Challenge: M = Malta

M = Malta

I reMad several reviews about sailing into the Grand Harbour on Malta and all mentioned how beautiful it was to sail into this port. The Captain of the first ship I cruised on, the Brilliance of the Sea, said that this was his favourite port, I knew it would be a treat – and it is!

Here are some of my top picks for visiting Malta.

  St. John’s co-Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.  From the outside, it does not look like it would be much – but inside, it is over the top! The floor is a unique treasure. Each large square tile decorated with coats of arms and other fantastical symbols and marks the resting place of a member of the Knights of St. John. Another highlight is the large Carvaggio painting of the Beheading of John the Baptist.

The Grandmasters Palace is another interesting place to visit.  Built in 1571, after the knights left Rhodes, it is still used today by the Maltese government for state functions.   Some of the highlights include a rare collection of Gobelins tapestries and the Palace armory. One suit of amour worn by a grandmaster is pictured in a Carvaggio painting that is in the Louvre museum.

Clock tower at the Grandmasters Palace
Clock tower at the Grandmasters Palace
Grandmasters Palace
Grandmasters Palace
Neptune's Courtyard at the Grandmasters Palace
Neptune’s Courtyard at the Grandmasters Palace
Caravagio's Grand Master
Caravagio’s Grand Master

I loved the National Archaeology Museum. It is right on Republic Street in Valletta, The collection is from the sites on Malta and include several stone altars and the large Reclining Goddess of Malta.

National Archeology Museum
National Archaeology Museum
National Archeology Museum
National Archaeology Museum
National Archeology Museum
National Archaeology Museum
National Archeology Museum
National Archaeology Museum
Republic Street
Republic Street

There are inexpensive buses that can take you around the island. About twenty minutes from Valletta is Mdina. This is a beautiful walled city and well worth a quick visit to walk around and see the limestone walls.

Buses in Malta
Buses in Malta
Buses in Malta
Buses in Malta
Many modes of transportation
Many modes of transportation
Mdina
Mdina
Mdina
Mdina
Mdina
Mdina
London-style phone booth in Mdina
London-style phone booth in Mdina
View of countryside between Valletta & Mdina
View of countryside between Valletta & Mdina

The Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta have a fantastic view of the harbour. Every day at noon, they fire the cannons in a very traditional military fashion.

Upper Barrakka Gardens
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Cannon Firing at Upper Barrakka Gardens
Cannon Firing at Upper Barrakka Gardens
Cannon Firing at Upper Barrakka Gardens
Cannon Firing at Upper Barrakka Gardens

And my favourite part of Malta — sailing in and out of the Grand Harbour.

Entering the Grand Harbour early in the morning
Entering the Grand Harbour early in the morning
View of Valletta
View of Valletta
View of the Upper Barrakka Gardens
View of Valletta
View of the Upper Barrakka Gardens
View of Valletta
Sunset over Valletta
Sunset over Valletta
Sunset over Valletta
Sunset over Valletta
Sunset over Valletta
Sunset over Valletta
Leaving the Grand Harbour
Leaving the Grand Harbour

8 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: M = Malta”

  1. I love, love, love Malta. I’ve been twice now…The first time they were still using the yellow buses which I loved, but alas they have upgraded…darn!

  2. Your pictures are so beautiful and I am so jealous! Valletta is one of the most beautiful and interesting places I have ever been to. It was so hard returning to the cruise ship at the end of the day.

  3. And how about the old temples and the hypogeum? I hated St. John’s – crammed to the gills and deco’d on every surface and full of tourists – claustrophobic and history of horror. Malta was my first o’seas destination after many years of no travel and I have fond memories. (I was fantisted by the teacup and soup ladle in the museum – put them in yer kitchen and nobody would bat an eye. The designs were perfected many thousands of years ago!)

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