Tourist attractions in the historical centre:
The whole city of Valletta is a unique historic centre and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is listed as much for its harmonious collection of baroque architecture, as for its imposing military forts and the deep ditches that run along its perimeter on the landward side. The city’s elegant church domes and spires pierce its skyline, and richly embellished palazzos jostle for space next to towering townhouses with characteristic wooden balconies painted in a sombre green. Valletta’s baroque highlights include the elegant Auberge de Provence, now the National Museum of Archaeology; the Grand Master’s Palace, once home to the leaders of the Knights of St John; the hospital of the Sacra Infermeria, and the peaceful 16th-century Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck.
Tourist attractions in the geographical surroundings:
Stepping o the beaten path and away from the crowds, Valletta oers a deserted shoreline. A coastal walk around the edge of the magnicent peninsula of Valletta is the perfect way to enjoy the sea and the city’s great walls. The route provides exciting views from sea level and passes a myriad of historic sites: from Marsamxett with its wonderful views of the Harbour and Manoel Island, to the modernised Valletta’s Waterfront. One other relatively unknown attraction of Valletta lies underground, deep beneath the rock on which the city is built. During WWII Valletta was the most heavily bombed city in Europe, giving rise to a city beneath the city. Today, most of these war shelters are dilapidated and closed to the public. However, to see the secret underground WWII headquarters where the defence of Malta was masterminded, one can take a guided tour of the Lascaris War Rooms, located underneath the Upper Barrakka Gardens.