I find it hard to describe Valletta and do it justice. If I go into great detail I think it will start to sound dull. If I sum it up in one or two sentences it will be difficult to get across why this place is so likeable. I think the city’s trump card is that it’s so visually attractive and old. I’m also a bit of a sucker for a maritime town. Valletta has a lovely blue sea that rolls in under lots of dazzling white sailing yachts as they come and go. Next door to the hotel that I stayed in was a tiny sailor’s pub called The Plough And Anchor.
Eating in Valletta is great fun – lots of options, and prices that are often quite reasonable. For dinner, the area around Spinola Bay is full of nice restaurants. For lunch, snacks and sweets, the seafront in Sliema across the water from the city walls offers a fabulous view while you eat. Another lovely place I happened upon was Cafe Jubilee in the centre of Valletta, a real cosy place to lose track of the time and kick back.
Malta is best suited to those who want to take life at an easy pace. Wandering the pretty streets is a real highlight – Vittoriosa could be one of the best places in the world for this. The centre of Valletta is fantastic also. Rabat has lots to offer in this department too and M’dina is spectacular if a little lacking in atmosphere. In the week I was there I didn’t do a whole lot else. Scuba diving and snorkelling are very popular but not so much in early Spring when I was there. Trips to the Blue Lagoon in Comino or across to the beach at Golden Bay look great but sadly we didn’t get the weather for such activities this time.