Exploring a new city by foot
Do you remember the old times, when travel restrictions didn’t applied, coming to a city you never been to, with the camera in one hand and a water bottle in the other. That was kind of what we did here at Malta yesterday. I been to Valletta the capital city of Malta a few times but not seen so much of it. I also been running all around it twice but since I been out on a run those times I didn’t wanted to stop for pictures that much. But finally, after three months here we managed to find a day with sun and walk around in the city.
First out to welcome us to the city center was a long independence avenue with some monuments and a fountain.
When entering the city from that direction you pass by a suicide bridge then you get to the main avenue. Since the weather was perfect loads of people were out on the cafés soaking up the sun. You can really tell it is spring here now and the sun is making it nice and warm.
There are all usual stores like everywhere else in the world to go shopping in and many cafés to sit down at for food or drinks or having an ice cream. You can really notice the Italian influence due to the very many gelato shops.
It’s not any new buildings in the area and many of the old ones hasn’t been properly renovated. That is something that is very common at Malta. Thing are half done or half falling apart.
There are though some gems. Like this cute street café with sea view. How cozy?
And the park Upper Barrakka gardens. That place is well worth a visit. Nice view and nice atmosphere.
Did I mentioned that Malta is the most corrupt country in Europe and ranks at number 52 of 180 in the whole world? Maybe you remember that a journalist digging into the subject of corruption in the public sector at Malta got murdered in 2017? Anyway, in the city center there is a place for her remembrance.
That was the walking tour of Valletta. As said, I also ran around it another day. The whole coastal run is in total around 5K and it is well worth it if you happen to go to the city.
Where to get the best view of Valletta
The by far best view of Valletta you get if you go to Sliema and The Point. Does it sound like a city you would like to visit? or maybe you already been. I would say it is not worth going to Malta for but if you are there it’s absolutely worth a visit.
/ Pernilla keep on exploring Malta