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Malta’s capital of Valletta described as “a pocket-sized pearl” by the UK Sunday Times
Valletta is the European Capital of Culture for 2018 and one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Jillian Mallia

In a travel article published on yesterday's UK Sunday Times, writer Jeremy Lazell, who visited the island to create a weekend itinerary for the capital city, described Valletta as “a pocket-sized pearl” just “buzzing with activity,” begging to be explored.

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In the itinerary-style piece, many famous locations around the city were mentioned as must-sees, including main thoroughfare Republic Street, St John’s Co-Cathedral, Strait Street, the Grandmaster’s Palace and the Upper Barakka Gardens, among others.

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Various café spots and restaurants were mentioned as go-tos for quick cuppa or a bite to eat, such as the famous Café Cordina, Palazzo Preca, and Café Royale.

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And even preferred local night cap options were presented, among them Beer Cave, Cru, Tico-Tico, and Wild Honey!

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The article paid homage to the grandeur of the ancient capital city and provided a three-day guide to Valletta from a visitor's point of view, and there's truly so much to discover! Read more in our Valletta section for what's going down in 2018's European Capital of Culture. We love it, and we're sure you will too!


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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