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Valletta, Malta
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Marvel at the Multicolored Streets of Malta Valletta  Malta
Walking Valletta Valletta  Malta
Marvel at the Multicolored Streets of Malta Valletta  Malta
Walking Valletta Valletta  Malta

Marvel at the Multicolored Streets of Malta

Who knew Malta was so pretty? Well, I suppose the people who live there knew. I didn't. There was, to be fair, a lot I didn't know about Malta, including that the national language is actually Maltese, which sounds like no Mediterranean language you've ever heard.

But one of the most unexpected delights were the narrow streets of the capital city, Valletta. The closed balconies that jut from almost every house are a major feature; they're the first thing you see as you walk down Republic Street, the city's main thoroughfare, where they are painted a uniform dark green.

Meander away from the shops and into some of the smaller residential streets, and you will be rewarded with a wider palette. Bright reds and yellows, cornflower blues, pastel greens, and dusky pinks—it's like something out of a fairy tale. Go feast your eyes.

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Walking Valletta

Get off the touristy streets and wander around the neighborhoods of the old town of Valletta. Take in the beautiful wooden balconies that stretch around corners and cross over cobblestone streets. But be prepared for some hill work—this old city has roller coaster–like streets.

Take your time, walk slowly, look up, and discover. You’ll find small churches, coats of arms, and votive statues in every little niche. Thanks to the Knights, the city is built on a grid system so it’s about impossible to get lost!

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