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Upper Barrakka Gardens

292 Triq Sant' Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

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Sun - Sat 7am - 10pm

A Panoramic View of the Grand Habour

Head to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for sweeping panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. From this vantage point you can also spot the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa, and the shipyards below. You'll encounter the Saluting Battery, where daily cannon salutes are performed at noon, as well as beautiful fountains, plenty of manicured green space for a picnic, and benches to rest your feet over coffee from the resident cafe. An elevator connects the gardens to the Valetta waterfront, should you want to get closer to the action. Note: Free Wi-Fi can be found here.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

Sunset from the Barrakka Elevator

Connecting the Grand Harbour to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Upper Barrakka elevator provides a swift and convenient way to get to the city's attractions, shops and restaurants from Valletta's waterfront. Even better, if you ride the elevator at dusk, you are rewarded with scenic views of the sun setting over the city's rooftops and the Mediterranean Sea.

AFAR Local Expert
almost 4 years ago

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Located on the highest tier of the 16th-century St. Peter & Paul Bastion, the Upper Barrakka Gardens are one of Valletta’s most scenic spots. Visitors can gaze out and enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour and the fortified city of Senglea.

In the gardens, the city’s history is represented by sculptures of Gerald Strickland, former prime minister of Malta, and Sir Winston Churchill. Every day at noon, members of the Malta Heritage Society dress in British Artillery uniforms and fire a salute.

For a charge, you can take the modern elevator linking the Grand Harbour with the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
over 5 years ago

Getting up to Valletta

My husband and I eloped in Valletta, Malta. We were in the middle of a 12-day cruise, and had to find our way to our ceremony building from the waterfront where our ship docked. This was the fist step on the way to our wedding! Definitely interesting going up in this thing with our wedding clothes on!!