When I visited Valletta for the first time one decade ago, Malta's capital city was eerily quiet. Accommodation was so scarce that I literally had to sleep in a spacious maid’s closet for one night, until a proper room became available. Fast forward ten years, and this diamond-in-the-rough city is experiencing a grand renaissance. In 2018, Valletta will be a European Capital of Culture.
From its Archaeology Museum and pretty gardens, to its opulent churches and palaces, Valletta is a treat to explore. The city is compact, so once you've finished strolling the most bustling streets and the quietest lines, be sure to walk outside the mighty walls, too.