Valletta, Malta – might be considered a gateway to another world, to the Middle-East. From here the ship can sail the Suez Canal or venture the longer way across the globe. Your itinerary may be Ancient Arabia, India & the Med or Island hopping the Adriatic or taking in Greece and Turkey, with ports as exciting as Piraeus (for Athens) Greece, Tourlos (Mykonos) in Greece, Kusadasi, Limassol, Antalya in Turkey, Rhodes in Greece and Thira in Santorini. It now becomes obvious why Malta has always been so strategically important. With tales of Greek Mythology amongst a littered history you may well need a good guide and a note book! If you are carrying your globe stress ball you can take a look. 

Valletta (or Il-Belt) is a small walled city established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It is the capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. It’s known for museums, palaces, grand churches and glass blowing. Baroque landmarks include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, whose opulent interior is home to the Caravaggio masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John.”

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Ta Qali Craft Village is about 10 minutes away from Madina. Glass Blowing is something Malta is famous for. Valletta Glass blowing is likely to feature as an excursion or appear somewhere in your visit of Malta.

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Valletta Glass – Ta Qali “Crafts Village” Malta

A tour will reveal some of Valletta’s history, but you may wish to cover the streets of Valletta, the Grandmaster’s Palace, the House of Parliament and the Castille Palace. Also visit Mdina, the island’s old capital which is the walled city full of Medieval and Baroque architecture. Cars are not allowed which may be why they call it the Silent City. You will need to take a boat trip to the Blue Grotto. That is a 50 metre-deep cave. The trip may also take in Valletta’s two natural harbours in detail. Napoleon and Nelson were amongst the many to stake temporary claims here.

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