Truth be told, I’d have had a hard time finding it on a map before I decided to visit last December. A nearly free stopover between Sicily and Turkey prompted us to make a short visit, and I am glad we did. We didn’t venture far from the rocking nightlife of Sliema (not that we are into rocking nightlife, but our hotel was right above a booming club) and the narrow, photogenic streets of Valletta, the capital city.
Malta was the end of the trip and thus we were pretty lazy, but I did manage to take a few photos. Below is a photo gallery of Valletta, the sleepy city of 7000 residents. Click on any photo to open a slideshow view.
Malta Photo Gallery
A swimming pool at a place where rich people stay. Note: I did not stay there.
Street in the old town.
The skyline of Valletta at dusk.
Sunset over the harbor in Valletta.
A truck evidently smashed through a vegetable, market.
Boats in the harbor, Valletta, Malta.
I have a strange habit of photographing laundry hanging on lines. Creepy? Probably.
Box windows of Valletta.
The Moby cruise ship is now used only to transport illegal immigrants who land in Malta or Italy from Africa.
Valletta Harbor Sunset.
Park bench overlooking the harbor.
Peaceful park in Valletta.
The memorial siege bell in Malta, built to honor the 7000 people who lost their lives during the siege in World War II.
what a wonderful series!
Lovely, lovely photos, Jeff! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Michele.
Very interesting your blog. Thank you and also add more interesting posts.
Lovely photos! Love it!
Great photos – have been to Malta so these reminded me of my visit – if you re-visit try the Island of Goa nearby
We were there in December for just a few days and didn’t make it to Gozo. Maybe next time.
As i know Malta is nearby Spain and Italy 🙂 By the way i loves your Photos.
I am glad you know where it is! Thanks for commenting.
I have not been to Malta but looks like it should get on the list. Fave photo is the one on the bottom left. Love the positioning of the steeple.
Malta is pretty cool, a great stopover if you ever make it to Sicily. There are so many places to see in this world!
I am going to have to live to be 150 to make it to all of them 🙂
All nice pics. Maybe the peaceful park picture is my favorite.
Thank you Jen. I like that one also. It was a nice respite from the busy city.
I love Malta, Jeff. Your beautuful photos really capture it. We spent 3 weeks there after living in Amsterdam, and Valletta is such a joy. We rode the old “Boneshaker” buses all over the island and never tired of the views. ~Terri
Nice. We didn’t make it to Gozo or the blue lagoon so I guess I have to go back someday. There are too many places to see!
Tremendous images of this amazing place Jeff!
Thank you Phil.
Did you see any local dogs. Apparently they have a rabbit catching breed called a pharaoh hound brought over by the Phoenicians 100s of years ago. Interested as my Sudanese dog looks very similar!
I don’t remember seeing any dogs. It was pretty dense urban area where we were so not many dogs about.
I’ll keep an eye out for dogs in the future just for you.
Great pictures. Be sure to visit Gozo on the next visit. There is lots to see in Malta and Gozo for those who have not visited. I can’t personally wait to visit again.
Dave – There is a lot to see in this small country for sure! We were there in December and it was at the end of a long European trip, so we were happy to stay in Valletta. I agree that I am interested in going back and seeing Gozo and the Blue Lagoon. Thank you for commenting.
@ Jura you are referring to the Maltese Breed of dogs called Kelb tal-Fenek ( Rabbit Hunting Dog ) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharaoh_Hound
There is also the Maltese Terrier:
Kurt – thank you for the information.
Hi, love this post. I hope you don’t mind I’ve added the link and a few lines to my post: STEP 297 – Explore the City of Valletta, Malta. Hopefully it will send some more pageviews your way.
We’d also love you to share your story from your visit by joining our STEPS challenge. You might even make our Top 100 travellers list.
Thanks again and happy travels.
Thank you for the comment and for sharing the Link. I’ll have to take the STEPS challenge. That looks really cool.
I was a few winters ago in January.. What a gallery you have posted!! Hats off, Jeff! I have a few Malta posts (the last one was posted on February 17 if you are curious ;)). I have one word about the place – WOW!
Paula – thanks for your comments and kind words. Malta is a really cool place for sure.
The Quiz results aren’t bad. 🙂
Nice pictures, do you have something from Mdina and Rabat?