In Valletta, it’s easy to stumble across historical buildings, but one of the best has to be St John’s Cathedral. Don’t be put off by its relatively plain exterior as the inside of this magnificent building is genuinely breath-taking. The frescos are extraordinary and don’t forget to look down too, as the intricate designs of the marble floor are stunning, earning it the accolade of the ‘most beautiful floor in the world’.
For beautiful views of the harbour in a more tranquil surrounding, head to the Upper Barrakka Gardens on the south side of the peninsula. For some highbrow culture, the Manoel Theatre is charming and one of the oldest theatres in Europe still putting on classical music concerts and plays, as well as family-friendly Christmas pantomimes.
Dominating the city is the Palace of the Grand Masters. While it’s now currently home to the President’s office and the Maltese Parliament, the staterooms are open to the public on occasion and are genuinely impressive. While you’re there, take a detour to the Knight’s Armoury, where you can find out more about the Knights of St. John who were so influential in the development of Malta.