NEARBY MuST-SeE SPOTS
St. John’s Co Cathedral
Valletta’s Co-Cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It was built by the Order of St. John between 1572 and 1577, having been commissioned by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière as the Conventual Church of Saint John. The church was designed by the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar, who designed several of the more prominent buildings in Valletta. In the 17th century, its interior was redecorated in the Baroque style by Mattia Preti and other artists. The interior of the church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe.
One of the most recent attractions to open in Valletta is MUZA – the national art museum that is located just a few steps away from the Embassy Valletta Hotel. The museum features both local and international artists displaying several works of art over different floors. The collection is laid out in sections inspired by stories grouped into four main themes, namely: The Mediterranean, Europe, Empire and The Artist.
The Manoel Theatre
Built in the 18th century, the Manoel Theatre in Valletta is one of the oldest working theatres in Europe. It was constructed by the Grand Master of the Order of St. John Antonio Manoel de Vilhena with the intention of providing noble entertainment for the Order’s knights. The Latin motto Ad honesta populi oblectaconem (for the honest recreation of the people) can still be seen today as an inscription at the entrance to the theatre. If you’re staying in Valletta, make sure to experience a live performance or else just book one of their tours to explore this amazing baroque jewel. The most amazing thing about staying at the Embassy Valletta Hotel is that the Manoel theatre is just 5 minutes’ walk away!
St. George's Square
Few spots are as excellent for people-watching as this buzzing square. When the sun is out, grab a take out coffee – or ice-cream for the little ones – from one of the nearby cafes and hog one of the benches there. Kids can splash around the music fountain that chimes on the hour, while the grownups can chill.
Museum of Archaeology
Take a walk through Malta’s chequered history while exploring one of Europe’s most intriguing museums. From the awe inspiring myth of the fertility lady and the temples she graced to the artefacts used by our ancestors, a tour through this museum keeps both kids and adults enthralled by the stories being weaved by the exhibits.
With a jam-packed calendar, Spazju Kreattiv host a series of festivals, regular art exhibitions, theatre productions, concerts, film and opera evenings and even activities that are specifically targeted towards children. Check out the programme at www.spazjukreattiv.org
If you feel a breath-taking walk along the rocky parts of Valletta, you can walk down from the hotel’s entrance, and you’ll immediately find yourself underneath the bastions. From there, you’ll have a lovely walk all around the city’s peninsula, including the harbour breakwater bridge … a peaceful place to visit and feel breeze … ah, and a great place for some amazing photos.