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Pik’n’ mix Valletta

See in the return of spring in Malta: we look to its capital and to excursions across this island nation, for a variety of short break ideas that you can tailor to your taste
Looking down the steps of Valletta’s Triq San wann (St John’s Street) towards the Three Cities
WORDS: RORY GOULDING. PHOTOGRAPH: MATT MUNRO/LONELY PLANET

T he ongoing boost from 2018, when Valletta served as European Capital of Culture, makes this city an all-round joy to visit – that and the temperatures, which stay in the teens even in midwinter, and only get better from there. The former stomping ground of the crusading Knights of Malta is a Baroque beauty written in stone, and given a distinctive touch by the enclosed wooden balconies on almost every historic building. The city itself is one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but the urban area takes in other mini-cities such as Floriana, Sliema and Senglea, which crowd around Valletta’s two lanking harbours. Whether you want to concentrate on its historic riches, enjoy the Mediterranean food and lifestyle, or combine different ways to discover the city, you’ll ind the ingredients here.

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